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New record?

If he keeps his goal unbeaten for 81 minutes, Fernando Muslera will break his own record (390' without conceding) set at South Africa 2010. But Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 4 already and is set for his nation's first Round of 16 match in 8 years.

France and Argentina have met twice in World Cup history; both were victories for the Albiceleste: 1930 (1-0) and 1978 (2-1). Since that match in Buenos Aires, France have never lost to a South American side in the World Cup.

Hosts shadow over Spain

La Roja have never beaten a host nation at the World Cup. They lost 1-6 to Brazil (1950) and collected 2 draws: 1-1 with Italy (1934) and 0-0 with Korea Republic in 2002 (Spain lost on penalties). Fernando Hierro was part of that squad. Will he redeem himself in Moscow?

The long game

Croatia are currently on both their longest ever World Cup winning streak (3 games) and World Cup scoring streak (7 games).

Ochoa v Neymar II

At Brazil 2014 Guillermo Ochoa famously denied Neymar a goal with a stellar diving save. His heroics will be needed again if El Tri is to find their 1st World Cup win over the Selecao in 5 games. The trouble has traditionally been at the other end, as Mexico have, to date, never scored against Brazil at the World Cup.

Lukaku reloaded?

In Japan's last meeting with Belgium - an international friendly in November 2017, Romelu Lukaku scored the match winner. Will the golden boot contender strike again?

Switzerland have not won a knockout match at the World Cup since 1938 (1st round), while Sweden have reached the semi-finals 3 times since then.

With 5 played, Colombia have never beaten England. The English have also won the only World Cup match between the pair. That 2-0 victory at France 1998 eliminated the Cafeteros and saw a trademark free-kick from David Beckham. Current England coach Gareth Southgate was on the England team but did not play.


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