World Cup: Last-16 and knockout stage state of play

Last last-16 fixtures

Saturday December 3
Netherlands (Winners of Group A) vs USA (Runners-up of Group B) – Kick-off 3pm
Argentina (Winners of Group C) vs Australia (Runners-up of Group D) – Kick-off 7pm

Sunday December 4
France (Winners of Group D) vs Poland (Runners-up of Group C) – Kick-off 3pm
England(Winners of Group B) vs Senegal (Runners-up of Group A) – Kick-off 7pm

Monday December 5
Japan (Winners of Group E) vs Croatia (Runners-up of Group F) – Kick-off 3pm
Brazil (Winners of Group G) vs South Korea (Runners-up of Group H) – Kick-off 7pm

Tuesday December 6
Morocco (Winners of Group F) vs Spain (Runners-up of Group E) – Kick-off 3pm
Portugal (Winners of Group H) vs Switzerland (Runners-up of Group G) – Kick-off 7pm

Potential quarter-final fixtures

Friday December 9
Japan or Croatia vs Brazil or South Korea – Kick-off 3pm
Netherlands or USA vs Argentina or Australia – Kick-off 7pm

Saturday December 10
Morocco or Spain vs Portugal or Switzerland – Kick-off 3pm
England or Senegal vs France or Poland – Kick-off 7pm

Potential semi-final fixtures

Tuesday December 13
Netherlands/USA/Argentina/Australia vs Japan/Croatia/Brazil/South Korea – Kick-off 7pm

Wednesday December 14
England/Senegal/France/Poland vs Morocco/Spain/Portugal/Switzerland – Kick-off 7pm

Group-by-group summaries

For the group stages, teams which finish on the same number of points are separated by 1) goal difference, 2) goals scored, 3) head-to-head record, 4) fair play.

Group A final standings: Netherlands 7 points; Senegal 6; Ecuador 4; Qatar 0.

As Group winners, Netherlands are through to the last 16 and will play the USA on Saturday in the first knockout tie.

Following their win over Ecuador, Senegal have also reached the knockout stage where they will play the winners of Group B, England. That game will take place on Sunday.



Group B final standings: England 7 points; USA 5; Iran 3; Wales 1.

As group winners, England will play Senegal on Sunday in the round of 16.

USA, courtesy of their nailbiting 1-0 win over Iran, progress as group runners-up. They will play Netherlands on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off.



Group C final stadings: Argentina 6 points; Poland 4; Mexico 4; Saudi Arabia 3

After a dramatic final night of action, Argentina finished top of Group C following their 2-0 win over Poland and will face Australia in the last 16 on Saturday at 7pm.

The runners-up spot went right down to the wire and Poland just held on, advancing ahead of Mexico on goal difference, to set up a knockout clash with France on Sunday at 3pm.



Group D final standings: France 6 points; Australia 6; Tunisia 4; Denmark 1.

Despite defeat to Tunisia in their final group game, France finished as group winners and will now face Poland on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Australia‘s 1-0 win over Denmark secured their spot in the last 16 as Group D runners-up and knocked Tunisia out of the World Cup. Australia will face Argentina in the next round on Saturday.



Group E final standings: Japan 6 points; Spain 4 points; Germany 4; Costa Rica 3

On a dramatic final matchday, Japan came from behind to beat Spain and snatch top spot in the group.

For a while, Costa Rica were also heading through to the last 16, but were denied by a storming late comeback from Germany, who won 4-2.

However, that victory wasn’t enough for the Germans, who headed out at the group stage for the second straight World Cup on goal difference as Spain held on to the runners-up spot.



Group F final standings: Morocco 7 points; Croatia 5; Belgium 4; Canada 0

An enthralling final round of fixtures saw Belgium fail to secure the win they crashed out of the World Cup with a goalless draw with Croatia.

Croatia finished second and will face the winner of Group E in the round of 16. Morocco will go through as group winners after beating Canada 2-1 in their final group game, facing the runner-up of Group E.



Group G final standings: Brazil 6 points; Switzerland 6; Cameroon 4; Serbia 1

Brazil already knew they were through to the knock-out stages ahead of the final round of games, and despite losing to Cameroon won Group G on goal difference.

Switzerland knew, barring a Cameroon win over Brazil, they would be through with a point against Serbia but they earned all three in a 3-2 win to set up a last-16 clash with Portugal.

Cameroon did all they could to keep their hopes of progressing alive with a stunning win over the five-time world champions, but Switzerland’s win over Serbia saw them drop out.

Serbia looked like they would be heading into the knock-out stages for nine minutes of the first half after Dusan Vlahovic put them 2-1 up against Switzerland, but their eventual capitulation saw them end up bottom of Group G.



Group H final standings: Portugal 6 points; South Korea 4; Uruguay 4; Ghana 3

There was more late drama in Group H as South Korea left it until injury time to beat Portugal 2-1 and progress to the last 16 on goals scored, ahead of Uruguay who finished third in the group and were dumped out despite beating Ghana 2-0.

Ghana had gone into the final round of group games second in the table and in pole position to progress – but after Jordan Ayew’s penalty miss against Uruguay, their eventual defeat saw them finish bottom of Group H.



England potential route to the World Cup final

Round of 16 – Sunday December 4
England vs Senegal – Kick-off 7pm

Quarter-finals – Saturday December 10
England vs France or Poland – Kick-off 7pm

Semi-finals – Wednesday December 14
England vs Morocco/Spain/Portugal/Switzerland – Kick-off 7pm

Source : Sky Sports