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

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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?

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.


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?

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


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

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