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World cup: How things stand in the group stage

World Cup Group Stage

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With their 3-0 win over Wales, England moved on to the last 16 of the World Cup. But, unfortunately, the Welsh side crashed out.

The United States will play the Netherlands at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, December 3, while the Three Lions will play Senegal at 19:00 GMT on Sunday, December 4.

France was the first team to get into the last 16 when they beat Denmark 2-1. Brazil joined them when they beat Switzerland 1-0.

Portugal also made it because they beat Uruguay 2-0 on Monday. Groups A and B both ended on Tuesday.

The hosts, Qatar, Canada, and Ecuador, on the other hand, have been kicked out.

As we get to the end of the group stage, we take a look at how things are going.

World Cup group winners

Group A: 

The Netherlands beat hosts Qatar 2-0 to win Group A and move on to the round of 16. They have been finalists three times before.

Senegal beat Ecuador and moved on to the next round. This was only their second time in the knockout stage; in 2002, they made it to the quarterfinals.

Group B: 

With a 3-0 win over Wales, England cruised into the round of 16. On the other hand, Wales finished last in the group and was kicked out.

With a 1-0 win over Iran, who only needed a point to advance, the USA went through second place behind England.

Fight to the end

Group C: 

After beating Saudi Arabia and Mexico by 2-0 on Saturday, Poland and Argentina are at the top of the group.

But they play each other in the group decider on Wednesday, so either Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski could be out.

Poland will indeed move on if the game ends in a tie, while Argentina will move on if they win. If both games end in a tie, both teams will move on.

If Saudi Arabia beats Mexico, they will surprise everyone by making it to the next round.

Group D

France beat Denmark 2-1 thanks to two goals from Kylian Mbappe. This made sure that France would move on to the next round.

Any of the other three teams could join Les Bleus.

If Australia beats Denmark, they’ll be through, but if they tie, Tunisia could take the second spot if they beat France. So Denmark needs to win if it wants to have any chance of moving on.

Group E

After the 1-1 draw between Germany and Spain on Sunday, all four teams in Group E can still move on.

At 19:00 GMT on Thursday, Costa Rica plays Germany, and Japan plays Spain. These are the last games in this section.

If the other game ends in a draw or Germany wins, Spain will win the group.

Group F

Canada scored its first-ever World Cup goal on Sunday, but their joy was short-lived because Croatia scored four goals to knock them out of the running for the last 16.

That puts Croatia on top of Group F because they scored more goals than anyone else. They know they will qualify if they don’t lose to Belgium. They will also win the top spot if their result is the same as Morocco’s and they keep their better goal difference.

If Morocco wins or draws their last group game against Canada, they will be through to the next round.

If Belgium beats Croatia, they will make it to the next round.

Brazil top

Group G 

Brazil moved on to the next round of the World Cup after Casemiro scored with seven minutes left to beat Switzerland 1-0 on Monday.

When the last two Group G games happen, Tite’s team only needs one point from their last game against Cameroon to win first place.

Brazil could be joined in the last 16 by the other three teams.

Switzerland is in second place, so they must beat Serbia to ensure they move on. If Cameroon didn’t beat Brazil, a point would be enough for Switzerland.

Serbia and Cameroon must win their games to keep their hopes of making it to the World Cup knockout rounds alive.

Group H

With a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday, Portugal joined France and Brazil in making it to the next round without having to play another game.

When they play South Korea on Friday at 15:00 GMT, they only need a point to guarantee first place in the group.

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If Ghana beats Uruguay, they will move on to the next round of 16. However, a tie will also do if South Korea doesn’t beat Portugal by two or more goals.

If Portugal loses and Ghana wins, the top spot will be decided by the number of goals scored and the number of goals allowed.

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