No staff is secure at this World Cup, and the data simply carry on falling.
With the 16 groups now finalised for the knockout levels, some massive soccer giants are gone, and data have been damaged.
“That is loopy, I’ve by no means seen something prefer it,” Craig Foster mentioned within the SBS studio on Friday morning. “Taking place to actually the final kick of so many video games, that is simply extraordinary drama.
“This World Cup, it’s simply been completely mad.”
Right here’s simply among the historical past created in an unimaginable begin to the match.
Not a single staff stays good
Brazil was the final staff with an ideal report getting into the ultimate day of the group stage however even the mighty South Individuals couldn’t get by means of unscathed.
After barely being troubled by Cameroon all recreation, Brazil conceded late to lose 1-0. It was the primary time Brazil had misplaced to a staff from Africa.
It additionally meant not a single staff gained all three group matches — the primary time that’s occurred since 1994.
The Netherlands, England and Morocco ended up with the largest factors haul (seven) after successful twice and drawing their different recreation.
The massive groups knocked out
Seven of the highest 20 ranked groups on this planet have did not make the second spherical, 9 if you embrace sixth ranked Italy and seventeenth ranked Colombia who did not make it to Qatar.
Belgium was the largest scalp, with the world quantity two knocked out after a 0-0 draw in opposition to Croatia within the remaining group recreation.
Germany (ranked eleventh) can also be going dwelling, regardless of a 4-2 win in opposition to Costa Rica. The 2014 winners missed out on purpose distinction and now have did not make it out of the group stage on the previous two World Cups.
The opposite high 20 groups to fail within the group stage are Denmark (ranked tenth), Mexico (thirteenth), Uruguay (14th), Wales (nineteenth) and Iran (twentieth).
A brand new report for Asia
Three Asian groups have made the ultimate 16 for the primary time ever, with Japan, Korea Republic and naturally Australia qualifying.
And so they all did it the exhausting manner.
Japan topped its group by beating Germany and Spain, Korea Republic beat Portugal and Australia had back-to-back wins in opposition to Tunisia and Denmark.
The earlier greatest was two, achieved in 2010 and 2002 (each occasions with Japan and Korea Republic).
A brand new world soccer order
European and South American groups have dominated the World Cup, with no international locations from another confederation ever successful.
However the remaining 16 contains the bottom variety of groups from Europe and South America for the reason that remaining 16 began in 1986.
Solely two South American groups have certified – Brazil and Argentina – which is the equal lowest since 1994 2002.
With noting each these occasions Brazil ended up successful the World Cup.
Solely seven European groups certified, however six is the bottom in 2010 and 2014.
Report low for host nation
Qatar achieved a brand new low for a bunch nation, shedding all three video games.
They grew to become solely the second host nation to fail to make the second spherical, after South Africa in 2010. However at the very least Bafana Bafana bought 4 factors as hosts, with a win and a draw.
Mexico’s unimaginable run involves an finish
If there may be one factor you may depend on at a World Cup, it was Mexico making the second spherical after which shedding.
The previous seven World Cups, the Central American nation has made it out of the group stage solely to lose within the spherical of 16.
Till this 12 months.
Mexico completed on 4 factors in Group C, equal with Poland, however was eradicated on purpose distinction.
The spherical of 16 schedule
Sunday, December 4
2am — Netherlands v USA; 6am — Argentina v Australia
Monday, December 5
2am — France v Poland; 6am — England v Senegal
Tuesday, December 6
2am — Japan v Croatia; 6am — Brazil v South Korea
Wednesday, December 7
2am — Morocco v Spain; 6am — Portugal v Switzerland