This is at stake in Groups A and B
With only one match left of the group phase in both Herning and Naestved things are beginning to find their shape in relation to the up and coming round of last 16.
We have had a look at what the consequences are before the final round on Friday:
Montenegro – 4 matches 7 points – will meet Denmark: A draw will secure first place for the Montenegrin team. If they lose they may end as number three in the group provided that Hungary defeat Japan.
Hungary – 4 matches 6 points – will meet Japan: A victory will secure at least a second place depending on the result of the match between Denmark and Montenegro. If Montenegro loses and Hungary wins the Hungarian team will win the group.
Denmark – 4 matches 6 points – will meet Montenegro: The home team may end up as anything from no. 1 to no. 3. A win versus Montenegro means at least second place in the group.
Serbia – 4 matches 3 points – will meet Tunesia: Most probably 4th place unless they lose the match against the African champions. In that case Japan may overtake the place among the last 16 teams.
Japan – 4 matches 2 points – will meet Hungary: A victory will see them in the last 16 provided that Tunesia beats Serbis. Otherwise they will end up as no. 5 and a major challenger for the President’s Cup
Tunesia – 4 matches 0 point – will meet Serbia: Will end up 6th and last in the group no matter what.
The Netherlands – 4 matches 7 points (+56 goal difference) – will meet Poland: A win or even a draw will give the Dutch a certainty of landing on one of the two best spots in the group. If they lose the team may be third given that Sweden wins against Cuba.
Sweden - 4 matches 7 points (+34 goal difference) – will meet Cuba: With a deficit of 22 goals to The Netherlands the Swedes will not only hope for a Dutch loss of points in the match against Poland they will also try to defeat Cuba with as high a goal difference as possible. They can end up either first or sesond in the group and if they lose against Cuba the Scandinavians may even take third spot. The Swedes have the advantage of knowing the result of the nmatch between Poland and The Netherlands before their match even begins.
Poland – 4 matches 6 points – will meet The Netherlands: A victory guarantees at least asecond spot for the Poles and in the almost unlikely event that Cuba also beats Sweden Poland will be number one in the group.
Angola – 4 matches 2 points – will meet China: Head to head challenge with China in the race for a place among the last 16. A draw will send the Angola in the knock out phase.
China – 4 matches 2 points – will meet Angola: Head to head challenge with Angola in the race for a place among the last 16. A draw will send the Chinese in the battle for President’s Cup.
Cuba – 4 matches 0 points – will meet Sweden: No matter what the Cubans will end up bottom of Group B