Russia to play vs Spain in knockouts of FIFA World Cup 2018

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi Russia Saturday

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi Russia Saturday

It would be no surprise to see him find the back of the net once again in this one to leapfrog Harry Kane who now leads the race for the golden boot on five goals, having scored a hat-trick for England in their 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday afternoon. The first is, of course, the points scored by the teams.

If teams can not be separated by that then. A draw would see Russian Federation top on goal difference. This World Cup so far has been anything but what was predicted and has managed to surprise us all, game after game.

Currently, England lead due to a better disciplinary record.

Paris St Germain fans attempted the same tactics in March, only for Ronaldo to net the victor and push his team Real Madrid into the quarter-finals of the Champions League - a tournament they eventually won, beating Liverpool 3-1 in May.

Their group rivals Iran and Morocco were eliminated, with four points and one point respectively. And he wasn't just turning to the side to catch a reflection of himself. And it was the African nation which got this one going. Cavani, who also had scored in 2010 and 2014, netted the third goal in Uruguay's 3-0 win against Russian Federation.

Morocco has played well in its two matches, only to lose both 1-0. Spain face the same situation against Morocco but could also lose and still qualify as long as Portugal win.

The top two teams now have the same number of points, goal difference and goals scored - they are separated by Fair Play records (Spain have one yellow card and Portugal have picked up two).

Spain have the advantage at the moment with one booking against the two of Portugal.

A Nigeria win will guarantee their progression, but even a draw would be enough unless Iceland beat Croatia by two clear goals. Pointless Morocco are already out.

Morocco's desire to leave Russian Federation on a high note may even play into Spain's hands if they press forward and leave more space at the back.

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"But we have a backup group pushing for places every day". Denmark could finish first, second or third.

"They have a lot of ability as a team and not just as a defensive team". Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has already warned Croatia to play their strongest side against Iceland. The Danes would top the group with victory.

Mexico is in with a win or a draw against Sweden. After Nigeria defeated Iceland, the pressure is on the upcoming match between Nigeria and Argentina. Uruguay need to win to take the group.

After the nightmares that are Groups E and F, Group G is remarkably straightforward. Costa Rica have been eliminated.

France are through to the next round having picked up six points, while Peru are off home. Germany and Sweden could yet be separated by their head-to-head result, which would see the holders through.

Germany will progress if they beat South Korea by two goals.

"I want to win, my colleague wants to win and it's going to be a tough and strong battle".

In the last minute of the first half, Portugal broke through in style as Ricardo Quaresma made his way to the edge of the area and curled a stunning effort into the corner with the outside of his boot.

The victor of Group F will meet the runner-up in Group E.

England and Belgium advance, regardless of what happens; Tunisia and Panama are out, regardless of what happens. Belgium now have three yellow cards to England's two, meaning this could be a battle of discipline more than anything. Should Senegal and Japan both draw with the same score, they will be split by fair play; Senegal have five yellow cards to Japan's three.

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