World Cup standings tracker: Three teams have already been eliminated from knockout contention

Kevin Kaduk
June 18, 2014

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Clinched knockout round spot (through Wednesday): Chile, Netherlands
Eliminated from knockout contention (through Wednesday) Australia, Spain, Cameroon

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What happened on Wednesday?
GROUP B
Chile (6 points) eliminated defending champion Spain (0) with a shocking 2-0 win.
Netherlands (6) squeaked by Australia, 3-2.
What that means: Netherlands and Chile will play for first place in the group Monday in Sao Paulo but both are guaranteed a spot in the knockout round. Australia and Spain are eliminated from knockout contention after two losses and will play each other in their final group match.

GROUP A

Croatia (3) eliminated Cameroon (0) with a 4-0 shutout.

What that means: Croatia's win set up a big showdown with Mexico. Croatia is guaranteed to advance with a win while Mexico (4) would move on with a win or draw. Brazil (4) advances with a win or draw over Cameroon.

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What's at stake on Thursday?

GROUP C
Colombia (3) vs. Ivory Coast (3)Winner takes control of the group standings with one match to go. 
• Japan (0) vs. Greece (0)A loss + a draw in Colombia-Ivory Coast eliminates either team

GROUP D

Uruguay (0) and England (0): A loss + a draw in Friday's Italy-Costa Rica match eliminates either team.

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