Uruguay brought them crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 win in the final game to top the group, though.
In 2010 Italy failed to make it out of a group that contained Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand, while four years later Spain failed against Netherlands, Chile and Australia.
The first phase, featuring just one goalless draw and already a record number of penalties, has been marked by Germany's stunning exit, their earliest in 80 years. So far this summer, we've already seen plenty of shocking results, insane red cards, last-minute winners, and VAR madness. Russian Federation 2018 represented the first time in the history of Germany's participation in the World Cup that it failed to advance out of its group.
Concluding the round of 16 is Colombia v England, with both sides likely to be thinking ahead to a possible clear run to the semi-finals due to being paired with Sweden and Switzerland in the last eight. We gave a bad picture in the three games. Harry Kane trained with a first-team bib in England's morning session and, as such, is expected to start even though Southgate has given serious consideration to withholding the player whose five goals puts him at the top of the golden boot scoring chart.
Star player, Son Heung-min, also said: "Thank you to all of you who came today". However, whether they made serene progress or squeezed through, all teams in the knockout stages will believe they can go all the way. "We tried hard to win, but we never earned the chance to take the lead". "In the second round everybody would have liked to play against us". The fact is that we weren't in the form that we showed in previous years.
"We needed to throw things forward, and it opened things up in defence".
He added, however, that the World Cup does produce moments that go down in football folklore - often from unlikely sources. "The World Cup is an wonderful social event that brings the passion for football into limits, because we are speaking about countries, but innovations in the World Cup, I don't see it".
"In the end we did not do enough".