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Loew, who has the support of the German federation and is under contract until the next World Cup, has not ruled out leaving his position following the debacle.

It is the highest Croatia has been ranked since 1999 when it reached third spot after finishing third at the 1998 World Cup in France.

So after the drama of the last fortnight, who is best set to go far in the knockout rounds?

Italy had won back-to-back World Cups before the Second World War got in the way, and much had changed by the time the 1950 tournament came around in Brazil.

Amid rows over the poisoning in March of a former Russian spy in England, which briefly raised talk of the team boycotting the tournament, the British government said it would not send official representatives to the World Cup.

You would have thought the South Korean football team would have had a warm welcome home after defeating the reigning football world champions.

The Real Madrid star bagged four goals in his first two games, taking his total World Cup tally up to seven.

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The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Lionel Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage - in Argentina's case they were lucky to advance at all.

Zidane was back in time for their last group outing, but could not prevent a 2-0 loss at the hands of Denmark that had them heading home after the worst trophy defence in tournament history.

Argentinians might be happier than anyone at Germany's elimination, having been knocked out by them at each of the last three World Cups. Having lost to Uruguay 3:0 Russian Federation still made it to the 1/8 finals where it is going to face the Spanish team.

Group E: Brazil (7 points), Switzerland (5), Serbia (3), Costa Rica (1).

Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson put his side ahead against Mexico and in return, he sank Germany's hopes of progressing. They were close to the wire against Sweden and they have not been able to break Korea down. The Egyptians lost all three matches (0).

They did just that by overcoming Senegal 1-0, and the coupling of that result with Poland's 1-0 triumph over Japan meant Aliou Cisse's side were eliminated on fair play rules.