What do Argentina and Germany need to do to qualify for Round of 16?
The two of the biggest footballing powerhouses in the history of the sport are Argentina and Germany. Between these two teams, there are as many as six World Cup Titles. The 1978 and 1986 editions of the FIFA World Cup was won by Argentina whereas in the 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 editions, the top prize was clinched by Germany (as West Germany and unified Germany).
Now, in Qatar, with just one round of matches left to play, both the former champions are still waiting to qualify for the Round of 16. Thanks to a 2-0 win vs Mexico, Argentina managed to get their campaign back on track whereas four time champions Germany are struggling big time despite a big stutter in their opening game. The team of Dieter Flick are currently in the last spot in Group E behind Japan, Spain and Costa Rica. Comfortably being in the top two of this group was expected by the Germans but, after two outings, they are yet to win a match. Incidentally, the defending champions Germany had finished last in their group in Russia 2018.
GERMANY SO FAR IN QATAR 2022
One of the bigger upsets of the World Cup was Germany getting defeated 2-1 by Japan. Then, the 2010 champions, Spain held them by 1-1 which leaves them with just one point after two games and also with a dismal goal difference of -1.
NEXT UP FOR GERMANY
On Saturday morning at 12:30 AM IST, Germany will play their last game vs Costa Rica. This is, of course, going to be a do or die situation for the four time champions.
THE OTHER TEAMS IN GROUP E
With 4 points after 2 games – 1 draw and 1 win, Group E is being topped currently by Spain. Japan is in second position with 3 points and 2 games – 1 win and 1 loss. The third position is occupied by Costa Rica who is also having 3 points – 1 win and 1 loss but are behind Japan due to goal difference. 7 more goals were netted by Spain when compared to the Costa Ricans which leaves the latter with a goal difference of -6.
In the last matches of this group, Japan will take on Spain while Germany will play Costa Rica.
WHAT GERMANY NEEDS TO DO?
- Germany needs to beat Costa Rica hopefully with a healthy scoreline.
- They will have to hope that Spain beats Japan.
WHAT GERMANY WILL BE HOPING DOES NOT HAPPEN?
- Germany would not want Spain losing the match to Japan.
- They will want their match with Costa Rica to not go to a draw.
ARGENTINA SO FAR IN QATAR 2022
The campaign of the Albiceleste in Qatar 2022 began with a shocking 1-2 defeat by the lowest ranked team in their group -. Saudi Arabia. They then resurrected their campaign with a win against Mexico. They also saw Lionel Messi scoring his second goal in the tournament and becoming the first man to get on the assists sheet in 5 World Cups.
NEXT UP FOR ARGENTINA
On Thursday morning, Messi and co. take on Poland at 12:30 AM IST. Argentina has won 6, lost 3 and drawn 2 among the 11 matches played between these two sides.
THE OTHER TEAMS IN GROUP C
Argentina is in the second position in Group C behind Poland which means that the top position has been occupied by Poland with 4 points in 2 matches – 1 draw and 1 win. Saudi Arabia is in the third position with 3 points – 1 win and 1 loss. In the last position is Mexico with 1 point – 1 draw and 1 loss.
Argentina vs Poland and Saudi Arabia vs Mexico will be the last matches in this group and they will kick off on Thursday morning at 12:30 AM IST.
WHAT ARGENTINA NEEDS TO DO?
- Only thing Argentina needs to do is beat Poland.
WHAT ARGENTINA WILL BE HOPING DOES NOT HAPPEN?
- Argentina will hope to not lose the match to Poland.
- They will also hope that the match doesn’t goes draw.
- Argentina and Germany are two of the greatest footballing nations in the sport’s history.
- Six World Cup titles have been won by these two teams together.
- Now, in Qatar, with only one round of games remaining, both of the past champions are still awaiting their Round of 16 qualification.
- Japan will play Spain in the last match of this group, and Germany will play Costa Rica.