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While Iran were one of the surprise packages, Germany heralded the end of the days with an early exit – here’s some more World Cup winners and losers 

WINNERS

Iran

Just centimetres away from knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Round of applause for Iran, a team that was more than just a underdog: nobody would have thought they could perform so well. They beat Morocco, unexpectedly, then even more unexpectedly they gave Spain a really tough time and then almost winning against Portugal.

Uruguay

Rock solid at the back, deadly up front. Still no goals conceded, whilst topping the group with nine points. Of course, if you want aesthetics look the other way, but the feeling is they would want to be avoided by any opponent.

Lionel Messi

The worst start possible, with a missed penalty. The best end to the group, with that goal, and it isn’t the end, as the adventure continues for him and Argentina. His team-mates have struggled to make any impact but Leo was decisive overall and is still alive.

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Switzerland

That last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri goal was the difference between Switzerland and Serbia, as the latter were knocked out despite being favourites. The Swiss held Brazil to the draw, beat the Serbians then cruised to the knock-out stages in the final game. Impressive.

Harry Kane

Five goals already in the bag, leading the race to the Golden Boot. From Tottenham to England, his form hasn’t changed, confirming his status as the top player for the Three Lions in his first appearance at a World Cup.

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Belgium

Nine points out of nine, the best signal for everyone: Belgium mean serious business. Solid at the back, deadly up front, the Belgians have been one of the best sides so far, and they’ll be a real hassle for anyone from now on.

LOSERS

Germany

The curse of the World Champions has hit the Germans, a group who you wouldn’t think could be touched by supernatural things. Yet it happened as Joachim Low’s men were blasted out by a South Korea side that had nothing to play for.

Mohamed Salah

He scored two goals, sure, but was meant to be one of the top five players at this World Cup, but will barely be remembered.

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Nigeria

The best jersey of the tournament was worn only once, and it gave them the win. But other than that, Nigeria were disappointing, especially in the last game, when they should have attacked Argentina to try and snatch the spot to the knock-out stages.

Serbia

The likes of Nemanja Matic, Adem Ljajic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Aleksandar Kolarov, yet no real team. Put together, all these players were not good enough. They beat Costa Rica, would have deserved more against Switzerland, but the truth is, they are going home.

Poland

On paper, one of the best teams. In reality, out at the group stages, without ever looking like they could qualify. Star man Robert Lewandowski was simply not good enough, like most of his supposedly starring partners.

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Peru

Like Poland, a lot more was expected from them. The missed penalty against Denmark ended being the real difference between a place in the knockout stages and a flight home. The latter is the final verdict.

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