France have climbed to the top of the Fifa World Rankings, while South Africa remain 74th on the list.
Following a below-par performance in Russia, for the first time in 32 years, the World Cup last 16 will not feature an African team, writes MARSHALL GOUTS.
Interim head-coach Fernando Hierro admits Spain was lucky to top Group B after a VAR-assisted equaliser earned the 2010 World Cup winners a 2-2 draw with Morocco.
Spain and Portugal both secured progression to the knockout stages despite failing to win their final Group B World Cup fixtures.
Referee Mark Geiger has ‘strongly refuted’ claims he asked for the shirt of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time of the clash with Morocco on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored after four minutes to become the leading European international goal-scorer of all time as Portugal beat Morocco.
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his fourth goal of the campaign as Portugal defeated Morocco 1-0 in their 2018 World Cup Group B encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest-scoring European in international history by scoring against Morocco on Wednesday.
Morocco boss Herve Renard has promised his side will do their best to make Cristiano Ronaldo ‘less exceptional’ when they face Portugal in the World Cup on Wednesday.
Led by the youngest and only black coach at the tournament, Senegal became the first African nation to secure victory at the 2018 World Cup – a feat which should be celebrated, re-told and revered, writes MARSHALL GOUTS.