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FIFA World Cup 2022: A Recap of the Complete Schedule and Results from Qatar

The exhilarating 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came to a stunning conclusion as Argentina emerged triumphant, securing their first title since 1986 in a nail-biting penalty shootout against France. This historic match is being...

The exhilarating 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came to a stunning conclusion as Argentina emerged triumphant, securing their first title since 1986 in a nail-biting penalty shootout against France. This historic match is being hailed as one of the greatest in the history of the men's World Cup, thanks to the incredible performances of players like Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, as well as dramatic comebacks and breathtaking saves. But before we delve into the epic final, let's take a look at the journey that led us there.

World Cup 2022 Tournament Format

The tournament followed the familiar format of previous editions, with 32 teams competing in the group stage. From there, only the top two teams from each group advanced, resulting in 16 teams entering the single-elimination knockout stages. The Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final would determine the ultimate champion. Each knockout-round match required a winner on the day, with extra time and penalty kicks employed if necessary.

What Time Did World Cup Games Start in Qatar?

One of the unique aspects of this World Cup was the timing of the matches. With up to four matches per day during the group stage, fans around the world had the opportunity to watch games at convenient times throughout their day. The knockout rounds featured a maximum of two matches per day, ensuring that football enthusiasts from every time zone could enjoy the action. Here's a breakdown of the kickoff times across various regions:

Stage(s) Local (Qatar) USA & Canada (ET) UK (GMT) Australia (AEDT) India (IST)
Group stage 1 p.m. 5 a.m. 10 a.m. 9 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Group stage 4 p.m. 8 a.m. 1 p.m. 12 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Knockouts 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 3 p.m. 2 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Group stage 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. 3 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Group/Knockouts 10 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 a.m. 12:30 a.m.

Complete World Cup 2022 Match Schedule

After Argentina's thrilling victory in the final, let's take a look at the complete knockout round bracket and group stage standings. Here's the final breakdown:

2022 FIFA World Cup bracket December 18 update Image: 2022 FIFA World Cup bracket December 18 update

World Cup Round of 16

  • Netherlands 3, USA 1
  • Argentina 2, Australia 1
  • France 3, Poland 1
  • England 3, Senegal 0
  • Japan 1, Croatia 1 (1-3 pens)
  • Brazil 4, South Korea 1
  • Morocco 0, Spain 0 (3-0 pens)
  • Portugal 6, Switzerland 1

World Cup Quarterfinals

  • Croatia 1, Brazil 1 (Croatia win 4-2 on pens)
  • Netherlands 2, Argentina 2 (Argentina win 4-3 on pens)
  • Morocco 1, Portugal 0
  • England 1, France 2

World Cup Semifinals

  • Argentina 3, Croatia 0
  • France 2, Morocco 0

World Cup 3rd Place

  • Croatia 2, Morocco 1

World Cup Final

  • Argentina 3, France 3 (Argentina win 4-2 on pens)

World Cup 2022 Group Stage

Let's not forget the thrilling matches that took place during the group stage. Here are the Group A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H tables, along with the fixtures and results:

Group A table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Netherlands-Q 7 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4
Senegal-Q 6 3 2 1 0 5 4 +1
Ecuador-E 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
Qatar-E 0 3 0 3 0 1 7 -6

Group A match schedule

  • Sun, Nov. 20: Qatar 0, Ecuador 2
  • Mon, Nov. 21: Senegal 0, Netherlands 2
  • Fri, Nov. 25: Qatar 1, Senegal 3
  • Fri, Nov. 25: Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1
  • Tues, Nov. 29: Netherlands 2, Qatar 0
  • Tues, Nov. 29: Ecuador 1, Senegal 2

Group B table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
England-Q 7 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7
USA-Q 5 3 1 0 2 2 1 +1
Iran-E 3 3 1 2 0 4 7 -3
Wales-E 1 3 0 2 1 1 6 -5

Group B match schedule

  • Mon, Nov. 21: England 6, Iran 2
  • Mon, Nov. 21: USA 1, Wales 1
  • Fri, Nov. 25: Wales 0, Iran 2
  • Fri, Nov. 25: England 0, USA 0
  • Tues, Nov. 29: Wales 0, England 3
  • Tues, Nov. 29: Iran 0, USA 1

Group C table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Argentina-Q 6 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3
Poland-Q 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
Mexico-E 4 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1
Saudi Arabia-E 3 3 1 2 0 3 5 -2

Group C match schedule

  • Tues, Nov. 22: Argentina 2, Saudi Arabia 1
  • Tues, Nov. 22: Mexico 0, Poland 0
  • Sat, Nov. 26: Poland 2, Saudi Arabia 0
  • Sat, Nov. 26: Argentina 2, Mexico 0
  • Wed, Nov. 30: Poland 0, Argentina 2
  • Wed, Nov. 30: Saudi Arabia 1, Mexico 2

Group D table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
France-Q 6 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3
Australia-Q 6 3 2 1 0 1 4 -1
Tunisia-E 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
Denmark-E 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2

Group D match schedule

  • Tue, Nov. 22: Denmark 0, Tunisia 0
  • Tue, Nov. 22: France 4, Australia 1
  • Sat, Nov. 26: Tunisia 0, Australia 1
  • Sat, Nov. 26: France 2, Denmark 1
  • Wed, Nov. 30: Tunisia 1, France 0
  • Wed, Nov. 30: Australia 1, Denmark 0

Group E table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Japan-Q 6 3 2 1 0 4 3 +1
Spain-Q 4 3 1 1 1 9 3 +6
Germany-E 4 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1
Costa Rica-E 3 3 1 2 0 3 11 -8

Group E match schedule

  • Wed, Nov. 23: Germany 1, Japan 2
  • Wed, Nov. 23: Spain 7, Costa Rica 0
  • Sun, Nov. 27: Japan 0, Costa Rica 1
  • Sun, Nov. 27: Spain 1, Germany 1
  • Thu, Dec. 1: Japan 2, Spain 1
  • Thu, Dec. 1: Costa Rica 2, Germany 4

Group F table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Morocco-Q 7 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3
Croatia-Q 5 3 1 0 2 4 1 +3
Belgium-E 4 3 1 1 1 1 2 -1
Canada-E 0 3 0 3 0 2 7 -5

Group F match schedule

  • Wed, Nov. 23: Morocco 0, Croatia 0
  • Wed, Nov. 23: Belgium 1, Canada 0
  • Sun, Nov. 27: Belgium 0, Morocco 2
  • Sun, Nov. 27: Croatia 4, Canada 1
  • Thurs, Dec. 1: Croatia 0, Belgium 0
  • Thurs, Dec. 1: Canada 1, Morocco 2

Group G table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Brazil-Q 6 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
Switzerland-Q 6 3 2 1 0 4 3 +1
Cameroon-E 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
Serbia-E 1 3 0 2 1 5 8 -3
Note: Brazil edged out Switzerland for first place based on the first tiebreaker (goal difference) with +2 vs. +1 for Switzerland.

Group G match schedule

  • Thu, Nov. 24: Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0
  • Thu, Nov. 24: Brazil 2, Serbia 0
  • Mon, Nov. 28: Cameroon 3, Serbia 3
  • Mon, Nov. 28: Brazil 1, Switzerland 0
  • Fri, Dec. 2: Cameroon 1, Brazil 0
  • Fri, Dec. 2: Serbia 2, Switzerland 3

Group H table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Portugal-Q 6 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2
S. Korea-Q 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
Uruguay-E 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
Ghana-E 3 3 1 2 0 5 7 -2
Note: South Korea claimed the goals scored tiebreaker (second tiebreaker) over Uruguay (4 goals to 2).

Group H match schedule

  • Thu, Nov. 24: Uruguay 0, S. Korea 0
  • Thu, Nov. 24: Portugal 3, Ghana 2
  • Mon, Nov. 28: S. Korea 2, Ghana 3
  • Mon, Nov. 28: Portugal 2, Uruguay 0
  • Fri, Dec. 2: S. Korea 2, Portugal 1
  • Fri, Dec. 2: Ghana 0, Uruguay 2

And that concludes our recap of the complete match schedule and results from the exhilarating FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. From the group stage to the epic final, the tournament truly lived up to its reputation as the pinnacle of football excellence.

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