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2018 World Cup: Schedule, scores and updates for Thursday's matches

World Cup group stage ends

Four groups have completed their group play of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. During this third and final match of the group stage, all four teams in each group play simultaneously. This helps prevent match fixing by teams and players, stemming back to an incident during the 1982 World Cup.

Why do the teams play at the same time?

In the final match of group play that year, Germany and Austria played each other. Algeria was also in their group and had won its third match the day prior. A win by Austria or a draw would have seen Austria and Algeria advance. But a win by Germany would have sent Germany and Austria through.

Germany took a 1-0 lead early in the match. After that, both the Austrians and the Germans merely passed the ball around with no apparent desire to score. It was a lazy match that resulted in boos and the subsequent scheduling change.

Senegal 0 - 1 Colombia (Group H)

Colombia wins Group H with the victory

Colombia wins Group H after a narrow 1-nil victory over Senegal. Colombia took destiny in their own hands and spoiled Senegal's first-ever World Cup run. Yerry Mina placed a powerful downward header after a fine cross in from the right.

It was all Colombia needed to win the group.

Goals

  • 74' - Yerry Mina (POL)

Cards

  • 45' - Johan Mojica (COL)
  • 51' - Mbaye Niang (SEN) 

Full match recap and live blog

Japan 0 - 1 Poland

Japan advances as Group H runner up, edging Senegal on tiebreakers

Japan was  tied with Senegal for the top of Group H going into Thursday's matches. Despite the loss, they will advance to the Round of 16 on tiebreakers.

There was only one goal in this one. On a set piece just outside the box, Jan Bednarek one-timed a ball that landed right at his feet. Poland almost got a second one in the 74th minute, but Robert Lewandowski's shot went just over the bar after taking a one-timer a perfected placed pass.

Goals

  • 59' - Jan Bednarek (POL)

Cards

  • 66' - Tomoaki Makino (JPN)

Full match recap and live blog

England 0 - 1 Belgium

Belgium wins Group G; England advances as runner-up

Both teams came into the match tied atop the group. This match was to determine first place and position in the bracket.

With the win, Belgium will face Japan and the Group G winner. England will face Colombia, the Group H winner.

Goals

  • 51'- Adnan Januzaj  (BEL)

Cards

  • 19' - Youri Tielemans  (BEL)
  • 33' - Leander Dendoncker (BEL)

Full match recap and live blog

Panama 1- 2 Tunisia (Group G)

In the last match for both countries, Tunisia has come out on top. Panama managed to net a second goal at the Central American county's first World Cup.

Goals

  • 33' - Yassine Meriah (PAN)
  • 51' - Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (TUN)
  • 66' - Wahbi Khazri  (TUN)

Cards

  • 44' - Ferjani Sassi (TUN)
  • 78' - Ricardo Avila (PAN)
  • 71' - Anice Badri (TUN)
  • 79' - Gabriel Gomez (PAN)
  • 90' +3' - Ghaylene Chaalali (TUN)
  • 90' +6' - Luis Tejada  (PAN)

Full match recap and live blog


2018 World Cup Standings

Here are the current standings. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one for a tie. Here are the standings thus far. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one for a tie. Teams listed in italics have been eliminated.

Group A Standings

  1. Uruguay (3-0-0) 9 points
  2. Russia  (2-0-1) 6 points
  3. Saudi Arabia (1-0-2), 3 points
  4. Egypt (0-0-2) 0 points

Group B Standings

  1. Spain (1-2-0) 5 points (+1 goal differential)
  2. Portugal (1-2-0 ) 5 points (+1 goal differential)
  3. Iran (1-1-0), 4 points
  4. Morocco (0-1-2) 1 point

Group C Standings

  1. France (3-0-0) 7 points
  2. Denmark (1-2-0) 5 points
  3. Peru (1-0-2) 3 points
  4. Australia (0-1-2), 1 point

Group D Standings

  1. Croatia (3-0-0) 6 points
  2. Argentina (1-1-1) 4 points
  3. Nigeria (1-0-2) 3 points
  4. Iceland (0-1-2) 1 point

Group E Standings

  1. Brazil (2-1-0) 6 points
  2. Switzerland (1-2-0) 5 points
  3. Serbia (1-0-2) 3 points
  4. Costa Rica (0-1-2) 1 points

Group F Standings

  1. Sweden (2-0-1) 6 points (GD: 3)
  2. Mexico (2-0-0) 6 points (GD: -1)
  3. South Korea (1-0-2) 3 points (GD: 0)
  4. Germany (1-0-2) 3 points (GD: -2)

Group G Standings

  1. Belgium (3-0-0) 9 points
  2. England (2-0-1) 6 points
  3. Tunisia (1-0-2) 3 points
  4. Panama (0-0-3) 0 points

Group H Standings

  1. Colombia (2-0-1) 6 points
  2. Japan (1-1-1) 4 points
  3. Senegal (1-1-1) 4 points
  4. Poland (1-0-2) 3 points

Download a printable World Cup bracket

CBS Sports has created a downloadable World Cup bracket for you to follow along every World Cup match. The bracket contains all teams within all eight groups and how they place into the round of 16 in the knockout stage.