(CNN Spanish) — The group stage is over and the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 has begun. During the first stage there were several surprises and although several of the initial candidates for the title advanced, there is no dominant team. None had a perfect performance and, especially with the number of goals that have been scored in added minutes, it is an open World Cup.
Netherlands defeated 3-1 USA and was the first to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Dutch are now looking for their long-awaited first world title. In the quarterfinals they will face Argentina, winner in the match against Australia this Saturday.
France defeated 3-1 Poland with a great performance by Kylian Mbappé and will face Englandwho thrashed 3-0 at Senegal in the second game on Sunday.
South Korea He achieved an impressive feat: he won the final 2-1 against Portugal (already classified) and, with that goal, they went to the round of 16 and eliminated Uruguay. With the same points and the same goal difference (0), the South Koreans advance by having scored more goals during the group stage. An epic ending for the Asians, and a very painful one for the South Americans.
Cameroon, for its part, surprised Brazil, which was already classified. They defeated him 1-0 towards the end, but it did not help the Africans, because Swiss defeated Serbia 3-2 and ended up with 6 points, the same as Brazil. The canarinha was first for the best goal difference.
Spain left doubts but qualified thanks to Germany: La Roja lost 2-1 with Japan, which was first in Group E. Spain, with 4 points, remained with the same as Germany, which beat Costa Rica 4-2. But Spain had a substantial saving: the seven goals they scored against Costa Rica in the first game. By goal difference Spain was second and goes to the round of 16.
Argentina was classified in the first position of Group C, while Poland advanced to second place. Mexico, despite its triumph in the match against Saudi Arabia, was left out.
On the side of Group D, the pass to the round of 16 was defined Australiawhich adds to France which he had already managed to secure in the next phase of the World Cup.
The selections of Netherlands and Senegal they qualified as first and second place, respectively, in Group A, from which Ecuador was left out after losing to the Africans. On the Group B side, England and the United States advanced after their victories in the matches against Wales and Iran respectively.
How were the round of 16 defined in the World Cup?
After the group stage, the first two of each group, those with the most points, qualified. The best 16 teams in the tournament play this phase.
- The round of the best 16 will be played between December 3 and 6.
- In this period, there are two daily matches: one at 06:00 pm local time (10:00 am ET) and another at 10:00 pm (2:00 pm ET).
- In total, there are eight games.
The first of Group A with the second of Group B
Netherlands beat USA 3-1, knocking the Americans out of the World Cup
The first of Group C with the second of Group D
In this match they faced Argentina for Group C and Australia for D, with a 2-1 victory for the albiceleste.
The first of Group E with the second of Group F
They will play this clash Japan for Group E and Croatia by the f.
The first of Group G with the second of Group H
For Group G, Brazil will play against South Korea.
The first of Group B with the second of Group A
Senegal, who qualified second in Group A, will play this match against Englandfirst of Group B.
The first of Group D with the second of Group C
France, first of the group d, will play the match against Poland, Second in Group C.
The first of Group F with the second of Group E
In this match they will face Morocco for Group F and Spain by the E
The first of Group H with the second of Group G
Portugal will play against Swiss.