What every World Cup 2022 team needs to qualify for the knockout stage

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The knockout stages of the World Cup are starting to take shape and Gareth Southgate has secured a place in the round of 16 after sweeping Wales in their final group match.

The other teams that have secured a place in the knockout stage so far are Brazil, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Senegal, the United States, Australia, Argentina and Poland.

The remaining places will be filled over the next few days, with Germany’s fate of great interest to supporters following their shock opening-game defeat to Japan.

Sixteen teams advance to the round of 16, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Qatar were the first team eliminated from the World Cup, much to the embarrassment of the hosts.

What is the group standings?

What does each team need to progress to the round of 16?

In group A

Final ranking

Holland topped the group after beating Qatar in their last game. Senegal edgy Ecuador 2-1 to move into second place. Qatar they were the first team eliminated from the World Cup and lost all three games, scoring just one goal.

In group B

Final ranking

England they progressed as group winners after overcoming Wales in their final match. Their 3-0 victory means Wales finished at the bottom, while the United States of America he finished second after passing Iran in their decisive crunch.

In group C

Final ranking

After losing the first game against Saudi Arabia, Argentina they completed their reversal of fortune by beating Poland to top the pack. Poland, despite losing to the South Americans, advanced to the round of 16 in second place on goal difference. That came later Mexico could only beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, thus having to settle for third place, with Saudi Arabia finishing bottom.

In group D

Final ranking

France they qualified and are still top of the group despite a surprise defeat to Tunisia in their last group match. Australia they stunned Denmark 1-0 in their final group match to qualify in second place, level on points with France but second on goal difference. Tunisia finished third with four points while DenmarkDark Horse pre-tournament of many people, he picked up just one point in fourth place.

In group E

Remaining fixtures

  • Japan vs Spain (December 1, 7pm)

  • Costa Rica-Germany (December 1, 19:00)

Spain they lead the table by four points and now only need a draw in their last game to progress. A win would take them to the round of 16 in first place. Germany they must win against Costa Rica and their hopes hang on Japan’s defeat. If Japan draw, it would depend on goal difference or goals scored by Germany and Japan.

Self Japan beat Spain, are qualified. They go through even if both of their remaining games end in draws, but lose if they lose to Spain or draw with Spain and Costa Rica beat Germany.

Costa Rica can still qualify if they beat Germany. Even in the event of a draw, they would go through as long as Spain beat Japan. But if Spain lose, goal difference will apply. A draw in both games or a loss means Costa Rica will go home.

In group F

Final ranking

Morocco they qualified as surprise group winners with seven points after a 2-1 win Canada. Croatia managed to hold on to second place after a 0-0 draw with Belgium in a match that will be remembered for Romelu Lukaku’s hat-trick of wasted golden opportunities in the final.

In group G

Remaining fixtures

  • Serbia-Switzerland (2 December, 19:00)

  • Cameron vs. Brazil (December 2, 7:00pm)

Brazil they lead the group with six points and have already qualified after a second consecutive win, against Switzerland. A draw or win would see them progress as group winners.

A win for Swiss, who are runners-up on three points, against Serbia they would also see them through, but a point would be enough even if Cameroon fail to beat Brazil. One point could also be enough if Cameroon beat Brazil, but only by one goal as they would be level on points and goal difference, so the play-off would be on goals scored. Switzerland currently have one goal to their name and Cameroon have three, so that means Switzerland would need to draw at least 4-4 for this to be a possibility. If Switzerland lose, they are out.

Cameroon And Serbiaon one point each, both must win to have any chance of progressing, with the other outcome going their way.

In group H

Remaining fixtures

  • South Korea-Portugal (December 2, 15:00)

  • Ghana-Uruguay (2 December, 15:00)

Group H is similar to group G in this Portugal they are already through with six points and will top their group if they draw or win against South Korea.

Ghana, second with three points, they will secure passage with a win against Uruguay, although a point will be enough if South Korea fail to beat Portugal. It could also be enough if South Korea beat Portugal, but only by one goal, as both teams would be level on goal difference, but Ghana could potentially be ahead on goals scored. Of course it all depends on how many goals each team scores in those final matches. If Ghana lose, they are eliminated.

South Korea And Uruguay, on one point each, both must win to have any chance of progression, with the other outcome going their way.

What is the knockout schedule?

Saturday 3 December

Game 49 – Holland vs USA, 3 pm
Game 50 – Argentina vs Australia, 7.00pm

Sunday 4th December

Game 52 – France vs Poland, 3 pm
Game 51 – England-Senegal, 7 pm

Monday 5th December

Race 53 – Group E winner – Croatia, 3 pm
Race 54 – Group G Winner vs Group H Runner-up, 7pm

Tuesday 6th December

Race 55 – Morocco – Group E runner-up, 3.00 pm
Race 56 – Group H Winner vs Group G Runner-up, 7pm

Quarter finals

Friday 9 December

QF1 – Race 53 Winner vs Race 54 Winner, 3pm
QF2 – Game 49 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner, 7pm

Saturday 10th December

QF3 – Game Winner 55 vs Game Winner 56, 3pm
QF4 – Game Winner 51 vs Game Winner 52, 7pm


Tuesday 13th December

SF1 – QF1 Winner vs QF2 Winner, 7pm

Wednesday 14th December

SF2 – QF3 Winner vs QF4 Winner, 19:00

Playoff for third place

Saturday 17th December

SF1 Loser vs SF2 Loser, 3pm

Sunday 18th December

Lusail Stadium, 3pm

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