2014 World Cup: Breaking Down the Possible Group Outcomes Going into Final Round

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2014 World Cup: Breaking Down the Possible Group Outcomes Going into Final Round
Fernando Llano/Associated Press

With every one of the 32 nations having played two matches in Brazil, the field for the round of 16 is beginning to take shape.

Six teams have already assured themselves a place in the top two spots in their respective group and head into their final match only wondering who their opponents will be in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, five nations have been mathematically eliminated from the competition, leaving only pride to fight for in their final group matches.

For the rest of the 21 nations, though, everything rides on this final round of matches, in which every group will have their four teams playing simultaneously to avoid any possible conspiring (see Germany vs. Poland in 1982 and Argentina vs. Peru in 1978).

Unfortunately for fans, the tiebreaker rules make it so hard to follow the action in the group that even the fans don't know what to root for when it comes to their own nation.

So what does each team have left to fight for and who should be headed to the round of 16?

Here's a complete breakdown of the possible outcomes from the final group matches at the 2014 World Cup.

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