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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

World Cup: Who's going through to the knockout stage and who will they face?

All of the permutations explained as the Russia 2018 group stage nears an end

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal with Neymar, top, and teammates during the Group E match against Costa Rica. AP
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal with Neymar, top, and teammates during the Group E match against Costa Rica. AP

Eight teams have qualified for the knockout stage, and more will join them in the next few days as the World Cup groups near their climax.

England have already booked their place in the next round, as have Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Uruguay and Croatia, but there is plenty of excitement ahead with five groups yet to have their two qualifying teams decided.

Goal difference and disciplinary record could come into consideration should teams finish level on points – and we could even see the Fifa organising committee drawing lots if the most unlikely of scenarios plays out whereby teams are level on points, goals scored and conceded, and yellow and red cards received.

We have explained what is happening in each group and who could play who in the next round...

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