Who needs what to qualify in the final round of group games?

There are still plenty of teams battling for a place in the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation with one group game each left to play.

A second-half substitute against Spain, Quaresma seized the opportunity given to him by coach Fernando Santos from the off against IR Iran and stunned the world with a sumptuous trivela strike as the first half of Portugal's final group match came to an end. Win and they're through.

This group has been defined by narrow French success and an enthralling but ultimately disappointing return to World Cup action for Peru.

Not much to see here. Uruguay need to win to take the group. They could still win the group on goal difference if Spain and Portugal both win, or if both games end in a draw. This group is paired with group B, so the victor meets second and vice-versa. It's unlikely they'll have the same possession and control that Morocco enjoyed, but they will be more compact and leave fewer spaces than Spain did.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are both out.

These 6am Tuesday games should be tense.

With Morocco wrestling control in the middle, he was largely taken out of the game and unable to have the same influence he did against Spain. If two teams are tied for points, the following tiebreakers will be applied in this order: Goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head result, head-to-head goal difference, head-to-head goals scored, fair play points and finally drawing lots.

Identical records would then see qualification decided by the better result when the teams met, which would see Germany go through courtesy of their 2-1 win.

There are plenty of other scenarios which could play out.

South Korea face an uphill challenge, they have to beat the defending world champions and hope Sweden lose, while also improving their goal difference. France meet Denmark at 2am on Wednesday.

Advances with a win or a draw against Iran.


Those two second-half goals by Chile proved important. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who have no points.

Winners: Italy (1st, Group E) Runners-up: France (2nd, Group G) Third: Germany (1st, Group A) Fourth: Portugal (1st, Group D) Italy delivered a fourth World Cup triumph, winning Group E ahead of Ghana.

This is such an intriguing group given how impressive Croatia have been and how dismal Argentina have been.

Argentina will qualify with victory over Nigeria coupled with Iceland failing to defeat Croatia. Already having advanced, a win secures first place.

An upset in Saransk would propel Iran into the next round, perhaps win the group and possibly eliminate Portugal. A big win and they could still win the group, if Croatia lose, but that's very unlikely. Minnows Iceland started Argentina's misery when they drew 1-1 against the 2014 edition semifinalists. But then again, they need to make sure that they do not pick up a yellow or a red card vs Morocco since if they finish on level terms, it could boil down to yellow cards.

Advances with win or draw against Serbia. Until the last games of group play, which will be played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Brazil's last-gasp win over Costa Rica took them alongside Switzerland on four points, with Serbia on three.

All four teams have a chance of making it through in this fascinating group. Germany looked flat in their loss to Mexico and needed an injury-time goal to defeat Sweden. Iran meanwhile need a win to make the last 16. A draw against Argentina will be enough for Nigeria, provided that Iceland don't beat Croatia.

Strikers with three goals include Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, Russia's Denis Cheryshev, Spain's Diego Costa while from Africa, Nigeria's Ahmed Musa has two goals.

England and Belgium are guaranteed to progress but their finishing positions will be decided by their meeting on Thursday.

Panama and Tunisia play for pride at the same time. Mexico are in the box-seat with six points - a point against Sweden and they are through.


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