Thistle legend George Wall writes for the 'News'...

Has it been the best World Cup ever?
I don’t know about that, but it has certainly been very entertaining.
I have fond memories of Spain ‘82 and Mexico’ 86, and every World Cup has its own magic, but I think it has been one of the best in a while. There have been some great goals and memorable matches.
Vive La France! 
One of the best games took place on Saturday afternoon as France rocked Argentina 4-3.
I was very impressed with Kylian Mbappe for Les Bleus who were my pre-tournament tips. That was some individual run for his goal against Argentina. It is quite incredible to think that he is the first teenager to score a double in the knockout stages of the tournament since Pele away back in 1958.
The fourth goal did have parallels with Carlos Alberto’s fourth goal in the Brazil v Italy final of 1970, I thought.
They seem to have something special if Mbappe stays fit, and Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba are both coming on to a game.
It was a surprise for both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to go home on the same day. I just don’t think Ronaldo ever got into the game. And what a defensive display from Russia against Spain, moving left and right and keeping their shape. I think they were outstanding defensively and certainly deserving of their place in the quarter-finals.
I still haven’t warmed to the VAR. I thought there was a blatant penalty kick for Spain against Russia but the VAR said no.
After England’s win on penalties over Columbia, you’d think they are in with a chance against Sweden. I am not sure about England defensively, but with Harry Kane they always have an attacking threat.
In terms of great goalkeeping performances in the World Cup, Kasper Schmeichel was outstanding in goal for Denmark against Croatia, at one point you thought he was going to save every penalty kick; it was a shame he was on the losing side. Brazil have started to come on to some form — they did well to beat Serbia in their last game with a bit of Samba style, and it was a good win against a strong looking Mexico side.
The South Korea win over Germany was one of the biggest shocks of the tournament — Germany were chasing the game, and left space at the back. 
Everybody had Germany down to win that game, and Senegal got knocked out as they had four bookings versus Japan’s two bookings, and the head-to-head was a 2-2 draw. Senegal’s football federation have asked FIFA to reconsider its fair play ruling after their accumulation of more yellow cards than group rivals made the African side the first country to be eliminated by the new regulation.
I think Scotland would have fared quite well in the opening stages, but I think it would have been a tough ask in the second round.
When you watch these teams, they have at least one top player who can change a game if they get a chance, and that is something I don’t feel we have.