As it happened: Spain eliminate Ireland; Italy pushed to third

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Thursday’s Euro 2012 slate kicks off with Group C’s pivot game, with Italy and Croatia potentially deciding who will join Spain in the quarterfinals. Of course, Spain is not actually there. They have to take care of business against Ireland in what could be on of the most lopsided matches of the tournament … and even if they do (win, that is), their knockout round spot won’t be clinched. Clearly, we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves.

When Italy-Croatia kicks off at noon Eastern, we’ll pass group stage’s halfway mark. With 12 games down, two of the pre-tournament favorites (Germany, Spain) have stayed on course, one (Netherlands) have donned a life preserver, while a fourth team (Italy) can make its case as a real contender today. A convincing performance against Croatia on the back of their draw with Spain will make us believers.

But first, your daily pre-match reading list:

And now that you’re through skipping over the bullets, here’s Thursday’s action:


(All times Eastern)

1635 – Ireland 0-4 Spain, Final – That was unfortunately predictable. Spain were just too quick, too precise, and too relentless, and it translated to the scoresheet. Spain goes top of the group on goal difference and likely only need a draw against Croatia to win the group.

1620 – Ireland 0-4 Spain – This is sad. Short corner leads to Fabregas dribbling to the right of goal before turning from a sharp angle to power it past Given into the far side netting. This is the type of match I was imagining when I said it could be the most lopsided of the tournament, but I didn’t really think it would happen.

1615 – Ireland 0-3 Spain – Torres gets his curtain call. Cesc Fabregas comes on in what would be a turning point game for Torres. Moments later, Iker Casillas is forced into a save on Robbie Keane.

Spain has 65 of the possession and is outshooting Ireland 23 to 6. Shots on target is 18 to 4.

James McClean’s about to come on.

1612 – Ireland 0-3 Spain – We hinted it could happen pre-game, and it’s come to fruition. Andres Iniesta wins a ball in midfield, David Silva’s there to touch it through the Irish line to Torres, who has 30 yards to set up Shay Given. Finishing into the right of goal. Fernando Torres has his brace.

1608 – Ireland 0-2 Spain Xabi Alonso is off. Javi Martinez is one. Spain’s sense of urgency has waned, and Ireland’s had a few forays forward. Spain’s possession is at 64 percent. They’re outshooting Ireland 22 to 5.

1557 – Ireland 0-2 Spain – A diving punch from a Xavi shot sees Shay Given keep Ireland within two. Spain’s at 63 percent possession and a 19-4 shots edge. They look like they want to pile on some goals, possibly with tiebreaker scenarios in mind.

1550 – Ireland 0-2 Spain – Another goal to open a half, and another one which is a little pathetic. Iniesta is given a ball in the left of area. He puts it on goal, and Dunne punches it right to David Silva at the penalty spot. He take two, three, four touches without a challenge, the defenders frozen in front of him. Finally, a picks out a spot – the lower left hand corner – opens his left foot onto a ball that goes between two sets of legs and beats Shay Given.

1547 – Ireland 0-1 Spain – We’re back, and Ireland has made one change. Jon Walters is on. Simon Cox is off.

1519 – Ireland 0-1 Spain, Halftime – Spain hogged the ball. Possession at 62 percent (per UEFA). Not a ton for Given to do. Expect some variant on this message to repeat, though for now, it’s halftime.

Other numbers: Shots: 14-4, Spain. Shots on target: 10-2, Spain.

It’s only a one goal game, though. Freakiness still in play.

1519 – Ireland 0-1 Spain – Spain hogging ball. Possession at 63 percent (per UEFA). Not a ton for Given to do. Passes are 255-93 in favor of Spain. Expect some variant on this message to repeat.

1511 – Ireland 0-1 Spain – Spain hogging ball. Possession at 61 percent (per UEFA). Not a ton for Given to do. Expect some variant on this message to repeat.

1500 – Ireland 0-1 Spain – UEFA claims Spain have only held 57 percent of the possession. That can’t be correct. This game is looking like it could end 1-0 with Spain holding 80 percent of the possession.

1449 – Ireland 0-1 Spain – He did it! Fernando Torres takes the ball off Richard Dunne’s foot and blasts it right over Shay Given for an earlier opener, and Shay Given probably should have saved that. It has a blast from 10 yards out, but it was high over Given’s head. He just needed to get a hand up.

Andres Iniesta plays a great ball for David Silva after some high pressure from Glenn Whelan allows Iniesta space behind him. Silva’s tackled by Richard Dunne how is far too slow clearing the ball. Torres comes in from behind touches it away, with his next touch finding nylon.

1446 – Ireland 0-0 Spain – We have started. Ireland is in green going from left to right. La Roja is in … well, roja.

1436 – We’re just under 10 minutes from kick off. Here are the lineups, each with one prominent change:

Ireland: Given, St Ledger, Ward, O’Shea, Dunne, Whelan, McGeady, Andrews, Duff, Keane, Cox SUBS: Westwood, Forde, Kelly, McShane, O’Dea, Gibson, Hunt, Green, McClean, Doyle, Walters, Long.

Simon Cox is in. Ireland’s best player on Monday, Kevin Doyle, is off. Giovanni Trapattoni: Contrarian. Mad scientist.

Spain: Casillas, Piqué, Ramos, Arbeloa, Alba, Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso, Busquets, Silva, Torres SUBS: Valdés, Reina, Albiol, Martínez, Juanfran, Fàbregas, Cazorla, Navas, Pedro Rodríguez, Negredo, Mata, Llorente.

Fernando Torres is in. If I say the obvious, that this is a terrible decision in light of other options, I either stand to be proven very wrong (he really could score twice today yet still not really be that good) or he’ll stink and I’m not saying anything new. I’ll just say I feel for Fernando Llorent, Alvaro Negredo, Pedro Rodríguez, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla … and Pepe Reina.

Let’s be honest: Spain’s winning in spite of Vicente del Bosque, at this point. The double pivot? The chaos at striker? The inhibiting allegiances to old guard players?

1431 – Here’s our Offshore drilling on the day’s first match.

The worst: Ireland is such a good matchup for Spain that they’ll probably win 3-0 and give people the impression Del Bosque pushed the right buttons.

I need to calm down.

Lineups coming soon.

1353 – Italy 1-1 Croatia –The final whistle goes, and teams each take one. Croatia hits on four ahead of Monday’s meeting with Spain, while Italy goes into the Ireland match with two points.

Match report is coming. Go get some lunch.

1347 – Italy 1-1 Croatia – We have five minutes of added time because of the smoke break. Croatia’s lost a bit of their edge. This one looks set to be drawn.

1339 – Italy 1-1 Croatia – Eduardo is on. Nikica Jelavic is off. Antonio Cassano is off. Sebastian Giovinco is on. Croatia is still controlling this match.

1331 – Italy 1-1 Croatia – Stay classy, Croatia fans. Flares/smoke bomb on set off create a white cloud in Italy’s end. Play has to stop while the smoke clears.

1329 – Italy 1-1 Croatia – Mario Mandzukic has had a poor game, but for strikers, goals cure all, especially when they’re late equalizers. With his third goal of the tournament, the Wolfsburg attacker has brought Croatia even.

Danijel Prajnic plays a ball left to Ivan Strinic and makes an overlapping run that pulls Christian Maggio away. It gives Strinic room to cross far post, where Giorgio Chiellini has misjudged the flight of the ball. It floats over his head and onto the right foot of Mandzukic, who has time to bring the ball down and bang it home.

It’s a disappointing goal for Italy to allow, but as much as they had allowed Croatia to take the game to them in the second half, they were asking for something like that to happen.

1324 – Italy 1-0 Croatia – Slaven Bilic makes his first chance, bringing on Danijel Pranjic for Iven Perisic. Italy has already made a move, bringing off Thiago Motta, whose head bounced off the turf, for Ricardo Montolivo. Italy’s not made what looks like will be a regular substitution: Toto Di Natale for Mario Balotelli, who has been mostly good but also showed some poor decision-making.

Most of this half has been played in Italy’s half. They’ve been unable to break out on counters, meaning Cassano’s been a non-factor.

1311 – Italy 1-0 Croatia – The Croats have come out strong, putting a number of shots toward Gianluigi Buffon, though none have seriously troubled him (and few have actually required his intervention). Modric is attacking more than distributing, but he still can get anything out of Jelavic of Mandzukic. The game’s paused now as a firework/flare is thrown onto the field. Croatian plays go over to plead that their supporters cease being idiots.

1301 – Italy 1-0 Croatia – We are back, and as good as Italy were in the first half, Croatia is one cross, one beat defender, one header away from canceling out a first half were they were second best.

1250 – Italy 1-0 Croatia, Halftime – Pre-game we talked about this being Italy’s chance to assert themselves as real contenders. They absolutely are playing to that level. Andrea Pirlo has been great – possibly asserting himself as the tournament’s best player, to this point. The combination of him an Antonio Cassano form a great, creative center to the club.

The stats: Possession: Italy 11-3; Shots: Italy 11-3; Shots on target: Italy 6-3.

1247 – Italy 1-0 Croatia, Halftime – Intermission, and Italy goes in deserved leaders. While there were spells where it seemed Croatia was building something, there was never a point where you felt them the better team. By the end of the half Italy was in firm control of the game.

1239 – Italy 1-0 Croatia – The best attacking spell of the match ends with a great Pirlo strike from left of goal, giving Italy the lead.

One minute before, Italy pushes for a goal that only some Stipe Pletikosa heroics keep out. A Pirlo ball for Cassano sees Cassano find Claudio Marchisio in the left channel with a brilliant ball. A nice touch set him up for a shot that’s remarkably blocked by Pletikosa. The rebound goes to Marchisio, who sees another shot blocked, but on the clearance, Croatia gives up a foul.

From two yards outside the area, just above the left corner of the penalty area, Pirlo gets a ball up and over the wall, beating a valiant effort from Pletikosa, putting Italy in front.

1233 – Italy 0-0 Croatia – The play’s been a little more event than the second 10 minutes, but just past the 30 minute-mark, Italy is still creating the better chances. The greatest danger comes when they can get the ball to Cassano in transition, but when that doesn’t happen Pirlo is still doing a good job of moving the ball around. They haven’t been holding enough of the ball to get Thiago Motta and Claudio Marchisio forward much, but when they do (as they did a few minutes ago), it creates nervy moments for Croatia.

1222 – Italy 0-0 Croatia – For the first time, we see Croatia putting together the passes they’ll need to use to get in and out of that Italy defense. They end up putting a cross in from the left that sees Nikica Jelavic and Giorgio Chiellini are tangled, and a foul’s given on Croatia. On the restart Croatia regains possession and quickly comes back down the right, with Darijo Srna putting a dangerous ball near post. Nobody getson it, and Gianluigi Buffon swallows it up.

1216 – Italy 0-0 Croatia – Mario Balotelli’s movement is terrorizing Vedran Corluka, who again looks terrible. Both Cassano and Pirlo have been able to find him quite easily. Croatia, going forward, look contained. In defense, they seem like they’re just hoping Italy doesn’t execute.

1201 – Italy 0-0 Croatia – We are underway. Italy’s in blue, moving left to right. Croatia is in white.

1158 – Teams are shaking hands. We’re minutes away from kickoff.

1127 – Today’s lineups:

Croatia: Pletikosa, Strinić, Ćorluka, Schildenfeld, Rakitić, Vukojević, Modrić, Srna, Perišić, Jelavić, Mandžukić SUBS: Kelava, Subašić, Šimunić, Buljat, Vrsaljko, Vida, Pranjić, Badelj, Dujmović, Kranjčar, Kalinić, Eduardo.

Italy: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Motta, Marchisio, Giaccherini, De Rossi, Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano SUBS: Sirigu, De Sanctis, Ogbonna, Balzaretti, Abate, Barzagli, Montolivo, Diamanti, Nocerino, Di Natale, Borini, Giovinco.

Croatia is unchanged, and it Italy, despite days of speculation Cesare Prandelli would make up to three moves. If Prandelli’s willing lie to us about a piddling soccer lineup, what else is he willing to do?

I feel so used.

My picks today (I don’t think I’ve gotten a pick right yet): Italy 3-1 Croatia, and Spain 4-0 Ireland. That seems wild … maybe I’m getting punchy.
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Japan vs Croatia: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Japan and Croatia clash in the last 16 of the World Cup and both will fancy their chances of reaching the quarterfinals.

STREAM LIVE JAPAN V CROATIA

This is the second time in as many tournaments the Samurai Blue have reached the knockout rounds and they were splendid in wins against Spain and Germany to win Group E in dramatic fashion. Can their solid unit and incredible rotation of attacking players by manager Hajime Moriyasu bamboozle Croatia too? They have never made it past the Round of 16 stage at a World Cup.

As for the 2018 World Cup runners, Zlatko Dalic’s side continue to fly under the radar as they got out of Group F with minimum fuss. The experience is plentiful in this side, while emerging talents are also starting to star. Can they go on another deep run?

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Here is everything you need for Japan vs Croatia. 


How to watch Japan vs Croatia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET – Monday, December 5
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Japan’s comeback wins against Germany and Spain have been a joy to watch and anybody who watched them before this tournament will not be that surprised. Moriyasu has created a squad which has a total ‘team first’ mentality and so many players are stepping up to deliver in midfield and attack. From Maya Yoshida captaining the side and dominating at center back to Mitoma, Doan, Endo and Tanaka dazzling in midfield and attack whenever they feature, this is a joy to watch. The energy Japan plays with is dizzying and they will create plenty of chances against Croatia. The big question: can they be more clinical?

As for Croatia, the likes of Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic have been here before. They exude confidence and Josko Gvardiol is a fine young center back and the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic add extra class. This is a side which always seems to overdeliver and they will be thinking another deep run at the World Cup is on the cards. Surely they can’t get to the final again, right?


Japan quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 24
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 7
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
Key players: Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ritsu Doan
At the 2022 World Cup – Won Group E with 6 points (+1 GD)

Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic
At the 2022 World Cup – Finished second in Group F with 5 points (+3 GD)


World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, last 16, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the globe.

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Japan, Australia and Morocco made the last 16 with so many huge shocks during the tournament, while Germany, Denmark and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

From the USMNT and England getting out of their group to Lionel Messi dragging Argentina through and Mexico just missing out on getting out of the group stages and amid upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the latter stages.

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We now have the small matter of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Knockout round kick-off times: 10am, 2pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H | Full tables


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands 3-1 USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3: Argentina 2-1 Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France 3-1 Poland – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England 3-0 Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan vs Croatia (preview) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil vs South Korea (preview) – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco vs Spain (preview) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal vs Switzerland (preview) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands vs Argentina – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs France – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am


Group stage results

Group A

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands  – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Group B

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group C

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Poland 0-2 Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Group D

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Group E

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Japan 2-1 Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Group F

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Croatia 0-0 Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights Canada 1-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group G

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 1-0 Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Serbia 2-3 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha

Group H

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-1 Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


World Cup yellow card rules 2022: Do cards carry over after group stage?

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At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, we’ve already seen games majorly impacted by yellow cards and red cards – most notably the Wales group stage meeting with Iran where goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey came off the line and took out Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi. Hennessey was sent off with a red card and Wales, down to ten men, saw Iran score two stunning stoppage time goals for the unexpected win. It was the first red card of the tournament and one that unquestionably changed the course of the game.

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Less impactfully but still of note, four U.S. players received yellow cards in the Americans’ opening match against Wales – (Kellyn Acosta, Tim Ream, Weston McKennie, Sergiño Dest). While yellow cards are a omnipresent part of soccer, players run the risk of acquiring two cautions and being unavailable when their team needs them most. Here’s the breakdown on how yellow cards turn into player suspensions and what happens to cards in between rounds of the tournament.

How many yellow cards equal a player suspension?

If players receive two yellow cards at the 2022 World Cup, it will result in a one-game suspension. If the player receives both cautions in the same game, they will be sent off and serve the suspension in the subsequent match. But players can also receive a suspension after accumulating two yellow cards across separate matches. So once a player has a yellow card to their name, they’ll likely be thinking carefully about how they approach situations to ensure they’re not out of commission at a key moment in the tournament.

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Do yellow cards carry over from the group stage?

At the 2022 World Cup, yellow cards do carry over from the group stage into the Round of 16. If a player receives one yellow card in the group stage and another in the Round of 16, they are ineligible for their team’s quarterfinal matchup. However, there is a “clean slate” from the quarterfinals into the semifinals where all previous cautions are wiped, so no players in the semifinals will be at risk of missing the final matches due to accumulated yellow cards from earlier in the tournament.

Per FIFA, if a suspension can’t be served during the World Cup, it will be carried over to the team’s next official national match.

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What do yellow cards mean at the World Cup?

Yellow cards are essentially cautions (also called “bookings”) given to players by match officials for a variety of infractions – these can include poor sportsmanship, delay of game, intentional injury to another player, not maintaining mandated distance from the ball on penalty kicks, impermissible language or other situations as determined by the referee on the pitch and the Video Assistant Referee. If a player receives multiple yellow cards, either in the same game or across multiple games, they receive an “indirect red,” which results in a one-match suspension.

Yellow cards can be a big problem for a team when it comes to missing key players, but they can also impact a squad’s chance of making it through the tournament. The final tiebreaker to determine which teams advance out of the group stages is the team conduct score, or “fair play” tiebreaker based on the number of yellow and red cards a team has accumulated. In a situation where teams are equal on all other tiebreakers, the side with the higher team conduct score will advance to the round of 16.

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup 2022 rankings: Who are the favorites?

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With the tournament in full flow and the knockout rounds now here, it is time to update and release the latest 2022 World Cup rankings.

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There are a few favorites to win the trophy in Qatar but some of the giants have struggled in the group stage and there have been some big shocks to impact the chances of some powerhouses lifting the famous trophy.

There remains no real frontrunner to win the tournament. That is great news for neutrals.

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Keep an eye out on a few underdogs too, as there are some real opportunities which have opened up depending on what side of the bracket you’re on.

We will updates these rankings during the tournament in Qatar as the final takes place on December 18, 2022.

Let us know what you think of the rankings below.


World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Knockout round game kick-off times: 10am, 2pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup Rankings – December 4, 2022

Teams knocked out on the group stage

32. Qatar – Even
31. Wales – Even
30. Canada – Down 2
29. Tunisia – Up 1
28. Costa Rica – Up 1


27. Belgium – Down 17
26. Denmark – Down 10
25. Saudi Arabia – Down 6
24. Ghana – Even
23. Serbia – Down 6


22. Cameroon – Up 4
21. Iran – Down 3
20. Mexico – Up 5
19. Germany – Down 10
18. Uruguay – Down 7
17. Ecuador – Down 4


Teams who made it to the last 16

16. Poland – Up 5
15. Australia – Up 12
14. Senegal –  Up 6
13. USA – Up 2


12. South Korea – Up 10
11. Morocco – Up 12
10. Switzerland – Up 2
9. Japan – Up 5
8. Croatia – Even
7. Spain – Up 3


6. Netherlands – Up 1
5. England – Up 1
4. Portugal – Down1
3. Argentina – Up 4 
2. France – Even
1. Brazil – Even