Mesut Ozil breaks silence after Germany's World Cup exit

Russia 2018 bursting with drama as World Cup records tumble

Few would have expected Sweden to progress at all let alone finish top of Group F. Only Toni Kroos' 95th-minute victor spoilt an unbeaten record and Sweden responded with an emphatic win over Mexico.

Brazil's tournament got off to a rocky start when they were held 1-1 by Switzerland, but two stoppage-time goals against Costa Rica set them on their way to top spot.

Resting some starters and with possibly more to be gained with a loss in the match than a win, England never attacked with a convincing effort, and the match ended at the 1-0 mark.

German players looking devastated following the team's surprising early exit from the 2018 World Cup.

Later on Saturday, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay battle reigning European champions Portugal as slim +180 chalk, while Sunday's action has Spain taking on host nation Russian Federation as a heavy -180 bet, and the surprising squad from Croatia clashing with Denmark as -120 favourites.

Kroos had seemed to embody German resilience in their second group game against Sweden, making the mistake that led to Ola Toivonen's goal but then whipping home the brilliant injury-time equaliser.

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Top stat: With nine goals scored in their three group games, Belgium are the top scorers in the competition.

"We were too slow, we deserved to lose", admitted Laura Kabinsky, who watched the match at Berlin's fan mile and donned a necklace in the black, red and gold of the German flag for the occasion.

They ran out of ideas against Iceland, were outplayed by Croatia and survived only thanks to a last-gasp win over Nigeria. But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the German failed to score a victor and so will be heading home from Russian Federation earlier than expected.

There were no surprises in Group B's finishing positions as Spain and Portugal progressed to the knockout stages, but their opponents didn't make it easy for them. Only in the very end they pulled out a salutary victory in the game with the Nigerians (2:1).

Brazil, five-time winners, take on Mexico, and two-time champions Uruguay battle it out with Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions Portugal. A 3-0 win over Australia in their last game was scant consolation.

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