FIFA World Cup 2022, Round of 16 qualification scenario: How can Belgium progress after defeat, Germany eye comeback
FIFA World Cup 2022: Group F will see Croatia battle with Belgium for Round of 16 qualification, with Morocco doing the same against Canada. Meanwhile, Group E will see similar scenarios with Japan facing Spain and Costa Rica up against Germany.
With Round of 16 qualification not yet confirmed from Group F, Croatia take on Belgium on Thursday, in their final group stage fixture of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar. Meanwhile, Canada face Morocco in the other Group F match, at the Al Thumama Stadium on Thursday.
Also qualification for the knockouts haven't been confirmed from Group E, with the final set of fixtures scheduled for Friday. Japan will face Spain in their upcoming fixture at the Khalifa International Stadium and Costa Rica take on Germany at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Here are the qualification scenarios for both groups-
Matches left- Croatia vs Belgium and Canada vs Morocco
Croatia are currently on top of Group F with four points, followed by Morocco with four points but with a lower goal difference. Belgium are third with three points and Canada are bottom with zero points. Both Belgium and Croatia need to win their fixture to guarantee qualification. Meanwhile a loss for Belgium will see them knocked out, and a draw would see them rely on Morocco's result against Canada.
Meanwhile, a defeat for Croatia will throw the group wide open, and they will need to rely on Canada defeating Morocco. Meanwhile, a win for Morocco will send them to the next round and a draw will then depend on Croatia's match. If Morocco lose against Canada, then their destiny will depend on Belgium losing or drawing to Croatia. But Morocco can't lose by a big margin against Morocco.
Matches left- Japan vs Spain and Costa Rica vs Germany
Spain are on top of Group E with four points, followed by Japan with three points. Costa Rica are third with three points, but a lower goal difference than Japan. Germany are bottom with one point. All four sides are in contention for the knockouts, with Spain needing at least a draw against Japan. A defeat for Spain will put their fate in the hands of Costa Rica and Germany.
Meanwhile, Japan need to win their game, if they draw then their fate will depend on the other match. Meanwhile, Costa Rica need to win their game and if they draw, then they need Japan to lose their match. Meanwhile, Germany need to win and also will expect Japan to lose their fixture.