So Group C fizzled out rather than reaching any climax and the qualifiers from Group D proved to be the two with the most quality in the final reckoning.
Argentina will have to up their playing level to progress much further; though round of 16 opponents, France, look bang average at present, too.
On to today’s fare……..
Group E looks fairly straightforward unless Serbia can pull off a shock. Neymar will use any means to annoy us with his theatrics. Leave it at home, mate; you’re a great footballer – that should be enough.
Granit and Shaqiri escaped bans for their soaring eagles celebrations, so if the Swiss qualify, Arsenal should have at least two representatives playing in the Round of 16.
Group F could see a three-way tie on 6 points if the Swedes can beat Mexico and the Jarmans overcome pointless South Korea. Though Mexico should be too strong to let things slip.