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World Cup permutations: who needs what in England’s group to qualify after Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran?

Wales’ hopes of reaching the last 16 at the World Cup appear to be all but dashed after late heartbreak against Iran.

The Iranians won 2-0 over Rob Page’s side after scoring in the eighth and eleventh minute of added time, with goals from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian.

It means they have to create an upset and beat England to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages – although they would need other results in the group to go their way.

One saving grace is that England could be playing against a weakened side as they could qualify and essentially win the group if they look to beat the United States tonight.

Should the United States pull off an upset against England, it means all four sides still have a chance of dropping out of the group before the final day.

It would be the same case if tonight’s game ends in a draw, although England’s superior goal advantage would make it unlikely that they would not qualify even if they lost to Wales.

If two or more teams were to finish with the same score after three games, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head results would matter.

If the sides involved cannot be separated after all factors have been considered, fair play will be applied.

Senegal became the first team to be eliminated through the fair play system at the 2018 World Cup after receiving two more yellow cards than Japan.

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