World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees

World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees

World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees

The top two teams in the group will face either England or Belgium. A draw against Argentina will be enough for Nigeria, provided that Iceland don't beat Croatia.

But the likes of Brazil, Germany, Spain and Portugal have yet to secure their places in the knockout stages. Iran meanwhile need a win to make the last 16. No team has officially advanced, but all three squads have a chance to win Group E. If Iceland wins, the team with the better goal differential advances.

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). They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who have no points. One superpower (Argentina) must win.

Can advance with a win over Nigeria and a loss or draw for Iceland. They will go through, irrespective of their own result, if Germany fail to beat South Korea. Plucky Iceland held on for an exciting point versus Argentina but will need to beat the Croatians to have a shot at going to the Round of 16. A draw would require Spain to lose by at least two goals for Iran to advance.

Brazil could still be eliminated if things do not go their way in their Group E clash with Serbia, but the Samba Kings should prove too strong and go through alongside Switzerland.

Advances with win or draw against Serbia.

Wins or draws for Brazil against Serbia and Switzerland against Costa Rica will send both through.

The same-time schedule for both group matches is because of what happened in Gijon, Spain in the 1982 World Cup finals.

They will win the group if the beat Portugal and Spain do not beat Morocco.

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

Sweden is eliminated with a defeat but is guaranteed to reach the round of 16 if it beats Mexico.

This group has been defined by narrow French success and an enthralling but ultimately disappointing return to World Cup action for Peru.

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

Mexico only need a draw against Sweden to qualify, while the latter will go through should they better Germany's result against South Korea.

England and Belgium are through, Panama and Tunisia are out. England are now on two yellows to the three of Belgium.

Colombia will qualify with victory over Senegal.

Japan need a point against Poland to guarantee qualification from Group H and they look capable of safely navigating their way through. Colombia was shocked by Japan and face an elimination match against a Senegal side looking to advance to the knockout stages for only the second time in their history. With the final round of fixtures left, it looks like we are all set to have a very exciting week in our hands.

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