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The Best Photos From the World Cup Group Stage

For 14 straight days, 32 teams have battled all across Russia, leaving in their wake a sea of memorable moments from this World Cup's group stage. Jaw dropping goals, gravity-defying saves, last-gasp heroics — you name it, this World Cup has it. Here, the most stunning and striking photos from the group stage.

Ronaldo scores the first goal of his hat-trick in Portugal's thrilling opener with Spain. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Ronaldo scores the first goal of his hat-trick in Portugal's thrilling opener with Spain. Toni Kroos bends in a spectacular strike in the closing seconds against Sweden. Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Toni Kroos bends in a spectacular strike in the closing seconds against Sweden. A monumental loss led to this picture of Mesut Oezil after Germany's early exit at the hands of South Korea. Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images A monumental loss led to this picture of Mesut Oezil after Germany's early exit at the hands of South Korea.

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A win over Poland deserves a victory dance from Senegal. Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images A win over Poland deserves a victory dance from Senegal. Senegal made Japan wait before the second half of their 2-2 draw with Japan. The Samurai Blue would get revenge with a trip to the knockout round. David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Senegal made Japan wait before the second half of their 2-2 draw with Japan. The Samurai Blue would get revenge with a trip to the knockout round. Philippe Coutinho looks on top of the world after coming to the rescue for Brazil against Costa Rica. Jamie Squire - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Philippe Coutinho looks on top of the world after coming to the rescue for Brazil against Costa Rica. Argentina may have advanced, but it didn't look good after a 3-0 rout by Croatia. Adam Pretty - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Argentina may have advanced, but it didn't look good after a 3-0 rout by Croatia. Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates Switzerland's victory with a tribute to his native country Albania, an act that stirred controversy. Clive Rose/Getty Images Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates Switzerland's victory with a tribute to his native country Albania, an act that stirred controversy. Iceland keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson achieves national hero status after stopping a penalty kick from Lionel Messi in his team's historic draw with Argentina. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Iceland keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson achieves national hero status after stopping a penalty kick from Lionel Messi in his team's historic draw with Argentina. Salem Aldawsari was fired up after a last-gasp go-ahead goal against Egypt — and his team's first World Cup win since 1994. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Salem Aldawsari was fired up after a last-gasp go-ahead goal against Egypt — and his team's first World Cup win since 1994. French star Kylian Mbappe takes a corner against Peru under a gorgeous night sky. Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images French star Kylian Mbappe takes a corner against Peru under a gorgeous night sky. Ronaldo flexes his celebration muscles after scoring against Morocco. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Ronaldo flexes his celebration muscles after scoring against Morocco. Iago Aspas' backwards flick past Morocco keeper Monir El Kajoui is one of the most stunning goals of the tournament. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Iago Aspas' backwards flick past Morocco keeper Monir El Kajoui is one of the most stunning goals of the tournament. Messi makes it 1-0 in Argentina's do-or-die match with Nigeria. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Messi makes it 1-0 in Argentina's do-or-die match with Nigeria. Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller show how all of Germany was feeling after the defending champions' shocking loss to South Korea. Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller show how all of Germany was feeling after the defending champions' shocking loss to South Korea. When they go high, Colombia's Juan Quintero goes low, putting this audacious free kick underneath the wall against Japan. Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images When they go high, Colombia's Juan Quintero goes low, putting this audacious free kick underneath the wall against Japan. Devastation for Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji after being inches close to a potentially epic upset of Portugal — and a trip to the knockout round. Hector Vivas/Getty Images Devastation for Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji after being inches close to a potentially epic upset of Portugal — and a trip to the knockout round. A fired-up Luis Suarez gives Uruguay a 1-0 lead in a win over Saudi Arabia. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images A fired-up Luis Suarez gives Uruguay a 1-0 lead in a win over Saudi Arabia. A striking sky blankets Rostov Arena during Brazil and Switzerland's Group E match. Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images A striking sky blankets Rostov Arena during Brazil and Switzerland's Group E match. Hirving Lozano scores Mexico's opening goal in a thrilling win over Germany. David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Hirving Lozano scores Mexico's opening goal in a thrilling win over Germany. Aleksandr Golovin of host-nation Russia scores his team's fifth goal in their opening match rout of Saudi Arabia. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Aleksandr Golovin of host-nation Russia scores his team's fifth goal in their opening match rout of Saudi Arabia. The legendary Diego Maradona looked divine in the crowd during Argentina's win over Nigeria. Julian Finney/Getty Images The legendary Diego Maradona looked divine in the crowd during Argentina's win over Nigeria. Harry Kane carries England to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia with a stoppage-time header. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Harry Kane carries England to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia with a stoppage-time header.



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