Which teams have qualified for the knockout stage?
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 26, 2018,
Jun 26, 2018, 3:47
The Moroccan players will also be relaxed since they are only playing for pride making it hard for Hierro to implement a game plan against a team that may change their playbook and offer up something completely unexpected.
"If you have qualified for a World Cup we know they are going to be a tough rival, sometimes people may relax in their third match but we can't afford that, we have to be very much awake and with our eyes open".
Iran coach Queiroz, who worked with him at Manchester United and with the national team, has called Portugal "Cristiano Rolando and a group of players who run after him". Australia must win to stand a chance, but surely fear that France and Denmark will play out a tepid draw like the Disgrace of Gijón.
If both matches end in draws, it would come down to which team, Germany or Sweden, scored more goals in their final group games, with Germany winning if the scores are equal. He also is the world's active leader in worldwide goals with 85 and showing little sign of slowing at the age of 33, leading Portugal coach Fernando Santos to compare his superstar forward to port wine.
Both games kickoff at 16:00.
Only one thing is certain in Group E and that is Costa Rica, without a point, will be going home.
The winners of Group E face the second-placed team in Group F.
Portugal need at least a point from their final match against Iran to guarantee a place in the knockout round.
Argentina's fate is out of their hands, but Nigeria's defeat of Iceland on matchday two was a good result for the two-time winners. The Danes would top the group with victory.
What's the likelihood? Argentina are 48 per cent, Nigeria 45 per cent and Iceland 7 per cent to make the next stage.
Mexico is in with a win or a draw against Sweden. Ronaldo's fourth-minute header against the Atlas Lions saw him surpass Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas as Europe's top scorer with 85 global goals. South Korea are definitely gone.
"They always want to win, they want to be the best and they refuse to fail - and when they fail they get very upset". Slow-motion replays showed a handball by Portuguese defender Cedric Soares that would have been near-impossible to spot live, and Karim Ansarifard then slotted his attempt past Rui Patricio in goal.
England and Belgium are guaranteed to progress but their finishing positions will be decided by their meeting on Thursday. Should there still be no victor, fair play points will be tallied.
The west Africans and Japan are both in control of their destiny following a 2-2 draw in Yekaterinburg that left both nations on four points.
If the Senegalese lose, they can still advance if Japan loses to Poland by a higher margin.