England's political leaders are welcome to change their minds and come to Russia to support their team at the World Cup now that they have advanced to the knockout stage, Russian organisers said on Friday.
Yet in the bottom half of the last 16 draw, nations with not a single World Cup triumph to their names like Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, Croatia, Denmark and Colombia have every right to remain hopeful. The 2018 World Cup surely has plenty more exciting and dramatic moments to share with us in the days to come, but here are the most memorable incidents from the group stage.
For Italy, the early exit at the 2010 World Cup was a harbinger of further disappointment, which culminated in them failing to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
England will carry high expectations into its match Tuesday against a talented Colombia team after essentially choosing that matchup by fielding a squad of reserves in its last group game against Belgium.
The 58-year-old will have to answer why the youngster was surplus to requirement for his party to the World Cup. "That's who we have to play against on our 1st Asian Cup", said the Azkals team manager in another Tweet.
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As a result, many people had their eyes on another, very similar case, Arlene's Flowers v. Stutzman was sued by Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll in 2013.
Just days ago, it looked like Lionel Messi would play no part in the knockout stages at the World Cup. 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.
Iran nearly pulled off a major upset when, with a little help from VAR, they held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their last game, while Spain needed a stoppage-time strike from Iago Aspas to avoid defeat against Morocco and win the group. They had a disappointing draw with Iceland (1:1) and a thorough beating from Croatia (0:3).
Their sensational victory over Germany wasn't enough to redeem them after humbling defeats to Sweden and Mexico in the first two games of Group F.
Few gave the Koreans any chance of reversing that defeat on Wednesday, with some bookmakers offering odds of 100-1 on a 2-0 win, but as coach Shin Tae-yong said ahead of the match: "The ball is round, anything can happen".
It was the end of an era for the likes of Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso.