Who’s in and who’s out at the World Cup in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) Fourteen teams have secured spots in the knockout stage at the World Cup , leaving just two more up for grabs on Thursday and a 1-2 finish to be sorted out in the final group. Here’s a look at who’s in, who’s out and possible scenarios.
Uruguay won all three of its group matches and will play Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. The host Russians won their first two to finish second and will take on Spain. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated.
Spain and Portugal tied with five points each and had the same plus-one goal differential, but Spain won the group because it scored one more goal over the three matches. Spain’s reward: playing the Russians in Moscow’s main stadium. Portugal will play Uruguay in the round of 16. Morocco and Iran have been eliminated.
Brazil took the top spot with a 2-0 win Wednesday over Serbia, which could have advanced with a victory. Brazil will play Mexico in the knockout stage. Switzerland’s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica was enough to lock up second place and a knockout-stage match with Sweden. Serbia and Costa Rica were eliminated.
Defending champion Germany staggered out of the tournament Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to South Korea. Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 to win the group and gets Switzerland to start the knockout stage. Mexico backed into the round of 16 courtesy of South Korea’s shocking win over Germany and will next play Brazil. Germany and South Korea were eliminated.
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