FIFA World Cup Recap – A Look At Where We Stand In The Group Stage

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar rumbles on and we have now seen every team play two of their three allotted group stage games.

For two teams, it has been a humbling experience as they have lost both games and have been eliminated from the tournament before they play their third and final game this week.

For a number of others, two wins means that they have qualified from their group for the knockout phase and that means their manager can consider resting players for this third group stage game ahead of their Round of 16 clash.

But for the vast majority of the 32 teams at this World Cup, there is still everything to play for on the final day of action and that makes this final set of games all the more intriguing as there is something riding on every one of the sixteen remaining group stage matches.

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Let’s now take a look at how the Group Stages are shaping up with a look at the tables for each of the eight groups, and the scores of the games that have taken place so far.

World Cup 2022 Group Stage

Group A

Matchday 1&2 Results

  • Qatar 0-2 Ecuador
  • Netherlands 2-0 Senegal
  • Qatar 1-3 Senegal
  • Ecuador 1-1 Netherlands


  1. Netherlands – Pts 4 (+2)
  2. Ecuador – Pts 4 (+2)
  3. Senegal – Pts 3 (0)
  4. Qatar – Pts 0 (-4) E

Final Group Games

  • Ecuador v Senegal (3pm, Khalifa International Stadium)
  • Netherlands v Qatar (3pm, Al Bayt Stadium)

Netherlands and Ecuador will both qualify for the knockout stage with a win or a draw.

Senegal must beat Ecuador in order to qualify for the Round of 16, or they could draw provided that Qatar beat the Netherlands by more than two goals.

Group B

Matchday 1&2 Results

  • England 6-2 Iran
  • Wales 1-1 United States
  • Wales 0-2 Iran
  • England 0-0 United States


  • England – 4pts (+4)
  • Iran – 3pts (-2)
  • United States – 2pts (0)
  • Wales – 1pt (-2)

Final Group Games

  • Iran v United States (7pm, Al Thumama Stadium)
  • Wales v England (7pm, Al Rayyan Stadium)

If England avoid a four-goal defeat to Wales they will qualify regardless of their result against the Welsh or the result of the other game. A win for England would mean they finish top of the group.

Wales must win and hope Iran and the United States draw to qualify. If Wales fail to win then Iran qualify with a draw or win or the United States qualify with a win.

Group C

Matchday 1 & 2 Results

  • Poland 0-0 Mexico
  • Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia
  • Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
  • Argentina 2-0 Mexico


  1. Poland – 4pts (+2)
  2. Argentina – 3pts (+1)
  3. Saudi Arabia – 3pts (-1)
  4. Mexico – 1pt (-2)

Final Group Games

  • Poland v Argentina (7pm, Stadium 974)
  • Saudi Arabia v Mexico (7pm, Lusail Stadium)

If Poland win, they qualify and win the group. They will also qualify regardless of their result against Argentina if Saudi Arabia and Mexico draw.

Argentina must win to qualify for certain. A draw could mean they are pipped to second place by either Saudi Arabia or Mexico depending on the result.

If Saudi Arabia better Argentina’s result, then they will qualify ahead of Argentina.

Mexico can only qualify if they win and Argentina lose, or If Argentina draw and Mexico win by four goals or more.

Group D

Matchday 1 & 2 Results

  • France 4-1 Australia
  • Denmark 0-0 Tunisia
  • Tunisia 0-1 Australia
  • Denmark 1-2 France


  1. France – 6pts (+4)
  2. Australia – 3 pts (+1)
  3. Denmark – 1pt (-1)
  4. Tunisia – 1pt (-1)

Final Group Games

  • Tunisia v France (3pm, Education City Stadium)
  • Australia v Denmark (3pm, Al Wakrah Sports Complex)

France have qualified and need a draw or win against Tunisia to be assured of being group winners.

France will also top the group regardless of result if Australia fail to beat Denmark.

Australia will qualify with a win against Denmark. If they draw and Tunisia do not beat France by two or more goals, then they will qualify.

Denmark and Tunisia both need to win their games to stand any chance of qualifying. If both win then the team with the best goal difference will qualify.

Group E

Matchday 1&2 Results

  • Germany 1-2 Japan
  • Spain 7-0 Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica 1-0 Japan
  • Spain 1-1 Germany


  1. Spain – 4pts (+7)
  2. Japan – 3pts (0)
  3. Costa Rica – 3pts (-6)
  4. Germany – 1pt (-1)

Final Group Games

  • Japan v Spain (7pm, Khalifa International Stadium)
  • Costa Rica v Germany (7pm, Al Bayt Stadium)

Spain will win and top the group with a win over Japan.

Japan will qualify fir the next phase if they beat Spain, provided Costa Rica don’t beat Germany by enough goals to overturn the goal difference deficit (currently -6).

Costa Rica will qualify with a draw and if Spain beat Japan, or a win if Spain draws or beats Japan.

Germany will qualify if they can beat Costa Rica and Spain beat Japan, or if Japan and Spain draw and Germany win by enough to overturn the goal difference with Japan in their favour.

Group F

Matchday 1&2 Results

  • Canada 0-1 Belgium
  • Morocco 0-0 Croatia
  • Belgium 0-2 Morocco
  • Croatia 4-1 Canada


  1. Croatia – 4pts (+3)
  2. Morocco – 4pts (+2)
  3. Belgium – 3pts (-1)
  4. Canada – 0pts (-4)

Final Group Games

  • Croatia v Belgium (3pm, Al Rayyan Stadium)
  • Canada v Morocco (3pm, Al Thumama Stadium)

A win for any of Croatia, Belgium or Morocco will see them qualify for the Round of 16.

Croatia qualify with a win or draw against Belgium.

Belgium qualify with a win over Croatia.

Morocco qualify with a win over Canada.

If Croatia and Belgium draw, then Morocco qualify provided they don’t lose their game with Canada by four goals or more.

Canada are eliminated from the tournament.

Group G

Matchday 1&2 Results

  • Cameroon 0-1 Switzerland
  • Brazil 2-0 Serbia
  • Brazil 1-0 Switzerland
  • Cameroon 3-3 Serbia


  1. Brazil – 6pts (+3)
  2. Switzerland – 3pts (0)
  3. Cameroon – 1pt (-1)
  4. Serbia – 1pt (-2)

Final Group Games

  • Serbia v Switzerland (7pm, Stadium 974)
  • Cameroon v Brazil (7pm, Lusail Stadium)

Brazil have qualified for the Round of 16.

If Switzerland beat Serbia then they qualify for the next phase.

Switzerland also qualify if they draw with Serbia and Cameroon draw or lose to Brazil.

Cameroon must beat Brazil and hope Switzerland and Serbia draw to qualify. They could also qualify if they match Serbia’s margin of victory against Switzerland.

Serbia must beat Switzerland and hope Brazil beat Cameroon, or Cameroon draw and Serbia win by enough goals to overcome the goal difference in their favour, in order to qualify.

Group H

Matchday 1&2 Results

  • Portugal 3-2 Ghana
  • Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
  • South Korea 2-3 Ghana
  • Portugal 2-0 Uruguay


  1. Portugal – 6pts (+3)
  2. Ghana – 3pts (0)
  3. South Korea – 1pt (-1)
  4. Uruguay -1pt (-2)

Final Group Games

  • South Korea v Portugal (3pm, Education City Stadium)
  • Ghana v Uruguay (3pm, Al Wakrah Sports Complex)

Portugal have qualified for the Round of 16.

Ghana will also qualify with a win over Uruguay.

If Ghana and Uruguay draw, South Korea can qualify with a win buy two or more goals against Portugal.

If Uruguay win, then they qualify for the Round of 16 if South Korea lose or draw with Portugal.

If South Korea and Uruguay win, then the team with the best goal difference between the two will qualify.

Qualifiers And Eliminated Teams

Teams Qualified For The Round of 16 – France, Brazil, Portugal

Teams Eliminated – Qatar, Canada

Currently with no winners or runners up in any group decided, the Round of 16 fixtures have no teams allocated but that will change once the first of the final group games are played on Tuesday this week.

World Cup Betting Moves – Outright Winner

  • Brazil have shortened to 5/2 favourites to win the tournament.
  • France’s odds have remained steady around the 11/2 mark.
  • Spain’s odds have also shortened to 13/2
  • Argentina (8/1) and England’s (10/1) odds have drifted in the betting.
  • Portugal’s odds have come in slightly to 11/1.