World Cup knock-out scenarios that could unfold as teams qualify

Hope Soto
June 28, 2018

By remaining motivated in their first World Cup appearance in 36 years, the Peruvians could end the Aussies' distant hopes.

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.

These 6am Tuesday games should be tense.

A bit more straightforward here. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who have no points.

Advances with a win over Argentina. A 2+ goal loss at the hands of Morocco will leave them at 4 points with a negative goal difference.

They will get their first test against Uruguay as they play for first position in Group A. Croatia is another team that has impressed, scoring five goals and not allowing any in their matches against Nigeria and Argentina. Iceland need to win and hope Nigeria lose to Argentina to go through.

The most likely scenario is that Portugal and Spain advance.

It means a yellow card takes one point off your total, an indirect red (the result of being shown a second yellow card) is three points off, a straight red is four points off, and if you get a yellow and a direct red it's worth five points off your total.

Nigeria will qualify with a win over Argentina.

Croatia will want to win the group to avoid France in the next round.

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All four teams have a chance of making it through in this fascinating group.

Russian Federation and Uruguay have already confirmed they will be in the last 16, but top spot is still up for grabs when they meet in Samara on Monday. Brazil's last-gasp win over Costa Rica took them alongside Switzerland on four points, with Serbia on three.

Germany's sensational last-minute victor against Sweden has made this one of the most complex group situations - Mexico and South Korea could join either of those teams in the last 16.

Advances with win or draw against Serbia.

Mexico will top the group with a win or draw against Sweden.

A draw with already-eliminated Costa Rica would be enough for Switzerland and defeat could still see them qualify if Serbia also lose.

They faced Austria, who would also advance along with their opponents if they were beaten by no more than two goals.

England and Belgium are locked together at the top of the group, both guaranteed to progress. Belgium eased through their matches against Panama and Tunisia. There is a chance three teams could finish with six points, triggering perhaps layers of tiebreakers.

Draws for Japan (against Poland) and Senegal (against Colombia) will send the top two through, however, Colombia will qualify if they beat their African rivals. Colombia was shocked by Japan and face an elimination match against a Senegal side looking to advance to the knockout stages for only the second time in their history.

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