# ﻿What happens in the round of 16 of the World Cup?

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## What happens in the round of 16 of the World Cup?

Things are a lot more straightforward in the Round of 16 as there are no ties. Games must have a winner, which means there is extra time then penalty kicks as ways to conclude matches, if necessary. Once the we are left with 16 teams, the World Cup becomes a single elimination tournament.

## How do teams advance from each group in the World Cup?

Getty Two teams advance from each group in the World Cup based on a points system. With the World Cup underway, teams are starting to do the math on how they can avoid elimination. The World Cup starts with 32 teams which are split into eight groups of four: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G and Group H.

## How are teams rewarded for winning a group in a tournament?

Teams are rewarded for winning their group by playing the second place team in another group. Many times, teams have the same number of points after the group stage, and tiebreakers are used to determine which team advances.

## How many matches are in the World Cup group stage?

All four teams in a group play one match against each other, meaning there are three matches in the group stage. June 28 marks the final day of Group Stage play for the 2018 World Cup. Teams are rewarded for winning their group by playing the second place team in another group.