Will Portugal, Spain both advance to last 16 on Monday?

Paola Ditto
Giugno 25, 2018

Egypt and Saudi Arabia also clash but both teams have already been eliminated.

Both Group B games can be seen Monday at 2pm et/11am pt, Portugal and Iran can be found across the TSN Network, while Spain will battle Morocco on TSN2. Portugal will also advance through the group stage if they earn a draw.

Brazil would be safely through with a win or a draw against Serbia and will top the group unless Switzerland better their result, or match it with a better goal margin.

Egypt are favourites to take the win and some pride ($1.85) with a draw at $3.6 and Saudi Arabia an outside bet at $4.75.

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

All ties are broken by a list of tiebreakers, first by goal differential, then (if still level) goals scored, goals scored against the tied teams, even down to the lowest number of disciplinary points (yellow and red cards). Serbia, meanwhile, will qualify should they defeat Brazil - though which of Brazil or Switzerland misses out in that instance depends on the other result.

Bottom side South Korea could also still go through, but they need to beat Germany by several goals and hope for a Mexico win against Sweden. Spain and Portugal's draw in the opening match, coupled with Iran's victory over Morocco in its first match, means that any one of those three countries could end up winning the group. Draws in both games would see qualification determined by goals scored.

Sweden can qualify with a win over Mexico and a Germany loss to South Korea.

Germany will go through with any win should Sweden fail to beat Mexico. If both Sweden and Germany win it is possible for the Swedes to advance on goal difference.

South Korea will qualify if it beats Germany by two or more goals AND Sweden loses to Mexico OR if it beats Germany AND finishes ahead of both Germany and Sweden on the tiebreaking criteria.

Despite two losses South Korea still have a slim chance of advancing but they would need to beat Germany and hope both that Sweden lose to Mexico and that the goal difference goes their way.

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal.

Both on six points, they have identical goal totals so a draw would mean top spot going to the best-behaved team.

Also set to arrive on this path are Mexico, Switzerland or Serbia, the victor of Group H, and the Group G runner-up, now England.

Tunisia and Panama have no points ahead of their meeting, where a draw would secure third place for the North Africans.

Colombia will progress if they beat Senegal and a draw will suffice if Poland beat Japan.

Japan sit in the box seat here, as they meet winless, hapless and eliminated Poland on Friday at 2am.

The top two teams in the group will face either England or Belgium.

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