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World Cup Group Tiebreaker and Scenario Breakdowns Mexico Needs a Result Argentina and Colombia Still Have Hope

World Cup Group Tiebreaker and Scenario Breakdowns Mexico Needs a Result Argentina and Colombia Still Have Hope

Morocco, with only pride to play for, almost beat Spain and Iran salvaged a draw against Portugal.

Group E and Group H are both in a three-country race. Win and they're through. The previous World Cup record of 18 was first set in 1990, then matched in 1998 and 2002.

Not much to see here.

They only need a draw against Uruguay to win the group.

Australia need to beat bottom side Peru and hope Denmark lose to France, and also need at least a two-goal swing in their favour. West Germany were runners-up in Group E behind Denmark.

Russian Federation are likely to face Spain.

These 6am Tuesday games should be tense.

The surprise here has been Iran's late, late win against Morocco.

Portugal will qualify with a draw against Iran.

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. I've seen other players do that type of shot.

However, a loss by one goal will still get them into the next round regardless of the result between Iran and Portugal. France meet Denmark at 2am on Wednesday.

They will win the group if they win and Spain do not, or if they draw and Spain lose. The second is the goal difference, followed by goals scored. 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.

This is such an intriguing group given how impressive Croatia have been and how dismal Argentina have been. Iceland need to win and hope Nigeria lose to Argentina to go through.

An Austrian win or a draw would have sufficed for Algeria to progress to the next stage. No team has officially advanced, but all three squads have a chance to win Group E. A big win and they could still win the group, if Croatia lose, but that's very unlikely. One superpower (Argentina) must win. Argentina have picked up three yellow cards and Iceland have none.

If Switzerland lose by one goal and Serbia draw, second place will be decided by goals scored.

Who will play who in the last 16? The Brazilians have a slight advantage in goal difference in case they finish even but they also have a tougher matchup: Serbia (three points) on Wednesday in Moscow, while the Swiss play Costa Rica (none) in Nizhny Novgorod.

Spain and Portugal lead the group with four points apiece, but Iran is just a point behind.

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

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.

Take, for example, Mexico, which sits atop Group F with six points and seems certain, on the surface, of advancing to the round of 16. It can also move on if it ties with Mexico AND South Korea beats Germany, or IF Germany and South Korea ends in a tie AND Sweden finishes ahead of those teams on countback. In Algeria's final match in the group stage, it edged out a 3-2 victory over Chile, placing it second in the group behind Austria. Holland, meanwhile, won all three of their group matches to reach the last 16 with Japan in second place.

Panama and Tunisia play for pride at the same time.

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