Cristiano Ronaldo flew out of the blocks before Lionel Messi made a late arrival at Russia's 2018's raucous and dramatic group-stage party.
Ivan Rakitic feels his old Barcelona colleague Neymar is growing into the tournament and will produce his best form at Russia 2018.
The World Cup group stage is over, so we have rated the performances of all 32 nations.
David de Gea was criticised for his performances in Spain's World Cup group matches but Thiago Alcantara defended the goalkeeper.
Spain coach Fernando Hierro was backed by Dani Carvajal after facing criticism from Bernd Schuster.
Luka Doncic watched on as Slovenia slipped up against undefeated Spain in the battle to reach the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Moroccan football's governing body has appealed to FIFA over a number of alleged poor refereeing decisions at the World Cup in Russia.
Winning the World Cup is the pinnacle of international football but, as Germany found out, there is a curse that comes with it.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, who says he is focused on Spain's World Cup campaign for now.