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World Cup bracket: Who advances from Group F to Round of 16 knockout stage

The World Cup has reached the final round of group stage matches. We offer live updates on the standings for Group F on Thursday.

Nikola Vlasic (Croatia) and Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) battle for the ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Morocco and Croatia at Al Bayt Stadium on November 23, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. Photo by DeFodi Images/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

The World Cup has booked half the knockout bracket, and on Wednesday, we begin filling the second half. By the end of Wednesday, four more nations will have advanced to the Round of 16, starting with two teams in Group F.

Canada faces Morocco and Croatia faces Belgium with three of the four teams still alive in the race for knockout stage berths. Croatia and Morocco are tied atop the table while Belgium is a point behind in third. Canada lost their first two matches and have been eliminated from advancing.

The tiebreakers could come into play between these three after a wild Wednesday that saw Poland and Mexico come down to the wire in tiebreakers. Croatia has a +3 goal differential, Morocco is +2, and Belgium is -1. Belgium can advance with a draw against Croatia, but needs Morocco to lose to Canada. However, a win guarantees Belgium a spot in the knockout stage. Croatia and Morocco have more wiggle room for now, but that changes in a hurry if Belgium knocks off Croatia.

We’ll update the standings as scores happen and the clinching scenarios resolve themselves. The bolded teams are the teams who will advance to the round of 16.

Final standings

The matches are a wrap. Morocco has advanced as the group winner and Croatia advances in second place after a scoreless draw with Belgium.

  1. Morocco, 2-1-0, 7 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  2. Croatia, 1-2-0, 5 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  3. Belgium, 1-1-1, 4 points, -1 GD, 1 GF, 2 GA
  4. Canada, 0-0-3, 0 points, -5 GD, 2 GF, 7 GA

40th minute projected standings

Canada gets on the board to make it 2-1 vs. Morocco. Croatia and Belgium remain tied as we approach halftime. If this holds, we’ll see Morocco and Croatia advance to the Round of 16.

  1. Morocco, 2-1-0, 7 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  2. Croatia, 1-2-0, 5 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  3. Belgium, 1-1-1, 4 points, -1 GD, 1 GF, 2 GA
  4. Canada, 0-0-3, 0 points, -5 GD, 2 GF, 7 GA

23rd minute projected standings

Morocco has another goal and it’s looking like they’ll make it through. Croatia and Belgium remain tied as we head toward halftime.

  1. Morocco, 2-1-0, 7 points, +4 GD, 4 GF, 0 GA
  2. Croatia, 1-2-0, 5 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  3. Belgium, 1-1-1, 4 points, -1 GD, 1 GF, 2 GA
  4. Canada, 0-0-3, 0 points, -6 GD, 1 GF, 7 GA

4th minute projected standings

Morocco scored early against Canada, which will need to come back and score a ton of goals to get into the next round.

  1. Morocco, 2-1-0, 7 points, +3 GD, 3 GF, 0 GA
  2. Croatia, 1-2-0, 5 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  3. Belgium, 1-1-1, 4 points, -1 GD, 1 GF, 2 GA
  4. Canada, 0-0-3, 0 points, -6 GD, 1 GF, 7 GA

Pre-match standings

  1. Croatia, 1-1-0, 4 points, +3 GD, 4 GF, 1 GA
  2. Morocco, 1-1-0, 4 points, +2 GD, 2 GF, 0 GA
  3. Belgium, 1-0-1, 3 points, -1 GD, 1 GF, 2 GA
  4. Canada, 0-0-2, 0 points, -4 GD, 1 GF, 5 GA