Direct comparison or goal difference: what counts in the 2022 World Cup if there is a tie?
Created: 2022-11-28 04:53
By: Alexander Kaindl
The 2022 World Cup is underway, the teams are currently fighting for a place in the round of 16.
But what happens when two teams are tied on points?
Doha – Germany got off to a bad start at the 2022 World Cup.
The DFB team lost 2-1 to Japan and now had their backs to the wall.
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Germany conceded bankruptcy at the start of the World Cup against Japan
Particularly bitter: The German national team led 1-0 at the break and then had a number of chances for a second or third goal.
In the final phase, two Bundesliga pros punished them coldly: Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late - thanks to a weak DFB defense.
There was a lot of criticism for Borussia Dortmund's defender Nico Schlotterbeck - both from teammate Ilkay Gündogan and the fans on the net.
The second group game against Spain on Sunday ended 1-1 (0-0).
Niclas Füllkrug saved the DFB team a point in the 83rd minute with his joker goal.
Good for the Germans: Japan lost to Costa Rica at midday, so elimination on Sunday was no longer possible, even if they lost.
Here you can find out how the DFB-Elf gets into the round of 16.
World Cup 2022: What happens if there is a tie in the group phase?
Ultimately, there are still a few constellations at the moment that leave one question unanswered after the third matchday in Group E: what counts if there is a tie?
Direct comparison or goal difference?
FIFA, which has recently been heavily criticized for banning the "One Love" armband, has set clear guidelines that determine the final position in the World Cup preliminary round groups.
These are as follows:
World Cup 2022: FIFA rules in the event of a tie - First goal difference and goals scored, then direct comparison
Points from the group matches between the teams concerned
Goal difference from matches involving the teams concerned
Number of goals scored in matches between the teams involved
fair play points
Draw by FIFA
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Germany in the second World Cup game against Spain under pressure
So that means: The goal difference or the goal difference is clearly higher than the direct comparison.
For Germany, this scenario means that if you are level on points with Spain, Japan or Costa Rica on the last day of the game and are fighting for progress, you need a good goal difference to book the round of 16.
National coach Hansi Flick is already under pressure with the DFB team at the World Cup.
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On Sunday, a win by two goals against Costa Rica will suffice for Germany if Japan lose to Spain at the same time.