With the 2014 World Cup passing the halfway mark, a total of 10 teams have already claimed a place in the round of 16.
Four of the eight groups have concluded play after Day 13. Groups E and F will follow suit on Day 14.
In case you haven't been keeping track of the results so far, you can see how Groups A through D have finished.
|2014 World Cup Groups A-D|
Below are lists of which teams have advanced and which teams are booking their flights home.
|Advanced Teams||Eliminated Teams|
|Brazil (Group A)||Croatia (Group A)|
|Mexico (Group A)||Cameroon (Group A)|
|Netherlands (Group B)||Spain (Group B)|
|Chile (Group B)||Australia (Group B)|
|Colombia (Group C)||Ivory Coast (Group C)|
|Greece (Group C)||Japan (Group C)|
|Costa Rica (Group D)||Italy (Group D)|
|Uruguay (Group D)||England (Group D)|
|Argentina (Group F)||Bosnia-Herzegovina (Group F)|
|Belgium (Group H)|
This World Cup has been absolutely brilliant so far, with massive drama playing out almost every day. And just when you think things can't get crazier, Luis Suarez goes and bites somebody, again, for the third time. Don't be surprised if France throw away a place in the round of 16 after a 15-0 loss to Ecuador on Wednesday, just because.
Here are brief breakdowns of the four remaining groups.
For all intents and purposes, France are through to the round of 16. They're the only team in the group to have won both of their games, and their goal differential is almost insurmountable in one matchday. Les Bleus would almost have to go out of their way to not advance at this point. It would put the failures in 2002 and 2010 to shame.
For Honduras, it's the exact opposite case. Los Catrachos aren't mathematically eliminated yet, but they'd need to beat Switzerland and hope to finish with a better goal differential than both the Swiss and Ecuador. They're pretty much gone.
The most likely scenario is that France finish top, while Ecuador and Switzerland fight for the final spot.
The Swiss get the slight edge by virtue of their matchup with bottom-dwellers Honduras. Ecuador might have to get a draw or possibly even a win against France, and right now, Les Bleus are a buzz saw. If Switzerland can win, then they'll go through.
Despite not hitting their full gear yet, Argentina are already through. La Albiceleste have been much more pragmatic than they were in 2010, and while that means they aren't as fun to watch, they are better prepared to vie for a World Cup title.
The one possible crack in the foundation is an over-reliance on Lionel Messi. Even with a ton of talent at their disposal, it's no surprise that Argentina can sometimes rely on their best player to bail them out.
Alejandro Sabella admitted that it's something the team will have to work on.
Although Nigeria have Argentina in their final match of the group stage, they remain in a position of strength. In order to be overtaken for second place, Iran must beat what will likely be a highly motivated Bosnia-Herzegovina side.
The Iranians have been extremely tough defensively, but they'll have to come out of their shell in order to get the points necessary to advance.
The Super Eagles should be safe regardless of what they do against Argentina.
As much as has been made of the United States' surrendering a late equalizer to Portugal, some have forgotten that they remain the favorites to qualify second in Group G. Their chances of advancing are 76 percent, per Paul Carr of ESPN Stats and Info. Carr also revealed the three scenarios in which the U.S. make it to the round of 16:
The United States will be without the services of Jozy Altidore once again, which will be a tough blow, per Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl:
By playing four centre-backs across the back line, Germany remain vulnerable at the back. They have a great midfield, but Ghana exposed Die Mannschaft's biggest flaw. Jurgen Klinsmann won't be afraid to attack Germany down the flanks.
The United States are in for a tough test, but they should at the very least get the point that ensures their survival.
Germany should advance no matter the result. With the Germans' plus-four goal differential, Ghana and Portugal have a lot of ground to make up in order to take them out.
Divock Origi's goal in the 88th minute sent Belgium through to the round of 16. De Rode Duivels haven't had the easiest of times, but they've advanced and that's all you can ask of them at this point in the tournament.
The result of Algeria vs. Russia will decide who else is headed to the next round out of Group H, unless South Korea score about six goals against Belgium.
The Fennec Foxes showed in their 4-2 win over South Korea that they aren't the ultra-defensive side from 2010. They're very dangerous going forward, but their weaker back four can be exposed when they do go forward, as evidenced by South Korea's two goals.
Russia haven't been a lot of fun to watch, but they've remained solid defensively. Take out Igor Akinfeev's ridiculous howler and they more than likely have four points and sit second in the group.
Perhaps the Algerians aren't getting the credit they deserve here, but Russia will snatch a goal and bunker down to earn a 1-0 victory, earning a spot int he knockout stages.
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