The Qatar 2022 World Cup has reached the quarterfinals and the knockout phase is giving us thrilling matches. After almost three weeks of exciting games, the field is gradually getting shorter. In one of the most surprising tournaments in decades, anything is possible.
After 17 days of non-stop activity and 56 games, there was finally a pause for rest before the long awaited quarterfinals. Then, those four games gave us epic matches and incredile surprises. In the last World Cup with 32 participants, the surviving teams are just two victories away of hoisting the trophy.
Though most of the traditional contenders are still in the fight at the knockout stages, there's still room for newcomers who are trying to make history. Here you will find out all the squads already eliminated from the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Which teams were eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar?
After Tuesday's scheduled games in Groups A and B, there were officially four national teams eliminated from the journey to the 2022 World Cup Final game at the Lusail Stadium in Doha. Those teams were Ecuador, Qatar, Wales, and Iran.
On Wednesday, the activity started with Group D games. Despite the victory over France, Tunisia got eliminated from the tournament. On the other game, Australia stunned Denmark, ending the competition for the Europeans. That same day, after a nerve-wracking ending, Mexico and Saudi Arabia were eliminated from the World Cup, following Tunisia and Denmark.
On Thursday, Canada of Group F joined the national teams eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as well as last World Cup's third place Belgium, after a 0-0 draw against Croatia. For Group E, Germany and Costa Rica were eliminated, even though Hansi Flick's team won their last game, while Spain lost to Japan.
On Friday, in an epic finish of Group H, South Korea performed a miracle to beat Portugal 2-1 in one of the last plays of the game. As a consequence, the Asian team advanced to the Round of 16 with the Portuguese squad. Uruguay and Ghana are oficially eliminated. Group G held the last matches from the first stage and, in a fantastic definition, Brazil and Switzerland left Serbia and Cameroon out of the tournament.
In the Round of 16, the Netherlands oficially eliminated the United States with a 3-1 victory at Khalifa International Stadium. Then, Argentina defeated Australia (2-1) thanks to another extraordinary game by Lionel Messi. France sent home Poland (3-1) after historic performances from Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud. England beat Senegal in a 3-0 win to qualify for the quarterfinals stage.
Then it was turn for Croatia and Japan with a very exciting match. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, so they decided everything through penalties. The Europeans won with an amazing job by Dominik Livakovic to end the game 3-1 and eliminate the Asian squad from Qatar 2022. For the last matchup of that day, Brazil beat 4-1 to South Korea, with a marvelous team performance.
On December 6, one of the first surprises of the knockout stage occurred, as Morocco eliminated Spain on penalties after a goalless draw in the match. The other team that was taken out of the tournament that day was Switzerland after a 6-1 loss vs Portugal.
In one of the biggest surprises in tournament history, Croatia eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals after a thrilling penalty shootout. Later on that day there was also a tense game that ended with the Netherlands losing to Argentina in the penalty shootout after a 2-2.
The next day, Morocco managed to produce another upset by knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal from the World Cup. The African team reached their first semifinal ever and will face France. The reigning champions survived a thriller to eliminate England.
National team: Stage of elimination
Ecuador: Group A
Qatar: Group A
Wales: Group B
Iran: Group B
Mexico: Group C
Saudi Arabia: Group C
Tunisia: Group D
Denmark: Group D
Germany: Group E
Costa Rica: Group E
Belgium: Group F
Canada: Group F
Cameroon: Group G
Serbia: Group G
Uruguay: Group H
Ghana: Group H
United States: Round of 16
Australia: Round of 16
Poland: Round of 16
Senegal: Round of 16
Japan: Round of 16
South Korea: Round of 16
Spain: Round of 16
Switzerland: Round of 16