3. Goals scored in all group matches.
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And if two or more teams still are tied after that? We go to:
1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned.
2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned.
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned.
4. Greater number of points obtained regarding fair play conduct (yellow cards = minus-1; indirect red card, as a result of a second yellow card = minus-3, direct red card = minus-4, yellow card and direct red = minus-5, with only one of the deductions applied to a player in a single game).
And if, by some quirk, there’s still a tie?
Then there will be a drawing of lots by FIFA’s Organizing Committee.
Here are the final group standings.
Uruguay defeated Russia on Monday to earn first-place honors in the group. The hosts finished second.
Spain and Portugal got the draws they needed to advance. Morocco was eliminated before Monday’s games and is joined by Iran.
France and Denmark secured their spots atop the group with their 0-0 draw on Tuesday.
Croatia booked its spot in the knockout rounds with its shockingly dominant win over Argentina last week. Argentina avoided disaster with a 2-1 win Tuesday over Nigeria and will also play in the round of 16.
Brazil won Group E after knocking off Serbia on Wednesday. Switzerland’s tie with Costa Rica was enough to clinch second place in the group.
Sweden won the group after its clinical defeat of Mexico on Wednesday. Germany’s loss to South Korea clinched Mexico’s knockout round spot as the group runner-up. Germany, the defending champion, finished last.
Belgium defeated England Thursday to win Group G. Both teams will advance. Tunisia defeated Panama, which lost all three matches at its first World Cup.
Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal Thursday clinched Group H, and eliminated Senegal. Japan, which lost to Poland Thursday, still advanced to the knockout round on the strength of the fair-play conduct tiebreaker.
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