Qatar (Host Nation)
Iran and South Korea are the latest to join the list of qualified teams for the 2022 World Cup.
AFC WCQ standings (Group A) after 8 matches played (2 more rounds left)
1| Iran – 22 points
2| South Korea – 20 points
3| United Arab Emirates – 9 points
4| Lebanon – 6 points
5| Iraq – 5 points
6| Syria (E) – 2 points
AFC WCQ (Group B) after 8 matches played (2 more rounds left)
1| Saudi Arabia – 19 points
2| Japan – 18 points
3| Australia – 15 points
4| Oman – 8 points
5| China – 5 points
6| Vietnam – 3 points
Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Australia have two games each to fight for the two spots that will qualify them for the 2022 World Cup.
All three teams will at least get another chance in the Fourth Round of the AFC qualifiers.
The final two qualifiers for Australia will be against the teams that are directly above them at the moment.
Australia vs Japan
China vs Saudi Arabia
Japan vs Vietnam
Saudi Arabia vs Australia.
Ecuador 1-1 Brazil
Paraguay 0-1 Uruguay
Chile 1-2 Argentina
Colombia 0-1 Peru
Venezuela 4-1 Bolivia
Bolivia 2-3 Chile
Uruguay 4-1 Venezuela
Argentina 1-0 Colombia
Brazil 4-0 Paraguay
Peru 1-1 Ecuador
1| Brazil – 39 points
2| Argentina – 35 points
3| Ecuador – 25 points
4| Uruguay – 22 points
5| Peru – 21 points
6| Chile – 19 points
7| Colombia – 17 points
8| Bolivia – 15 points
9| Paraguay – 13 points
10| Venezuela – 10 points
Two* more rounds left of the CONMEBOL WCQ.
Ecuador is getting closer to clinching a place in the 2022 World Cup.
Brazil and Argentina have taken half of the direct qualification spots.
Uruguay is making a late charge for the direct qualification but Peru is staying close.
It is looking like Colombia will miss out on the 2022 World Cup. They have to win their remaining matches to stand a chance.
Chile is hovering around the qualification spot.
Paraguay and Venezuela are out. Bolivia is virtually out.
Uruguay had been without a win in their last 5 qualifiers matches before this international break. It was a winless streak that included 4 successive defeats.
Uruguay won both of their qualifiers over the international break, but there results against Paraguay and Venezuela (two sides that are already eliminated)
Next up for Uruguay is a fixture against Peru (March 24, 2022).
Uruguay must make hope advantage count when they host Peru. The reverse match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Uruguay’s final match is against Chile. They will be counting on Brazil to do them a favor before they meet Chile for the final match of their COMEBOL qualifiers.
Colombia can’t afford any other result but a victory in their final two rounds of matches..
Luckily for Colombia, their remaining matches are at home to Bolivia, and away against Venezuela.
On paper, these are matches that Colombia should win to have a slim chance of at least making it to the inter-confederation play-offs.
A win is required for Chile to qualify for at least the inter-confederation playoffs.
Chile has to go to Brazil and then host Uruguay for their final two games of the CONMEBOL qualifiers.
Chile will have to be at their best to pass these tests.
A point against Brazil was a massive boost for Ecuador’s chances of qualifying.
They play Paraguay next for the points that will likely qualify them for the 2022 World Cup.
With their final match coming against Argentina, Ecuador will want to get the job done when they face Paraguay.
CAF WCQ Third Round
Egypt vs Senegal
Cameroon vs Algeria
Ghana vs Nigeria
Congo DR vs Morocco
Mali vs Tunisia
Jamaica 1-2 Mexico
United States 1-0 El Salvador
Honduras 0-2 Canada
Costa Rica 1-0 Panama
Canada 2-0 United States
Panama 3-2 Jamaica
Mexico 0-0 Costa Rica
Honduras 0-2 El Salvador
Jamaica 0-1 Costa Rica
United States 3-0 Honduras
El Salvador 0-2 Canada
Mexico 1-0 Panama
It’s quite evident from the current standing which three nations are booking their place in the World Cup.
The traditional giants (USA and Mexico) are bound to qualify but it is looking like Canada will qualify at the top of the table.
Canada lead with 4 points with three more rounds left of the CONCACAF qualifiers to go.
March 24, 2022
Mexico vs United States
Costa Rica vs Canada
Honduras and Jamiaca are eliminated.
Jamaica needed result against Costa Rica to prolong their competitive stay in the qualifiers. Jamaica joined Honduras on the ‘eliminted’ list.
El Salvador is virturally out as well.
COSTA RICA AND PANAMA WILL BE GUNNING FOR THE PLAYOFF SPOT.
Key fixtures In their final three matches
vs Canada (March 24)
vs United States (March 30)
vs United States (March 27)
vs Canada (March 3)
CONCACAF STANDINGS AFTER 11/14 rounds
1|Canada – 25 points
2| United States – 21 points
3|Mexico – 21 points
4|Panama – 17 points
5| Costa Rica – 16 points
6| El Salvador – 9 points
7|Jamaica – 7 points
8|Honduras – 3 points