That’s why Spain would win the group now
The Spanish national team struggled to beat Iran 1-0 in their second group match after the spectacular opening match against Portugal (3-3). On the Iberian Peninsula, at least first place in Group B was a source of joy. But why actually?
Great cheering storms have not yet broken out at home: The furious 3-3 defeat by Portugal in the opening match on Wednesday evening was followed by a somewhat glittering 1-0 defeat by Iran. The Spanish press struggled to take positive aspects of the second group match with them on Thursday morning.
And one was found after all: Spain would now be top of the group, although Portugal have both the same score and the same goal difference (after 1-0 against Morocco). What have Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. done “wrong”?
A look at the regulations clarifies: In the event of a tie, the goal difference first decides, then the number of goals scored. If two or more teams nevertheless score equally, the ranking order is determined by: a) the number of points from the direct comparisons, b) the better goal difference from the direct comparisons (if more than two teams have the same points), c) the greater number of goals scored from the direct comparisons (if more than two teams have the same points), d) the fair play rating and e) the draw.
“Furia Roja” yellow carded against Iran
Currently, both teams are particularly interested in the sub-item “Fairplay-Rating”. In the first comparison, Bruno Fernandes of Portugal and Sergio Busquets of Spain each saw yellow. In their second group game, late substitute Adrien Silva picked up the yellow box from the Seleçao, while Spain did without a warning. The reason why both teams are on an equal footing in the current table is that the conditions only take effect after the end of the group stage.
Should Spain and Portugal have another hard time against the underdogs at the end of the group and, for example, each win 1:0, the number of cards suddenly becomes the balance. Current advantage: Spain.