South Korea Players Face Punishment For World Cup Exit

South Korea Players Face Punishment For World Cup Exit

We didn't deserve to be winning the World Cup again, we didn't deserve to move into the round of 16. Having lost to Uruguay 3:0 Russian Federation still made it to the 1/8 finals where it is going to face the Spanish team.

"After a European or World Cup, you can judge the work that has been done in the previous two years".

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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.

Uruguay, though, are the only team not to have conceded a goal.

The hosts were on a seven-match winless streak going into the tournament, but ended it by thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 on the opening night, and then hammered Egypt 3-1. Especially after the now-deposed champions won the Confederations Cup a year ago with a rejuvenated team full of talent and qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of ten wins. Gareth Southgate rested eight players - including captain and star man Harry Kane - for the Group G closer against Belgium, with the Three Lions' momentum potentially hurt by a 1-0 loss to Belgium. Striker Yussuf Poulsen could also achieve the same feat.

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Monday's later match pits Neymar and a Brazil lineup that seems to be finding its form against a mercurial Mexico squad that knocked off Germany and South Korea but got hammered by Sweden. "But now we are at a World Cup, it's a new cycle, a new format", said coach Tite in an attempt to keep feet on the ground.

There is a general feeling Brazil are yet to get out of first gear despite the fact they topped their group with seven points.

Other countries took more delight in Germany's departure, however, after they lost 2-0 to South Korea.

Those who remained applauded sarcastically when South Korea's Son Heung Min scored a late second goal into an empty net.

Kane has the more hard task of facing Colombia, so Lukaku is likely to have caught his Golden Boot rival by the time the quarter-finals come around, should they both progress.

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