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Update of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Lionel Messi's Argentina were almost down and out, but Nigeria's win over Iceland improved their chances
The final round of group matches at the 2018 World Cup is under way.
Ten teams have already qualified, but six spots are still up for grabs. Check out our permutations to see what the teams need to do to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
And here is how Fifa ranks teams who are on the same number of points, have the same goal difference and scored the same number of goals:
Fifa World Cup group ranking rules (in order)
1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
Failing that...
4. Greater number of points obtained in the fair play conduct of the teams based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches (read the full explanation here)
And finally...
5. Drawing of lots by the Fifa organising committee

Group D

This is the Group D table of the 2018 World Cup after two games. Croatia lead with six points, Nigeria are second with three points, Iceland are third with one point and Argentina are bottom with one point.
  • Croatia have qualified and will be group winners with a point against Iceland.
  • Nigeria will qualify with a win over Argentina. A point would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia.
  • If Argentina and Nigeria draw, Iceland will make the last 16 if they beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than Nigeria.
  • Argentina will qualify with victory over Nigeria coupled with Iceland failing to defeat Croatia. If Iceland do beat Croatia, then Jorge Sampaoli's side 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 their fate will be decided by their disciplinary records and then the drawing of lots. Argentina have picked up three yellow cards and Iceland have none.
Tuesday 26 June
Nigeria v Argentina, Krestovsky Stadium, 19:00 BST
Iceland v Croatia, Rostov Arena, 19:00 BST
Group winner plays runner-up in Group C. Runner-up plays Group C winner.

Group A - completed

Group A: 1st Uruguay, 2nd Russia, 3rd Saudi Arabia, 4th Egypt
  • Uruguay progress as group winners with hosts Russia through in second place.
  • Uruguay play Portugal (the runners-up in Group B) - in the last 16, Russia play Spain (Group B winners).

Group B - completed

Group B: 1st Spain, 2nd Portugal, 3rd Iran, 4th Morocco
  • Spain progress as group winners - on goals scored above Portugal, who are through in second place. Portugal were set to win the group until late goals in both games.
  • Spain face hosts Russia (Group A runners-up) in the last 16, with Portugal up against Uruguay (Group A winners).

Group C - completed

Group C: 1st France, 2nd Denmark, 3rd Peru, 4th Australia
  • France are through as group winners - with Denmark through in second place following a goalless draw between the two sides in their final group game.
  • France will play the runners-up of Group D (currently Nigeria), while Denmark face the winners of Group D who are likely to be Croatia.

Group E

This is the Group E table of the 2018 World Cup after two games. Brazil lead with four points and Switzerland are second with four points. Serbia are third with three points and Costa Rica are bottom with zero points.
  • A draw for Brazil against Serbia will be enough for a place in the knockout stage.
  • 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.
  • The Swiss will qualify with a draw against Costa Rica, or if Serbia lose to Brazil.
  • If Switzerland lose 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.
  • Serbia will qualify if they defeat Brazil. A draw would be enough if Switzerland lose to Costa Rica by more than one goal.
Wednesday 27 June
Serbia v Brazil, Otkritie Stadium, 19:00 BST
Switzerland v Costa Rica, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, 19:00 BST
Group winner plays runner-up in Group F. Runner-up plays Group F winner.

Group F

This is the Group F table of the 2018 World Cup after two games. Mexico have six points, Germany are second with three points, Sweden are third with three points and South Korea are bottom with zero points.
  • Mexico need only a point against Sweden to qualify and finish top. They will go through, irrespective of their own result, if Germany fail to beat South Korea.
  • Sweden are 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 clear goals.
  • 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, and finish with a better goal difference than those two teams.
Wednesday, 27 June
South Korea v Germany, Kazan Arena, 15:00 BST
Mexico v Sweden, Central Stadium, 15:00 BST
Group winner plays runner-up in Group E. Runner-up plays Group E winner.

Group G

This is the Group G table of the 2018 World Cup after two games. England lead with six points, Belgium are second with six points, Tunisia are third with zero points and Panama are bottom
  • England and Belgium have qualified and have identical records going into their final match.
  • If they draw then the top two positions will be decided by the number of cards accumulated. England have two yellows and Belgium have picked up three.
  • If both teams have the same number of booking points then lots will be drawn to decide the final positions.
Thursday, 28 June
England v Belgium, Kaliningrad Stadium, 19:00 BST
Panama v Tunisia, Mordovia Arena, 19:00 BST
Group winner plays runner-up in Group H. Runner-up plays Group H winner.

Group H

This is the Group H table of the 2018 World Cup after two games. Japan lead with four points, Senegal are second with four points, Colombia are third with three points and Poland are bottom with zero points.
  • Japan and Senegal require only a point in their respective games against Poland and Colombia to qualify.
  • Colombia will qualify with victory over Senegal. If Colombia win Japan will need to lose by fewer goals than Senegal to progress. Colombia can also qualify with a draw if Japan lose, because they have a better goal difference.
Thursday, 28 June
Japan v Poland, Volgograd Arena, 15:00 BST
Senegal v Colombia, Samara Arena, 15:00 BST
Group winner plays runner-up in Group G. Runner-up plays Group G winner.

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