The second matches of group stage play are starting Friday and this means we’re starting to get more clarity on which teams will be in the knockout round. Here’s a look at the knockout round qualification scenarios for the teams in Group B.
Qualified: England, USA
Update - England and USA won their last group stage games and are in the round of 16. England win the group and will play Senegal, while USA are runners-up and will take on Netherlands in the knockout round.
England are currently in the top spot in Group B with four points. They can guarantee a spot in the knockout round with a win or draw against Wales. England could also make the knockout stage with a loss against Wales if the tiebreakers go their way. Gareth Southgate’s group will be hoping to avoid that last scenario.
Iran are in the second spot in Group B with three points and can make the knockout stage with a win over USA in the final match. A loss would eliminate them from contention, while a draw will put tiebreakers into play.
The Americans have a clear mandate in the final match. If they win, they are in the knockout round. If they draw or lose, they will be out of the World Cup. Wales need a win and some help to get into the knockout round. A draw or loss would mean Wales is out of the tournament as well.
Here’s a more condensed look at potential paths in Group B.
England win or draw: Qualify for knockout round
England loss: Tiebreakers come into play with either Wales and potentially Iran
Iran win: Qualify for knockout round
Iran draw: Tiebreakers come into play if Wales beat England
Iran loss: Eliminated from contention
USA win: Qualify for knockout round
USA draw or loss: Eliminated from contention
Wales win: Tiebreakers come into play with England and potentially Iran
Wales draw or loss: Eliminated from contention