Which teams overcame dire starts to qualify for the World Cup knockouts? | World Cup

“Before Niklas Fullkrug’s equaliser against Spain, it looked like Germany would lose their first two games yet still potentially go through. Has this happened at a World Cup before? And, if not, which team that qualified for the knockout rounds has the worst record after two group games?” asks Amanda Jackson.

The short answer is no, though it did happen at the European Championship last year when Denmark recovered from two defeats and the shock of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest to hammer Russia 4-1 on an unforgettable night in Copenhagen.

There have been a few near-misses at the…

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