With 4 matches being played daily, it’s hard to keep track of all that is happening in the biggest football event in Qatar. There’s been a lot of excitement since the 2022 World Cup started, going along with plenty of surprises and shocks that football that no one can expect the result. Upsets and goals aplenty have happened, and we are only at the end of the group stage before the Round of 16 begins as a few national teams have qualified and the fixtures are disclosed.
As mentioned, many elite teams have suffered their first shocking defeat at the hands of underdogs, and this World Cup foreshadows more upsets to come as the event progresses. There’re considerable nations aiming at a place in the knockout stage, but only a few teams can book their tickets for the extended journey. And it will come as no surprise if more dark horses advance to the round of 16 than some big names this time.
This tournament is gradually forming its shape, with many players playing their vintage versions, and the race to the golden boot, young talent award, players of the match or tournament, and goalkeeper of the completion has been close to the peak. Let’s take a look at some squads who already secured their positions in the next round and remain opportunities to win the biggest title as well as those personal awards.
Five out of eight groups were still undecided ahead of matchday three, with France, Brazil, and Portugal as the only squads to already secured a spot in the round of 16.
Hosts Qatar and Concacaf representatives Canada, meanwhile, were the only two teams that are already stopped altogether.
Tuesday’s matches then saw Netherlands, Senegal, England, and USA also book their ticket for the round of 16.
Qualified for the round of 16
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
Round of 16 fixtures
The round of 16 starts on December 3. With eight games to be determined, two games a day are played on December 3, 4, 5, and 6.
|Date||KO time (local)||Fixture||Venue|
|Dec. 3||18:00||Winners Group A vs Runners-up Group B (match 49)||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Dec. 3||22:00||Winners Group C vs Runners-up Group D (match 50)||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|Dec. 4||18:00||Winners Group D vs Runners-up Group C (match 52)||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Dec. 4||22:00||Winners Group B vs Runners-up Group A (match 51)||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Dec. 5||18:00||Winners Group E vs Runners-up Group F (match 53)||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Dec. 5||22:00||Winners Group G vs Runners-up Group H (match 54)||Stadium 974|
|Dec. 6||18:00||Winners Group F vs Runners-up Group E (match 55)||Education City Stadium|
|Dec. 6||22:00||Winners Group H vs Runners-up Group G (match 56)||Lusail Iconic Stadium|