Netherlands have never won the World Cup but will be starting to dream of ending their long wait if they get past the United States to reach the quarter-finals. The Dutch have not been the most exciting team to watch but progressed as group winners, while the Americans made it out of Group B despite only scoring two goals.
England will put their unbeaten record against African opposition on the line when they face Senegal in the round of 16 at the World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s men eased through to the knockout stage as group winners for the first time since 2006 and with the best goal difference they have enjoyed at a major tournament.
Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets with their victory over Argentina and are dreaming of a place in the last 16 ahead of their clash with Poland. The stunning 2-1 victory over Lionel Messi’s men has thrown Group C wide open while Poland are seeking their first triumph after drawing 0-0 with Mexico.
Tunisia and Australia meet in the second round of matches and both will fancy their chances of taking a step towards a longer stay at Qatar 2022. The Tunisians have a point on the board after drawing with Denmark, hours before the Socceroos got their hardest match out of the way, going down 4-1 to France.
Wales ended their first World Cup game in 64 years with a late equaliser and will hope to take that momentum into a final match against Iran. England look set to dominate the group as expected after beating Iran 6-2 but second place is up for grabs and all three teams have reasons to believe they can progress.
Qatar have already made unwanted World Cup history and must improve quickly if they are to make a mark on the tournament they are hosting. The minnows became the first host nation to lose the opening match of a World Cup tournament in what was supposed to be their easiest game as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Ecuador.
France will be hoping it is third time lucky against Denmark as they aim to make it two wins out of two in Group D at the World Cup. The Danes did the Nations League double over the world champions in their two meetings earlier this year but France were more impressive in the first round of group games in Qatar.