World Cup knock-out scenarios that could unfold as teams qualify

Queiroz tells his Iran players to follow the 'three Rs' against Ronaldo and Portugal

Queiroz tells his Iran players to follow the 'three Rs' against Ronaldo and Portugal

Either way, Russia's opponent probably is going to be Spain or Portugal. Win and they're through.

Not much to see here.

Uruguay topped the group with Russian Federation also qualifying from the group.

France, Croatia and Mexico have also advanced due to two wins.

Uruguay has won Group A, and will take on the Group B runner-up, Portugal, on Saturday.

These 6am Tuesday games should be tense.

General view as Spain and Morocco players line up during the national anthems before the match.

Portugal will qualify with a draw against Iran.

Spain and Portugal just need to not lose to go through.

Identical records would then see qualification decided by the better result when the teams met, which would see Germany go through courtesy of their 2-1 win.

If Iran can snatch a goal on Monday night, Portugal will have a hard time breaking them down.

Those two second-half goals by Chile proved important. Australia aren't in the worst spot in that regard, but they still have to find a way through a proud nation in Peru who want to win a match at their first World Cup since 1982.

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Winners: Italy (1st, Group E) Runners-up: France (2nd, Group G) Third: Germany (1st, Group A) Fourth: Portugal (1st, Group D) Italy delivered a fourth World Cup triumph, winning Group E ahead of Ghana. Argentina topped Group A ahead of Italy and Bulgaria.

Argentina will qualify with victory over Nigeria coupled with Iceland failing to defeat Croatia.

El Tri only need a draw against Sweden on Wednesday to officially make it through, while a win will guarantee them top spot. A win versus Nigeria would give them a shot to advance but is hardly a give in. A big win and they could still win the group, if Croatia lose, but that's very unlikely. Argentina need to win, and hope Iceland don't beat Croatia. But then again, they need to make sure that they do not pick up a yellow or a red card vs Morocco since if they finish on level terms, it could boil down to yellow cards.

A Swiss victory and Brazil draw is not out of the question, a scenario that would drop the five-time champions into second. In the Round of 16, Spain will play Russian Federation and Portugal will play Uruguay.

Wins or draws for Brazil against Serbia and Switzerland against Costa Rica will send both through. In Group E, Brazil and Switzerland both have four points, while Serbia have three points.

A strong case can be made, though, that some of the most dramatic moments will play out over the next four days, perpetrated in some cases by teams that will head home by the end of the week.

West Germany needed to beat Austria to get out of the group.

Nigeria, on three points, will secure their spot in the last 16 with a victory over Argentina, who sit bottom of the group on one point behind Iceland on goal difference.

Sweden can qualify with a win over Mexico and a Germany loss to South Korea.

England and Belgium have qualified and are the only two teams to have identical records going into their final match. England and Belgium seem likely to enter as favorites, regardless of the pairings. Should Senegal and Japan both draw with the same score, they will be split by fair play; Senegal have five yellow cards to Japan's three. Belgium eased through their matches against Panama and Tunisia.

Ronaldo against Spain was one of the all-time great individual World Cup performances, single-handedly nicking a point from an opposition that had collectively outclassed them. Senegal and Colombia meet in the other match.

Japan need only draw with Poland, who have been eliminated, to progress to the next round.

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