World Cup Standings Tracker: Argentina advances, Group G remains intriguing

Dirty Tackle

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Clinched knockout round spot (through Saturday): Chile, Netherlands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina
Eliminated from knockout round spot (through Saturday): Australia, Cameroon, Spain, England, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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 What happened on Saturday?

(6) beat Iran (1), 1-0
Nigeria (4) beat Bosnia-Herzegovina (0), 1-0
What that means: Argentina advances to the knockout round and Bosnia-Herzegovina is eliminated. Nigeria can advance with a result against Argentina. Iran needs a win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, a Nigeria loss and a better goal differential than Nigeria (Iran currently -1, Nigeria 1). 

• Germany
(4) and Ghana (1) played to a 0-0 draw.
What that means: The draw kept Germany from qualifying for the knockout stage after two matches and brought Ghana back into contention for a spot. The U.S. can advance to the round of 16 with a win over Portugal on Sunday (a result that would also eliminate Portugal).

What's at stake on Sunday?

• United States
(3) vs. Portugal (0): A win sends the U.S. to the knockout round, while Portugal is eliminated. A draw would pull the U.S. even with Germany atop the standings and given the Americans a chance to advance with a win or draw against Germany. A Portugal victory would make it anybody's game in the group and require the Americans to at least draw against Germans. 

• Belgium 
(3) vs. Russia (1), South Korea (1) vs. Algeria (0) :
Belgium can advance with a win and seal first place with a draw in the other match. Algeria is elminated with a loss.

FIFA's tiebreaking procedures for group play
• Greatest number of points obtained in all the group matches
• Goal difference in the group matches
• Greatest number of goals scored in the group matches
• Head-to-head comparison
• Drawing of lots

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