We are in the final stages for the qualifiers for the final round. Currently, 32 teams are pushing themselves hard to make it to top 16. Already 6 teams have been qualified and now there is a tug of war for the 10 spots to be filled.
Let’s check out the GroupWise statistics and criteria available for the remaining teams to qualify.
- Both Russia and Uruguay have qualified for the top 16 from Group A.
- A point against Morocco will do for Spain to qualify for final stages
- If Spanish loses the match against Morocco they can still qualify if Portugal loses against Iran with a huge difference or if that match is a low-scoring draw and Spain lose by no more than one goal.
- If the match between Portugal and Iran results in a draw then Portugal will qualify.
- If both Portugal and Spain suffer defeats then the team with the bigger loss would be eliminated.
- If Spain wins and if Iran wins over Portugal then Iran will qualify.
- France has already made it to the knockouts, a point against Denmark will help the top the table.
- If Australia beats Peru and a point against France will do for Denmark to qualify.
- If Australia beats Peru and if Denmark loses from France with a huge Goal difference then Australia have chances to qualify.
- Croatia has already qualified for the knockouts.
- If Croatia beats Iceland then a win over Argentina or just a point will qualify Nigeria to the final stages.
- If Argentina and Nigeria draw then Iceland will make it to the final stages and if they beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than Nigeria.
- Argentina will qualify with a victory over Nigeria coupled with Iceland failing to defeat Croatia. If Iceland do beat Croatia, then Argentina can still qualify if they beat Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland win their game. If Argentina and Iceland win and finish with identical records then the final results will be as per disciplinary records and then the drawing of lots. Argentina has picked up three yellow cards and Iceland have none.
- A draw or a win against Serbia will qualify Brazil to the knockouts.
- 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.
- Switzerland will qualify with a draw against Costa Rica, or if Serbia loses to Brazil.
- If Switzerland loses 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.
- Mexico needs only a point against Sweden to qualify and finish top. They will go through, irrespective of their own result if Germany fails to beat South Korea.
- Sweden is 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 goals, or if they better Sweden’s result against Mexico.
- 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 by a bigger margin than South Korea win.
- England and Belgium have qualified for the final stages.
- If they draw then the top two positions will be decided by the number of cards accumulated. England has two yellows and Belgium has picked up three.
- If both teams have the same number of booking points then lots will be drawn to decide the final positions.
- Japan and Senegal require only a point in their respective games against Poland and Colombia to qualify.
- Colombia will qualify with a victory over Senegal. If Colombia, win Japan will need to lose by fewer goals than Senegal to progress.