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Which teams have been eliminated from knockout contention at 2022 World Cup?

We break down which teams are out of World Cup contention.

Croatia v Canada: Group F - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Alphonso Davies of Canada reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Croatia and Canada at Khalifa International Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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With the second matches of the group stage starting to wrap up, we’re seeing some teams qualify for the knockout round. However, that also means some teams have been eliminated from the competition. Here’s a look at which teams are no longer in the mix for the knockout stage at the 2022 World Cup.

Who has been eliminated from the World Cup?

Qatar (Group A)

The hosts have already been eliminated after two losses through two games. Qatar were never expected to contend in the group stage and will now hope to play spoiler against Netherlands in the final group match. The hosts have not performed well through two games and will want to leave their fans with something to be happy about after a disappointing tournament overall.

Ecuador (Group A)

The South American side needed a win or draw to advance and thought they had a path to the round of 16 after Moises Caicedo found the back of the net. However, Ecuador gave up what would be the game-winning goal three minutes later and couldn’t pull another one back. Senegal advance to the knockout round and Ecuador suffer a heartbreaking exit.

Iran (Group B)

Iran needed a win or draw to stay alive but failed to register a goal in a 1-0 loss to USA in the final match. This was a rough ending for Iran, who potentially had a penalty opportunity late on a cross that wasn’t collected by USMNT keeper Matt Turner. The referee was not interested in the foul and time eventually ran out.

Wales (Group B)

Wales needed a win and some help to qualify but fell flat in a 3-0 loss to England in the final match. This could potentially be the last World Cup match for Gareth Bale in his storied career.

Mexico (Group C)

For the first time since 1978, Mexico will not be in the round of 16 at the World Cup. Despite a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia, Mexico will be out on goal differential. It’s a tough scene for El Tri, who failed to score a single goal for nearly four hours of game time.

Saudi Arabia (Group C)

Saudi Arabia needed a win or draw against Mexico to have a shot at advancing but failed to come up with either result in a 2-1 defeat. Saudi Arabia did manage to contain Mexico to just two goals and got one back in stoppage time to eliminate El Tri from contention as well.

Tunisia (Group D)

Tunisia did get a win with a 1-0 effort over France in the final match but Australia’s win eliminates the African side from the competition. Even though Tunisia had the head-to-head victory over Australia, the draw against Denmark will come back to haunt them.

Denmark (Group D)

The Danes failed to score a single goal in three group stage matches, so they really have no one to blame but themselves. Christian Eriksen’s return to the pitch was a nice story but it didn’t left Denmark’s spirits as expected. This is a rough tournament result and there will be some changes here for the European side.

Costa Rica (Group E)

Costa Rica ultimately were unable to get the win they needed over Germany despite going up 2-1 at one point. That 7-0 result against Spain really did them in, as it prevented them from potentially having a shot with tiebreakers

Germany (Group E)

Germany needed to do a number on Costa Rica, putting up close to what Spain did to have a shot in the event the tiebreakers broke that way. Germany were unable to keep the momentum from an early goal going, even going down 2-1 at one point. Germany struggled for much of this competition and will go home early in back-to-back World Cups.

Belgium (Group F)

A team many backed as a potential sleeper to win the whole thing, Belgium were unable to get things done against Croatia in the final match and will now be going home. Romelu Lukaku will want a few chances back from this match, as he singlehandedly missed at least three relatively simple opportunities. Time is running out for what many believe is Belgium’s “Golden Generation” to win a trophy.

Canada (Group F)

It looked like the Canadians were on their way to a big win when Alphonso Davies put a header home in the second minute against Croatia. However, Canada would give up three goals en route to a loss. After dominating the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying competition, Canada are officially out of the mix for the knockout round in Qatar.

Serbia (Group G)

Serbia looked like they had a chance to go through after taking a 2-1 lead over Switzerland but gave up two goals and couldn’t pull one back. Serbia’s high-flying attack was done in by their generally poor defense. They’ll look to be a bigger factor at the next Euro.

Cameroon (Group G)

Cameroon got a big win over Brazil with a goal in stoppage time but it was not enough to see the African side through to the knockout stage. This team was able to find their footing after a tough opening loss to Switzerland and left the World Cup with some joy for their fans even if they didn’t get in the round of 16.

Ghana (Group H)

Ghana were unable to get the early lead on Uruguay after a saved penalty, and it all unraveled for the African side from there. Ghana did still hold on to prevent Uruguay from getting enough goals to advance to the round of 16, so at least there’s some consolation here.

Uruguay (Group H)

It looked like Uruguay would be through but South Korea found a late winner against Portugal to send the Asian side through to the knockout round. Even with the win over Ghana, Uruguay did not have enough goals to win the tiebreaker over South Korea.