Qatar 2022: Which national teams have qualified for the World Cup?
Eleven countries have now qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with more teams to follow this week.
With almost exactly a year to go until the World Cup kicks off in Qatar on 21 November 2022, 11 of the 32 countries who’ll be at the tournament's first ever wintertime finals have now been confirmed.
2022 World Cup - qualified teams:
Qatar, who will be making their first appearance at a World Cup, qualified as hosts.
Four-time tournament winners Germany were the first team from Europe to seal their place at the 2022 World Cup, thumping North Macedonia 4-0 on 11 October to make sure of top spot in UEFA qualifying Group J.
Denmark also booked their ticket to Qatar in last month’s international week, the Euro 2020 semi-finalists clinching first place in Group F when they beat Austria 1-0 on 12 October. The Danes have won nine out of nine in qualifying, and have conceded just one goal.
As things stand, five-time world champions Brazil are the only nation from South America to have reached the finals. Tite’s men, who sit top of CONMEBOL’s 10-team qualifying group, are certain to finish in one of the four automatic World Cup spots after their 1-0 win over Colombia on Thursday.
The defending champions ensured top spot in UEFA qualifying Group D on Saturday, Kylian Mbappé hitting four goals as Les Bleus thrashed Kazakhstan 8-0 and opened up an unassailable lead over second-placed Finland.
Belgium, who came third at the 2018 World Cup, also confirmed their place at Qatar 2022 on Saturday, Les Diables Rouges’ 3-1 victory over Estonia ensuring that they can no longer be overhauled at the top of Group E.
2018 runners-up Croatia secured qualification from Group H in dramatic circumstances on Saturday. Facing a Russia side who needed just a point to finish top, Zlatko Dalic’s men won the crunch clash in Split - and consigned the Russians to the play-offs - thanks to an 81st-minute Fedor Kudryashov own goal.
Spain reached their 12th finals in a row on Sunday, after seeing off Sweden in a top-of-the-table showdown in Seville. The 2010 World Cup winners needed only a draw to qualify automatically at the Swedes’ expense, but beat Janne Andersson’s side 1-0 courtesy of an Álvaro Morata strike.
Serbia left it even later than Croatia, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 90th-minute goal in Lisbon handing Dragan Stojkovic’s team a stunning, last-gasp victory over Portugal that saw the Serbs top Group A ahead of their hosts on Sunday. The Portuguese had only needed a draw to avoid the play-offs.
Switzerland beat Bulgaria 4-0 to top Group A after Northern Ireland held Italy to a 0-0 draw in Belfast. Roberto Mancini's side will have to go through the play-off system to claim a place in the World Cup.
England scored 10 goals for the first time since 1964 in a complete thrashing of San Marino. Harry Kane scored four goals in 15 minutes as the Group I table-toppers booked their ticket for Qatar.
Who else can qualify for the 2022 World Cup this month?
Europe: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway
On Tuesday, it’ll be between the Netherlands (on 20 points), Turkey and Norway (both on 18 points) to claim the automatic qualification berth in Group G.
Two-time winners Argentina will become the second CONMEBOL nation to reach Qatar 2022 on Tuesday if they beat Brazil in San Juan and any two of Chile, Colombia and Uruguay fail to win. A draw will also be enough for Lionel Scaloni’s men if any two of Chile, Colombia and Uruguay lose.
Nobody from Asia can confirm their berth at the World Cup just yet. The two six-team groups in AFC’s third round of qualifying are only at the halfway stage, with Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Australia currently sitting in the automatic qualification spots.
The identity of Africa’s five representatives at the 2022 World Cup won’t be revealed until CAF’s third and final round of qualifying is completed in March. The teams who have qualified for next year's play-off include: Algeria, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria. Senegal and Tunisia.
In CONCACAF’s eight-team third-round qualifying group, the United States, Mexico and Canada occupy the three automatic World Cup berths, with seven games still to be played.
World Cup qualifying is yet to begin in Oceania.
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