GAMES 45, 46, 47 & 48

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The end of the group stages is something we felt we should celebrate in a special way. With the kind of refinement that a landmark like this deserves.

Welcome, dear reader, to our World Cup haikus!

Senegal 0-1 Columbia

Columbia score
No clean sheets for Senegal
Africa’s last hope









Japan 0-1 Poland

Is this the World Cup?
It doesn’t look like fair play
When one team won’t try







England 0-1 Belgium

A goal for Brussels
England cross, but do not win
A bit like Brexit







Panama 1-2 Tunisia

Playing just for pride
Both wanted their World Cup win
Khazri shone – hats off