World Cup calculations, with how many points can you qualify for the round of 16?

The countdown to the World Cup Qatar 2022 started and, since the groups were formed, the coaches of the participating teams have already made their calculations to qualify for the round of 16. The ideal is to get six victories, but with four units, is the ticket to the next phase guaranteed?

The Soccer World Cup is an event that brings together, every four years, the best teams in the world and, for this reason, it is not always easy to get the perfect score. With the exception of the favorites in the competition, the other teams hope to get at least six, five, or in the worst case, four points to seek to advance to the round of 16.

Since the 1998 World Cup in France, 32 teams have participated in the World Cups and the first two teams in each group have qualified, according to the format chosen by the .

Judging by the statistics, the 54 teams that have scored 5 points or more since 1998 advanced to the round of 16 without problems. That is to say, if a team participating in the present World Cup in Qatar 2022 obtains a win and two draws, or two wins and one loss, its presence in the second round is taken for granted.

The best-case scenario, obviously, would be three wins from three games or two wins and a draw, thus securing first place in the group.

Can you qualify for the round of 16 with four points?

Argentina was eliminated in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, after getting only four points. (Photo: PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP).

From the World Cup in France 98 to Russia 2018, 33 participating teams accumulated four points, as he recalls . However, only 17 of them managed to qualify for the round of 16; that is, 51%.

These teams were located in second position and many of them depended on other results to qualify for the round of 16. A clear example was the Argentina team, which said goodbye to the 2022 Korea-Japan World Cup with four points, after drawing with Sweden in the last game of their group.

Chile, the only team that qualified with three points

Of the 31 teams that finished with three units in the last six World Cups, only one qualified for the round of 16. That team was Chile, which in 1998 had one of the most fearsome forwards, made up of Marcelo Salas and Iván Zamorano.

Chile got their pass to the round of 16, after obtaining three draws in the group pass.  (Photo: AFP).

Chile got their pass to the round of 16, after obtaining three draws in the group pass. (Photo: AFP).

The Mapocho team, directed at that time by Nelson Acosta, tied with Italy, Austria and Cameroon. Due to its position, it ended up facing Brazil, one of the finalists of the tournament, and was fired in the round of 16.

What was the last team that qualified second and finished world champion?

In the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Italy qualified after drawing all three of their group stage matches. Second in their group, they faced favorites Brazil in the second round, but were knocked out by Paolo Rossi. In the long run, the ‘Azzurri’ was crowned world champion.

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