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

The final round of group matches at the 2018 World Cup is under way. Eleven teams have already qualified, but five spots are still up for grabs. Check out our permutations to see what the teams need to do to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

And here is how Fifa ranks teams who are on the same number of points, have the same goal difference and scored the same number of goals:

Fifa World Cup group ranking rules (in order)
1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
Failing that…
4. Greater number of points obtained in the fair play conduct of the teams based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches

5. Drawing of lots by the Fifa organising committee.

Group A – completed

  • Uruguay progress as group winners with hosts Russia through in second place.
  • Uruguay play Portugal (the runners-up in Group B) – in the last 16, Russia play Spain (Group B winners).

Group B – completed

  • Spain progress as group winners – on goals scored above Portugal, who are through in second place. Portugal were set to win the group until late goals in both games.
  • Spain face hosts Russia (Group A runners-up) in the last 16, with Portugal up against Uruguay (Group A winners).

Group C – completed

  • France are through as group winners – with Denmark through in second place following a goalless draw between the two sides in their final group game.
  • France will play Group D runners-up Argentina, while Denmark face Croatia, the winners of Group D.

Group D – completed

  • Croatia are through as group winners after taking a point in their final game against Iceland and will face Group C runners-up Denmark.
  • Argentina are through as runners-up after defeating Nigeria 2-1 and will face Group C winners France.

Group E

  • A draw for Brazil against Serbia will be enough for a place in the knockout stage.
  • If both Brazil and Switzerland win then the group winner could be decided by disciplinary records: Brazil have three yellows, Switzerland four. If they both lose then it will be the second and third places potentially decided by the same process.
  • The Swiss will qualify with a draw against Costa Rica, or if Serbia lose to Brazil.
  • If Switzerland lose by one goal and Serbia draw, second place will be decided by goals scored. If the sides finish with identical records then Switzerland would go through because they beat Serbia.
  • Serbia will qualify if they defeat Brazil. A draw would be enough if Switzerland lose to Costa Rica by more than one goal.

Group F

  • Mexico need only a point against Sweden to qualify and finish top. They will go through, irrespective of their own result, if Germany fail to beat South Korea.
  • Sweden are guaranteed to qualify if they better Germany’s result. They will top the group if they beat Mexico and better Germany’s result.
  • Germany will qualify if they win by two or more clear goals.
  • If both Germany and Sweden draw their games, then the team in the higher-scoring game will finish second. If the matches finish with the same score, then Germany will finish second because they beat Sweden.
  • South Korea can qualify if they beat Germany and Sweden lose, and finish with a better goal difference than those two teams.

Group G

  • England and Belgium have qualified and have identical records going into their final match.
  • If they draw then the top two positions will be decided by the number of cards accumulated. England have two yellows and Belgium have picked up three.
  • If both teams have the same number of booking points then lots will be drawn to decide the final positions.

Group H

  • Japan and Senegal require only a point in their respective games against Poland and Colombia to qualify.
  • Colombia will qualify with victory over Senegal. If Colombia win Japan will need to lose by fewer goals than Senegal to progress. Colombia can also qualify with a draw if Japan lose, because they have a better goal difference.
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