There are always a few World Cup groups which have plenty of drama heading into the final group stage games and Group F qualifies. Here’s a look at the knockout round scenarios for Morocco, Croatia and Belgium ahead of the final matches.
Qualified: Morocco, Croatia
Update: Morocco won to secure the top spot in the group and Croatia drew with Belgium to lock up their spot in the round of 16.
Croatia eliminated Canada from contention and now need a win or draw against Belgium to secure a spot in the knockout round. Croatia could get in with a loss assuming Morocco lose to Canada and tiebreakers give the 2018 runners-up the edge.
Belgium are into the knockout round with a win and will be eliminated with a loss. If they draw, they’ll need Canada to defeat Morocco and hope tiebreakers go in their favor.
Morocco are into the round of 16 with a win or draw. If they lose to Canada, they’ll be in if Croatia beat Belgium or if tiebreakers give them the edge in the event Croatia-Belgium ends in a draw or Belgium wins.
Here’s a more condensed look at potential paths in Group F.
Morocco win or draw: Qualify for knockout stage
Morocco loss: Qualify for knockout stage if Croatia beat Belgium, tiebreakers come into play if Croatia-Belgium ends in draw or Belgium win
Croatia win or draw: Qualify for knockout stage
Croatia loss: Eliminated if Morocco win or draw, tiebreakers come into play if Morocco lose to Canada
Belgium win: Qualify for knockout stage
Belgium draw: Tiebreakers come into play if Morocco lose to Canada, eliminated if Morocco win or draw
Belgium loss: Eliminated from knockout stage