With Croatia’s victory on Sunday, there are now seven teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup (including Qatar, host country of the competition). In total, thirty-two selections will play in the final phase, from November 21 to December 18.
The France team validated its qualification for the 2022 World Cup by crushing Kazakhstan (8-0) on Saturday at the Parc des Princes. Didier Deschamps’s gang therefore got their ticket to Qatar, like five other teams.
The first team to land their ticket to Qatar is unsurprisingly Germany. The Nationalmannschaft quietly won in North Macedonia (4-0) to validate their ticket thanks to goals from Chelsea players Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, as well as Jamal Musiala. The quadruple world champions, again winners this Sunday in Armenia (4-1), beat the surprising North Macedonia, which secured its place of play-off against a disappointing Iceland (3-1). Two games from the end, they can no longer be joined, them who have never really trembled in this group totally within their reach.
The men of Hansi Flick (successor to Joachim Löw) impressed in qualifying and are once again among the favorites for the final victory after the dismal failure of 2018 (elimination in the first round). This is Germany’s 18th consecutive qualification for the finals of a World Cup.
Denmark also qualified for the 2022 World Cup. Kasper Hjulmand’s men got their ticket for Qatar after their narrow victory against Austria (1-0). It was Atalanta player Joakim Maehle who scored the saving goal, the only one of the match, which offered the victory to the semi-finalists of Euro 2021, who thus continue their good series.
The Danes have completely flown over their qualifying group with no less than nine victories in as many games. They notably scored 30 goals and have only one, against the Faroe Islands on Friday (3-1). This perfect balance sheet obviously enabled them to secure first place in Group F.
Brazil is the first nation in the South America zone to officially qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Neymar’s teammates needed a short success against Colombia (1-0) on Friday in Sao Paulo for validate their entry ticket to Qatar. The deliverance came from Lyonnais Lucas Paqueta, well served by Neymar. This duo has been one of the main assets of the Seleçao during this qualification campaign.
With five days remaining, the Brazilians remain undefeated and thus materialize their almost perfect course with 11 wins in 12 games (a 0-0 draw against Colombia on October 10). They will refine Argentina on Tuesday with a free spirit.
It was also expected, Belgium assumed its status as the number one team in the FIFA rankings and also qualified for the 2022 World Cup. The Red Devils will go to Qatar following their victory against Estonia (3-1), Saturday in Brussels.
Roberto Martinez’s players did not tremble against the modest 105th nation in the world despite the injury absences of some executives such as Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans, or Michy Batshuayi. This precious success allows the Belgians to consolidate their lead at the top of Group E ahead of Wales. They continue their ascent by qualifying for the fifth consecutive time in a final phase of a major tournament.
The latest to qualify for Qatar are Zlatko Dalić’s Croats. Croatia struggled to overcome Russia (1-0) this Sunday in Split, securing first place in Group H. Dominated during the vast majority of the match, the unfortunate finalist of the previous world saw his salvation come of a goal against his own camp by Fyodor Koudriachov at the end of the match.
The reigning vice-world champion will play its sixth World Cup. Luka Modric’s partners reached the 1998 semi-finals and the 2018 final, stumbling each time against the France team.