World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

Senegal's players celebrate a goal during the World Cup group phase. Teams will face each other to determine who tops the group, while some have a much more essential need.

If the match ends in a draw, Russian Federation will top the group on goal difference.

A draw in the final group game would see the leaders decided by fair play rules - England lead on that criteria by virtue of two yellow cards to Belgium's three - or by drawing of lots.

These 6am Tuesday games should be tense.

The top two teams now have the same number of points, goal difference and goals scored - they are separated by Fair Play records (Spain have one yellow card and Portugal have picked up two).

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'We can't take anything for granted, we have to use our skills and our qualities and that is what is most important going into the match.

Spain and Portugal just need to not lose to go through. Whichever team wins by more, wins the group. If Portugal defeat Iran by a greater margin than Spain beat Morocco (or if Spain fail to win), then Portugal will win the group.

There are plenty of other scenarios which could play out.

Portugal know a win or draw against Iran would put them through. France meet Denmark at 2am on Wednesday.

Portugal will qualify with a draw against Iran.

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The Spanish top seed got back into the match by breaking to lead 4-2 in the second set, but lost the next four games. The Czech sealed victory on her first match point when the Australian world number 25 fluffed a smash.

A Denmark loss coupled with an Australia win over Peru, who have yeat to earn a point, could see the Socceroos sneak through on goal difference. Australia aren't in the worst spot in that regard, but they still have to find a way through a proud nation in Peru who want to win a match at their first World Cup since 1982.

France topping the group could mean a date with Argentina from group D, but, at this moment in time, that would be a more appetising proposition than taking on an in-form Croatia.

All sorts of outcomes are possible here with Croatia, on six points, through but the other three teams still in the hunt. A point would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia. If Iceland do beat Croatia, then Jorge Sampaoli's side can still qualify if they beat Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland win their game.

If Iran defeats Portugal in its final game, it will advance.

Russian Federation and Uruguay are through and all that is left to decide is who will top the group when they meet on Monday.

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The Argentines would survive with a win and an Iceland loss or draw. Argentina have picked up three yellow cards and Iceland have none.

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