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THE FINISH LINE

It's half-time at the World Cup

Croatia are the stand-out team so far, and Germany the most disappointing of the lot

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Croatia's Modric (at left) scoring his nation's second goal against Argentina at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, on June 21. Croatia won this World Cup Group D match 3-0.

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Spain's Nacho celebrating after scoring his team's third goal during the Group B match against Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15. The match ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

A BREATHLESS and captivating World Cup in Russia is now at its half-way mark. All 48 group games are done and dusted, and the tournament enters the all-important knockout stage as we inch closer to crowning football's next world champion.

For the 16 nations still in the chase, it's...

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