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France will need to avoid a loss in order to continue to the quarterfinals. If both France and England lose their respective matches on Tuesday, then the two teams will go head to head on goal difference and other statistics.
As France can hypothetically afford a draw or loss, they may choose to play based on who they face in the quarterfinals. If France top Group D, then they may face a tactical match against Spain.
However, if France place second, they may face a daunting physical match against Italy or Croatia. Coach Laurent Blanc may use the results of Group C to determine the result of the match early on in the game.
Sweden may not put up much of a fight, either.
Zlatan Ibrahimović must be feeling slightly crushed by the disappointment of two consecutive losses that led the Swedes out of the competition early. The media had placed a hefty load of high expectations and raised constant qualms over Ibrahimovic after his pleasant but unrewarded season at AC Milan.
The Swedish skipper may be relieved by the lack of pressure this Tuesday. Ibrahimovic may not put much effort into this game, as he may already be looking forward to the World Cup 2014 for redemption. Via TSN:
At a news conference Sunday, Ibrahimovic said, "I'll continue with the national team, absolutely," adding that "I'm still motivated and I want a lot more."
France have won four (and drew one) of their last five matches. Sweden have won three and lost two of their last five games.
Prediction: Sweden 1-3 France (1:2).