The Best Photos From the World Cup's Group Stage


The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has come and gone, but it will live long in the memory. The first round seemed to have everything: last-minute goals, hat tricks, free kicks, bloodied faces, upsets — and yet another reigning champion bowing out before the round of 16.

The Players’ Tribune has been curating the best photos from each day of the tournament so far, capturing the jubilation, heartbreak and spectacle of the last two weeks.

Check out some of our favorites.

Clive Rose/Getty Images, Martin Meissner

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

David Ramos/FIFA via Getty Images

Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Maja Hitij/FIFA via Getty Images

Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Maddie Malhotra/ The Players' Tribune

Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images

Kristina Kormilitsyna/Kommersant

Jamie Squire/FIFA via Getty Images

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Regan/FIFA via Getty Images

Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images