Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Spain.
Chances are, you probably thought at least one of those nations had a strong chance of winning this summer’s World Cup.
But if you did, you’d have been wrong. On Sunday, Spain became the latest big name to be sent home when they were beaten by hosts Russia on penalties in Moscow.
And their elimination means one of seven teams who were considered rank outsiders before the tournament began are now guaranteed to make it as far as the final.
The first of those is hosts 🇷🇺 Russia, who will now face either 🇭🇷 Croatia in the quarter-final.
On Tuesday, 🏴 England face 🇨🇴 Colombia in Moscow, the winner of which will face 🇸🇪 Sweden or 🇨🇭 Switzerland in the next round.
That means if England, for example, were to make it as far as the semi-final, their opponents would be either Russia or Croatia.
Of those six nations, only England (1966) and Sweden (1958) have ever made it to a World Cup final before?
So could we see a first appearance by Russia, Croatia, Colombia or Switzerland this summer?
In this tournament, anything seems possible.
With Spain's elimination from the World Cup, we're guaranteed to see a World Cup finalist that is making their first appearance in at least 50 years…or even its first ever. pic.twitter.com/mAXI32kL57
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2018