The second matches of group stage play are beginning Friday and this implies we’re beginning to get extra readability on which groups can be within the knockout spherical. Right here’s a take a look at the knockout spherical qualification situations for the groups in Group A.
With Netherland and Ecuador drawing Friday, each groups are in a great place heading into the ultimate group recreation in terms of qualification for the spherical of 16. Netherlands and Ecuador can each qualify so long as they draw towards their respective opponents. If Netherlands win and Ecuador draw, Netherlands can be the highest seed within the group and Ecuador can be the runners-up. The other would occur if Ecuador win and Netherlands draw.
If Netherlands lose, they’ll nonetheless get in so long as Ecuador win. If Ecuador and Senegal draw, it will come all the way down to purpose differential between Netherlands and Senegal for the ultimate spot. If Senegal win, Senegal will advance to the knockout spherical. Qatar have formally been eradicated from the knockout spherical.
Right here’s a condensed take a look at the paths for every crew.
Netherlands win or draw: Qualify for knockout roundNetherlands loss: Qualify for knockout spherical if Ecuador win, tiebreakers in play if Ecuador-Senegal draw or Senegal win
Ecuador win or draw: Qualify for knockout roundEcuador loss: Eradicated if Netherlands win or draw, tiebreakers in play if Netherlands lose
Senegal win: Qualify for knockout roundSenegal draw: Eradicated if Netherlands win or draw, tiebreakers in play if Netherlands loseSenegal loss: Eradicated from knockout spherical