Kroos, Kane and the best team of World Cup matchday two

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As we enter the final games of the group stage, Goal has created their best XI from each nation's second match of the World Cup

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    Robin Olsen | GK | Sweden

    The Sweden shot stopper pulled off some sharp saves to deny Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hector, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez to keep his side on a par with the world champions, making clear that it would take something special for them to get a winner. Unfortunately for Olsen, Toni Kroos delivered just that at the death.

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    Domagoj Vida | CB | Croatia

    The 29-year-old defender put in a superstar performance as his side ran out 3-0 winners against Argentina. With a crucial block and some vital clearances, he kept the Albiceleste at bay and helped preserve a clean sheet in a superb performance from Croatia.

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    John Stones | CB | England

    The 24-year-old capitalised on some terrible defending in Panama’s box to head in the opening goal eight minutes in and get the party started for England.

    The defender added another later in the half and was sound on the ball throughout as the Three Lions went on to win 6-1.

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    Carlos Salcedo | CB | Mexico

    The defender was a dominant figure in the Mexico back line as they impressed once again against South Korea.

    Salcedo, 24, recorded more passes than anyone else in the game and very little got past him as he impressed with blocks, tackles and clearances to protect El Tri’s advantage.

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    Xherdan Shaqiri | RM | Switzerland

    Shaqiri was lively for Switzerland throughout their tight battle with Serbia, having eight attempts throughout the game. He had failed to hit the target in his first seven, but the exceptional eighth proved definitive as he sealed a crucial win for Switzerland, even if his celebration might land him in trouble.

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    Toni Kroos | CM | Germany

    It was Kroos’ sloppy pass to Ilkay Gundogan that allowed Sweden to pounce and create Ola Toivonen’s opening goal, but he more than made up for it in the closing seconds with an excellent strike past Robin Olsen.

    More than just the minds of those watching, the midfielder blew Group F wide open with that effort and it was a great way to cap off a sound display.

    Kroos had more touches, passes and shots than anyone else and created two chances for his side as well.

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    Luka Modric | CM | Croatia

    The midfield maestro stole the spotlight from a certain other diminutive La Liga star when his stunning shot hit the net to help Croatia on to a big win over Argentina. He pitched in everywhere for Croatia though, playing a pivotal role to help them into the second round.

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    James Rodriguez | LM | Colombia

    The 26-year-old watched from the sidelines as his side fell behind against Japan, but his involvement from the start against Poland on Sunday paid dividends for Jose Pekerman's team.

    The Bayern Munich man provided the assist for Yerry Mina to open the scoring in the first half before teeing up Juan Cuadrado as he killed the game off with Colombia's third.

    With Colombia now a point behind Japan and Senegal, James has helped get his side's campaign going after a false start.

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    Ahmed Musa | ST | Nigeria

    The striker’s lovely first touch in the box set him up for a fine finish to give Nigeria the lead against a frustrating Iceland but he outdid himself later on when he went on a wonderful run down the wing, cut inside, took it past the goalkeeper and scored to confirm the win. No wonder he has been nicknamed ‘Lionel Musa’.

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    Romelu Lukaku | ST | Belgium

    The striker capitalised on key passes from Dries Mertens and Thomas Meunier to fire home his second double of the tournament and put himself in contention for the Golden Boot.

    The 25-year-old is looking strong at the top of the Rode Duivels attack and set up a couple of chances as they dominated against Tunisia.

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    Harry Kane | ST | England

    Two perfectly struck penalties and a lucky knock off his heel saw Harry Kane net his first World Cup hat-trick and go top of the goal chart after two games.

    He was instrumental in England's biggest ever World Cup win and will be hungry for more after they booked their place in the next round.