FIFA World Cup 2014 Group Standings: Who's In or Out?
By Christine Jane Caparras | June 23, 2014 9:46 PM EST
Two rounds of matches have been played in the Group Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the fate of some teams have been sealed while others are still very much up in the air.
The most notable exits include defending champions Spain who lost their first two matches and are now effectively out. England also looked on as Costa Rica beat Italy to make it impossible for them to qualify.
Here's a summary of the group permutations and who's in or out at this point.
With Brazil and Mexico on top with 4 points each, no one is effectively safe and qualified yet. If both teams win their next matches then they will be in with seven points each and the group winner will only be determined by goal difference. If Brazil lose to Cameroon or only manage a draw and Croatia defeat Mexico, then Croatia has a chance to top the group. If Brazil lose and Croatia and Mexico draw, then Brail will be out and Mexico will top the group. Cameroon are already mathematically out.
Eliminated: Spain, Australia
Qualified: Netherlands, Chile
With Both Netherlands and Chile winning their first two games, they will be fighting for the group's top spot in the last group stage round. Spain and Australia however, will be fighting to save face and exit the world cup with a win albeit being futile.
South American side Colombia have gained maximum points in their first two games and are effectively qualified for the top 16. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast only need to win against Greece to qualify.
Greece need to win over Ivory Coast and hope that Japan would lose or only manage a draw against Colombia. If Japan and Greece both win their next matches, then it will all go down to goal difference between the two and Ivory Coast will be out.
Qualified: Costa Rica
One of the group of death, with three former World Cup champions had a surprising outcome with the sole team never to have won the cup advancing first. Costa Rica are in after defeating Italy and Uruguay in their first two matches. They will face England in the final match which will be entirely for show.
Uruguay and Italy will play a winner-take-all match against each other to qualify. If Costa Rica lose to England then top spot will be determined by goal difference.
It's all up in the air for group E. France top the group but with Ecuador and Switzerland both on 3 points, A loss by France and wins by the other two teams could still take out France.
Honduras lies at the bottom with zero points but could still qualify if they beat Switzerland and Ecuador lose to France. That would leave three teams level on three points with everything to be decided on goal difference.
A Lionel Messi goal in the 91st minute against Iran took the Argentina over the hill and into the knockout stage with one game to spare.
Nigeria and Iran will be battling it out for the second qualifying spot which will be determined by goal difference if Iran win against Bosnia and Nigeria, now standing on 4 points against Iran's 1 would lose to Argentina.
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After a stellar performance by the USA to keep Portugal at bay with a 2-2 draw, everything is up for grabs in group G.
Germany only managed a draw against Ghana and will need at least a draw against the USA to advance.
Portugal meanwhile, can only depend on goal difference even if they win against Ghana in their last match. The 4-0 thrashing from Germany in their first match gives them a 5 point goal difference against the United States. A very steep hill to climb.
If Ghana beat Portugal, they will also be looking at the goal difference to determine who will qualify.
The Red Devils are pegged to be a dark horse for the competition and they are out to prove it by qualifying out of the group stage first.
Algeria need to win against Russia to qualify and could still be taken out if they only manage a draw and Korea beat Belgium heavily.
If Russia and Korea win, Algeria will be out and the spot will be determined by goal difference.
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