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The Concacaf teams did not have it all with them in the first phase of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, of four teams in competition, only one managed to access the round of 16 of the competition, while three were eliminated in the first round. The United States was the only team that sealed its ticket to the round of 16 after a victory against Iran and two draws against Wales and England.
Those with the stars and stripes will face the Netherlands next Saturday and can also boast of being classified undefeated for the next phase. The United States ends up being the only one of the so-called “Concacaf Giants” that enters the round to the detriment of Mexico, which after 44 years has not managed to advance to the round of 16.
The debacle of Mexico
Those led by Gerardo Martino arrived at the Qatar 2022 World Cup with many doubts, including only four wins in 10 presentationsthe lack of identity was a constant that ended up taking them out of the World Cup with four points like Poland but with less goal difference.
The Mexican debacle made this team the first to fail to reach the round of 16 in 44 years And as if that were not enough, it ended with the resignation of the Argentine Gerardo Tata Martino, the center of criticism from the press and fans.
Costa Rica defeated Japan but suffered a historic defeat
The Costa Rican National Team arrived at the World Cup with a generation that would surely be offering its “Last Dance”the feat of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was not yet forgotten, where he defeated two world champions and one from Europe and was only left out due to a penalty shootout against the Netherlands National Team.
At the Qatar 2022 World Cup ended up receiving a historic win by Spain 7-0, the result of which they recovered by beating the tough Japan team by the slightest difference. In the last game against Germany, the Costa Ricans did not lose sight and managed to turn around momentarily against Germany and they can say that they were classified to the round of 16 by three minutes, however the Germans ended up winning 4-2, the same result as in the opening of the World Cup Germany 2006.
Finally, the Costa Ricans said goodbye with a victory and two losses and a total of three points obtained..
The happy soccer of Canada was not enough
For its part, Canada showed cheerful football during its participation in the Qatar 2022 World CupHowever, it was not enough and they had to say goodbye with three losses in the first phase and no points obtained. However, the Canadians managed to score their first goal in World Cup history.
The Canadians hope to have a better performance in 2026 when together with Mexico and the United States they host the next World Cup.
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