South Korea Team Pelted With Eggs After Returning From The World Cup

Time to fill in the World Cup knockout-stage blanks

Time to fill in the World Cup knockout-stage blanks

The message was clear before a game between two sides who have already qualified with victories from their opening fixtures and have identical goal difference.

The knockout round of the World Cup kicks off Saturday, with France battling Argentina and Uruguay taking on Portugal for spots in the quarterfinals.

"No he wasn't, but he stays in history because the World Cup is exactly the theater for these kind of dreams". Costa Rica made an early exit but shared the points with Switzerland in their last match, which was enough for the Europeans to qualify for the knockout stage.

Son Heung-Min and his South Korean team-mates were pelted with eggs and Union Jack cushions after arriving home from the World Cup.

Belgium beat England, 1-0, to win Group G and officially set the bracket for the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup.

The team's disappointment and shock at crashing out of the competition in the group stages was summed up on the front of the country's national newspaper Bild.

Germany crashed out at the group stage after they were beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday.

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Costa Rica's only previous World Cup victory against South American opposition came in the 2014 tournament (3-1 vs Uruguay). Many thought they would steamroll Switzerland in their Group E opener, but the European side held out for a 1-1 draw .

And beyond that could lie Sweden who, it should not be forgotten, have been responsible for knocking out the Netherlands, Italy and Germany from this World Cup.

The 58-year-old will have to answer why the youngster was surplus to requirement for his party to the World Cup.

There has been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad. The Samurai Blue, Asia's last team at the finals, will be outsiders having never reached a World Cup quarter-final, while only Russian Federation have a lower Fifa ranking.

Key battle: Xherdan Shaqiri hit a late victor against Serbia and he is his team's biggest attacking threat, with Sweden's left-back Ludwig Augustinsson - who scored their opening goal in a 3-0 win against Mexico - likely to be tested defensively.

Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018.

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.

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