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Five of the Most Disappointing Teams at the World Cup So Far

27/06/2014 13:46 BST | Updated 26/08/2014 10:59 BST

This year's World Cup in Brazil has been full to the brim with exceptional goals, outstanding performances and unforgettable matches.

However, it has also been home to its fair share of disappointing performances from certain players as well as certain teams.

Perhaps expectations were far too high? Or perhaps the pressure to perform following years of success has finally caught up with them?

That being said, read on to find the five most disappointing teams at this year's World Cup so far.

5. Argentina

The South American giants were expected to wow everyone this year thanks to a squad brimming with talent.

However, their first game saw them just stumble past a Bosnia and Herzegovina blockade.

Their second game saw them rely on a stunning goal from talisman Lionel Messi to avoid complete embarrassment at the hands of a gutsy Iran side which became increasingly hard to breakdown.

Argentina seem to rely far too much on their superstar forward and surely even Messi can't carry them throughout the whole tournament?

Coach Alejandro Sabella needs to squeeze the best out of the rest of his highly talented side, as well as bring them together as a unit.

4. Brazil

The pre-tournament favourites had a whole lot to live up to in front of an expectant home crowd.

However, in their first two games they seemed to fail to reach expectations after just scraping past a gutsy Croatia and earning a draw against Mexico.

Brazil don't look the fluent, tricky team which they usually seem to be and their attacking flair and prowess on the pitch have been virtually non-existent.

Neymar and co. will have to step up their game if they are to progress further in the tournament and maybe take some of the pressure off of their star striker, who has the weight of a nation resting on his shoulders.

3. Belgium

The tournament's 'dark horses' have so far failed to live up to their surprise package expectations.

They managed to squeeze past a defiant Algeria side and an 88th minute goal from Divock Origi only just secured their place in the last 16.

Belgium have a team full of superstars, but they seem shaky in defence and look anything but exciting going forward.

Vincent Kompany's side are in danger of being torn apart when they face better opponents in the last 16 unless they can come together as a unit, rather than just a team of excellent players.

2. England

England fans are used to disappointment by now, but expectations were relatively high this year.

Roy Hodgson's young side broke the hearts of an entire nation as they crashed out of the World Cup before even leaving the group stage after losses against Italy and Uruguay.

The biggest disappointment was that England couldn't replicate the performances they showed in friendlies and qualifiers leading up the finals in Brazil when they looked as if they could do well this summer.

1. Spain

The biggest shock of the tournament so far has to be the early exit of a highly disappointing Spain side.

The reigning World and European champions crashed out of the competition after being pummelled 5-1 by the Netherlands as well as an emphatic 2-0 loss to a brilliant Chile team.

Many had Spain down as possible winners, but their players were all over the place and their famous 'tiki-taka' football was almost non-existent in a tournament they will wish to forget as soon as possible.

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