World Cup 2014: Ins and outs of the final group games

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The exciting and at times unpredictable start to the World Cup means there is much to be decided in the final round of group fixtures.

Here is our guide on who needs to do what to progress into the last 16 in Brazil.

Group G

CountryWDLGDPts
Germany11044
USA11014
Ghana011-11
Portugal001-41

Portugal v Ghana; United States v Germany (26 June, 17:00 BST)

Germany and the United States will both qualify if they draw their match in Recife.

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Ghana could progress to the last 16 if they beat Portugal and Germany beat the Americans. However, should the US lose by one goal and Ghana win with the same scoreline, the US would go through by virtue of their better head-to-head record against the Black Stars. USA could also go through on goals scored if they are in a high-scoring match.

The Africans could also qualify at the expense of the Germans if Jurgen Klinsmann's United States side record a large victory.

Portugal, who needed a last-minute equaliser against the US to avoid being knocked out, must beat Ghana and overturn a five-goal difference on the Americans.

Group H

CountryWDLGDPts
Belgium10026
Algeria10113
Russia011-11
South Korea011-21

Algeria v Russia; South Korea v Belgium (26 June, 21:00 BST)

Belgium are already into the next phase, and a point from their meeting with South Korea will guarantee they win the group.

Algeria will make it into the knockout stages for the first time if they beat Russia, though a draw will be enough as long as South Korea do not thrash Belgium to improve their goal difference and finish on four points.

Russia will qualify if they beat Algeria and South Korea fail to beat Belgium.

Completed groups

Group A

CountryWDLGDPts
Brazil21057
Mexico21037
Croatia10203
Cameroon003-80

Qualified for last 16: Brazil, Mexico

Group B

CountryWDLGDPts
Netherlands30079
Chile20126
Spain102-33
Australia003-60

Qualified for last 16: Netherlands, Chile

Group C

CountryWDLGDPts
Colombia30079
Greece111-24
Ivory Coast102-13
Japan012-41

Qualified for last 16: Colombia, Greece

Group D

CountryWDLGDPts
Costa Rica21037
Uruguay20106
Italy102-13
England012-21

Qualified for last 16: Costa Rica, Uruguay

Group E

CountryWDLGDPts
France21067
Switzerland20116
Ecuador11104
Honduras003-70

Qualified for last 16: France, Switzerland

Group F

CountryWDLGDPts
Argentina30039
Nigeria11104
Bosnia-Hercegovina10203
Iran012-31

Qualified for last 16: Argentina, Nigeria

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