Football: World Cup - Group C: The Permutations

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France are certain of qualifying but Denmark can still beat them to the top position. Saudi Arabia are eliminated. The group winners meet the runners-up from Group D on Sunday; the second-placed team meet Nigeria on the same day. Qualification decided by (in order): points, goal difference, number of goals scored, outcome of encounter between the two sides, drawing lots.

1 France beat Denmark; South Africa beat Saudi Arabia: France win group and both Denmark and South Africa finish with four points. In this scenario South Africa would need to overturn a four-goal differential. Because the group game between Denmark and South Africa finished all-square, the drawing of lots is a real possibility.

2 France beat Denmark; South Africa draw with Saudi Arabia: France win group and Denmark are runners-up.

3 France beat Denmark; Saudi Arabia beat South Africa: France win group and Denmark are runners-up.

4 France draw with Denmark; South Africa beat Saudi Arabia: France win group and Denmark are runners-up.

5 France draw with Denmark; South Africa draw with Saudi Arabia: France win group and Denmark are runners-up.

6 France draw with Denmark; Saudi Arabia beat South Africa: France win group and Denmark are runners-up.

7 Denmark beat France; South Africa beat Saudi Arabia: Denmark win group and France are runners-up.

8 Denmark beat France; South Africa draw with Saudi Arabia: Denmark win group and France are runners-up.

9 Denmark beat France; Saudi Arabia beat South Africa: Denmark win group and France are runners-up.

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