South America’s Teams Face Tough Challenge On The Road To 2022

A fourth consecutive European win, three of those triumphs emerging from all European finals, no South American interest beyond the quarter final. There is no doubt that this is a disappointment.

But, on the other hand, eventual 2018 champions France were made to work for a narrow group phase win against Peru, who until comparatively recently had become whipping boys in their own continent, especially away from home. Peru performed with credit, and gave another indication of South America’s strength in depth. They deserved better fortune, becoming one of just two of the continent’s sides who failed to make the group phase in the last three tournaments. And with a young side, they can hope to be back and better in 2022.

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First, of course, they will have to qualify. It may not be easy. Altitude aside, Bolivia would not seem to have a great deal to contribute to the next qualification campaign. Ecuador were the early leaders in the race to Russia, only to fall away alarmingly. They are currently negotiating with Hernan Dario Gomez, the Colombian who took them to their World Cup Football Boots debut in 2002 (and who was in charge of Panama this time). Venezuela hope to make it to their first ever World Cup, building their hopes around the group of players who reached the final of last year’s Under-20 tournament. Chile have already began their rebuilding process, while Paraguay have some interesting attacking midfielders to add to their customary resilience.

None of these sides, though, are likely to be serious challengers to win the World Cup in 2022. Four nations are entitled to the faith that, with a break or two along the way, they might have enough to put in a challenge.

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One is Colombia, who let themselves down in their defeat to England. Their 2018 tragedy was that the combined playmaking talents of James Rodriguez and Juan Fernando Quintero were only really available for one game – the 3-0 win over Poland, one of the finest displays of the competition. On the plus side, they would seem to have recuperated Quintero after his wilderness years, and he and James could hit a peak together in Qatar.

This type of midfield quality is vital – because one area in which South America has clearly fallen behind the best Europeans is the production of midfielders capable of running the game from box to box; we can cite Luca Modric, Kevin De Bruyne or even Paul Pogba as examples.

Uruguay look best equipped to meet this challenge; Rodrigo Bentacur was not always at his best in Russia, but showed flashes of genuine quality Lucas Torreira has emerged as an all-pitch problem solver and they also have Federico Valverde to slot back once he has fully recovered from the injury problems that cost him momentum earlier in the year. The strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will surely be past their best in 2022, so much may depend on the development of Maxi Gomez as a replacement. But in terms of midfield resources, Uruguay should be stronger in Qatar than they were in Russia.

Brazil must envy Uruguay’s strength in this area. Part of the story of their Russian experience lies in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to shoehorn Phillippe Coutinho into operating as an all round midfielder. Some midfield hopes have disappointed on contact with top class European football. Perhaps the story of Arthur, the Iniesta-lookalike just signed by Barcelona, will be different. If so, then Brazil become candidates to win the second Asian World Cup, just as they went home from the first in 2002.

And then there is Argentina. Maybe their 2022 side will be built around the talents of Giovane Lo Celso, a playmaker in Argentine football who with PSG has been learning, and not always the easy way, the defensive demands of the all round midfielder’s role. Lo Celso was one of just 3 members of the Argentina squad who saw no action in Russia – curious, since he looked impressive in their only warm up friendly, against Haiti. Lo Celso could be an important player in Qatar. But first Argentina have to get there. And as it stands, they have no coach and no clear plan. Fifteen of the squad who went to Russia are over 30. A complete rebuilding process is needed, and there is a dearth of outstanding young players in many positions. Things could get worse before they get better.

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Do you like the blue and white Adidas Nemeziz football boots from the Team Mode pack

Following its debut in late May, the Adidas Nemeziz 18.1 cleats will receive a cool, predominantly blue update to kick off the 2018-2019 season in August.

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This is the ‘Team Mode’ Adidas Nemeziz 18.1 boots in ‘Football Blue’ and white.

Another clean, almost one-colored effort, the Team Mode Adidas Nemeziz 18-19 cleats are all-blue with white 3 Stripes on the outstep and a monochrome inside. A subtle zig-zag knit pattern is visible all over the upper of the Adidas Nemeziz Team Mode boots.

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The blue Adidas Nemeziz 2018-19 boots still come with the silo’s trademark tape-inspired design, with the most obvious difference that the upper is a bit thicker to offer more comfort and better ball control than the first generation. The collar around the ankle is more narrow for better lockdown. The sole plate hasn’t undergone any changes at all from Adidas Nemeziz 17 to 18.

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World Cup 2018: The Winners and Losers , France vs Croatia 4:2,France won the World Cup

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France won the World Cup, but that is far from the whole story. So many players and teams came out of the tournament on towering highs or devastating lows. Here are some of the winners and losers of the 2018 World Cup.

Winners

Croatia It’s odd to call a team that just lost the biggest game in its history a winner, but Croatia did everything but lift the Cup in a month to remember. Six straight wins over Nigeria, Argentina, Iceland, Denmark, host Russia, and England was one of the most impressive ever World Cup runs by any nation, much less one with only four million people. Luka Modric won the most valuable player award, but if one Croatia player came out with the biggest boost to his stock it was midfielder Ivan Perisic, despite his disputed handball in the final. A fine player for Inter Milan, he may now be in for a big money move to Manchester United, which has wanted him for some time.

Belgium Everyone expected Belgium to one day break through, and this was the tournament, with a run to the semifinals that including a signature quarterfinal win over Brazil. Some nations’ Golden Generations are busts; though it did not win the tournament, this one lived up to expectations.

Japan Drawn into a tough group, it beat Colombia and sneaked through on a tiebreaker, then went up 2-0 on Belgium before running out of gas. Still, it was the only Asian team to advance.

Kylian Mbappé He was certainly well known to soccer fans, but the World Cup was his coming out party. He had four goals, lifted the trophy at age 19 and is set to become the heir to the aging superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Transfermarkt rates him as the sixth most valuable player in the world at $140 million dollars; P.S.G. would certainly want significantly more than that to part with him.

Russia Ranked as one of the weakest teams in the tournament coming in, Russia parlayed home field advantage into a quarterfinal berth, its finest finish since the Soviet days. Despite some pretournament misgivings from some commentators, it won mostly positive reviews as a host nation, as well, as the Cup was peaceful, smoothly run and entertaining.

Denis Cheryshev A surprise late selection for Russia, he was barely expected to play until Alan Dzagoev was injured. He capitalized to score four goals in the tournament. The downside: His father, apparently misquoted, said Cheryshev had taken growth hormone.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Maybe you didn’t notice this guy in Serbia’s midfield, but a lot of Europe’s big clubs did. Manchester United and Chelsea are rumored to want to grab him from Lazio.

V.A.R. Not every decision was unanimously praised. But the system was fast, and righted a good number of wrongs. We’ll be seeing more of it to come.

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Losers

Africa No one expected an African winner, but surely one or two of its five entrants would make the knockout round. Instead, the continent was 3-10-2. The bright spot was Senegal, which beat Poland and was eliminated on the sixth tiebreaker. The poor showing is a bad omen for the future: When the Cup expands to 48 teams in 2022 or 2026, there will be nine African teams. How will Burkina Faso (currently ranked ninth in Africa) fare?

Germany The team that demolished Brazil 7-1 and won the 2014 World Cup was a bust four years later. It dominated much of the play and got off more shots per game than any other team. The shots just didn’t go in; it scored two goals. Germany was 1-2, including an embarrassing loss to South Korea, which had lost its first two games.

Mexico Drawn into a tough group, Mexico played well to advance. And its knockout opponent was Brazil, so a loss hardly seemed like a disgrace. But it was the seventh straight round of 16 loss for Mexico, a streak its fans are desperate to break. Maybe in 2022.

Panama 0-3. 1-6. 1-2. Panama was delighted to qualify for its first World Cup, ahead of the United States. But its performances were uniformly poor, and it wound up 32nd of 32 teams.

Lionel Messi His legacy as an all-time great is secure, but there are plenty of people who say that to be considered the greatest ever he needs to win a World Cup. Argentina never looked like a threat, drawing Iceland, losing to Croatia, and finally being eliminated in a rollicking 4-3 game with France. Messi will be 35 in 2022.

Neymar No one’s crying for Neymar, one of the world’s most valuable (and richest) players. But Brazil underachieved in the World Cup, and Neymar’s two goals and one assist did not impress. Worse, he was frequently cited as one of the tournament’s most egregious divers, not something to polish a legacy.

Fox It’s a quadrennial ritual to bash the English language coverage of the Cup in the U.S. And yes, it happened again. In particular, fans complained that Fox sent only two of its announcing teams to Russia, calling the rest of the games off television from Los Angeles (they sent a third midway through the tournament). And the ratings were down, in part because the United States tea

One of the biggest selling points for the Predator football boots is just how comfortable it is

With the World Cup in full swing and the knockout stage on the horizon, we thought it best to take a look at one of the most stunning boots of the summer, the adidas Predator 18+. Blending the look of an iconic Predator colorway with the technology of modern day adidas football boots with sock, this Predator has something for everyone. Since the Pred’s revival last year, it has turned into a boot that everyone is trying to get their hands on. If you’d like to know why many others and myself are head over heels for this cleat from adidas, stick around and get stuck in the details with me.

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The World Cup (Energy Mode) pack Predator is one of the more vibrant colorways we will see in Russia, and that’s certainly a good thing. The colorway is a nod back to the 1998 Electricity-Yellow Predator Accelerator. The main part of the boot is Solar Yellow with Black on the sock and the three stripes branding. The heel counter is Solar Red and the soleplate has a chrome fading affect from Solar red, to Solar Yellow, and back to Solar Red. It’s always a joy to see the brands take an older colorway and give it a modern twist.

One of the biggest selling points for the Predator football boots is just how comfortable it is. It has a wider last that makes the boot wearable for all foot shapes and sizes. I have a slightly wider than average foot and I love wearing the Predator 18+. It fits my foot tightly, with out being too tight. It might not be the best for those with really slim and narrow feet as there are no laces to tighten the boot up though.

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With the World Cup in full view, adidas has reportedly changed the upper slightly on the Predator 18+. One of the reasons I wanted to review this boot was to take a look at what might have changed and how it of course affects the performance and feel on the ball. It is still a Primeknit upper that is soft and plush to the touch. The only real difference I possibly noticed was that there is possibly a bit more padding underneath the upper to give a pillowy sensation. I found this to be an odd feeling while I was testing. If you read my reviews, you know that I am a fan boy of the Predator line but also I cant get enough of thinner boots, especially speed boots. However, it is also a huge plus to have the little bit of extra cushioning for when you could get stamped on for having bright boots. During my testing, I didn’t have any issues with comfort, sliding around, or any sort of blisters. The biggest plus side for me was controlling the ball and shooting in the Pred. The 3D textured upper gives a nice area to both control the ball, and strike it with power while not getting that sting that always seems to plague powerful players. The lockdown was surprisingly excellent for a boot without laces. The reinforced mid foot helps with both lockdown and the stability of the upper both exposed and covered Primeknit. The ControlSkin upper is Primeknit with a layer over top that protects the upper and makes a 3D textured upper. The soleplate has hybrid studs that a mix of conical and diamond studs all in one. The external heel counter offers a bit of extra protection and a perfect place to slide your foot in and lock into the boot. Overall, the biggest upside for the Predator is that is a control boot that offers a different feel than the Magista from Nike. It’s lower cut collar, soft upper, and comfortable; what more could you ask for in a boot?

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The Pred is being worn all over the Russia this summer. Headlining athletes is the Golden Boy of Manchester United, Paul Pogba. Mesut Ozil is Germany’s big gun wearing the laceless Pred during this summer’s big tournament. There are of course many other players from top to bottom that choose to wear the Predator 18+, regardless of what position they play on the field.

With the Predator 18+ currently sitting near the top of my “Booties” awards that we always release at the end of the year, for both the Colorway of the Year and Boot of the Year categories. If you’re a player who doesn’t mind a little bit of cushion between his foot and the ball, then the Predator 18+ is the boot for you without a doubt. You can find the Energy Mode adidas Predator in several different colorways.

France vs Croatia – Who Will Win? Should be very interesting to watch football boots

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France and Croatia will face off in the World Cup final this Sunday after winning their semifinals matches, and it’s a contest that is loaded with talent. Even the average soccer fan knows just how stacked France is, but Croatia is a team that also has its fair share of superstars who have helped carry this team.

But which has the edge when it comes to the different lines and more? Let’s break the matchup down piece by piece.

Talent Edge: France

Why: Both teams have some fantastic players, 10 of which play in what I think is the top league in the world, La Liga. But there’s no doubt France has more talent. From young star Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann up top to a midfield led by one of the best central defensive midfielders in the world in N’Golo Kante alongside Paul Pogba, the team is superb. But when you add that the French have one of the top goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris and a central defensive pairing in Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, you just see a team oozing with talent. Croatia has Dejan Lovren in defense. That’s all you need to know.

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Goalkeeper Edge: France

Why: Look, I think Danijel Subasic is a fine goalkeeper. He’s been so good for Monaco over the years and can pull off some massive saves. He’s also shown how good he can be against penalty kicks, but Hugo Lloris is of a different breed. The Tottenham man is one of the top 3-5 goalkeepers in the world right now, and all you need to see is what he did to Martin Caceres in the quarterfinals to be reminded why:

Defenders Edge: France

Why: Umtiti and Varane are simply bigger, stronger and better than Domagoj Vida and Lovren. The Croatian defense isn’t a bad pair by any means, but France’s is so much quicker and better. That doesn’t mean this will be one-sided, but the clear edge goes to Les Bleus.

Midfield Edge: Push

Why: I love what Kante brings, and he can stop Luka Modric. He’s that good. But Modric and Rakitic are top-tier midfielders and better in attack than France is. While France has the edge defensively in the middle, it doesn’t have an edge in attack. Modric can control a match for 90 minutes with his turns and superior passing, but he’s going to have to be sharp against Kante, who will be out to wreck his world.

Attack Edge: Push

Why: Griezmann is great, Olivier Giroud is solid, Kylian Mbappe is a superstar, but Croatia is complete in the final third as well. The Croatians don’t have a player in attack better than Griezmann or Mbappe — they really don’t have anyone close — but they are so dangerous with Mario Mandzukic’s poacher ability and Ivan Perisic on the wing. Perisic, the Inter Milan star, could be the difference in this match. I think France will win, but entering this one I like what Croatia has in attack just as much as what France has because of Croatia’s experience playing together and chemistry on the field.

Coach Edge: Push

Why: Didier Deschamps is more experienced and the bigger name, and he’s gotten his team to finally play well, but Zlatko Dalic has worked wonders at Croatia.

Prediction France is just too talented, and they are on a roll. The country wins its second World Cup crown in regulation, with a dynamic attack threatening time and time against until a late winner comes from Kylian Mbappe.

Nike Hypervenom Phantom football boots, New Nike Hypervenom Phantom For Sale

6 new pictures showing the ‘Elite’ tier of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom football boots have leaked. They give us the best look yet at the Magista killer that is slated to drop in early August.

This image shows the entirely new Nike Hypervenom Phantom Vision soccer boots.

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Nike has chosen a relatively understated set of colors to debut the brand-new Phantom Vision soccer cleat silo in. Predominantly light gray or white, the Nike Hypervenom Phantom Vision Elite boots also feature darker shades of gray and a bright red, in a color-blocking design.

Red is used for the control zone on the inside of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom football boots, as well as the laces, which are normally hidden by the ‘Ghost Lace system’. All brandings, including the rather oddly placed Swoosh on the inside front of the Nike Future10 boots, are black. Finally, the collar, which is not directly connected to the upper, is dark gray.

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Tech-wise, the Nike Hypervenom Phantom Elite obviously takes inspiration from the Magista Obra 2, although the latter’s 3-D upper texture is dropped for a much more subtle variant that consists of small triangular shapes that cover the upper, most prominently on the red part. Besides that, the upper of the Nike Future10 boots is still Flyknit and includes ACC (All Conditions Control) for improved ball control under adverse conditions.

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Easily the most exciting new feature about the Nike Phantom Vision boot, however, is the new ‘Ghost Lace’ system, which is basically a lace-cover construction not unlike the one on the Adidas X Purespeed. It’s the first time in many years that Nike applies something like this on one of its boots.

Not that much different from the Magista II, the sole plate of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom soccer boots features a combination of bladed, conical and triangular studs.

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Nike Phantom Vision Elite – Features: Dynamic Fit collar links foot and lower leg; Flyknit upper; Synthetic outer layer with ACC (All Conditions Control); Ghost Lace system for concealed lockdown; Internal bootie confirms to foot; Interior heel counter;Contoured sockliner provides low-profile cushioning; Do you like the all-new Nike Phantom Vision Elite cleats? Drop us a line below, and check out the Boot Calendar to stay up to date with all the latest leaks.

Four stars Jose Guardado, Cristiano Ronaldo,Sergio Ramos,Essam El-Hadary represent the country in the world cup

In this World Cup, several players have represented the national team in 150 appearances. It is definitely not easy to record this record. Let us see who has achieved this remarkable achievement.

Jose Guardado (Mexico) 150 games

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Mexico’s captain Guadaldo has reached 150 games. From the age of 20, he went to Europe to play football. Guadaldo is a left-footed player. He used to be a left-handed versatile player who led the left side. Later, because of his passing vision and passing the ball, he began to move into the middle and became the core role of the midfield. Since 2005, Guadaldo has played for Mexico, played 006, 2010, 2014 and this World Cup, belonging to the team’s four dynasties, and more importantly, for more than a decade, he should occupy the country. The position of the team’s main force, whether it is kicking the middle road or kicking the side.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 154 games

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Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo is also a 4th veteran. He also scored in the 4th World Cup, the fourth person in history. This year, Cristiano Ronaldo performed well, but unfortunately failed to help Portugal further. His best result was to reach the top 4 in 2006 under the leadership of the gold generation such as Figo.

Sergio Ramos (Spain) 155 games

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Ramos was a veteran of the 2006 squad. He played in the 4th World Cup and helped Spain to win the World Cup in 2010 as the starting right back. This Spanish captain has moved to the middle of the road in recent years.

Essam El-Hadary (Egypt) 158 games

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Hadari is the record holder of the oldest team in the World Cup. Although he did not contribute much in this World Cup, and Egypt also scored 0 points, Ahmadari finally made a name in the World Cup.

brazil vs mexico – World Cup 2018 Russia – Neymar’s acting spoils Brazil’s show

There is nothing Brazil teams enjoy more than winning in the heat. Well that and, at least as far as Neymar is concerned, rolling around in apparent agony after the lightest of touches from an opponent.

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Football is not a popularity contest. Winners have no need to curry favour beyond their fanbase. And this Brazilian side have the steely look of champions, the way they played in the Samara sauna suggests they might be a side without flaw. Except this one: if they are to win the World Cup, their success will be tarnished by the pitiful interjections of their superb forward.

In truth Neymar’s play-acting at this World Cup has been little short of scandalous. He was by turns brilliant and ridiculous here in Samara on Monday (Tuesday NZT), by turns wonderful athlete and childish ego. And, after he attempted a bold bid for a Golden Globe rather than the Golden Boot by rolling around as if under sniper fire following the lightest of pecks on his shin from the Mexico substitute Miguel Layun, if the Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio is right, it might be a while before he is welcome to holiday in Cancun.

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Brazil star Neymar engages in some histrionics soon after scoring the first goal in the 2-0 win over Mexico.

“Unfortunately, and I think it’s a shame for football, we wasted a lot of time because of the behaviour of one single player,” complained Osorio. “It is a man’s sport, there shouldn’t be so much acting.”

Gareth Southgate comfortable with criticism after England loss to Belgium

Adnan Januzaj’s second-half goal condemned Southgate’s side to a 1-0 defeat in Kaliningrad on Thursday evening, a result which left England second in Group G and set up a last-16 clash with Colombia next Tuesday.

With the World Cup’s leading scorer Harry Kane among the players left on the bench, Marcus Rashford missed England’s best chance to equalise when he was played through by Jamie Vardy.

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But Southgate insisted his main priority to give all of his outfield players time on the pitch ahead of the knockout stage.

He said: “When you’re a manager you’ve got to make decisions that are right for your group and are right for the primary objective.

“Sometimes those decisions will be criticised and I understand that. Only one person has to make that decision with the full facts and the intricacies of managing a group and a tournament.

“As a group of staff, we were very clear on what we felt was needed physically, medically and tactically for the benefit of the group.

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“We’ve got 20 outfield players that have played in a World Cup and that’s hugely important for the feeling in our camp over the next few weeks. Maybe we could have pushed a bit more by putting other players into the game tonight but we still created chances. We had one absolutely fantastic chance to tie the game.

“I had to balance that and I know in some quarters that will be criticised but I’m entirely comfortable with that. Sometimes you have to make decisions for the bigger picture.”

John Stones was substituted at half-time, but Southgate insisted that was planned and the defender has no injury concerns.

And he admitted keeping his players fit and fresh was a major part of his approach.

“Our primary objective today was a mid-term one really and that was to get everybody time on the pitch and they are ready now to start or come into a match.

“Those that didn’t play have been protected and we have everybody to select from going into the knock-out phase.

“The other important thing was to be competitive right to the final whistle and I think we did that.

“Trying to balance all of those objectives and trying to win can be difficult but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and make decisions that might, in some quarters be criticised but I think everybody in our dressing room and our group understands what we’re trying to do.”

He added: “If we’d put Harry Kane on for 10 minutes and somebody wacked him down the ankle, that would be ridiculous. Everybody knows the most important game is the knockout game.”

Colombia reached the last 16 following a 1-0 win over Senegal earlier on Thursday, but Southgate believes his players can beat them in Moscow next week.

“They’ve got some outstanding individuals but I believe it’s a game we can win,” he said.

“It is a fantastic, fantastic challenge for us. The numbers they’ve got supporting them is clear and some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving.

“It was shown again tonight that we’ve still got levels to reach and we’ve still got work to do, but that’s nothing we didn’t know.

“Maybe that’s not a bad thing. If we’d won tonight then the reality of where we are might not have bene in people’s minds.”

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Tie-breakers for Russia 2018 groups

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With the group stages now well underway at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we are entering a crucial phase where teams begin to seal progression to the knockout rounds.

But what happens if your side finishes level on points with somebody else? How are the final placings in the groups determined?

Here are the tie-break scenarios for rankings in the groups:
​Greatest number of points
Goal difference in all group matches
Goals scored in all group matches

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:
Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned

Tie-breakers for Russia 2018 groups
Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
Greater number of points obtained regarding fair play conduct (yellow cards = -1, indirect red card (as a result of a second yellow card) = -3, direct red card = -4, yellow card and direct red = -5, with only one of the deductions applied to a player in a single game)

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For more information, please refer to the 2018 World Cup Regulations (Article 32, Section 5).

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