(CNN Spanish) — We are on day 10 of the World Cup in Qatar and the places for the round of 16 are beginning to be defined after we have already entered day 3 of the group stage.
This Tuesday, the teams from the Netherlands and Senegal qualified as first and second place, respectively, in Group A, from which Ecuador was left out after losing to the Africans. Before this day, France, Brazil and Portugal had already passed to the round of 16 without playing matchday 3.
How are the round of 16 defined in the World Cup?
After the group stage, the first two of each group, those with the most points, qualify. The best 16 teams in the tournament play this phase.
- The round of the best 16 will be played between December 3 and 6.
- In this period, there are two daily matches: one at 06:00 pm local time (10:00 am ET) and another at 10:00 pm (2:00 pm ET).
- In total, there are eight games.
The first of Group A with the second of Group B
For this match, he is already qualified Netherlands as first in Group A. As the positions are going at the moment, his rival would be Iran.
The first of Group C with the second of Group D
With the positions as they are at the moment, it would be Poland vs. Australia.
The first of Group E with the second of Group F
With the positions as they are at the moment, it would be Spain vs. Morocco.
The first of Group G with the second of Group H
For Group G, Brazil He is already classified and so far he is in first place. Therefore, at the moment his duel in the round of 16 would be against Ghana.
The first of Group B with the second of Group A
Senegal already classified as second in Group A. At the moment, his round of 16 match would be against England.
The first of Group D with the second of Group C
France They have already qualified for the round of 16 and are in first place so far. With the positions as they are at the moment, his duel would be against Argentina.
The first of Group F with the second of Group E
With the positions as they are at the moment, it would be Croatia vs. Japan
The first of Group H with the second of Group G
Portugal They have already qualified for the round of 16 and at the moment they are in first place in Group H. With the positions as they are so far, their match would be against Swiss.
The tiebreaker factor to go to the round of 16
If two teams are tied on points, the tiebreaker is drawn in the first instance by goal difference: the subtraction between the goals scored and those received. Whoever has the best number in that section among the tied teams is in the best position.
Thus, the wins by Spain, England and France are very beneficial if they need a tiebreaker (and very disadvantageous for Costa Rica, Iran and Australia for that very reason).
If the remote scenario of a tie in goal difference occurs, the next criterion to define the position is the highest number of goals scored in the group stage matches, according to FIFA.