The incredible feat that only Chile achieved in a World Cup

There are already four keys defined for the round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Netherlands vs USA, Argentina vs Australia, England vs Senegal and France vs Poland They will be measured after overcoming the group stage.

So far, Poland with four points is the team with the lowest score that qualified for the round of 16. Since 1998, the year in which the current format of 32 teams and two classified by group is played, 18 teams have managed to advance with a win and a draw.

And with fewer points? Only one team sealed their pass to the round of 16 without winning a game in the group stage. It is about Chile, with nelson acosta on the bench, in Group B of the 1998 World Cup in France.

La Roja drew their three games, first 2-2 against Italy in Bordeaux, then 1-1 against Austria in Saint-Etienne and finally 1-1 with Croatia in Nantes, with the great goal from a free kick by José Luis Sierra.


With just three points, a unique case with the current tournament format, Chile qualified for the round of 16, where they ended up losing 4-1 to Brazil in Paris. Italy won the zone with seven units, while Austria and Cameroon returned home with two units.

In the same 1998 World Cup, Belgium they also drew all three of their games, but failed to qualify and the Netherlands and Mexico advanced in Group E. At South Africa 2010, New Zealand repeated that performance, but Paraguay and Slovakia kept the two places in the round of 16.