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 each nation needs to do to get out of their group and keep the dream alive in Qatar.
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If two or more teams are tied 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 equal
5) H2H goals scored in all matches between the teams still equal
6) Fair game points
7) drawing of lots
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Complete team-by-team permutations will appear after the second round of matches in each group.
Tuesday (10:00 a.m. ET): Ecuador vs. Senegal, Netherlands vs. Qatar
Holland: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Qatar. Will also qualify with a defeat if Ecuador win.
If Netherlands lose and Ecuador-Senegal is a draw, Ecuador wins the group with five points, Netherlands and Senegal both have four points:
– 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. If it’s equal, Netherlands finish second on head-to-head.
– Netherlands cannot qualify if they lose by three or more goals.
If Netherlands and Ecuador both lose, second place will be decided on goal difference between the two teams, which is currently identical; If records end identically, second place is decided on fair play (yellow and red cards).
Ecuador: Are guaranteed to qualify with a win/draw vs Senegal. If they lose, they can only qualify if the Netherlands also lose and the above goal-difference scenario would apply.
If both Netherlands and Ecuador win, first place will be decided on goal difference. If this is identical, first place is decided on fair game points.
Senegal: Will definitely qualify with a win vs Ecuador. A draw will also suffice if the Netherlands lose and the above goal-difference and head-to-head scenarios then apply. Can top the group with a win if Netherlands draw/lose.
Qatar: have been eliminated.
Tuesday (2 p.m. ET): Iran vs. United States, Wales vs. England
England: Can only be eliminated with a heavy defeat to Wales. Guaranteed to top the group with a win, and a draw will be enough unless Iran win or USA win by at least four goals.
If Iran or USA win, England can lose by up to three goals and still go through to second. If England lose by four or more goals and Iran or USA win, England finish third behind Wales.
If England lose and Iran-USA is a draw, England will win the group as long as they don’t lose by four goals. If England lose by four or five goals, Wales will win the group with England coming in second. England would have to lose by six or more goals to possibly finish third behind Iran.
Iran: Guaranteed to finish in the top two with a win against USA, and will win the group if England draw/lose. A draw for Iran will also be enough if Wales draw/lose. They cannot go through with a defeat.
United States: Must beat Iran to go through. Can top the group if England lose to Wales (or if England draw and the USA win by four or more goals.)
Wales: Must beat England and hope Iran v USA is a draw to finish in the top two, and could 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.
Saturday (12 p.m. ET): Argentina vs. Mexico
Wednesday (2 p.m. ET): Poland against Argentina, Saudi Arabia against Mexico
Argentina: Will be knocked out if they lose to Mexico today.
mexico, Poland And Saudi Arabia Cannot qualify or be eliminated on Saturday.
Poland: Now need a point against Argentina on Wednesday to qualify for the round of 16.
Wednesday (10:00 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 against 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 soccer would have to overcome a deficit of six goals.
Australia: Guaranteed to finish in the top two if they beat Denmark. Will also qualify with a draw if Tunisia draw/lose against France. If Australia draw and Tunisia win, Tunisia finish second on goal difference. Australia cannot settle for defeat.
Denmark: Must win, and will finish second if Tunisia draw/lose. If both Denmark and Tunisia win, second place will be decided on goal difference (both are now on -1) and then goals scored – if identical, second place will be decided on fair play points as the head-to- Head is level.
Tunisia: Must win, and are guaranteed to finish second if Australia v Denmark is a draw. If Denmark win, second place will be decided as above. Tunisia cannot qualify if Australia win.
Sunday (5 p.m. ET): Japan vs. Costa Rica
Sunday (2 p.m. ET): Spain vs. Germany
Thursday (2 p.m. ET): Costa Rica vs. Germany, Japan vs. Spain
Spain: If Japan win/draw against Costa Rica, Spain can book their place in the round of 16 with a win over Germany.
Japan: If Japan win against Costa Rica, they will go through to the round of 16 if Spain win/draw against Germany later on Sunday.
Germany: If Japan win/draw, Germany will be eliminated if they lose to Spain.
Costa Rica: If Costa Rica lose to Japan, they will be knocked out if Spain win/draw.
Sunday (8:00 p.m. ET): Belgium vs Morocco
Sunday (11:00 a.m. ET): Croatia vs. Canada
Thursday (10:00 a.m. ET): Canada vs. Morocco, Croatia vs. Belgium
Belgium: Will qualify for the round of 16 with a win against Morocco, which will win them the group if Croatia-Canada is a draw later in the day.
Canada: Will be knocked out if they lose to Croatia.
Croatia And Morocco Cannot qualify or be eliminated on Friday.
Monday (5:00 p.m. ET): Cameroon vs. Serbia
Monday (11:00 a.m. ET): Brazil vs. Switzerland
Friday (2 p.m. ET): Cameroon vs. Brazil, Serbia vs. Switzerland
Brazil: If Serbia win/draw against Cameroon, Brazil can book their place in the round of 16 with a win over Switzerland.
Switzerland: If Cameroon win/draw against Serbia, Switzerland can book their place in the round of 16 with a win over Brazil.
Cameroon: If Cameroon lose to Serbia, they will be knocked out if Brazil win/draw.
Serbia: If Serbia lose to Cameroon, they will be knocked out if Switzerland win/draw.
Monday (8:00 p.m. ET): South Korea vs Ghana
Monday (2 p.m. ET): Portugal vs Uruguay
Friday (10:00 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 Friday.