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The group stage of the 2018 World Cup has entered its final phase. With each team having played two matches, the outline of the knockout stage is coming into focus.
As teams prepare to play their third matches of the group stage, we analyzed the advancement scenarios for every group. Some groups may come down to tiebreakers like goal differential or even fair play rules. For a complete breakdown of tiebreakers, click here.
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Russia - Uruguay - Egypt - Saudi - Arabia
Russia and Uruguay have advanced. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are eliminated. The final game between Uruguay and Russia will determine who wins the group; if the two teams draw, Russia will claim the top spot by virtue of their superior goal differential.
Still to Play:
Uruguay - Vs - Russia - June - Am
Uruguay vs. Russia, June 25, 10 a.m.
Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia, June 25, 10 a.m.
Spain and Portugal lead the group with four points apiece, but Iran is just a point behind.
Iran - Portugal - Game - Draw - Spain
If Iran defeats Portugal in its final game, it will advance. A draw would require Spain to lose by at least two goals for Iran to advance.
The most likely scenario is that Portugal and Spain advance. Spain will advance with at least a draw against Morocco, and could potentially advance with a loss. Portugal will advance with a win or a draw. If Portugal beats Iran, then Spain is through no matter what.
Portugal - Spain - Winner - Group - Goal
If both Portugal and Spain win, the winner of the group comes down to goal differential. Entering the final matchday, both teams are +1, so whichever team's margin of victory is higher would win Group B. If the goal differentials are identical, then it comes down to goals scored in group play—entering the final matchday, both teams are level.
Morocco has been eliminated.
Still to Play:
Iran vs. Portugal, June 25, 2 p.m.
Spain - Vs - Morocco - June
Spain vs. Morocco, June 25,...
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