How Qatar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal can qualify for knockouts: FIFA World Cup, Group A points table, scenarios

Qualification scenarios of World Cup Group A after the first round of matches.

FILE PHOTO: Netherlands celebrate its 2-0 victory in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match against Senegal at Al Thumama Stadium on Monday in Doha, Qatar.

FILE PHOTO: Netherlands celebrate its 2-0 victory in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match against Senegal at Al Thumama Stadium on Monday in Doha, Qatar. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Qualification scenarios of World Cup Group A after the first round of matches.

Netherlands and Ecuador both began their FIFA World Cup campaigns with 2-0 wins over Senegal and host Qatar, respectively in Group A.

The second round of fixtures involves the Dutch facing Ecuador and Senegal playing against Qatar on Friday.

Group A round two matches (Timings in IST)
Qatar vs Senegal -  6:30PM on Friday, November 25 - Al Thumama Stadium
Netherlands vs Ecuador - 9:30PM on Friday, November 25 - Khalifa International Stadium

While the winner of the the match between Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands and Gustavo Alfaro’s Ecuador will almost confirm its spot for the Round of 16, the losing side will still remain in contention.

However, the doors for the knockout round might completely shut for the loser of the Senegal vs Qatar match.

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If Netherlands beats Ecuador and Senegal beats Qatar, the Dutch will qualify for the round of 16 while the host nation will be knocked out. Similarly, if Ecuador beats Netherlands and Qatar beats Senegal, Ecuador will qualify for the round of 16 while the Netherlands-Qatar match will become a virtual knockout fixture.

In the event of a draw between Netherlands and Ecuador, the losing side of the Senegal vs Qatar fixture will definitely be eliminated from the tournament.

Things could get interesting if both - Netherlands vs Ecuador and Senegal vs Qatar - games end as draws as it would keep all four teams alive going into the final round of group stage fixtures.

Group A round three matches (Timings in IST)

Netherlands vs Qatar - 8:30PM on Tuesday, November 29 - Al Bayt Stadium

Ecuador vs Senegal - 8:30PM on Tuesday, November 29 - Khalifa International Stadium

Group A standings:

PositionTeamsMatchesWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
1Netherlands11002023
1Ecuador11002023
2Senegal100102-20
4Qatar100102-20
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