Women's World Cup: Permutations for final round of group games

USA are the defending champions at the Women's World Cup
Defending champions USA are through to the last 16, but which sides could join them?
Fifa Women's World Cup 2019
Host nation: France Dates: 7 June - 7 July 2019
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, radio and the BBC Sport website and app

The final round of Women's World Cup group-stage matches is under way and 14 sides have reached the knockout stages. But which other nations will join them?

Hosts France, two-time winners Germany, improving Italy and Phil Neville's England are all already assured of their places in the last 16, as well as 2011 champions Japan.

The United States, the holders, and their Group F rivals Sweden are also through, along with Group E TRIO Canada, the Netherlands, and Cameroon Group B's Spain and China, Group A's Norway, and Group C's Brazil and Australia.

With the top two teams in each of the six groups automatically qualifying, as well as the four best third-placed sides, BBC Sport outlines who needs what to stay in the competition.

Which teams are through to the last 16 so far?
EnglandItaly
GermanyFrance
The NetherlandsCanada
SwedenUSA
JapanChina
SpainNorway
BrazilAustralia
Cameroon

Group A - France and Norway qualify

Final Group A table

Qualify automatically: France, Norway

Waiting to see if they qualify as one of best third-placed teams: Nigeria

Eliminated: South Korea

Group B - Germany, Spain and China qualify

Group B complete

Qualify automatically: Germany, Spain

Qualify as one of best third-placed teams: China

Eliminated: South Africa

Group C - The goal difference group

Group C

Qualify automatically: Italy, Australia

Qualify as one of best third-placed teams: Brazil

Eliminated: Jamaica

Group D - England through, Scotland out

Group D

Qualify automatically: England, Japan

Waiting to see if they qualify as one of best third-placed teams: Argentina

Eliminated: Scotland

Group E - The surprise qualification

Group E

Qualify automatically: Netherlands, Canada

Qualify as one of best third-placed teams: Cameroon

Eliminated: New Zealand

Group F - Heavyweights battle for top spot

Group F

The world number ones, the United States, have cruised through their first two matches and need just a draw from their game against Sweden to be the group winners, because of their superior goal-difference.

Sweden are also through before their meeting with the USA in Le Havre on Thursday [20:00 BST] and both those sides know they will face a group runner-up in the last 16 regardless of their finishing position in Group F.

Meanwhile, Thailand - who were beaten 13-0 by the USA before a 5-1 loss to Sweden - face a mammoth task to sufficiently improve their goal difference to an extent that would see them qualify as one of the strongest third-placed sides.

But Chile could still go through as a third-placed team if they beat Thailand.

The battle of the third-placed sides

Any side finishing third in their group with four points or more is certain to reach the last 16, but any nation doing so with three points or fewer will face a nervous wait.

That's because, before Monday's games, there are only a maximum of four groups (groups A, B, C and D) where the eventual third-placed side could have four points or more.

However, every side that qualifies from third will be guaranteed to face a group winner in the last 16. The same format was in place for 2015's tournament, and that saw all four of the sides who progressed from third spot eliminated in the last 16.

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