World Cup 2022: How Spain Can Advance to the Round of 16

[The group stage has ended. To follow teams that have advanced to the knockout stage, see our bracket page.]

Spain will advance with the No. 2 seed.
Japan beat Spain, 2-1
Germany beat Costa Rica, 4-2
What Happens To Spain...
If current scores hold
Advance(No. 2)
All of Spain’s Possibilities

The chart below details nearly all the ways group play could end for Spain. Each cell in the chart represents the outcome of two games. Green cells mean that Spain will advance to the next round of the tournament. Pink cells are bad news: they represent outcomes that eliminate Spain.

5-0
4-0
5-1
3-0
4-1
5-2
2-0
3-1
4-2
5-3
1-0
2-1
3-2
4-3
5-4
5-5
4-4
3-3
2-2
1-1
0-0
5-4
4-3
3-2
2-1
1-0
5-3
4-2
3-1
2-0
5-2
4-1
3-0
5-1
4-0
5-0
5-2
4-2
5-3
3-2
4-3
5-4
5-5
4-4
3-3
2-2
6-5
5-4
4-3
3-2
2-1
7-5
6-4
5-3
4-2
3-1
2-0
7-4
6-3
5-2
4-1
3-0
7-3
6-2
5-1
4-0
7-2
6-1
5-0
7-1
6-0
7-0
Japan wins
Tie
Spain wins
Japan vs. Spain
Costa Rica wins
Tie
Germany wins
Costa Rica vs. Germany
Japan wins and Costa Rica wins Costa Rica wins and Japan and Spain tie Spain wins and Costa Rica wins
Japan wins and Costa Rica and Germany tie Both matches tie Spain wins and Costa Rica and Germany tie
Japan wins and Germany wins Germany wins and Japan and Spain tie Spain wins and Germany wins

Spain’s final place in Group E

First

Second

Uncertain

Out

Group E
WWins DDraws LLosses GF GA GD PTS.
2 0 1 4 3 1 6
1 1 1 9 3 6 4
1 1 1 6 5 1 4
1 0 2 3 11 -8 3

Spain lost to Japan, 2-1, but advanced as the No. 2 seed with the help of a hefty goal differential edge it banked in its first game against Costa Rica. Spain will face Morocco in the knockout stage.

Here are the group matches for Spain:

Nov. 23, 11 a.m. E.S.T.
7
0
Nov. 27, 2 p.m. E.S.T.
1
1
Dec. 1, 2 p.m. E.S.T.
2
1

To see the scenarios for other teams, visit our overview page.