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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Goalscoring Football Boots – 2018 Nike Mercurial World Cup Soccer Cleats With 39 Goals Scored

The 2018 World Cup is in full swing, with the first round of matches already over. What a better time to take a first look at which soccer cleats dominates the tournament so far, revealing that there is one boot silo that overshadows all others.

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Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, we already took a look at which brands dominate the 2018 World Cup. Our analysis in cooperation with Football Boots DB revealed that Nike supplies cleats for 465 players (63.4%), with Adidas at just 196 (26.7%). Puma (41), Mizuno (10), Umbro (7), New Balance (6), Under Armour (3), Lotto and Asics (both 2) finish the rankings.

39 goals have been scored in the 18 matches so far. If you followed the coverage of the 2018 World Cup, you might already know that around half of the goals were scored after a set-play. But what might be even more rmerarkable is that 19 of the first 39 goals were scored by players wearing the Nike Mercurial Superfly / Vapor 360 football boots.

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Players who scored wearing the Nike Mercurial are Cristiano Ronaldo (4 goals), Denis Cheryshev (3 goals) as well as the likes as Hirving Lozano, Luka Modrić, Aleksandar Kolarov, Yussuf Poulsen, Steven Zuber, Philippe Coutinho, Jose Giminez. The second most successful football boots was the Adidas Predator 18.1 with 4 goals, followed by the Puma One and Nike Hypervenom (3 goals respectively).

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In total, 25 of 39 goals (64.1%) of all 2018 World Cup goals so far were scored by Nike athletes. Adidas comes second with 9 goals (23%), Puma comes third with 4 goals (10%), while Asics-sponsored Yuya Osako scored 1 goal..

What do you think of the dominance of Nike Mercurial football boots so far? Let us know in the comments below.

World Cup Soccer Game : sweden vs south korea,belgium vs panama,england vs tunisia

With the notable exception of the holders, European teams have been faring decidedly well at Russia 2018. Today’s trio of wins for Sweden, Belgium and England ensured that, of the 13 matches they have been involved in thus far, teams from the Old Continent have lost just one.

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Harry Kane’s late winner against Tunisia boosted the European contingent’s points haul yet further, and completed the second double of the day after Romelu Lukaku’s earlier brace for the Belgians.

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In all three of She matches on Day 5, it took second-half goals to secure deserved wins. For Sweden, Andreas Granqvist’s penalty was their first at this tournament since Henrik Larsson’s 90th-minute equaliser against England in 2006. It was also no more than they deserved against a Korea Republic side that ended the match without having registered a single shot on target.

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Later, Belgium endured a tough first half against debutants Panama before their class told in the shape of three sumptuous second-half goals. Lukaku grabbed two of them, but the pick of the bunch came when Dries Mertens scored a screamer of a first-time volley, helping extend Belgium’s unbeaten run to an impressive 20 matches. Only Spain (21) currently boast a better streak in international football.