Economy Europe, South America dominate World Cup's knockout phase Updated : June 29, 2018 12:13 AM IST Ten European nations reached the round of 16, matching 1998 and 2006 for the most since 11 in 1990, the record since the current format began in 1986. Four South American teams have advanced, plus Mexico and Japan. For the first time since 1982, no African team made it past the first round. Among 20 previous World Cups, Europe has lifted the trophy 11 times and South America nine. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.