How both Spain and Portugal narrowly avoided elimination from the World Cup

How both Spain and Portugal narrowly avoided elimination from the World Cup

How both Spain and Portugal narrowly avoided elimination from the World Cup

They have the opportunity to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in their history and they will be desperate to get the job done.

The other Group A match will be between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at Volgograd Arena at 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT).

Things are very simple for England and Belgium, they are both already through and should there be a victor in Kaliningrad on Thursday, they will top the group. After Nigeria defeated Iceland, the pressure is on the upcoming match between Nigeria and Argentina.

Group A and Group G both included two big longshots to reach the Round of 16, making it a smooth path for the favorites to advance.

The miss, however, cost Portugal first place in the group. Iran would secure their spot with a win and could also go through with a draw if Spain lose to Morocco. Federation Internationale de Football Association looks at their disciplinary records in the tournament to separate the teams.

Croatia will top the group if they beat or draw with Iceland. Australia must win to stand a chance, but surely fear that France and Denmark will play out a tepid draw like the Disgrace of Gijón.

Switzerland advances with a win or a draw against Costa Rica.

Croatia are through. Argentina, Iceland or Nigeria could all join them in the next round.

Here, now, is a look at the various scenarios that may play out in the final round of Group play.

The Three Lions have joined the likes of Group G rivals Belgium, hosts Russian Federation and the impressive Croatia in the next round.

It was a blow for Spain, but with Portugal still leading Iran, it wasn't a fatal one.

Nigeria will qualify with a win over Argentina. Identical records would then see Germany go through on head-to-head record having beaten Sweden 2-1.

Germany's sensational last-minute victor against Sweden has made this one of the most complex group situations - Mexico and South Korea could join either of those teams in the last 16.

What can happen? A draw sees Mexico through but a win over Sweden on Thursday morning assures them top spot and three wins from three.

Iran's first genuine sight of goal came on 34 minutes when Ezatolahi directed a firm header from a free-kick straight into the grateful hands of Rui Patricio.

England and Belgium are through, Panama and Tunisia are out.

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.

Japan are favourites at 81 per cent, Colombia 61 per cent and Senegal 58 per cent despite needing just a draw.

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