The World Cup participants list is completed, with Australia and Costa Rica advancing to Qatar following the playoffs held over the past two days. We now have all 32 teams known, and all the groups completed after these two nations ended their qualifiers.
The Socceroos have managed to eliminate Peru in the playoffs, playing 0-0 in the regular 90 minutes and the extra times but getting through after a penalty shootout, 5-4. This was yet another World Cup berth for the Aussies, who now have six participation, four in a row. They have been regular since 2006 and the tournament in Germany.
Australia will join the world champs, France, Denmark, and Tunisia in Group D. According to the bookmakers, they don’t stand a very high chance of reaching the knockout stage, with the odds on that set at +330. When it comes to winning this assembly, Australia is +1800.
THE PK THAT SENDS AUSTRALIA TO THE FIFA WORLD CUP! 🇦🇺
Australia: ❌ ✅ ✅ ✅✅ ✅
Peru: ✅ ✅ ❌ ✅ ✅❌
📺: @FS1 pic.twitter.com/isPQ2Du8un
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 13, 2022
On the other side, Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0. This will be the fifth trip to the World Cup for Los Ticos, all of them in this century. Costa Rica has missed only one tournament since 2002, and that was in South Africa.
The hero of the nation was once Arsenal’s big talent, Joel Campbell, who scored after three minutes of play, eventually setting the final result and pushing his team to Qatar. Things were much easier for Los Ticos from the 66th minute, as Kosta Barbarouses received a red card.
Keylor Navas and the boys will have a tough task this November. They are in Group E, along with Germany, Spain, and Japan, and getting through this stage would be a massive success for Los Ticos.
The bookmakers suggest that it would be merely impossible for this unit to enter the next stage, which is why they’ve set the odds at +1600. For Costa Rica to win the group, it is an astonishing +10000.
For the moment, Brazil and France are the top two favorites to win the title. Selecao is +400, and the French team is +550. Brazil currently displays very good results, and on the other side, France doesn’t have such consistency, but we know that they deliver when needed the most.
COSTA RICA ARE GOING TO THE WORLD CUP 🇨🇷❗️
They defeat New Zealand to win the CONCACAF/OFC Playoff 👏 pic.twitter.com/CADUiWLLeK
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 14, 2022
Argentina has been on the rise in recent times, with Lionel Messi and the rest of the crew accelerating noticeably before the start of the tournament. They won Copa America last year in Brazil, and since then, Gauchos have been looking pretty confident. We’ve seen them against all sorts of rivals, and each time, they looked well.
Belgium, Portugal, and Spain are in the next echelon. All these teams play good football. The first two have incredibly filled rosters and lots of superstars, while Spain’s unit is extremely young yet talented as hell. Other teams in the mix are Germany, who is inconsistent and coming off three disappointing majors (two EUROs and one World Cup), England, who has been terrible lately, the Netherlands, and Denmark.
The tournament in Qatar officially starts on November 21, and ends on December 18. It is the first in history to take place outside summer, which was a revolutionary move once announced.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.
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