All 32 nations at the World Cup played two of the three group stage matches. Only three nations – reigning champions France, favorites Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal – won both of their matches to secure a place in the round of 16.
Meanwhile, two nations – hosts Qatar and underdogs Canada – have no chance of making it to the knockout stages, having both lost their opening two matches.
That means there’s plenty to play for in the final table of group stage matches, with 27 other countries still up for qualification!
Here’s what each team needs in their final group stage matches.
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If two or more teams are level on points, the following order decides who advances:
1) Goal difference
2) Goals scored
3) Match result (H2H).
– If there are three teams in a level, a mini-table will be created with the teams divided by points, goal difference and then goals scored in all matches between the three teams
4) Fair play points
– A yellow card is minus one point. An indirect red card (out of two yellow cards) is minus three points. A straight red card is minus four points. A yellow card after a red card is minus five points. The team with the better record (lowest deduction) will advance.
Qualification: France, Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands, Senegal, England, United States
Eliminated: Qatar, Canada, Ecuador, Iran, Wales
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Finals: Poland vs Argentina, Saudi Arabia vs Mexico
Qualifies with a win or draw.
It qualifies if it loses by one or two goals and Saudi Arabia draws with Mexico.
If they lose by three goals and Saudi Arabia draw with Mexico, it will be on goal difference, then on goals scored (if both are tied, Poland qualifies for H2H).
It will not qualify if it loses by four or more goals and Saudi Arabia draws.
He doesn’t qualify if he loses and Saudi Arabia wins.
Qualifies if they win against Poland.
They qualify if they draw and Saudi Arabia draw with Mexico.
They qualify if they draw and Mexico win by one or two goals.
If they draw and Mexico win by three goals, it’s goal difference, then goals scored (if tied, Argentina qualifies).
It will not qualify if it draws and Mexico wins by four or more goals.
He will not qualify if they draw and Saudi Arabia win.
If they lose, they will not qualify.
They qualify with a win over Mexico.
They qualify if they draw and Poland beat Argentina.
Qualifies if they draw and Poland lose by four or more goals. If Poland lose by three goals, it’s goal difference, then goals scored (if both are tied, Poland qualifies for H2H). If Poland lose by one or two goals, Saudi Arabia cannot qualify.
He does not qualify if he loses or if he draws and the second game is a tie.
It qualifies if it wins by four goals or more (regardless of other results).
They qualify if they win and Poland win.
If they win and Poland lose, it’s goal difference (currently four goals in favor of Poland), then goals scored, etc.
If they win by three goals and Poland-Argentina draw, it’s goal difference, etc.
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Finals: Australia vs. Denmark, Tunisia vs. France
France: You have already qualified.
If they win, they qualify.
If France wins or draws with Tunisia, they qualify with a draw.
Tunisia will not qualify with a draw if they win.
They qualify if they win and France win or draw with Tunisia.
If they win and Tunisia win, it will be decided on goal difference (currently -1 each), then goals scored, etc.
They qualify if they win and Australia-Denmark draw.
If they win and Denmark win, there will be goal difference from the other tiebreakers.
Does not qualify if Australia wins (even if Tunisia wins).
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Finals: Costa Rica vs. Germany, Japan vs. Spain
If they win, they qualify.
Qualifies if they draw and Costa Rica draw or lose.
Qualifies if they lose and draw Costa Rica-Germany – IF Spain lose by 13 goals or more.
If they win, they qualify.
Qualifies if they draw and Costa Rica draw.
If they draw and Germany win by one goal, it comes down to goals scored (if level, Japan qualifies for H2H).
They qualify if they win against Germany.
They qualify if they draw and Spain beat Japan.
They qualify if they draw and Japan beat Spain by 13+ goals – as unlikely as that may be.
They qualify if they win and Spain win.
If they win and Japan win, there will be goal difference (Germany are currently eight goals behind Spain)
If they win and Spain-Japan draw, it comes down to goal difference, etc.
Croatia knocks Canada out of World Cup | 00:50
Finals: Canada vs Morocco, Croatia vs Belgium
Qualifies with a win against Belgium
Qualifies with a draw against Belgium.
If they lose and Canada wins, there will be goal difference (currently +3, ahead of Morocco’s +2).
Qualifies if they win against Canada.
Qualifies if they draw against Canada.
Qualifies if they lose and Croatia win.
If they lose and Croatia-Belgium draw, there will be goal difference etc. (Morocco will not qualify if they lose by four or more).
If they lose and Belgium win, it will be the goal difference.
Qualifies if they win against Croatia.
If they draw and Morocco lose, it’s on goal difference, etc.
Morocco STUNN Belgium in another upset | 00:55
Finals: Cameroon vs. Brazil, Serbia vs. Switzerland
They locked in their place in the round of 16.
A win or draw with Cameroon will secure top spot in the group, which they will also secure unless Switzerland beat Serbia. If Brazil loses and Switzerland wins, it will be the goal difference.
Qualifies if they win against Serbia.
Qualifies if they draw and Brazil win or draw against Cameroon.
If Switzerland draws and Cameroon wins, it’s goal difference and tiebreaks.
We have to win and hope Switzerland don’t win.
If both Cameroon and Serbia win, there will be goal difference (Cameroon currently leads).
He has to win. Qualifies if Brazil win or draw against Cameroon. If both Cameroon and Serbia win, there will be tiebreaks.
3-3! Cameroon earn a draw vs. Serbia | 00:59
Finals: Ghana vs Uruguay, South Korea vs Portugal
They booked a place in the round of 16. They will claim first place unless they lose to South Korea and Ghana beat Uruguay by at least three goals.
Qualifies if they win against Uruguay.
If Portugal win or draw with South Korea, they qualify with a draw.
They qualify if they win against Ghana, unless South Korea beat Portugal (in which case it will be on goal difference, with South Korea currently better).
He has to win.
If they beat Portugal and Uruguay beat Ghana, that’s goal difference.
If they beat Portugal and Uruguay and draw Ghana, that’s goal difference.
If Ghana beats Uruguay, South Korea will be eliminated.
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