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Tie Breakers and Qualification rules

— Tie Breakers —

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria would be applied: 1) Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question; 2) Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question; 3) Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question; If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking (e.g. if criteria 1 to 3 were applied to three teams that were level on points initially and these criteria separated one team from the other two who still have an equal ranking), criteria 1 to 3 would be reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams who were still level to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 4 to 5 would apply; 4) Superior goal difference in all group matches; 5) Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;

— Qualification —

16 teams proceed to the Round of 16. That includes the winners and runner-up from each group, as well as the best 4 3rd placed teams. The draw for the Round of 16 will be seeded, where the winners and the best 2 2nd placed teams will be seeded. The teams which qualified from the same group cannot play each other in the Round of 16. The best 4 3rd placed teams are determined by the following: 1) The best 2 3rd placed teams qualify automatically, 2) The rest 4 3rd placed teams form two pairs and will determine the qualifiers in play-off matches. The pairs will be identified by an unseeded draw. The best 2nd placed teams, as well as the best 3rd placed teams will be determined by the following criteria: 1) Higher number of points obtained, 2) Superior goal difference, 3) Higher number of goals scored, 4) Draw In calculating the criteria listed above, the results against the 6th placed teams is excluded for each group where there are 6 teams involved (i.e. groups B, C, D, E, F).

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