The two teams that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Group E might not be what you necessarily suspect.
Spain The opening round of games definitely started strong and throttled Costa Rica 7-0 Ferran Torres tops the World Cup Golden Boot table with his two goals in the game.
While things looked easy for Spain in seventh place, the other favorites in the group endured a nightmare first leg. No. 11 rank Germany took the lead in the first half Japanonly to see the Asians turn the score upside down in the second half to win 2-1.
Next, Germany have to meet Spain in the group stage marquee and a defeat there could mean the end for Hansi Flick’s side.
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Group E World Cup standings
|4. Costa Rica||0||1||0||1||0||0||7||-7|
Group E World Cup Results and Fixtures
|Wed, Nov 23||Germany 1Japan 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Nov 23||Spain 7Costa Rica 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Sun, Nov 27||Japan vs Costa Rica||5 am||Ahmad bin Ali|
|Sun, Nov 27||Spain versus Germany||14 o’clock||Al Bayt|
|Thu, Dec 1||Japan vs Spain||14 o’clock||Khalifa Int’l|
|Thu, Dec 1||Costa Rica versus Germany||14 o’clock||Al Bayt|
World Cup 2022 group tiebreaker
FIFA has confirmed a continuation of its final group stage rankings and tiebreak criteria for the 2022 World Cup, with final rankings being ranked according to the system below.
- Points scored in all group matches
- Goal difference in all group matches
- Number of goals scored in all group matches
- Points scored in the matches between the teams concerned
- Goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned
- Number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned
- Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction can be made per player in a single match):
- Yellow card: −1 point;
- Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
- Direct red card: −4 points;
- Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
- drawing of lots.
World Cup 2022 Group E Betting Odds
Pre-tournament betting odds for Spain and other Group E teams in the main global territories are below (odds via BetMGM for the US, Sky Bet for the UK, Sports Interaction for Canada and Ladbrokes for Australia).
|Spain||-110 (US) 10/11 (UNITED KINGDOM) 1.85 (CAN) 1.91 (AU)|
|Germany||+110 (US) 11/10 (UNITED KINGDOM) 2.07 (CAN) 2.00 (AU)|
|Japan||+1100 (US) 12/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 13.00 (CAN) 13.00 (AU)|
|Costa Rica||+4000 (US) 25/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 47.00 (CAN) 51.00 (AU)|
|Spain||-1200 (US) 1/7 (UNITED KINGDOM) 1.11 (CAN) 1.07 (AU)|
|Germany||-900 (US) 1/6 (UNITED KINGDOM) 1.13 (CAN) 1.10 (AU)|
|Japan||+300 (US) 3/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 5.10 (CAN) 3.50 (AU)|
|Costa Rica||+1400 (US) 7/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 7.25 (CAN) 13.00 (AU)|
|team||to win the world championship|
|Spain||+800 (US) 8/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 5.81 (CAN) 9.00 (AU)|
|Germany||+1000 (US) 1.10 (UNITED KINGDOM) 7.03 (CAN) 11.00 (AU)|
|Japan||+25000 (US) 200/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 150 (CAN) 251 (AU)|
|Costa Rica||+60000 (US) 750/1 (UNITED KINGDOM) 449 (CAN) 501 (AU)|
Will the 3rd place finishers move up at the 2022 World Cup?
In short, no, they don’t. FIFA has confirmed that the third-placed teams will not qualify for the last 16 as only the top two nations of each group advance to the knockout stages.