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Get ready for the final group stage matches

Get ready for the final group stage matches Get ready for the final group stage matches
Shannon Reynolds | 28 June, 2018, 17:19

The first three levels are fairly simple.

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.

Andres Iniesta's lacklustre performance symbolised Spain's problems in this tournament. If two teams are tied for points, the following tiebreakers will be applied in this order: Goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head result, head-to-head goal difference, head-to-head goals scored, fair play points and finally drawing lots.

The victor of Group B plays the runner-up in Group A, either Russian Federation or Uruguay. Mexico need a win or draw to top the group.

Uruguay are likely to play Portugal in the round of 16 unless Iran upset the side led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

France are already through but will want to beat Denmark on Tuesday to take top spot, although a draw would also keep them clear.

Brazil and Switzerland are tied on points (four). Spain play Morocco on Monday, when Portugal meet Iran. Saudi Arabia have finished bottom of their group at their past three World Cups.

A Swiss victory and Brazil draw is not out of the question, a scenario that would drop the five-time champions into second.

The Danes (four points) are unbeaten and on course to finish second with a draw, but if they fall behind, they will have to remain mindful of the Australia-Peru match in Sochi.

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Advances with win or draw against Costa Rica OR a Serbia loss to Brazil.

A draw would be good enough for Russian Federation due to their superior goal difference.

The victor will top the group, while the loser will finish second, but a draw could make things quite interesting. Goals scored is the next criteria, followed by the head-to-head record of the tied teams. Can advance with a draw if Croatia beats or draws Iceland. Mexico is battling Sweden and Germany for the group.

Croatia have qualified and will be group winners with a point against Iceland.

Mexico, on six points, are in the driving seat, with Germany and Sweden both on three.

The most likely scenario is that Portugal and Spain advance.

Sweden is eliminated with a defeat but is guaranteed to reach the round of 16 if it beats Mexico. This World Cup so far has been anything but what was predicted and has managed to surprise us all, game after game. A draw on Monday and Russian Federation top the group on goal difference. Can also advance with a draw AND Spain losing by more than a goal OR by scoring enough goals to pass Spain's total for the tournament.

Mexico is through to the knockout stage, but it remains to be seen if they win Group F. Germany and Sweden both have three points, while South Korea have no points but still an outside shot of advancing as the runner-up. England needed an extra time goal from captain Harry Kane to see off Tunisia, but completely demolished Panama.

A draw would do it for Japan, same for Senegal, but Colombia hit form against Poland on Monday and could be too strong for their African opposition.

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