World Cup Phrase – Top the group
With the group stages of the World Cup coming to a close the second round matches are starting to take shape. We use the verbal phrase ‘to top the group‘ to describe the team that finishes first in each of the groups. If a team tops the group then in the next round they will face a team that finished second in another group – a group runner-up. So, for example, Brazil topped Group A and will face the runners-up from Group B, Chile, in the last sixteen.
- Example: Despite only drawing with ten-man Ecuador, France comfortably topped Group F.
- Example: Costa Rica surprised many fans and pundits when they topped Group D ahead of former World champions Italy, Uruguay and England