The chart below details nearly all the ways group play could end for Spain. Each cell in the chart represents the outcome of two games. Green cells mean that Spain will advance to the next round of the tournament. Pink cells are bad news: they represent outcomes that eliminate Spain.
|Japan wins and Costa Rica wins||Costa Rica wins and Japan and Spain tie||Spain wins and Costa Rica wins|
|Japan wins and Costa Rica and Germany tie||Both matches tie||Spain wins and Costa Rica and Germany tie|
|Japan wins and Germany wins||Germany wins and Japan and Spain tie||Spain wins and Germany wins|
Spain’s final place in Group E
Spain lost to Japan, 2-1, but advanced as the No. 2 seed with the help of a hefty goal differential edge it banked in its first game against Costa Rica. Spain will face Morocco in the knockout stage.
Here are the group matches for Spain:
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