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But they are not out of the woods yet - to have a chance of becoming the first team to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962, Germany must beat South Korea by a two-goal margin in Kazan on Wednesday.
Both teams were disappointing in their opening games.
"It will be like a final". "It's a hard working team".
England are widely expected to thrash Panama, who didn't do much in their first World Cup match, losing 3-0 to Belgium.
It's what the World Cup is all about. Being forced to watch his countrymen reach the quarterfinals without him was heartbreaking for the Monaco striker, who did everything this season to arrive in Russian Federation in peak physical form.
The 32-year-old forward's aim to lead the Cafeteros to a great start got off to a bad start.
Falcao subsequently found himself isolated up front, and had limited opportunities.
"The simple fact we're still in contention at the World Cup gives us the emotional drive we need for these two games we have remaining".
He showed his combative nature by registering a total of seven tackles during his time on the pitch, and this is the type of battling midfielder Colombia will need to complement their attacking talent.
"The key point is not to let him play brilliantly, it is one of the most important tasks for our team". Poland was let down by its defense in the opener against Senegal.
In the unlikely event that both teams lose by identical scores then "fair play" regulations, the extra tie-breaker that Federation Internationale de Football Association have brought in for Russia 2018, would also be needed to decide which nation progresses to the last-16.
"It's quite possible and probable that we might change a couple of players".
He needed to be more involved in general play, however, and it remains to be seen if the side can accommodate both him and Rodriguez at this World Cup.
Four decades down the line, another homegrown coach, Aliou Cisse of Senegal, this week helped Senegal to Africa's first victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup when his Lions of Teranga shocked Poland 2-1 in Moscow on Tuesday night.
Spain and Portugal are locked level at the top of Group B going into their final matches against Morocco and Iran respectively and Fernando Hierro and Fernando Santos will also be fielding questions from their country's journalists this weekend.
As for hosts Russian Federation, their performances have surely been inspired by a nation rallying behind the team.