World Cup Group E table, standings 2022: Updated results and fixtures for Spain, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica


The two teams that will qualify from Group E at the 2022 FIFA World Cup may not be the ones you necessarily think. The group is wide open heading into the final matchday.

Although Japan pulled off the upset in the opening round of matches by coming from behind to beat Germany 2-1, the Asian side then promptly lost to Costa Rica in the second matchday. That was the same Costa Rica side that was pummeled 7-0 by Spain in their opening match.

If Germany can beat Spain in their highly anticipated heavyweight showdown on Sunday, then all four teams would be on three points going into the final matchday, setting up a wild finish.

Germany would be expected to collect all three points against Costa Rica on the last day, and Spain would be the favorite against Japan. So the European powers might go through after all. But don’t count on it based on how things have gone thus far.

MORE: Full World Cup 2022 Schedule: All the games, times, dates and fixtures

World Cup Group E standings

1. Spain 4 2 1 0 1 8 1 +7
2. Japan 3 2 1 1 0 2 2 0
3. Costa Rica 3 2 1 1 0 1 7 -6
4. Germany 1 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1

World Cup Group E results and fixtures

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23 Germany 1, Japan 2 HIGHLIGHTS  
Wed, Nov. 23 Spain 7, Costa Rica 0 HIGHLIGHTS  
Sun, Nov. 27 Japan 0, Costa Rica 1 HIGHLIGHTS  
Sun, Nov. 27 Spain 1, Germany 1 HIGHLIGHTS  
Thurs, Dec. 1 Japan vs. Spain 2 p.m. Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1 Costa Rica vs. Germany 2 p.m. Al Bayt

World Cup 2022 group tiebreakers

FIFA have confirmed a continuation of their group-stage final standings and tiebreaking criteria for the 2022 World Cup, with the final positions ranked based on following the system below.

  1. Points obtained in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question
  7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction can be applied to a player in a single match):
    • Yellow card: −1 point;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
    • Direct red card: −4 points;
    • Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
  8. Drawing of lots.

World Cup 2022 Group E betting odds

The pre-tournament betting odds for Spain and other Group E sides in the major global territories are below (odds via BetMGM for U.S., Sky Bet for U.K., Sports Interaction for Canada and Ladbrokes for Australia).

Team To win group
Spain -110 (US) 10/11 (UK) 1.85 (CAN) 1.91 (AU) 
Germany +110 (US) 11/10 (UK) 2.07 (CAN) 2.00 (AU)
Japan +1100 (US) 12/1 (UK) 13.00 (CAN) 13.00 (AU)
Costa Rica +4000 (US) 25/1 (UK) 47.00 (CAN) 51.00 (AU)

Team To qualify
Spain -1200 (US) 1/7 (UK) 1.11 (CAN) 1.07 (AU)
Germany -900 (US) 1/6 (UK) 1.13 (CAN) 1.10 (AU)
Japan +300 (US) 3/1 (UK) 5.10 (CAN) 3.50 (AU)
Costa Rica +1400 (US) 7/1 (UK) 7.25 (CAN) 13.00 (AU)

Team  To win World Cup
Spain +800 (US) 8/1 (UK) 5.81 (CAN) 9.00 (AU)
Germany +1000 (US) 10/1 (UK) 7.03 (CAN) 11.00 (AU)
Japan +25000 (US) 200/1 (UK) 150 (CAN) 251 (AU)
Costa Rica +60000 (US) 750/1 (UK) 449 (CAN) 501 (AU)

Do 3rd place teams advance at World Cup 2022?

In short, no they do not. FIFA have confirmed third-place teams will not qualify for the last 16, with only the top two nations from each group going through to the knockout stages.

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