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World Cup 2022: How every team can reach the round of 16

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The group stage at the 2022 World Cup continues, as 16 teams look to win a place in the knockout bracket.

Here we take a look at what every nation needs to do to get out of their group and keep the dream alive in Qatar.

QUALIFIED (1/16): France

ELIMINATED (2/16): Qatar, Canada

TIEBREAKERS

If two or more teams are level on points, they will be separated in the following order:

1) Overall group goal difference
2) Overall group goals scored
3) Head to head (H2H) result
4) H2H goal difference in all matches between the teams still level
5) H2H goals scored in all matches between the teams still level
6) Fair play points
7) Drawing of lots

- Explained: How the World Cup tiebreakers work

Full team-by-team permutations will appear after the second round of matches in each group.

- World Cup 2022: News and features | Schedule | Squads

GROUP A

Remaining fixtures
Tuesday (10 a.m. ET): Ecuador vs. Senegal, Netherlands vs. Qatar

Netherlands: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Qatar.

Netherlands will qualify with a defeat if Ecuador win.

If Netherlands lose and Ecuador-Senegal is a draw:
- Ecuador win the group with five points, Netherlands and Senegal both have four points; and
-- Netherlands will definitely qualify if they lose to Qatar by one goal.
-- If Netherlands lose to Qatar by two goals it will come down to group goals scored. If this is level, Netherlands finish second on head-to-head.
-- Netherlands cannot qualify if they lose by three or more goals, Senegal would be second.

If Netherlands and Ecuador both lose:
- Second place will be decided on goal difference and then goals scored between the two teams, which is currently identical.
- If goal difference and goals scored are identical, second place is decided on fair play (yellow and red cards.)
- If fair play is level, it's a random draw.

If both Netherlands and Ecuador win:
- Both are through and first place will be decided on goal difference and then goals scored
- If this is identical, first place is decided on fair play points.
- If fair play is level, it's a random draw.

Current fair play points
Netherlands: -1
Ecuador: -3

Ecuador: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs. Senegal.

If Ecuador lose, they can only qualify if Netherlands also lose and the above scenario would then apply.

Senegal: Will definitely qualify with a win vs. Ecuador, and will top the group if Netherlands draw/lose.

A draw may be enough but only if Netherlands lose, and taking into account the above scenario.

Cannot qualify with a draw if the other game is a draw, or if Netherlands win.

Cannot qualify with a defeat.

Qatar: Have been eliminated.

GROUP B

Remaining fixtures
Tuesday (2 p.m. ET): Iran vs. United States, Wales vs. England

England: Can only be eliminated if they lose by at least four goals to Wales.

England are guaranteed to finish top with a win; or with a draw unless Iran win, or USA win by at least four goals (more likely five goals on goals scored.)

If England lose and Iran or USA win:
- Iran or USA win the group, England and Wales both have four points; and
-- If England lose by up to three goals, England go through in second.
-- If England lose by four or more goals, Wales go through in second.

If England lose and Iran-USA is a draw:
- England, Iran and Wales would have four points, and
-- If England lose by up to three goals, England win the group with Wales in second and Iran third.
-- If England lose by four or five goals, Wales win the group with England in second and Iran third.
-- If England lose by six goals, Wales win the group with second between England and Iran decided on goals scored (Iran have scored two fewer goals); if level, England finish second on head-to-head.
-- If England lose by seven goals, Wales win the group with Iran in second and England third.

Iran: Guaranteed to finish in the top two with a win vs. USA, and will win the group if England draw/lose.

A draw for Iran will be enough if Wales draw/lose.

Iran cannot go through with a defeat.

United States: Must beat Iran to go through. Can top the group with a win if England lose to Wales, or if England draw and USA win at least four goals (more likely five goals on goals scored.)

Cannot qualify with a draw or a defeat.

Wales: Must beat England and hope Iran vs. USA is a draw to guarantee a top-two finish, and would top the group if they beat England by four or more goals.

If USA or Iran win, Wales will need to beat England by four or more goals to finish second ahead of them.

Cannot qualify with a draw or a defeat.

GROUP C

Remaining fixtures
Wednesday (2 p.m. ET): Poland vs. Argentina, Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico

Poland: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Argentina. Will win the group with a victory, or with a draw if Saudi Arabia draw/lose.

If Poland lose and Mexico win:
- Argentina win the group with six points, Poland and Mexico both have four points; and
-- Second place will be decided on group goal difference and then goals scored, and Mexico would have to overturn a deficit of four goals.
-- If records are identical, for instance Poland lose 2-0 and Mexico win 2-0, head to head is level so second is decided on fair play points.
-- If that's level it's a random draw

Current fair play points
Poland: -4
Mexico: -6

If Poland lose and Saudi Arabia-Mexico is a draw:
- Argentina win the group with six points, Poland and Saudi Arabia both have four points; and
-- If Poland lose by one or two goals, Poland will finish second on goal group difference with Saudi Arabia third.
-- If Poland lose by three goals it will be decided by group goals scored; if records are identical, e.g. if Poland lose 3-0 and Saudi Arabia-Mexico is 0-0, Poland finish second on head to head.
-- If Poland lose by four or more goals, Saudi Arabia will finish second on goal group difference with Poland third.

If Poland lose and Saudi Arabia win, Poland are out.

Argentina: Guaranteed to qualify with a win vs. Poland, and will do so as group winners if Saudi Arabia draw/lose.

If both Argentina and Saudi Arabia win:
- Top spot will be decided on group goal difference and then goals scored; Argentina currently have the goal-difference advantage by two goals.
- If the scoring record is identical, Saudi Arabia win the group on head to head.

If Argentina draw, they are guaranteed to qualify if Saudi Arabia-Mexico draw.

If Argentina draw and Saudi Arabia win, Argentina are out (Saudi Arabia and Poland qualify.)

If Argentina draw and Mexico win:
- Poland win the group with five points, Argentina and Mexico both have four points; and
-- If Mexico win by one or two goals, Argentina finish second on group goal difference with Mexico third.
-- If Mexico win by three goals it will be decided by group goals scored; if records are identical, Argentina finish second on head to head.
-- If Mexico win by four goals, Mexico are second on group goal difference and Argentina third.

Argentina cannot qualify with a defeat.

Saudi Arabia: Guaranteed to qualify with a win vs. Mexico, and will do so as group winners if Poland-Argentina draw. If both Saudi Arabia and Argentina win, top spot will be decided as noted in the Argentina section.

If Saudi Arabia draw vs. Mexico, they are only certain of qualifying if Argentina lose.

If Saudi Arabia draw and Poland lose, Poland would have to lose by at least three goals for Saudi Arabia to qualify (as noted in the Poland section.)

Saudi Arabia cannot qualify if both games are draws, or if they lose to Mexico.

Mexico: Must beat Saudi Arabia to have a chance; and a win by four or more goals guarantees qualification.

If Mexico and Poland win, Mexico finish second.

If Mexico win and Poland lose and, Mexico would have to overturn a deficit of four goals, as noted in the Poland section.

If Poland-Argentina is a draw, Mexico would have to win by at least three goals, as noted in the Argentina section.

GROUP D

Remaining fixtures
Wednesday (10 a.m. ET): Australia vs. Denmark, Tunisia vs. France

France: Have qualified for the round of 16 and will definitely top the group if they win/draw vs. Tunisia, or if Australia fail to beat Denmark.

If France lose and Australia win, first place will be decided on goal difference and then goals scored, but the Socceroos would have to overturn a deficit of six goals.

Australia: Guaranteed to finish in the top two if they beat Denmark.

Will qualify with a draw if Tunisia draw/lose against France.

If Australia draw and Tunisia win, Tunisia finish second on goal difference with Australia third.

Australia cannot qualify with a defeat.

Denmark: Must win, and will finish second if Tunisia draw/lose.

If both Denmark and Tunisia win:
- France win the group with six points, Denmark and Tunisia both have four points; and
-- Second place will be decided on goal difference (both are now on -1) and then goals scored.
-- If this is identical, second place will be decided on fair play points.
-- If fair play is level, it's a random draw.

Current fair play points
Denmark: -4
Tunisia: -4

Tunisia: Must win, and are guaranteed to finish second if Australia vs. Denmark is a draw.

If Tunisia and Denmark win, second place will be decided as noted in the Denmark section.

If Tunisia and Australia win, Tunisia finish third.

GROUP E

Remaining fixtures
Thursday (2 p.m. ET): Costa Rica vs. Germany, Japan vs. Spain

Spain: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Japan. Will win the group with a victory, or with a draw if Costa Rica draw/lose.

If Spain lose and Costa Rica win, Spain are out.

If Spain lose and Germany win:
- Japan win the group with six points, Spain and Germany both have four points; and
-- Second place will be decided between Spain and Germany on group goal difference and goals scored, and Germany would have to overturn a deficit of eight goals.
-- If records are identical, second is decided on fair play points.
-- If that's level it's a random draw.

Current fair play points
Spain: -1
Germany: -3

If Spain lose and Costa Rica-Germany is a draw, Spain will finish second unless they lose by at least 13 goals.

Japan: Guaranteed to qualify with a win vs. Spain, and will do so as group winners if Costa Rica draw/lose.

If Japan and Costa Rica win:
-- Top spot will be decided on group goal difference and goals scored; Japan currently have the goal-difference advantage by six goals.
-- If the scoring record is identical, Costa Rica win the group on head-to-head.

If Japan draw and Costa Rica-Germany is a draw, Japan are through in second.

If Japan draw and Germany win:
- Spain win the group with five points, Spain and Germany both have four points; and
-- If Germany win by one goal, it will be decided by group goals scored; if records are identical, e.g. with 1-1 and 1-0 scorelines, Japan finish second on head-to-head.
-- If Germany win by more than one goal, Germany are second on goal difference and Japan third.

If Japan draw and Costa Rica win, Japan are out.

Japan cannot qualify with a defeat.

Costa Rica: Guaranteed to qualify with a win vs. Germany, and will do so as group winners if Japan-Spain is a draw.

If both Costa Rica and Japan win, top spot will be decided as noted in the Japan section.

If Costa Rica draw and Spain lose, Costa Rica will finish third behind Spain unless they lose overturn a goal-difference deficit of 13 goals.

If Costa Rica draw and Japan lose, Costa Rica finish second.

Costa Rica cannot qualify if both games are draws.

Costa Rica cannot qualify with a defeat.

Germany: Must beat Costa Rica to have a chance, and a win by eight goals secures the top 2 in all scenarios.

If Germany and Spain win, Germany finish second.

If Germany win and Spain lose, Germany would have to overturn a goal-difference deficit of eight goals, as noted in the Spain section.

If Germany win and Japan-Spain is a draw, Germany can qualify as noted in the Japan section.

GROUP F

Remaining fixtures
Thursday (10 a.m. ET): Canada vs. Morocco, Croatia vs. Belgium

Croatia: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Belgium. Will definitely top the group with a win if Morocco draw/lose.

If Croatia draw and Canada-Morocco draw, Croatia win the group. If Croatia draw and Morocco win, Croatia finish second.

If Croatia and Morocco both win:
- Top spot will be decided on goal difference and then goals scored between the two teams, which Croatia currently edge by one goal.
- If records finish identical, first place is decided on fair play (yellow and red cards.)
- If that's level, it's a random draw.

Current fair play points
Croatia: -1
Morocco: -2

If Croatia and Morocco both lose:
- Belgium win the group with six points, Croatia and Mexico both have four points; and
-- If both games are lost by the same margin (for instance one goal, 2-1 and 1-0), Croatia will finish second on goal difference with Morocco third.
-- If the games are decided by a different margins, second place will be decided between Croatia and Morocco on goal difference and then goals scored.
-- If this is identical, it will be decided on fair play (yellow and red cards.)
-- If fair play is level, it's a random draw.

If Croatia lose and Morocco win/draw, Croatia are out.

Morocco: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Canada. Will definitely top the group with a win if Croatia draw/lose.

If Morocco and Croatia both win, top spot is decided as noted in the Croatia section. If both games are draws, Morocco finish second. If Morocco draw and Croatia win, Morocco finish second.

If Morocco and Croatia lose, Belgium win the group with second place decided as noted in the Croatia section.

If Morocco lose and Croatia win, Morocco finish second.

If Morocco lose and Croatia-Belgium is a draw:
- Croatia win the group with five points, Morocco and Belgium both have four points; and
-- If Morocco lose by one or two goals, Morocco finish second and Belgium third
-- If Morocco lose by three goals it will come down to group goals scored. If this is level, Morocco finish second ahead of Belgium on head-to-head.
-- If Morocco lose by four or more goals, Belgium finish second.

If Morocco and Croatia lose, Belgium win the group with second place decided as noted in the Croatia section.

Belgium: Will definitely qualify with a win vs. Croatia, and will top the group if Morocco draw/lose.

If Belgium draw and Morocco win/draw, Belgium are out.

If Belgium draw and Morocco lose, Croatia win the group with second place decided between Belgium and Morocco as noted in the Morocco section.

Canada: Have been eliminated.

GROUP G

Remaining fixtures
Monday (11 a.m. ET): Brazil vs. Switzerland
Friday (2 p.m. ET): Cameroon vs. Brazil, Serbia vs. Switzerland

Brazil: Will book their place in the round of 16 with a victory over Switzerland.

Switzerland: Will book their place in the round of 16 with a victory over Brazil.

Cameroon and Serbia cannot qualify or be eliminated on Monday.

GROUP H

Remaining fixtures
Monday (8 a.m. ET):
South Korea vs. Ghana
Monday (2 p.m. ET): Portugal vs. Uruguay
Friday (10 a.m. ET): Ghana vs. Uruguay, South Korea vs. Portugal

Portugal: Will qualify for the round of 16 with a win against Uruguay, which will win them the group if South Korea-Ghana is a draw earlier in the day.

Ghana: Will be knocked out if they lose to South Korea.

South Korea and Uruguay cannot qualify or be eliminated on Monday.