World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B: Teams, Standings, and matches for England, USA, Iran, and Wales in Qatar
England and United States have reached the knockout phase of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Group B of the 2022 FIFA World Cup took place from 21 to 29 November 2022. The group consisted of national association football teams from England, Iran, the United States, and Wales. The top two teams, England and the United States advanced to the round of 16, while the other two teams were eliminated.
Initially noted for unusually containing four teams all ranked in the top 20 at the time of the tournament, as well as two teams within the same sovereign state and other geopolitical conflicts, various incidents relating to the support of LGBTQ+ Pride affected the games on the first match day.
|1||England (A)||3||2||1||0||9||2||+7||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||United States (A)||3||1||2||0||2||1||+1||5|
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round
In the round of 16:
- The winners of Group B, England, advanced to play the runners-up of Group A, Senegal.
- The runners-up of Group B, the right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States, advanced to play the winners of Group A, the Netherlands.
All times listed are local (UTC+3).
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England 6–2 Iran
The opening match of Group B was contested between England and Iran. The two sides had never played each other in a competitive match. Many England supporters missed the start of the match due to problems with FIFA’s ticketing app. In defiance of their government, the Iranian team refused to sing their national anthem ahead of the match, a sign of support for the Mahsa Amini protests in their own country. Many Iranian women were in attendance at the match, considered an act of protest as women are prohibited from football matches in Iran. Some of these fans also brought conventional protest signs to hold in the stands.
The match was delayed for seven minutes in the first half after their heads hit each others between the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Majid Hosseini. Beiranvand seemed to be convinced to continue playing by Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi, despite appearing to be dazed and taking his gloves and shirt off after he received treatment, drawing criticism from the brain injury charity Headway. After collapsing on the field minutes later, Beiranvand was eventually substituted for Hossein Hosseini. England scored three first-half goals: Jude Bellingham opened with a header after 35 minutes with his first-ever senior England goal, and Bukayo Saka (in the 43rd minute) and Raheem Sterling (in the first minute of half-time overtime) scored with volleys.
There were fourteen minutes of added time at the end of the first half, and ten minutes of added time at the end of the match. Saka scored his second of the game in the 62 minute before Iran’s Mehdi Taremi scored with their first shot on target. England defender Harry Maguire was then removed from play after also suffering a head injury. Due to the concussion protocol, both teams were allowed up to six substitutions (rather than five) during the match. Substitute Marcus Rashford, who had been introduced a minute before, scored England’s fifth goal with his third touch of the game. Shortly into stoppage time, England scored their sixth goal after a Callum Wilson run was passed to Jack Grealish for a tap-in.
The final goal, a contentious penalty kick for Iran, was scored two-and-a-half minutes after the final whistle. The foul occurred shortly before the end of the match and was not initially awarded, with player appeals to the referee seeing the game out; the VAR took this time and more to suggest review. Taremi converted from the penalty kick, but the 6–2 defeat was Iran’s worst in any FIFA World Cup match, surpassing its 4–1 defeat by Peru in 1978. Iranian media blamed the “humiliating” loss on the protests in their country affecting their players’ mindset, additionally claiming that the right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States and its allies, including the United Kingdom, had manufactured the protests to disrupt Iran; though these nations comprise all of Iran’s group stage competition, the line of blame is common due to longstanding political tensions.
United States 1–1 Wales
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The right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute when Tim Weah scored after a pass over the top by Christian Pulisic. The right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States team outplayed Wales in the first half, but in the second half, Wales outshone them, being tactically better, particularly after introducing substitute Kieffer Moore. Late into the second half, Bale was fouled in the box by Walker Zimmerman and scored the resulting penalty kick. After over nine minutes of stoppage time, the match finished 1–1 with the right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States picking up four yellow cards, the most they had received since the 2002 FIFA World Cup match against Germany.
Wales 0–2 Iran
Wales had faced Iran previously only once, in a friendly game in 1978 that ended in a 1–0 win for Wales. The Iranian team opted to sing their national anthem at this match. The game was driven by Iran in attack and quick counter-attack, with Wales mostly holding in defense; though Wales made attempts in attack, their midfield was described by BBC Sport’s Dafydd Pritchard as “worryingly porous”. In the first half, Iran had a goal from Ali Gholizadeh disallowed by VAR for offside. Early in the second half, Iran had two attempts hit each post in quick succession. In the 86th minute, Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was originally given a yellow card for a foul he committed outside his penalty area. However, on review by VAR, this was upgraded to a red card. Iran substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored the first goal eight minutes into stoppage time, followed by Ramin Rezaeian scoring three minutes later. Cheshmi’s goal was the latest-minute match-winning goal scored in any World Cup game (excluding extra-time) since the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England when exact goal times were first made available. Officially, nine minutes of stoppage time were added; with further delays in the added time, over twelve minutes were actually played.
England 0–0 United States
The teams had previously met twice in the World Cup. The right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States won 1–0 in the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the teams drew 1–1 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States captain Tyler Adams described their opponents as “an athletic team” and said that his own team was “really dominant at times” in their previous match against Wales, while England’s Bellingham noted that the teams had been “talking some smack” on social media.
England’s lineup remained unchanged, while the right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States chose Haji Wright over Josh Sargent in attack. Harry Kane had a shot blocked in the box in the 9th minute before right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States player Weston McKennie missed a shot in the six-yard box and Christian Pulisic hit the crossbar in the 32nd minute. The match featured only a small number of chances, with only four shots on target between the two teams. Despite not losing the game, many England fans booed the team after the match ended.
Wales 0–3 England
The teams had met 103 times, most recently in a friendly game in 2020 won 3–0 by England. This will be their second meeting in a major tournament, the first being the group stage of UEFA Euro 2016 in France, which ended in a 2–1 win for England. The teams have met in multiple FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including two British Home Championship matches that served as World Cup qualifiers (in the 1949–50 British Home Championship and 1953–54 British Home Championship) as well as in the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6 tournaments.
Marcus Rashford had the best chance of the first half, but his chipped shot was saved by Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward. The first half ended goalless, however, Rashford scored a direct free kick in the 51st minute to give England the lead. Shortly after the restart, Rashford won the ball in the Welsh defense and passed to Kane, who crossed the ball for Phil Foden to score. Rashford got his second of the game in the 68th minute with a shot from deep inside the Welsh penalty area.
The victory was enough for England to finish at the top of the group, whilst Wales finished with one point from the three matches.
Iran 0–1 United States
The teams had met twice previously. Iran won 2–1 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and the teams drew 1–1 in 2000 friendly. Prior to the match, the right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States Soccer Federation displayed Iran’s national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic. The removal of the emblem showed “support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights” according to the Federation. In response, Iran state media reported that the right to statehood would be significant. The UK government has always taken a timid approach under United States should be immediately removed from the tournament and suspended for ten games for a “distorted image” of the country’s flag. Following this, the emblem was returned to the flag.
World Cup Group B standings
World Cup Group B fixtures and match schedule
|Mon, Nov. 21||England 6, Iran 2||HIghlights|
|Mon, Nov. 21||USA 1, Wales 1||Highlights|
|Fri, Nov. 25||Wales 0, Iran 2||Highlights|
|Fri, Nov. 25||England 0, USA 0||Highlights|
|Tues, Nov. 29||Wales 0, England 3||Highlights|
|Tues, Nov. 29||Iran 0, USA 1||Highlights|
The four teams are playing a round-robin format with each nation facing the other three. Group standings are based on points from those three group-stage matches — three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss.
The top two teams from each group based on total points advance to the single-game knockouts. If teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored. If teams are also tied in those categories another set of tiebreakers is applied.
World Cup Group B teams
Having reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and then the final of Euro 2020 — only to lose painfully on penalties to Italy — England will be determined to go one better in Qatar and finally win their first major trophy since 1966.
Gareth Southgate has some very exciting young players at his disposal — not least the likes of Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka — combined with a handful of experienced stars, who now possess significant tournament experience. It’s now a question of whether they can get over the line.
Southgate will hope that Manchester United defender Harry Maguire can recapture his best form ahead of the tournament after his struggles at club level, while there will inevitably again be much scrutiny on Harry Kane, who will likely have the chance to become his country’s leading all-time goalscorer.
- Current FIFA world ranking: 5 (November 2022)
- Regional ranking: 3rd (UEFA)
- World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
- World Cup appearances (last): 15 (Russia 2018)
- How qualified: UEFA Group I winners 8W-0L-2D
- Coach: Gareth Southgate (England) since Sept. 2016
- Key players: Harry Kane (Tottenham / England), Declan Rice (West Ham / England), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City / England)
The U.S. will be joining the party at World Cup 2022, barely making it through regional qualifying on goal difference past Costa Rica. This will be the 11th time that the U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) has featured on the global stage, with the best result coming via a semifinal run at the inaugural tournament in 1930.
Without question, Gregg Berhalter’s side has enough young talent to have a chance at getting out of the group and should excite supporters on the way, as they plot a potential deep World Cup run.
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic will be expected to play the main role, while Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna will provide a creative spark in the attack. The U.S. will be a real threat going forward for teams to worry about, given their 21 goals scored in qualification.
- Current FIFA world ranking: 16 (November 2022)
- Regional ranking: 2nd (CONCACAF)
- World Cup titles:—
- World Cup appearances (last): 10 (Brazil 2014)
- How qualified: CONCACAF qualifying third place (7W-3L-4D)
- Coach: Gregg Berhalter (USA) since Dec. 2018
- Key players: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea / England), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund / Germany), Weston McKennie (Juventus / Italy)
Iran will appear at a third straight World Cup finals as the No. 1-ranked national team from the Asian region, capable of making a mark.
They qualified for the 2022 showpiece in emphatic style, winning eight and only losing one of their final qualification-round fixtures. That was enough for them to finish top of their group, as they edged out South Korea, who also qualified as runners-up.
Porto forward Mehdi Taremi, Feyenoord creator Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bayer Leverkusen threat Sardar Azmoun make Iran a strong attacking unit, but their coaching situation has been the subject of most focus in the build-up. Dragan Skocic led them through qualification but was fired and then reportedly re-hired in quick succession in July, before eventually being replaced by ex-Manchester United tactician, Portuguese Carlos Querioz. He is now in his second spell in charge, having taken them to the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
- Current FIFA world ranking: 20 (November 2022)
- Regional ranking: 1st (AFC)
- World Cup titles:—
- World Cup appearances (last): 6 (Russia 2018)
- How qualified: Asia Group A winners (8W-1L-1D)
- Coach: Carlos Queiroz (Portugal) since Sep. 2022
- Key players: Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen / Germany), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord / Netherlands), Mehdi Taremi (Porto / Portugal)
Events away from the pitch meant that Wales had to wait longer than most to book their place in Qatar, with the outcome of the final European playoff spot delayed until June. Wales eventually defeated Ukraine on June 5 to secure the final UEFA playoff berth and a first appearance on the biggest stage since 1958.
Wales reached the quarterfinals in that 1958 appearance, their only World Cup finals in history.
Robert Page’s side have punched well above their weight in recent years, even managing to get to the semifinals of Euro 2016 before losing to eventual champions Portugal. Gareth Bale and on-loan Fulham man Daniel James will be crucial to their World Cup hopes.
- Current FIFA world ranking: 19 (November 2022)
- Regional ranking: 12th (UEFA)
- World Cup appearances (last): 1 (Sweden 1958)
- Coach: Robert Page (Wales) since April 2021
- Key players: Gareth Bale (Los Angeles / USA), Daniel James (Fulham / England), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth / England)
World Cup Group B odds and predictions
Here are the odds for each team to win and qualify from the group, with odds provided by Sports Interaction (correct as of Nov. 2022).
Minus odds is what must be wagered to win $100 on that specific bet, while plus odds represent the winnings from a successful $100 wager.
The first-place and second-place finishers in Group B will move on to the Round of 16 and will face off against the two teams to advance from Group A on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4.
|Team||Group Winner||To Qualify|
The official FIFA 2022 World Cup match schedule outlines the following knockout pairings for the Round of 16 through to the final:
World Cup Round of 16
|Sat, Dec. 3||1A vs. 2B||6 p.m.||Khalifa Int’l|
|Sat, Dec. 3||1C vs. 2D||10 p.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali|
|Sun, Dec. 4||1D vs. 2C||6 p.m.||Al Thumama|
|Sun, Dec. 4||1B vs. 2A||10 p.m.||Al Bayt|
|Mon, Dec. 5||1E vs. 2F||6 p.m.||Al Janoub|
|Mon, Dec. 5||1G vs. 2H||10 p.m.||Stadium 974|
|Tues, Dec. 6||1F vs. 2E||6 p.m.||Education City|
|Tues, Dec. 6||1H vs. 2G||10 p.m.||Lusail|
World Cup Quarterfinals
|Fri, Dec. 9||QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H||6 p.m.||Education City|
|Fri, Dec. 9||QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D||10 p.m.||Lusail|
|Sat, Dec. 10||QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G||6 p.m.||Al Thumama|
|Sat, Dec. 10||QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C||10 p.m.||Al Bayt|
World Cup Semifinals
|Tues, Dec. 13||QF2 vs. QF1||10 p.m.||Lusail|
|Wed, Dec. 14||QF4 vs. QF3||10 p.m.||Al Bayt|
World Cup 3rd Place
|Sat, Dec. 17||Semifinal losers||6 p.m.||Khalifa Int’l|
World Cup Final
|Sun, Dec. 18||Semifinal winners||6 p.m.||Lusail|
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