World Cup tiebreakers, advancement scenarios and group standings


As the 32 teams of the World Cup complete their second group stage games, the scenarios for development will start to become clear. Two teams from all eight groups advance and are then slotted into a 16-team knockout bracket that will determine the participants in the December 18 final.

Here’s how the teams are ranked in the groups, as explained by FIFA’s 2022 World Cup regulations:

1. The greatest number of points from three group matches (each team gets three points for a win and one for a draw).

2. Goal difference in all group matches.

3. Goals scored in all group matches.

And if two or more teams are still tied after that? We go to:

1. Largest number of points obtained in the group matches between the concerned teams.

2. Goal difference of the group matches between the concerned teams.

3. Goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned.

4. A greater number of points obtained for fair play conduct (yellow cards = minus -1; indirect red card, as a result of a second yellow card = minus -3, direct red card = minus -4, yellow card and Direct red = minus -5, with only one of the deductions applied to a player in a single game).

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World Cup schedule, standings and groups

And if, by some servant, there is still a bond?

Then there will be a drawing of lots by FIFA’s organizing committee.

Here are the standings for each group, and the scenarios for the groups that have completed two games. An X- denotes a team that has reached development. A Y- indicates a team that took the first place in a group. A Z-denotes a team that has been eliminated from promotion.

Group A standings and scenarios

Holland: The group favorite would advance to the knockout stage with a win or draw against Qatar on Tuesday. If both the Netherlands and Ecuador win their final match, the winner of Group A will be decided by tiebreakers, starting with goal differential, where they are currently tied. If both matches on Tuesday were draws, the tiebreaker would start with goals scored.

Ecuador: Like the Netherlands, Ecuador is assured of a place in the knockout round with a win or draw on Tuesday, when Ecuador will face Senegal.

Senegal: The champions of Africa would advance to the knockout round with a win over Ecuador. It would be eliminated with a loss. With a draw against Ecuador, Senegal would need an improbable Qatar victory over the Netherlands to have any chance. Senegal can still win the group with a win over Ecuador and a Netherlands tie or loss against Qatar.

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Qatar: The host nation cannot advance to the knockout round.

Group B standings and scenarios

England: The group favorites would advance to the knockout round with a win or draw against Wales on Tuesday. England could still advance with a loss to Wales, depending on the score and other results. England would win the group with a win, or with a draw and an Iran-U.S. it. Draw, among other scenarios. It is even possible that England could win the group with a loss, depending on other results.

Iran: Iran would advance to the knockout round with a win over the United States on Tuesday, or with a draw against the United States and an England win or draw against Wales. Iran would win the group with a win and an England loss or draw against Wales. Iran would be eliminated with a loss to the United States.

United States: The Americans will advance to the knockout round with a win over Iran on Tuesday. They would be eliminated with a loss or draw against Iran. They could still win the group with a win over Iran, although it would probably require an England loss to Wales.

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Wales: Wales will be eliminated with a loss or a draw against England. To have a realistic shot, the Welsh need to beat England and the Iran-USA game ends in a draw.

Group C standings and scenarios

Group D standings and scenarios

Group E standings and scenarios

Group F standings and scenarios

Group G standings and scenarios

Group H standings and scenarios

World Cup in Qatar

The latest: The United States drew with England, 0-0, in its second World Cup game on Friday to set up a must-win group final against Iran. Read the highlights of the Group B matchup.

Political protest: The constant background to Iran’s World Cup campaign is a national protest movement back home, targeting its clerical leadership, and the tensions, inevitable and persistent, spill out onto the field.

Highlights: Where it was Saudi Arabia over Argentina on Tuesday, now came the spectacle on 73 minutes in Brazil over Serbia. Richarlison’s wonder of a goal cemented Brazil’s 2-0 opening victory.

perspective: The beautiful game is nice. Suitcases full of money are better. Read Sally Jenkins on the human rights controversy in Qatar.


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