WORLD CUP 2018: Brazil Getting Knocked Out, Germany Failing To Qualify; Here Are All The Permutations From Group E To Group H Heading Into The Final Group Stage Matches

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The groups E to H will play on June 27 and 28 to decide which of the teams qualify for the round of 16

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

The final round of matches for the first four groups are over. From Group A, Uruguay topped with a perfect record of 9 points from three matches, and they were joined in the next round by host nation Russia, who had 6 points.

The Group B saw very close finish, with the top three teams separated by just one point. Eventually, the favorites, Spain and Portugal, qualified for the next round with 5 points each. The 2010 champions though got the the top spot due to a better fair play.

In Group C, France ran out comfortable winners, getting 7 points from three matches. Denmark will accompany them forward, having earned 5 points from their respective matches.

In Group D, Croatia made it three wins from three, and topped the group. But behind them, there was close competition between Argentina and Nigeria, but the 2014 finalists eventually finished second.

Now it's time to look at the other four groups who will take the pitch on June 27 and 28


It has been a tightly contested group, in which all the teams, except Costa Rica, are in with the shout to qualify for the round of 16. Brazil are currently top with four points, same as Switzerland, who are second due to inferior goal difference. Serbia are right on their back with three points.

Brazil qualification: All Brazil need to do is draw to qualify. But should they lose, not all hopes are lost, and they can still qualify if Switzerland lose to Costa Rica by a similar margin.

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Switzerland qualification: A draw for them will confirm a spot in the round of 16. A loss though, would mean they will pray for two type of result in the other match

  • Switzerland qualify if Serbia also lose
  • Switzerland qualify if Brazil lose by at least two goals more

Serbia qualification: A win will confirm them next round progress. A loss will end their campaign. A draw, and they qualify only if Switzerland lose their match by a two-goal margin.


Mexico have been the surprise package, and are all but confirmed to go through. The real contest is between Germany and Sweden, who both have three points.

Mexico qualification: Anything other than a loss would mean they end as table toppers. Even if they lose, they will qualify should Germany draw or lose. In a case Mexico lose and Germany wins, three teams will be tied on 6 points, and it will go down to goal difference.

Germany qualification: In this complicated group, a win for Germany will qualify them to the next round if Sweden's win is inferior to them. If Germany draw, they can qualify should Sweden lose or draw. 

Sweden qualification: They will automatically qualify should they beat Mexico by two goals. A one goal win will be enough should Germany draw or lose. But it will all boil down to goal difference if Sweden and Germany both win.


Nothing to play for in this group, except for who finishes on top and who finishes bottom. After two matches, England and Belgium are at an absolute identical spot, with same points, goal difference, goals scored and conceded. The only reason why England are on top, and not Belgium is because of the fair play.

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On the other hand, Panama and Tunisia will play for pride. The team which gets the positive result will finish third.


Japan and Senegal, against all the odds, lead a group which also has Colombia and Poland. The Asian side is on top, ahead of Senegal, thanks to fair play. But right on their neck is Colombia with three points.

Japan qualification: A win or a draw will confirm their qualification to the next round. If they lose, then progress to next round will only happen under these circumstances.

  • Senegal loses to Colombia by a bigger margin
  • Colombia loses to Senegal

Senegal qualification: If they avoid defeat, they go through. But in the case of a loss, they can still qualify if Japan loses by a bigger margin

Colombia qualification: A win will confirm their place in the next round. A defeat will end all their hopes. In the case of a draw, they will qualify if Japan loses.

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