World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

Queiroz tells his Iran players to follow the 'three Rs' against Ronaldo and Portugal

WORLD CUP 2018 Queiroz tells his Iran players to follow the'three Rs against Ronaldo and Portugal Getty Images

Who will play who in the last 16?

Andres Iniesta's lacklustre performance symbolised Spain's problems in this tournament. West Germany had two points and a plus two goal differential (5-3). This group is paired with group B, so the victor meets second and vice-versa.

They will win the group if they win and Portugal do not.

If the Spanish lose they can still go through if Portugal suffer a heavier defeat against Iran, or if that match is a low-scoring draw and and Spain lose by no more than one goal.

Spain and Portugal are also level on goal difference and goals scored and, since they drew, if their final results are the same the group could be decided by fair play points. Brazil's last-gasp win over Costa Rica took them alongside Switzerland on four points, with Serbia on three.

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. As the final group stage matches get set to kick-off, lets look at who has shined and who has faded. Switzerland held Neymar to zero goals as they drew against favorites Brazil 1-1.

A penalty was also disallowed in Brazil's win over Costa Rica on Friday after VAR deemed there not to have been a foul on Neymar, while in Saudi Arabia's game against Egypt for the first time the referee rejected an official review of a spot kick he had given. They could still win the group on goal difference if Spain and Portugal both win, or if both games end in a draw.

Croatia will top the group if they beat or draw with Iceland.

Ronaldo against Spain was one of the all-time great individual World Cup performances, single-handedly nicking a point from an opposition that had collectively outclassed them.

Germany, who face bottom side South Korea, need to at least match Sweden's result. We know Croatia (six points) is nearly certain to finish first.

Sweden is eliminated with a defeat but is guaranteed to reach the round of 16 if it beats Mexico. A win versus Nigeria would give them a shot to advance but is hardly a give in.

As for Egypt and Saudi Arabia, it's a matter of who ends the World Cup with a positive result. Can also advance with a draw if Switzerland loses and Serbia has the better goal differential.

Mexico only need a draw against Sweden to qualify, while the latter will go through should they better Germany's result against South Korea. England needed an extra time goal from captain Harry Kane to see off Tunisia, but completely demolished Panama.

With their draw Sunday, Japan and Senegal remain the surprise leaders with four points apiece.

Both teams now have identical goal differences (eight scored, two conceded) and if this game is tied, the group victor will be determined by fair play.

Japan just need a draw against Poland on Thursday to guarantee progression, and they'll be joined in the next round by the victor of Colombia v Senegal.

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