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FootySimulator - 2018 Tournament of Champions

INTRODUCTION


Teams were ranked by their performances in the World Cups of 2014 and 2018 as well as their last 2 continental championships. 5 points for a win, 4 for a final, 3 for a semi, 2 for a quarter and 1 for an appearance.

The seeded teams were as follows:

France & Argentina (13 pts) Chile & Germany (11 pts)

The second seeds were as follows:

Australia, Mexico, Portugal (10 pts) Japan (9 pts)

The next 8 teams were kept in a separate pot and would be divided 2 per group:

USA (9pts) Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Ghana, South Korea (8 pts) Belgium, England (7 pts)

The final 8 teams were kept in a separate pot and would be divided 2 per group:

Netherlands (8 pts)

Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Italy (7 pts)

Uruguay (6 pts)

Croatia, Iran (5 pts)

Netherlands (4 pts), New Zealand (6 pts) New Zealand qualified as the only eligible member of the OFC despite not playing in any World Cups since 2014

Ineligible teams

Some teams were ineligible as they had not appeared in a World Cup Finals tournament. The highest scoring of these were

Jamaica (8 pts)

followed by:

New Caledonia (7 pts)

Group A

The weakest of the four groups also turned out to be the closest. Ghana had a marginally superior goal difference from Chile and Iran, the former prevailing on both goals scored and head to head record. Chile's Vidal was top scorer in the group with 3 goals.
Chile 1:1 Ghana
Iran 2:1 Australia
USA 1:1 Costa Rica
 
Iran 1:2 Chile
Australia 1:0 USA
Ghana 2:0 Costa Rica
 
Chile 2:0 USA
Costa Rica 1:1 Australia
Ghana 0:0 Iran
 
Costa Rica 2:0 Chile
Australia 1:2 Ghana
Iran 1:0 USA
 
Chile 2:2 Australia
USA 2:1 Ghana
Costa Rica 0:0 Iran
 
Group A table
Pos. Team Pld Pts GD
1 Ghana 5 8 2
2 Chile 5 8 1
3 Iran 5 8 1
4 Costa Rica 5 6 0
5 Australia 5 5 -1
6 USA 5 4 -3

Group B

Netherlands belied their recent woes with a series of high scoring victories to win the group. Brazil and Germany battled out for second place, a position was at the Germans' mercy until they draw with a Japanese team that led every single game they played but ended up winning none of them. Veteran Arjen Robben was one of 9 Dutch goalscorers in the group stage and top scored with 3 alongside the German Stindl.
Germany 4:2 South Korea
Netherlands 4:1 Japan
Brazil 2:1 Italy
 
Netherlands 3:1 Germany
Japan 1:2 Brazil
South Korea 1:2 Italy
 
Germany 2:0 Brazil
Italy 1:1 Japan
South Korea 1:1 Netherlands
 
Italy 1:1 Germany
Japan 1:1 South Korea
Netherlands 3:0 Brazil
 
Germany 2:2 Japan
Brazil 2:0 South Korea
Italy 0:1 Netherlands
 
Group B table
Pos. Team Pld Pts GD
1 Netherands 5 13 9
2 Brazil 5 9 -1
3 Germany 5 8 2
4 Italy 5 5 -1
5 Japan 5 3 -4
6 South Korea 5 2 -5

Group C

An extremely tight group could have seen any of 5 sides qualify. Uruguay were deserved winners. France and Belgium would regret costly slip-ups and Mexico would wonder how they ended up on 6 points after winning their opening 2 games. In the event it was Colombia who capitalised on the misfortunes of all three. Uruguay's Cavani and Gimenez alongside Colombia's Rodriguez were the only players in this group to score twice.
France 1:2 Belgium
New Zealand 1:2 Mexico
Colombia 1:1 Uruguay
 
New Zealand 2:3 France
Mexico 2:1 Colombia
Belgium 1:3 Uruguay
 
France 0:3 Colombia
Uruguay 2:1 Mexico
Belgium 0:1 New Zealand
 
Uruguay 2:2 France
Mexico 0:1 Belgium
New Zealand 0:0 Colombia
 
France 2:0 Mexico
Colombia 1:0 Belgium
Uruguay 2:0 New Zealand
 
Group C table
Pos. Team Pld Pts GD
1 Uruguay 5 11 5
2 Colombia 5 8 3
3 France 5 7 -1
4 Mexico 5 6 -2
5 Belgium 5 6 -2
6 New Zealand 5 4 -3

Group D

A thrillian group saw Croatia and Portugal edge out England in a three horse race. Croatia amassed 17 goals in 5 games while Portugal had 8 different goalscorers. Kramaric notched an incredible 6 goals and was followed by Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Hane and Diego Costa all on 3.
Argentina 2:0 England
Croatia 1:1 Portugal
Spain 0:0 Ivory Coast
 
Croatia 6:2 Argentina
Portugal 3:2 Spain
England 2:1 Ivory Coast
 
Argentina 2:2 Spain
Ivory Coast 2:2 Portugal
England 3:3 Croatia
 
Ivory Coast 1:1 Argentina
Portugal 1:1 England
Croatia 4:3 Spain
 
Argentina 2:3 Portugal
Spain 1:2 England
Ivory Coast 3:3 Croatia
 
Group D table
Pos. Team Pld Pts GD
1 Croatia 5 9 5
2 Portugal 5 9 2
3 England 5 8 0
4 Argentina 5 5 -3
5 Ivory Coast 5 4 -1
6 Spain 5 2 -3

Quarter-Finals

Portugal won a classic against Uruguay that featured a 3 goal extra time. Brazil also required extra time to see off Ghana, again there were 3 goals in the extra period. All 4 quarter finals were decided by a single goal margin.
Ghana 2:3 AET Brazil
Netherlands 2:1 Colombia
Uruguay 3:4 AET Portugal
Croatia 2:1 Chile

Semi-Finals

Goals from Danilo Pereira, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo were enough to see off Brazil in the first semi-final. The latter replied with goals from Douglas Costa and Neymar. In the second semi, Netherlands' run came to a halt at the hands of Croatia. Perisic with 2 goals and Kramaric were the goalscorers, Robben with the consolation.
Brazil2-3Portugal
Netherlands1-3Croatia
* denotes After Extra Time

Final

Portugal's early lead through Andre Silva lasted until just after half time when Badelj equalised. There were no more goals util extra time. Pjaca gave Croatia the lead in the 96th minute before Rakitic's last minute clincher guaranteed the trophy for Croatia.
Portugal1-3 *Croatia

Topscorers

Andrej Kramaric scored 7 goals to surpass Sergio Aguero's record of 6 in the 2016 competition. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 5 to make the leaderboard for the second competition in succession. Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben shared third place in the scorers list ahead of a plethora of players on 3 goals.
PlayerTeamTotal
Andrej KramaricCroatia7
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal5
Mario Mandzukic Croatia4
Arjen Robben Netherlands4