There are now four spots left to be taken in the 2019 Women’s World Cup knockout round, and two of them could be settled by the end of Tuesday’s light schedule.
There are only two games being played Tuesday to close out Group C play, but both will have a big impact on who advances to the final 16 in France.
Sixteen teams make the World Cup knockout round and are slotted into pre-determined pairings in a single-elimination bracket that culminates with a champion. The top two teams in each of the six groups automatically qualify. The four best third-place teams then round out the bracket.
Here is a look at who has qualified as of Tuesday morning, as well as what to watch for on Tuesday when several more spots will be at stake:
TUESDAY’S GROUP C SCENARIOS:
Italy vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET on FOX, fuboTV: Italy have already qualified for the knockout round and will clinch the Group C title with a win or draw. Brazil is second in the group with a plus-2 goal differential over Australia and should secure a knockout round berth with a win.
Australia vs. Jamaica, 3 p.m. ET on FOX, fuboTV: Australia will give itself a good shot at making the knockout round if it can beat Jamaica decisively and make up some ground in goal differential. Group C has a solid chance to get three teams into the knockout round.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP KNOCKOUT ROUND QUALIFIERS (THROUGH 6/17):
Team records and goal differential are in parentheses; * – first-place in group clinched, ** – second-place, *** – third-place
- France (3-0, +6)*
- Norway (2-1, +3)**
- Germany (3-0, +6)*
- Spain (1-1-1, +1)**
- China (1-1-1, 0)***
- Italy (2-0, +6)
- England (2-0, +2)
- Japan (1-1, +1)
- Canada (2-0, +3)
- Netherlands (2-0, +3)
- United States (2-0, +16)
- Sweden (2-0, +6)