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World Cup predictions - With Football Manager 2018
By Sam Jones - 18th Jun 2018Games
Which team will prevail, the sports simulation Steam game will decide!
With World Cup fever taking over this summer, millions if not billions of people are tuning in every day to see their nation take to the biggest stage of soccer/football - or from a neutral perspective if your team didn't qualify!
It's still early days as to who will lift the trophy in July, but we've used sports simulation game Football Manager 2018 to predict various outcomes of the World Cup 2018 in Russia - from group stage results to the overall winner. Check out the results below and see if the predictions match your's.
Spoiler alert, there are a few shock results!
World Cup 2018 group stage results
Our FM18 predictions took an interesting turn at the group stages, with some shock results leading to favorites taking an early bath from the tournament. Uruguay failed to make it out of Group A as hosts Russia finished second behind Egypt - while Group B favorites Spain and Portugal both made it through.
France took control of Group C by only dropping two points from a potential nine, with Peru taking second place respectively - While Argentina narrowly took top spot of Group D on level points with Croatia (7). Group E saw Brazil claim three wins from three, with Switzerland claiming second place - but it was Group F that saw one of the biggest shocks as Germany failed to progress, with Sweden and Mexico progressing on six points each.
England fans will be relieved to hear that their side progressed to the next round of the tournament after finishing second in Group G, behind Belgium - and, finally, Group H proved to be a close call for second place with three teams finishing on 3 points. Poland claimed top spot with 9 points, with Colombia taking second place.
The group standings were as follows:
Egypt (5 pts)
Russia (5 pts)
Uruguay (4 pts)
Saudi Arabia (1 pt)
Portugal (9 pts)
Spain (6 pts)
Morocco (3 pts)
Iran (0 pts)
France (7 pts)
Peru (4 pts)
Denmark (3 pts)
Australia (1 pt)
Argentina (7 pts)
Croatia (7 pts)
Nigeria (3 pts)
Iceland (0 pts)
Brazil (9 pts)
Switzerland (6 pts)
Serbia (3 pts)
Costa Rica (0 pts)
Sweden (6 pts)
Mexico (6 pts)
Germany (4 pts)
South Korea (1 pt)
Belgium (7 pts)
England (6 pts)
Tunisia (4 pts)
Panama (0 pts)
Poland (9 pts)
Colombia (3 pts)
Senegal (3 pts)
Japan (3 pts)
World Cup 2018 second round results
Another round, another series of unpredictable results... and some that are all too familiar. Portugal knocked out Russia via the penalty shoot-out, as did Belgium against Colombia - and, yes you guessed it, England lost on penalties to Poland.
Egypt continued to prove critics wrong by knocking out one of the tournament's go-to choices, Spain, while Mexico defeated Brazil in a close-fought victory.
The second round results were as follows:
Egypt 2-0 Spain
Russia 2-2 Portugal (Portugal won via penalty shoot-out)
France 1-0 Croatia
Argentina 3-0 Peru
Brazil 2-3 Mexico
Switzerland 0-2 Sweden
Belgium 1-1 Colombia (Belgium won via penalty shoot-out)
England 0-0 Poland (Poland won via penalty shoot-out)
World Cup 2018 quarter-final results
It was a good day for all 'away' teams in the World Cup quarter-finals as two of the big names continued on their path to glory - Argentina and France both recorded comfortable wins. Belgium knocked Sweden out of the competition, while Poland won yet another penalty shoot-out as they beat Mexico.
The quarter-final results were as follows:
Egypt 0-2 Argentina
Portugal 0-3 France
Mexico 1-1 Poland (Poland won via penalty shoot-out)
Sweden 2-4 Belgium
World Cup 2018 semi-final results
Just four teams remain, the final is within reach, but how did the semi-finals finish?
Argentina booked their place in the World Cup 2018 final with a narrow victory over Belgium, while France continued to flourish in front of goal by hammering Poland.
The semi-final results were as follows:
Argentina 1-0 Belgium
France 4-0 Poland
World Cup 2018 third-place play-off result
Poland and Belgium will be gutted to have missed out on a place in the World Cup 2018 Final, but they both have one more game to play to see who will take the bronze position of the tournament.
Going into a gripping penalty shoot-out after a nervous 120 minutes, it was Poland who managed to claim the win and take third-place after winning their third penalty shoot-out of the competition.
The third-place play-off result was as follows:
Belgium 0-0 Poland (Poland won via penalty shoot-out)
World Cup 2018 WINNER
It all comes down to this, Argentina versus France. The South Americans have won two World Cup tournaments (in real life) while France have just one to their name, when they lifted the trophy on home soil in 1998.
And the winner is/was... FRANCE!
Scoring 3 in the quarter-finals and 4 in the semi-finals, the French team pulled off a thumping victory over their opponents to claim the top prize.
The final results was as follows:
Argentina 1-5 France
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