England daring to dream, the goals, the drama, the fans and VAR - we argue why this was the greatest World Cup in history.
France scores a flurry of goals to saunter to a second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia. Look back at how the moment of glory unfolded in our live blog.
The World Cup has been a PR success for the country and its president but that is not the whole story.
Workplaces across the nation are poised for an early exodus of staff, with supporters aiming to be ready for the Croatia clash with time to spare. Streets will be deserted as people cram into pubs, gather around big screens or cheer on the team at home. Kick-off is at 19:00 BST, with the winner facing France in Sunday's final. England are in the last four for the first time since losing to West Germany in 1990.
Belgium's stars stumbled when it mattered and their form vanished as France showed impressive character to win 1-0 en route to the World Cup final.
Russia's World Cup adventure ended after defeat on penalties, setting up an intriguing World Cup semifinal between Croatia and England.
This coming Friday, Uruguay meet France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. France came through a thrilling 4-3 second round clash with Argentina, while Uruguay edged past Portugal 2-1 thanks to a stunning double from PSG forward Edinson Cavani. The two sides have met on six previous occasions, but France are yet to get one over the South American nation. However, they come into this game as the favourites to reach the final four.
It's a decision most of us are unlikely to ever have to make: be at the birth of your child or represent your country on a world stage as they (potentially) make sporting history? England's Fabian Delph has gone with the former and left the World Cup in Russia to join his wife Natalie, who was due to give birth on 30 June. His decision has been supported by England manager Gareth Southgate who said "some things in life are more important than football". "Everybody says you only get one chance to be in a World Cup, but also there's only one day in your life when your children are born," he said.
Was Oprah's support a jinx? Just a day after the talk-show mogul threw her support behind Mexico in the World Cup, the Mexican team got knocked out by powerhouse Brazil. Along the way, Brazilian star Neymar pulled yet another impressive fake-out (remember this one?). Mexico player Miguel Layun stepped on Neymar's ankle, and the Brazilian star's dramatic overreaction created more memes about how he deserves an Academy Award for his acting.
Two footballing blue bloods square off on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET when France and Argentina battle to see who advances to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup. France currently sits at 8-1 to win the entire World Cup, while Argentina's odds to win it all are 12-1. France enters Saturday's showdown at +140 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on a French victory to win $140. Argentina is +240 (wager $100 to win $240), while a draw in regulation is +200. The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.
Is this Brazil's year? Could we get a Spain-Portugal rematch? Or will England prevail?
The knockout stage offers up two very different brackets. By finishing second, England have increased their chances. But Mexico are in for a tough ride.
The curse of the champions reared its head again on Day 14 at the World Cup when title-holder Germany crashed out of the tournament. Germany's 2-0 loss to South Korea in Kazan and Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in Yekaterinburg in the early set of games meant the 2014 champions leave with one win and two losses. Mexico backed its way into the round of 16 alongside group winner Sweden.
A draw was enough to for France and Denmark both to progress to the Round of 16 and neither team really got out of first gear in a tedious top of the table clash, which was Russia 2018's first 0-0 stalemate.
How do you get a competitive edge at this World Cup? With sorcerers, goatees, recovery trousers and Coach K, of course. No, really.
What are the World Cup group tiebreakers? Where could they come into play in 2018? And which scenarios bring complete chaos?
Soccer fans and commentators have sprung to the defence of Robbie Kruse after the Socceroo copped a pile of social media flak.
The soccer world's governing body issued a statement saying U.S. referee Mark Geiger did nothing wrong
Brazil forward Neymar is denied a penalty following a VAR review against Costa Rica in Group E at the 2018 World Cup.
Egypt's football association are to make a formal complaint to Fifa about the performance of referee Enrique Caceres in their World Cup defeat by Russia.