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FIFA World Cup 2022: Scenarios, standings, tiebreaks as Mexico eliminated on goal difference

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We reach the business end of the World Cup group stage with Groups A, B, C and D done and dusted off with Groups E and F on the roll for Thursday. So far France, Australia, Portugal, England, Senegal, United States, Netherlands, Argentina, Poland and Brazil have made their way to the round of 16. Five others will join them on each group’s final day of play. Qatar has also joined South Africa as the only World Cup host ever to fail to make it to the group stage. Let’s see who can join the final 16 and what their path is to get there.

Looking at tiebreaks, the start is easy with the team that has the most points. If two teams are tied on points, it goes to their overall goal difference. If they still cannot be split, the next team to score the most goals will be the one to advance. The rules are then applied again with only the head-to-head match between the two teams tied. So the points total in those matches is then followed by the goal difference in head-to-head matches and goals scored. If they make it all the way through and can’t be split, it eventually goes down to the fair play system.

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The fair play system ensures that the team with the fewest penalties in matches advances. So a team loses one point for each yellow card, three points for each red card caused by a second yellow card, four points for a straight red card and if a yellow card is followed by a straight red card it counts as five points.

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Here the groups include all groups that played two matches

group A

  • The Netherlands: Group of winners.
  • Senegal: Second place.
  • Ecuador: eliminated.
  • Qatar: eliminated.

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Group B

  • England: Group of winners.
  • United States: Second place.
  • Iran: eliminated.
  • Wales: eliminated.

Group C

  • Argentina: group winners.
  • Poland: second place.
  • Mexico: Eliminated.
  • Saudi Arabia: Eliminated.

Group D

  • France: group winners.
  • Australia: Second place.
  • Tunisia: Eliminated.
  • Denmark: eliminated.

Group E

  • Spain: Advance to the last 16 with a win or a draw against Japan. Can win the group with a victory over Japan. Can also advance on loss to Japan and draw between Costa Rica and Germany.
  • Japan: Advance to the last 16 with a win against Spain. Can also progress to the last 16 with a draw against Spain and a draw between Costa Rica and Germany. Can win the group with a win over Spain and have a better goal difference than Costa Rica if they beat Germany.
  • Costa Rica: Can continue with a win against Germany and a loss against Span/Japan or a draw between the two. Can also advance on a draw and a loss to Japan. Can win the group with a win, a loss to Spain and make up the six goal difference between Japan.
  • Germany: Can qualify for the last 16 with a win and a loss to Spain or Japan. Can also go ahead with a win by more than one goal and a draw for Japan.

Group F

  • Croatia: Can advance to the eighth finals with a win against Belgium. Can also advance with a draw against Belgium and a loss for Morocco against Canada. Can the group win by improving Morocco’s result.
  • Morocco: Can advance to round of 16 with a win or draw against Canada. Can also progress to round of 16 with a loss and a loss to Belgium or a loss, a win to Belgium and a better goal difference than Croatia. Can win the group by improving Croatia’s result and make up the one goal difference.
  • Belgium: Can advance to round of 16 with a win over Croatia. Can also go ahead with a draw and a loss to Morocco by more than three goals.
  • Canada: Eliminated from contention for the round of 16.

Group G

  • Brazil: Through to the last 16, the group can win with a win or draw against Cameroon or a loss against Switzerland.
  • Switzerland: Can make last 16 with win or draw against Serbia. Can win the group with a win, a loss in Brazil and make up the goal difference of three.
  • Cameroon: Can make it to the last 16 with a win against Brazil and a loss against Switzerland. Can also make it to the last 16 with a win against Brazil by more than one goal and a draw between Switzerland and Serbia.
  • Serbia: Can make it to the last 16 with a win over Switzerland and a loss in Cameroon.

Group H

  • Portugal: Through to the last 16. Can the group win with a win or a draw against South Korea or a defeat in Ghana.
  • Ghana: Can make it to the last 16 with a win or draw against Uruguay. With a draw, they will need to have a better goal difference than South Korea if they beat Portugal.
  • South Korea: Can make it to the last 16 with a win against Portugal and a loss to Ghana or a draw against Uruguay.
  • Uruguay: Can make it to the last 16 with a win against Ghana and a loss or draw against Portugal for South Korea. If South Korea wins together with Uruguay, it will come to tiebreaks.

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