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World Cup highlights Netherlands wins Group A; Senegal beats Ecuador to advance

Cody Gakpo scored his third goal of the World Cup to lead Netherlands past Qatar. (John Sibley/Reuters)

Four nations will secure spots in the knockout round of the World Cup on Tuesday, beginning with two from Group A after the group’s final games. Netherlands and Ecuador entered the day leading the group and in the best position to advance, but Senegal took Ecuador’s spot with a 2-1 win after the Dutch eased to a 2-0 victory over Qatar. At 2 p.m., the United States faces a must-win game against Iran to reach the knockout round out of Group B, and England should be able to play its way through. (Find live updates for the U.S.-Iran game here.) Continue reading for highlights from the games.

Here’s what to know

  • Netherlands won Group A with its 2-0 win against Qatar, which looked overmatched and had already been eliminated from contention. Ecuador was assured a spot in the knockout round with a win or a draw against Senegal, but Senegal earned a 2-1 win to advance instead.
  • In Group B, the Americans can only advance with a win over Iran, which would get through with a win and possibly with a draw. England would move on with a win or draw against Wales, which needs a win and a U.S.-Iran draw to have a realistic shot. Find live updates and highlights for the Group B games here.
  • The World Cup continues Wednesday, when Group C and Group D will be decided. Find the full schedule and updated standings here. Find the full advancement scenarios and tiebreakers here. Find the knockout round bracket and schedule here.
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Netherlands won Group A with its 2-0 win against Qatar, which looked overmatched and had already been eliminated from contention. Ecuador was assured a spot in the knockout round with a win or a draw against Senegal, but Senegal earned a 2-1 win to advance instead.
In Group B, the Americans can only advance with a win over Iran, which would get through with a win and possibly with a draw. England would move on with a win or draw against Wales, which needs a win and a U.S.-Iran draw to have a realistic shot. Find live updates and highlights for the Group B games here.
The World Cup continues Wednesday, when Group C and Group D will be decided. Find the full schedule and updated standings here. Find the full advancement scenarios and tiebreakers here. Find the knockout round bracket and schedule here.

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World Cup in Qatar

World champions: Argentina has won the World Cup, defeating France in penalty kicks in a thrilling final in Lusail, Qatar, for its first world championship since 1986. Argentina was led by global soccer star Lionel Messi in what is expected to be his final World Cup appearance. France was bidding to become the first repeat champion since Brazil won consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962.

Today’s WorldView: In the minds of many critics, especially in the West, Qatar’s World Cup will always be a tournament shrouded in controversy. But Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, wants people to take another view.

Perspective: “America is not a men’s soccer laughingstock right now. It’s onto something, and it’s more attuned to what’s working for the rest of the world rather than stubbornly forcing an American sports culture — without the benefit of best-of-the-best talent — into international competition.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.

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