Lionel Messi and co. began their World Cup campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland before suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia . Petersburg". Defender Brian Idowu, who joined his coach at the news conference, said Nigeria's only choice was to try and bring Messi's World Cup to an end.
Surprisingly, possession between the two teams nearly split 50-50. It was hot in Moscow as temperature reached 29 degrees Celsius, but the competition on the pitch was even hotter. Tunisia also used pace and direct running to expose Belgium's defense, though tested goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois too rarely. 1-0 M. 6 Hazard, de penalti.
Germany's Ilkay Gundogan, left, and Sweden's Marcus Berg challenge for the ball during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia , Saturday, June 23, 2018. If South Korea do manage to progress beyond the group stage, it will become the first team to qualify for the last-16 of the World Cup after losing its first two game since the tournament was expanded to 32 countries in 1998.
And while both sides had already been eliminated ahead of Monday's game at the Volgograd Arena, the Green Falcons at least avoided the ignominy of finishing the campaign without a point as they overtook Egypt into third place in the group .
If it's a draw then it will be decided by fair play as the teams are now level on goal difference and goals scored. Peru and Poland have also confirmed their exit after losing their two games in group C and H. If all these elements are equal then there will be a drawing of lots to decide their final group positions. Should there still be no victor, fair play points will be tallied.
The World Cup was just "a short-term blip", he said. As underdogs, Iceland - along with fans and their emblematic "thunderclap" celebration - drew global admiration on their thrilling run to the quarterfinals at the European Championships two years ago, holding winners Portugal in the group stage and knocking England out at the last 16.