World Cup Permutations/Computations: What teams need to advance to Round of 16


The time has come. The time has come to break out your calculators and pencils, maybe a little scratch paper, too, because it's time to do some math. Eight teams are already eliminated, and six teams are through -- but their positioning in the Round of 16 is unknown right now.

Everything will be known by 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Until then, we've already figured out what each team needs to advance, keeping a running tally over the second series of matches. We've checked the math, double-checked, and even triple-checked ... and I had Tom Benedetto check it, too.

Group A

Russia (2-0-0, 6 points, +7 goal difference), Uruguay (2-0-0, 6, +2)
Eliminated: Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Even with both teams through to the knockouts, there is still plenty to play for in this group, seeing as there is still positioning at stake -- and both play each other Monday.