The 4 knockout matches that have taken place have all been rollercoaster rides, out of which 2 games even led to penalty shootouts (Spain vs Russia and Denmark vs Croatia).
The tournament favorites like Argentina, Portugal, Spain and even Denmark have been eliminated in the round of 16, a result that no one expected.
Argentina put up a relentless fight against France who ended up beating them
4-3, keeping the world cup out of Messi’s reach once again.
Uruguay 2-1 beat Portugal, with exceptional performances by Cavani and Suarez. Helping them secure a place in the quarterfinals!
Croatia has shot up to #3 in world cup rankings, which is 17 positions higher than its previous ranking.
Even Russia has managed to make it into the quarterfinals by fending off against Spain in a nail-biting ending in the penalty shootouts. This is the furthest they have gotten since gaining their independence, their best being placed 4th in the 1966 world cup, playing as the Soviet Union.
This World Cup has been one of the more action packed world cups, due to the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) feature introduced by FIFA in this World Cup. There have been more than 10 penalties awarded in just above 20 games. Thereby changing the game completely. Not to mention the 136 goals in this world cup till now, averaging at 2.6 goals per game!
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