As the 2023 women’s World Cup moves along in the group stage with teams playing their second matches, the knockout bracket is going to start taking shape. The flip side of that means some teams will be eliminated from contention prior to playing their third match of the group stage.
Here’s a look at which teams have been eliminated from knockout contention at the 2023 World Cup.
Who has been eliminated from the World Cup knockout round?
Costa Rica (Group C)
Costa Rica lost 2-0 to Japan to become the first team officially eliminated from the 2023 Women’s World Cup. They previously lost 3-0 to Spain to open the group stage. The winner of Costa Rica-Zambia in the final match of group play will claim third place in the group.
Zambia (Group C)
Zambia lost 5-0 to Spain in the second game of the group stage and are eliminated. They previously lost 5-0 to Japan. The winner of Zambia-Costa Rica in the final match of group play will claim third place in the group.
Vietnam (Group E)
After dropping the first two games in the group stage, Vietnam are officially done for this tournament when it comes to knockout qualification. However, they can still play spoiler when they face the Netherlands in the final group stage match. Netherlands need a win to ensure a place in the knockout round, and Vietnam would like to take something good from this World Cup.
Ireland (Group B)
Canada beat Ireland 2-1 on Wednesday to officially eliminate them from the tournament in the group stage. Ireland can still play spoiler in their final match against Nigeria. If Ireland wins, it opens the door for Australia to advance with a win or draw against Canada (a draw would require goal tiebreakers).
Panama (Group F)
A 1-0 loss to Jamaica has send the Central American side out of the tournament. It was always going to be an uphill climb for Panama in this group, as Brazil’s 4-0 win over the side in the opener showed. However, the team can still play spoiler against France in the final group stage game.
South Korea (Group H)
A surprising 1-0 loss Morocco has sent the Asian side out of the competition. It has been a steady slide now at World Cups for South Korea, being sent home from the group stage in back-to-back tournaments. We’ll see if they can come away from this tournament with some points when they face Germany in the final match of the group stage.
Philippines (Group A)
Philippines got a big win as an underdog against New Zealand to have a shot at the knockout stage but folded against Norway in the final group stage match. They were massive longshots to advance out of the group entering the competition, so grabbing any points was going to be considered a successful campaign.
New Zealand (Group A)
New Zealand became the first host (co-host) nation to fail to make the round of 16, ending their World Cup with a scoreless draw against Switzerland. New Zealand did have plenty of shots overall in the game but failed to threaten the Swiss goal in a real way and will bow out of the competition.
Canada (Group B)
The highest ranked team in the group per the FIFA rankings, Canada surprisingly struggled in this World Cup. The team needed a win or draw in the final match to have a shot at the knockout round, but fell flat in a 4-0 loss to Australia. This is a tough ending for legend Christine Sinclair, who was making her sixth World Cup appearance.
Portugal (Group E)
The Portuguese had an opportunity to get to the knockout round with a win over the United States, but couldn’t get the job done. The 0-0 draw in the final game means no round of 16 game for Portugal. It was a good showing in their World Cup debut but there will be some disappointment.
China (Group D)
China kept Denmark close in a 1-0 loss to start things off, and beat Haiti 1-0, but were no match for the England team in their final match of group play. They fell 6-1 to the Lionesses, scoring their single goal on a penalty kick.
Haiti (Group D)
Haiti lost all three group stage matches, falling to England, China, and Denmark. They did not score a goal in any of the three matches, but to their credit, they weren’t on the wrong end of any blowouts, either — their opponents scored just four combined points over three games.
Argentina (Group G)
Argentina needed a win no matter what happened in the other Group G game to have a shot at advancing. The South American side fell to Sweden 2-0 and will be going home before the knockout round of a second straight tournament.
Italy (Group G)
It looked like the Italians had a spot in the knockout round after Arianna Caruso’s second goal against South Africa. However, Italy gave up a stoppage time goal and couldn’t pull it back, leading in a loss and elimination from the competition.
Brazil (Group F)
After a dominant showing in the group stage opener, Brazil failed to make an impact in the second and third matches. Marta’s last World Cup ends in disappointment as Jamaica stymie Brazil’s attack and hold the team to a scoreless draw, sending As Canarinhas home early.
Germany (Group H)
For the first time in their history, the Germans are out of the World Cup after three group stage matches. Germany failed to get the winning goal, and did not get help from Colombia in the other group stage match. The No. 2 ranked team in the FIFA rankings is officially done.