The entire world was eagerly looking forward to Qatar 2022, and the tournament has so far delivered. The FIFA World Cup group stage has already given us reasons to be hyped, with a number of upsets and eventful thrillers.

While the first matchday included shocking defeats from title contenders, the second round of group stage play had some nail-biting and dramatic games. Meanwhile, the knockout phase bracket starts to take shape.

France became the first team to book a ticket to the round of 16, breaking the "curse of the champion" in the process. Let's take a look at how many nations qualify for the next stage of the World Cup.

How many teams qualify for the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup?

As the name suggests, 16 teams qualify for the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. The top two teams in each group seal a place in the knockout stage, which has a one-legged playoff format.

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