Fifa World Cup 2022 draw for Group E: Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica match schedule & fixtures

Fifa World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Spain will compete in Group E against Germany. The finalists of the Asian Cup 2019 will be joined by Japan and the winner of the intercontinental playoff set to take place between Costa Rica and New Zealand in June.

As a result of the draw, Argentina and Spain will face off in a rematch of the 2010 FIFA World Cup semifinal match in which Carles Puyol’s goal ushered Spain into the final of the tournament at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg.

The Japanese also have a chance to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup, as the Asian nation has qualified for the last 16 of the tournament three times in the last five years.
Costa Rica or New Zealand will compete for the final spot in Group E, kicking off their campaign against Luis Enrique’s Spain on Nov. 23.


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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

The two teams that advance from Group E would then compete against a team from Group F in the Round of 16 of the competition.

Fifa World Cup 2022 Group E table & fixtures

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= Winner of Intercontinental Playoff (Costa Rica vs. New Zealand)

Fifa World Cup 2022 Group E match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Germany vs. Japan8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Wed, Nov. 23Spain vs. Costa Rica11 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Japan vs. Costa Rica5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Spain vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt
Thurs, Dec. 1Japan vs. Spain2 p.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Costa Rica vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt

The four teams who have been selected for the group will play a round-robin format in which each nation will play the other three. Those three group stage matches are used to calculate the standings of the groups – three points for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a loss.

The two best teams from each group based on total points advance to the single-game knockout stage. If two teams are tied on points, the goal difference is the first tiebreaker to be applied, followed by the goals scored. Another round of tiebreakers is applied if there are also ties in those categories as well.

Fifa World Cup 2022 Group E draw

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar for the first time as part of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Spain will be drawn in Group E along with Germany, Japan, and the winner of Costa Rica vs New Zealand in the second intercontinental playoff. Before the World Cup begins, let’s take a quick look at each team in Group E.


It is fair to say that Spain is going through something of a transition period in the run-up to Qatar 2022, as they hope finally to emulate their 2010 success on the global stage.
There are promising prospects such as Pedri, Ferran Torres, and Ansu Fati, but as yet it is unclear if Spain will be strong enough to succeed in Qatar. Having said that, the la Roja’s run in the Nations League – where they were only beaten by France in the final – is also a good sign.
It is no secret that Luis Enrique has been willing to drop big names from his squads in recent years, such as David de Gea and Sergio Busquets, with an emphasis on creativity that should make Spain a very difficult team to defend against.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 7 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 5th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles: 1
  • World Cup appearances (last): 15 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group B winners: 6W-1L-1D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 2W-0L-0D (Goals: 7 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 10W-2L-6D (Goals: 35 scored / 14 conceded)
  • Coach: Luis Enrique (Spain) since November 2019

Star players: Jordi Alba (Barcelona / Spain), Rodri (Manchester City / England), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City / England)


Germany has also been drawn in Group E for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

German will be keen on making amends for their disastrous performance at the 2018 World Cup when trying to defend their title, as they will enter a major tournament without Joachim Low for the first time in almost two decades.

As an assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann, Low managed Die Mannschaft to reach the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup on home soil before assuming his own acclaimed 15-year tenure as head coach.

As the highlight of the era, Germany won a fourth world title at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and after a disappointing European Championship campaign marked Low’s farewell last year, his former assistant Hansi Flick leads an exciting new generation eager to make amends.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 12 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 9th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles: 4
  • World Cup appearances (last): 19 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group J winners: 9W-1L-0D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 1W-0L-1D (Goals: 3 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 11W-3L-2D (Goals: 50 scored / 13 conceded)
  • Coach: Hansi Flick (Germany) since July 2021

Star players: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich / Germany), Kai Havertz (Chelsea / England), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich / Germany)


The national team of Japan has never progressed beyond the Round of 16 of the World Cup; however, they will be hopeful of extending their run at this year’s tournament.

Mallorca’s squad is full of experience, but there are also many young promising players, such as Real Madrid’s on-loan winger Takefusa Kubo, who is on loan from Mallorca. Japan also boasts a number of players with a Premier League background, and many people around the world will already be familiar with Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu and Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino.

The Samurai Blue’s preparations for the tournament have gone well, having beaten off the challenge of the Australians to qualify automatically for the tournament in the AFC region, but it remains to be seen how well they will fare when they play against stronger opposition.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 23 (March. 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 2nd (AFC)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 7 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: (AFC Third Round Group B winners: 7W-2L-1D)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 3W-0L-1D (Goals: 7 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 10W-2L-0D (Goals: 39 scored / 5 conceded)
  • Coach: Hajime Moriyasu (Japan) since August 2018

Star players: Takumi Minamino (Liverpool / England), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal / England), Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria / Italy)

Costa Rica / New Zealand

New Zealand and Costa Rica will play an intercontinental playoff match in June to determine which side will fill one of the last spots up for grabs at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

After finishing fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, Costa Rica’s fate will be decided in the playoffs. There is no doubt that Keylor Navas and Bryan Ruiz will work their magic once again to send Los Ticos through to the next round of the tournament.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 31 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 3rd (CONCACAF)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 5W-0L-1D (Goals: 7 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 5W-6L-7D (Goals: 14 scored / 18 conceded)
  • Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez (Colombia) since July 2021

Star players: Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense / Costa Rica), Joel Campbell (Monterrey / Mexico)

For the third time in the country’s history, New Zealand will have a chance to reach the World Cup after coming through the OFC region. With a 5-0 victory over the Solomon Islands, the United States prepared for the winner-take-all match, which was held in Doha, with the goal scorer Chris Wood scoring. The Newcastle midfielder – who has scored 33 goals at the senior level for the All Whites – will likely have to be the difference-maker again if the All Whites are to see this one through.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 101 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 1st (OFC)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 2 (South Africa 2010)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 5W-1L-0D (Goals: 19 scored / 4 conceded)
    • 2021: 3W-0L-0D (Goals: 5 scored / 1 conceded)
  • Coach: Danny Hay (New Zealand) since August 2019

Star players: Chris Wood (Newcastle United / England), Joe Bell (Brondby / Denmark), Winston Reid (Unattached)

Teams to advance from Fifa World Cup 2022 Group E

After the World Cup draw has taken place, sportsbooks are expected to hang odds for each team to advance out of the group stage shortly after the draw.

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On Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6, the teams that placed first and second in Group E will advance to the Round of 16 and will play against either the first or second-place team from Group F.
Fifa’s official match schedule for World Cup 2022 highlights the following knockout pairings from Round of 16 to the Final:

Fifa World Cup 2022 Round of 16

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 31A vs. 2B10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Sat, Dec. 31C vs. 2D2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 41D vs. 2C10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 41B vs. 2A2 p.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 51E vs. 2F10 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 51G vs. 2H2 p.m.Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 61F vs. 2E10 a.m.Education City
Tues, Dec. 61H vs. 2G2 p.m.Lusail

Fifa World Cup 2022 Quarterfinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 9QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D2 p.m.Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C2 p.m.Al Bayt

Fifa World Cup 2022 Semifinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13QF2 vs. QF12 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14QF4 vs. QF32 p.m.Al Bayt

Fifa World Cup 2022 3rd Place

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17Semifinal losers10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

Fifa World Cup 2022 Final

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18Semifinal winners10 a.m.Lusail