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World Cup 2023 knockout round qualification scenarios for Group C

Here’s the knockout qualification scenarios in Group C at the 2023 women’s World Cup.

Spain v Zambia: Group C - FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023
Alexia Putellas of Spain and Barcelona during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group C match between Spain and Zambia at Eden Park on July 26, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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We have one more match in the group stage left at the 2023 women’s World Cup, which means qualification for the knockout round is on the line in most of the pods. Group C has a straightforward scenario though, as we know which teams have secured a spot in the round of 16 heading into the final match.

Here’s a look at what’s on the line in Group C’s final matchday.

Group C

Qualified: Spain, Japan
Eliminated: Costa Rica, Zambia

Update: Japan goes to the top of the group with a 4-0 win over Spain. The Spanish advance to the knockout round as the runner-up.

Spain and Japan play each other in the final match, and the top spot in the group will be on the line. Spain can top the group with a win or a draw, while Japan need a win to secure the top spot.

The winner of Group C will play the runner-up in Group A, while the runner-up in Group C will play the winner of Group A. Both Spain and Japan will know the potential opponents ahead of this match, but it’s unlikely either team will be attempting to avoid a particular opponent.

Ahead of the World Cup, Spain was priced at -20000 to advance from the group at DraftKings Sportsbook. Japan was priced at -400 as the clear second favorite.