In the World Cup, it is far more important how a team finishes rather than how it starts.
No team can play or has ever played seven great games in winning the Cup. A team needs luck on the day they have an average game.
Often teams that look like world-beaters in their first game stumble later on.
The tournament is still wide open. These are 12 teams that I think still have shown enough to make it to the semifinals. Listings are by group, so the numbers are meaningless.