World Cup 2022: Fixtures, results, teams, knockouts, favourites, draw

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2023 10:55 GMT
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Argentina, World Cup 2022

Argentina are 2022 World Cup champions!

The South Americans clinched their third World Cup triumph after a thrilling final against France.

Argentina emerged victorious 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw after extra time.

It was one of the greatest games in football history as Kylian Mbappe hit a hat-trick for France but still ended up on the losing side.

Mbappe scored a treble in the final but still lost

Mbappe scored a treble in the final but still lost

Lionel Messi struck twice for Argentina, while Angel Di Maria also found the back of the net.

Croatia secured bronze at the 2022 World Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory over Morocco on Saturday.

Josko Gvardiol's spectacular diving header was quickly cancelled out by Achraf Dari, but Mislav Orsic scored what proved to be the winner three minutes from time with a brilliant curling effort from an acute angle.

The North African side fought to level the game in the closing stages, but despite procuring a handful of opportunities, were unable to snatch an equaliser that would have taken the game to extra-time.

Croatia, therefore, finish the competition in third, one place worse off than they were at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and equalling their achievement at France 98.

Meanwhile, Morocco's fourth-placed finish is the strongest ever achieved by an African side and will be the benchmark performance for teams from the continent going forwards.

Ivan Perisic set up Josko Gvardiol's opener in the third-place playoff

Ivan Perisic set up Josko Gvardiol's opener in the third-place playoff

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World Cup 2022 fixtures and results

DateFixtureKO time/Scorers (GMT/EST)
Nov 20Qatar 0-2 EcuadorValencia x2
Nov 21Senegal 0-2 NetherlandsGakpo, Klaassen
Nov 21England 6-2 IranBellingham, Saka x2, Sterling, Rashford, Grealish; Taremi x2
Nov 21United States 1-1 WalesWeah; Bale (pen)
Nov 22Argentina 1-2 Saudi ArabiaMessi (pen); Al-Shehri, Al Dawsari
Nov 22Mexico 0-0 PolandNo goals
Nov 22France 4-1 AustraliaRabiot, Giroud x2, Mbappe; Goodwin
Nov 22Denmark 0-0 TunisiaNo goals
Nov 23Spain 7-0 Costa RicaTorres x 2, Olmo, Asensio, Gavi, Soler, Morata
Nov 23Germany 1-2 JapanGundogan (pen); Doan, Asano
Nov 23Belgium 1-0 CanadaBatshuayi
Nov 23Morocco 0-0 CroatiaNo goals
Nov 24Brazil 2-0 SerbiaRicharlison x2
Nov 24Switzerland 1-0 CameroonEmbolo
Nov 24Portugal 3-2 GhanaRonaldo (pen), Felix, Leao; Ayew, Bukari
Nov 24Uruguay 0-0 South KoreaNo goals
Nov 25Qatar 1-3 SenegalMuntari; Dia, Diedhiou, Dieng
Nov 25Netherlands 1-1 EcuadorGakpo; Valencia
Nov 25England 0-0 United StatesNo goals
Nov 25Wales 0-2 IranCheshmi, Rezaeian
Nov 26Argentina 2-0 MexicoMessi, Fernandez
Nov 26Poland 2-0 Saudi ArabiaZielinski, Lewandowski
Nov 26France 2-1 DenmarkMbappe x2; Christensen
Nov 26Tunisia 0-1 AustraliaDuke
Nov 27Spain 1-1 GermanyMorata; Fullkrug
Nov 27Japan 0-1 Costa RicaFuller
Nov 27Belgium 0-2 MoroccoSaiss, Aboukhlal
Nov 27Croatia 4-1 CanadaMajer, Kramaric, Livaja; Davies
Nov 28Brazil 1-0 SwitzerlandCasemiro
Nov 28Cameroon 3-3 SerbiaCastelletto, Aboubakar, Chupo-Moting; Pavlovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Mitrovic
Nov 28Portugal 2-0 UruguayBruno Fernandes x2
Nov 28South Korea 2-3 GhanaCho Gue-sung x2; Salisu, Kudus x2
Nov 29Netherlands 2-0 QatarGakpo, De Jong
Nov 29Ecuador 1-2 SenegalCaicedo; Sarr, Koulibaly
Nov 29Wales 0-3 EnglandRashford x2, Foden
Nov 29Iran 0-1 USAPulisic
Nov 30Poland 0-2 ArgentinaMacAllister, Alvarez
Nov 30Saudi Arabia 1-2 MexicoAl Dawsari; Martin, Chavez
Nov 30Tunisia 1-0 FranceKhazri
Nov 30Australia 1-0 DenmarkLeckie
Dec 1Japan 2-1 SpainDoan, Tanaka; Morata
Dec 1Costa Rica 2-4 GermanyTejeda, Neuer OG; Gnabry, Havertz x2, Fullkrug
Dec 1Croatia 0-0 BelgiumNo goals
Dec 1Canada 1-2 MoroccoAgyerd OG; Ziyech, En-Nesyri
Dec 2Cameroon 1-0 BrazilAboubakar
Dec 2Serbia 2-3 SwitzerlandMitrovic, Vlahovic; Shaqiri, Embolo, Freuler
Dec 2South Korea 2-1 PortugalKim, Hwang; Horta
Dec 2Ghana 0-2 Uruguayde Arrascaeta x2
Dec 3Netherlands 3-1 USAMemphis, Blind, Dumfries; Wright
Dec 3Argentina 2-1 AustraliaMessi, Alvarez; Fernandez (og)
Dec 4France 3-1 PolandGiroud, Mbappe x2; Lewandowski (pen)
Dec 4England 3-0 SenegalHenderson, Kane, Saka
Dec 5Japan 1-1 Croatia (penalties)Maeda; Perisic
Dec 5Brazil 4-1 South KoreaVini Jr, Neymar (pen), Richarlison, Paqueta; Paik Seung-Ho
Dec 6Morocco 0-0 Spain (penaltiesNo goals
Dec 6Portugal 6-1 SwitzerlandRamos x3, Pepe, Guerreiro, Leao; Akanji
Dec 9Croatia (penalties) 1-1 BrazilPetkovic; Neymar
Dec 9Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (penalties)Weghorst x2; Molina, Messi (pen)
Dec 9Morocco 1-0 PortugalEn-Nesyri
Dec 9England 1-2 FranceKane; Tchouameni, Giroud
Dec 13Argentina 3-0 CroatiaMessi, Alvarez x2
Dec 14France 2-0 MoroccoHernandez, Kolo Muani
Dec 17Croatia 2-1 MoroccoGvardiol, Orsic; Dari
Dec 18Argentina* 3-3 FranceMessi x 2, Di Maria; Mbappe x 3

There were up to four matches per day during a hectic group stage that ran until 2 December.

Eight last-16 fixtures were played from 3-6 December, with the quarter-finals taking place on 9 and 10 December.

The two semi-finals took place across 13-14 December, with the third-place play-off on 17 December and the main event, the World Cup final, on Sunday 18 December.

When is the World Cup 2022?

World Cup 2022 began on 20 November 2022 and ran until 18 December The 29-day schedule for the full event was much shorter than normal.

The event was supposed to start on 21 November, but FIFA decided to bring it forward by a day, allowing hosts Qatar to open the tournament, with their match against Ecuador the only contest taking place on Sunday.

Lionel Messi had never won the World Cup

Lionel Messi had never won the World Cup

Where is the World Cup 2022?

World Cup 2022 is being hosted in Qatar. It is the first time the tournament has been held in an Arab nation and just the second in the continent of Asia - the first being South Korea and Japan's joint-hosting of the 2002 World Cup.

What teams have qualified for World Cup 2022?

World Cup 2022: Qualified teams

Team Confederation
Qatar (hosts)AFC
Saudi ArabiaAFC
South KoreaAFC
United StatesCONCACAF

Hosts Qatar gained automatic entry, but it was Germany who became the first nation to join them at the tournament by topping Group J of their UEFA qualification group.

Denmark were the second team to emerge from qualifying after sealing top spot in Group F with two matches to spare.

On 11 November, Brazil became the first South American side to book their passage to the World Cup. A goal from Lucas Paqueta gave them a 1-0 win over Colombia, which secured their place in the top four of the CONMEBOL qualifying group.

France and Belgium qualified for the World Cup on 13 November, while on 14 November, Croatia beat Russia 1-0 in Split to leapfrog their opponents and qualify for the World Cup as Group H winners.

Spain defeated Sweden 1-0 in Group B to book their own place at Qatar 2022, but the big shock was in Group A. Aleksandar Mitrovic's last minute goal gave Serbia a 2-1 win in Portugal, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo had to go through a playoff to make it to a fifth World Cup.

Two more teams sealed their places in Qatar on 15 November, including Euro 2020 runners-up England.

A 4-0 win for Switzerland over Bulgaria meant they were able to top Group C ahead of European champions Italy, who were held by Northern Ireland in a surprise result that left them, like Portugal, vulnerable in the playoffs - and they ultimately failed to progress.

On 16 November it was the turn of Netherlands to seal their World Cup spot, topping Turkey to win Group G.

There are 13 teams from Europe who gained entry to the tournament, with UEFA's qualification process starting on 24 March 2021.

Ten of those teams were group winners from UEFA's qualification pools, with the other three slots claimed by those who emerged from the play-off rounds, which were contested by 12 teams (the 10 group runners-up and two sides who gain entry via the Nations League tournament).

The final three places from UEFA were decided in the play-offs, with Wales, Poland and Portugal emerging triumphant, with European champions Italy the biggest side not to qualify.

With Brazil the first South American team through, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay came next in the 10-team group which has four automatic places available.

Five African teams progressed: Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

Another four from Asia (in addition to Qatar) - Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea - and three from the CONCACAF region - Canada, Mexico and the United States - will be at the event.

The last two places at the World Cup were decided by the inter-confederation play-offs. One team each from the South America, Asia, CONCACAF and Oceania qualification processes will enter the play-offs, with the winners of those two ties - held in June 2022 - filling the final spaces in the event.

In those fixtures, Costa Rica beat New Zealand, while Peru were denied a place at the tournament by Australia.

The final World Cup qualification standings can be found here via FootballCritic for: Europe, CONMEBOL, CAF, CONCACAF and Asia.

What stadiums are being used at World Cup 2022?

Eight stadiums are being used at World Cup 2022 across five different cities in Qatar.

The biggest ground is the Lusail Iconic Stadium which has a capacity of 80,000. That venue hosts the final as well as one of the first of two semi-finals.

The next biggest is Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor that houses 60,000 spectators and hosts the second semi-final as well as the first match of the tournament, which involves hosts Qatar.

The two venues in the capital city in Doha are Ras Abu Aboud Stadium and Al Thumama Stadium.

Al Rayyan has three World Cup stadiums: Education City Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium.

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah completes the line-up.

Neymar will hope to lead Brazil to glory

Neymar will hope to lead Brazil to glory

When was the draw for World Cup 2022?

The finals draw for World Cup 2022 took place on April 1 2022 after the March international fixtures had been completed.

What is the World Cup 2022 fixture schedule?

GROUP STAGE: The round-robin phase began on November 20 with Qatar playing in the first match of the tournament in Group A. Across eight groups, every team plays three matches until this section of the event finishes on December 2. During the group stage, there will be FOUR matches per day, which is sure to delight football fans.

LAST 16: Sixteen teams will contest the second round, all bidding to reach the last eight by winning a one-off knockout tie. Matches will be played on four consecutive days from December 3 until December 6.

QUARTER-FINALS: Four last-eight matches will be held across two pivotal days on December 9 and December 10.

SEMI-FINALS: The first last-four clash is on December 13, with the second semi-final to be played on December 14.

FINAL: The World Cup final will take place on December 18 in Lusail. The third-place playoff is one day earlier.

What are the World Cup 2022 groups?

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Who are the favourites to win World Cup 2022?

The odds have changed significantly with the tournament's big kick-off upon us.

For now, it is Brazil who are most commonly listed as favourites with odds of around 4/1, with their price shortening over recent months.

They are one of five teams seen as the most likely winners, with Copa America winners Argentina (11/2), defending world champions France (6/1), regular contenders Spain (17/2) and Euro 2020 runners-up England (8/1) all well fancied.

England are among the favourites after reaching the Euro 2020 final

England are among the favourites after reaching the Euro 2020 final

Germany (10/1), along with Belgium , Portugal and the Netherlands (all around 12/1) are also seen as candidates to win.

After those nine possible winners, there is a huge gap before the other teams, with the likes of Uruguay (60/1), Croatia (66/1) and Denmark (40/1) seen as the next options.