In Group B, everything is still at stake on the final day of play, with all four teams still in with a chance of reaching the Round of 16.
England may have booked a place in the knockout stages of Matchday 2 against the USA, but a superb American performance left the Three Lions frustrated and they still have work to do against Wales on Tuesday night.
Here’s how the four teams in Group B could progress to the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
England in the World Cup so far
After an impressive start to the tournament, England suffered a disappointing performance against the United States on Friday night.
The Three Lions won 6-2 against Iran in a boring draw reminiscent of the boring draw against Scotland at Euro 2020. Nevertheless, Gareth Southgate’s side are in good shape to qualify for the last 16.
What does England need to progress?
England will top Group B with a win and are assured of progressing with a draw. Meanwhile, a draw would be enough to win Group B if the US beat Iran.
Only a heavy defeat against Wales (three or more goals) will see England face an early exit.
USA in the World Cup so far
In Matchday 1, the USMNT impressed in their first half against Wales, but the Americans relinquished control after the restart and were eventually leveled by Gareth Bale’s late penalty.
A daunting encounter against England awaited in Matchday 2, but thanks to Greg Berhalder’s brilliant planning, America managed to slow down Southgate’s side. In a boring 0-0 draw, they were the better team.
What does America need to thrive?
Simple: USA must beat Iran to qualify.
Iran in the World Cup so far
Politics has dominated the World Cup in Iran so far and no doubt played a part in the poor performance against England in Matchday 1.
After losing 6-2 and threatening elimination, Carlos Queiroz’s side produced a brilliant performance against Wales that ended with two extra-time goals in a 2-0 victory.
What does Iran need to advance?
A win against the US is enough for Iran to qualify. If Wales do not beat England, they will win the match on Day 3 even if it is drawn.
A loss means elimination.
Wales at the World Cup so far
Wales’ first World Cup appearance since 1958 started with a respectable point against the USA. After a poor start to the game, Rob Page’s men stepped up in the second half and earned an equaliser.
However, a good performance on day one was canceled out by a poor performance against Iran. After Wayne Hennessey was sent off, Wales suffered a deserved defeat in the closing stages despite putting up little defensive effort.
What does Wales need to progress?
A small miracle.
First, Wales need to beat England for the first time since 1984 and will hope that the other game in Group B ends in a draw.
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