How can Argentina qualify for last 16?

World Cup permutations: Who can go through to last 16 and who can crash out? | Daily Star

With the second series of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer.

Six teams have already qualified, but 10 spots are still up for grabs. And many still have everything to play for.

Despite Ronaldo's goalscoring heroics, Portugal are likely find themselves heading home if they lose to Iran. Russian Federation advanced from Group A as a runner-up, and will square off with Group B victor, Spain, on Saturday as well.

Spain and Portugal are even on points (four) and goal difference (plus-one).

Advances with a win or a draw against Iran. The two 1-0 scorelines tell Morocco's story in this World Cup: two close matches in which missed chances have cost them dearly.

Nigeria will advance with a win over Argentina. Mexico produced the shocker when they defeated defending champions Germany in the first match in Group F. Javier "Chicharito" Hernández has led his nation to two impressive victories with a victory also against South Korea.

A draw would be good enough for Russian Federation due to their superior goal difference. A 2+ goal loss at the hands of Morocco will leave them at 4 points with a negative goal difference. 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. Even though they lost their next match to Nigeria, they still are very well in the tournament and could yet advance.




To go through, Argentina need to beat Nigeria while hoping Iceland lose to or draw with Croatia. 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.

Advances with win or draw against Serbia.

African sides Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia were eliminated after two consecutive defeats, dimming hopes of Africa finally fulfilling Brazil legend Pele's prophesy of a World Cup win by an African team. Sweden need a better result against Mexico than the result Germany get against South Korea to progress.

Things get a little bit more complicated here. Germany looked flat in their loss to Mexico and needed an injury-time goal to defeat Sweden. A number of two-way ties are also possible. The tie-breaking order: goal difference, goals scored, head to head and fair-play conduct (yellow cards, red cards).

There's also a freaky edge in this group, whereas if South Korea beat Germany 1-0, and Mexico beat Sweden 1-0, the rules state that Sweden and Germany will only be separated by their disciplinary records - not by the fact that Germany beat Sweden. It can also move on if it ties with Mexico AND South Korea beats Germany, or IF Germany and South Korea ends in a tie AND Sweden finishes ahead of those teams on countback.

Mexico is through to the knockout stage, but it remains to be seen if they win Group F. Germany and Sweden both have three points, while South Korea have no points but still an outside shot of advancing as the runner-up.

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