Who will Portugal play in the last 16 at World Cup 2022?

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Portugal have topped Group H at World Cup 2022, finishing their three games with six points after beating Ghana and Uruguay and losing to South Korea today. 

With their spot in the knockout stages already confirmed ahead of their game against South Korea, Fernando Santos made wholesale changes in his Portugal squad - a draw was all they needed to ensure they came top of the group. 

It transpired, though, that losing would still mean they finish top, as Uruguay beat Ghana in the other group game. 

As a result, Portugal's performance in the group stage has confirmed they will play the second-placed side from Group G. Currently, all four sides in that group could still finish second, with Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia and Cameroon all set to play their final group match of the tournament tonight. 

Switzerland are currently second in the group, but play Serbia in a crucial fixture - Switzerland have three points, while Serbia and Cameroon both have one apiece. 

Barring a mishap against Cameroon, Brazil will finish as group winners. Should they lose and Switzerland win, the group will come down to goal difference. 

Regardless, Switzerland only need to draw against Serbia to progress to the knockout stages should Brazil also pick up a point in their game with Cameroon. 

Consequently, Switzerland are the most likely going to be Portugal's opponents in the last 16 of the World Cup, with the fixture scheduled to be played on Tuesday 6 December. Meanwhile, South Korea will meet the Group G winners in the last 16 (likely to be Brazil).

Elsewhere, Uruguay will face the group winners in Group G, most likely Brazil. The Netherlands are up against USA in their knockout game, England face Senegal, Australia set up a fascinating clash with Argentina and France will be expecting to beat Poland. 

Last night, drama in Group E meant that Japan topped the group ahead of Spain, eliminating Germany in the process. Therefore, Japan play Croatia in the last 16, while Spain have to find a way past Morocco. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.