World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings
Apparently there are enough World Cups to go around By Billy Hawkins – @bhawkinsss Thursday, May 17, 2018 FIFA have announced the final world... World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

Apparently there are enough World Cups to go around

By Billy Hawkins – @bhawkinsss

Thursday, May 17, 2018

FIFA have announced the final world ranking of every international team ahead of the World Cup.

Only one nation inside the top 10 has failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament, with Chile in ninth despite their inability to book their place in Russia.

But how would the World Cup finish if results were entirely down to the FIFA World Ranking? That is, the team ranked higher always defeats a lower ranked nation when meeting on the pitch.

World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

talkSPORT decided to answer this question, and you can see the results below…

*FIFA ranking correct as of May 17, 2018. Ranking listed in brackets after country

GROUP STAGE

Group A

1. Uruguay (17) – progress to knockout round
2. Egypt (46) – progress to knockout round
3. Russia (66)
4. Saudi Arabia (67)

Group B

1. Portugal (4) – progress to knockout round
2. Spain (8) – progress to knockout round
3. Iran (36)
4. Morocco (42)

Group C

1. France (7) – progress to knockout round
2. Peru (11) – progress to knockout round
3. Denmark (12)
4. Australia (40)

Group D

1. Argentina (5) – progress to knockout round
2. Croatia (18) – progress to knockout round
3. Iceland (22)
4. Nigeria (47)

Group E

1. Brazil (2) – progress to knockout round
2. Switzerland (6) – progress to knockout round
3. Costa Rica (25)
4. Serbia (35)

Group F

1. Germany (1) – progress to knockout round
2. Mexico (15) – progress to knockout round
3. Sweden (23)
4. South Korea (61)

Group G

1. Belgium (3) – progress to knockout round
2. England (13) – progress to knockout round
3. Tunisia (14)
5. Panama (55)

Group H

1. Poland (10) – progress to knockout round
2. Colombia (16) – progress to knockout round
3. Senegal (28)
4. Japan (60)

ROUND OF 16

Spain (8) v Uruguay (17) – Spain progress to quarter-finals

Portugal (4) v Egypt (46) – Portugal progress to quarter-finals

France (7) v Croatia (18) – France progress to quarter-finals

Argentina (5) v Peru (11) – Argentina progress to quarter-finals

Brazil (2) v Mexico (15) – Brazil progress to quarter-finals

Germany (1) v Switzerland (6) – Germany progress to quarter-finals

Belgium (3) v Colombia (16) – Belgium progress to quarter-finals

England (13) v Poland (10) – Poland progress to quarter-finals

World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

QUARTER-FINAL

Spain (8) v France (7) – France progress to semi-finals

Portugal (4) v Argentina (5) – Portugal progress to semi-finals

World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

Brazil (2) v Belgium (3) – Brazil progress to semi-finals

Germany (1) v Poland (10) – Germany progress to semi-finals

SEMI-FINAL

France (7) v Brazil (2) – Brazil progress to final

Portugal (4) v Germany (1) – Germany progress to final

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF

Portugal (4) v France (7) – Portugal win

FINAL

Brazil (2) v Germany (1) – Germany win

World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

FULL STANDINGS

Fourth: France
Third: Portugal
Runners-up: Brazil
Winners: Germany

World Cup 2018: How the tournament will finish based on latest FIFA rankings

And there you have it; Germany will win the World Cup (no surprises there) and England won’t make it past the first knockout round (even fewer surprises with that one).

Thankfully football is not so simple and even the lowest ranked team could go all the way and lift that most famous of sporting trophies.

Still, that doesn’t change the fact England probably won’t get past the first knockout round…

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