Although the results over Thanksgiving weekend have set up some serious drama across most of the groups at the 2022 World Cup, Group H has only one spot in the knockout round up for grabs. Portugal secured qualification after a win over Uruguay Monday, leaving La Celeste in a battle with Ghana and South Korea for the final spot. Here’s a look at the knockout qualification scenarios for Group H.
Qualified: Portugal, South Korea
Update: South Korea got a late goal in stoppage time over Portugal to send the Asian side through. Portugal had already qualified, and Uruguay couldn’t get that extra goal against Ghana to make up the difference against South Korea.
Ghana got a massive win Monday morning over South Korea to create an easy path to the knockout stage in the final match. Ghana will get in with a win and can still get in with a draw if other results go their way.
Uruguay and South Korea have to win for sure, but will need other results even if that happens. The 0-0 draw between the two sides in the opener could prove costly, especially after losses in the second matches. South Korea’s superior goal differential could matter heading into the final contests.
Here’s a more condensed look at potential paths in Group H.
Ghana win: Qualify for knockout round
Ghana draw: Qualify for knockout round if Portugal win or draw against South Korea, tiebreakers in play if South Korea beat Portugal
Ghana loss: Eliminated from contention
Uruguay win: Qualify for knockout round if Portugal win or draw against South Korea, tiebreakers in play if South Korea beat Portugal
Uruguay draw or loss: Eliminated from contention
South Korea win: Tiebreakers in play Ghana draw against Uruguay or Uruguay beat Ghana
South Korea draw or loss: Eliminated from contention