WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE TOURNAMENT?
* A round robin format with each of the 32 teams playing three matches in groups of four. Teams get three points for a win and one for a draw.
* The top two from each group qualified for the last 16, with one-off matches potentially going to extra time and then penalties if necessary to decide a winner.
* There are four rounds in total: the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, which will take place on December 18.
* There is also a playoff for third place between the losers of the semi-finals.
WHICH TEAMS ARE QUALIFIED FOR THE 16TH OF MAY?
* Group A: Netherlands and Senegal
* Group B: England and the United States
* Group C: Argentina and Poland
* Group D: France and Australia
* Group E: Japan and Spain
* Group F: Morocco and Croatia
* Group G: Brazil and Switzerland
* Group H: Portugal and South Korea
WHICH TEAMS ARE QUALIFIED FOR THE QUARTER-FINALS?
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WHICH TEAMS HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED FROM THE WORLD CUP?
* Hosts Qatar were the first team to be knocked out after defeats to Ecuador (2-0) and Senegal (3-1). They ended their campaign without a point after a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in their final group stage match.
* Ecuador came awfully close to reaching the last 16 and equaling their previous best performance in 2006, but were knocked out after a 2-1 loss to African champions Senegal.
* Despite being beaten 6-2 by England in their Group B opener, Iran’s 2-0 win over Wales gave them a glimmer of hope for a historic march to the last 16.
* However, a 1-0 loss to the United States knocked them out of the competition.
* Wales, taking part in the world’s flagship tournament for the first time since 1958, finished last in Group B with one point and one goal.
* Mexico missed the round of 16 after finishing behind Poland on goal difference, ending a run of seven consecutive World Cup round of 16.
* Mexican coach Tata Martino accepted full responsibility for their departure and said he would not extend his contract with the federation (FMF).
* After opening their campaign in Qatar with a stunning 2-1 win over Argentina, Saudi Arabia lost 2-0 to Poland and saw their hopes of making the knockout stage dwindle with a 2-1 loss to Mexico.
* Tunisia beat defending champions France 1-0 in their last Group D game, but that was not enough to qualify them for the round of 16, after drawing against Denmark and beating by Australia in their first two matches.
* Denmark finished last in Group D after drawing with Tunisia and losing to France and Australia.
* Germany were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage for the second consecutive time, finishing third in Group E behind Japan and Spain.
* Costa Rica were eliminated after suffering a 4-2 loss to Germany in their last Group E match, which left them bottom with three points after losing 7-0 to Spain before to beat Japan 1-0.
* Belgium, who were favorites to qualify from Group F, finished third in their group with four points after winning just one of their three games.
* Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, who had managed the team since 2016 and led them to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, said he was quitting after his team left.
* Canada, playing in their first World Cup appearance since 1986, finished last in Group F with three losses.
* Cameroon beat five-time winners Brazil 1-0 in their last Group G game, but it wasn’t enough for them to qualify for the knockout stages, after drawing with Serbia and beating by Switzerland in their first two games.
* Serbia finished bottom of Group G and leave Qatar without a single win, losing to Brazil and Switzerland and drawing with Cameroon.
* Uruguay finished Group H with four points, like South Korea, but were eliminated because they scored fewer goals than the Asian side.
* Ghana beat South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling win, but defeats to Portugal and Uruguay knocked them out of the tournament.
* Australia were knocked out of the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Argentina in the round of 16, with goals from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez securing victory for the South Americans.
* USA’s World Cup campaign came to an end after a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the round of 16.
* African champions Senegal were beaten 3-0 by England in the round of 16, with Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka on the scoresheet for Gareth Southgate’s side.
* Poland, in the knockout stage for the first time since 1986 and seeking a first quarter-final since 1982, were knocked out after a 3-1 loss to France in the round of 16.
* World Cup favorites Brazil scored four first-half goals to secure an impressive 4-1 victory over South Korea in their last 16 encounter.
* After the loss, South Korean coach Paulo Bento announced he was stepping down, but added that the decision was made months ago and was not affected by anything that happened in Qatar.
* Japan were knocked out of the World Cup again in the round of 16 after a loss to Croatia.
* They were beaten by Turkey at the same stage in 2002, went on penalties against Paraguay in 2010 and gave up a 2-0 lead only to go down with a goal in stoppage time against Belgium there is four years old.
* Former champions Spain were eliminated after being beaten on penalties by Morocco in the round of 16.
* Spain enjoyed over 75% possession in the game and completed nearly 1,000 passes, but were unable to break down their well-organized opponents.
* Switzerland were eliminated after a 6-1 loss to Portugal.