The resulting 32 teams were put into eight groups of four teams.
锦标赛阶段或者小组赛阶段英文是‘tournament phase’ or ‘group stage’。
During the month that follows, all the teams in each group will play against each other.
The two top-scoring teams from each group will then go through to the next phase and the bottom two, sadly, will leave the competition.
During this phase, people often use the expression ‘
This year may be a little different, however, as many of the teams that would usually be considered the
The 16 finishers of the group stages will now enter the second and final stage of the World Cup – the
In the first round, the winner of each group will face the runner-up of another group and the winners of those matches will then go through to the
In this nail-biting phase, teams are knocked out (= removed from the tournament after a defeat).在这个紧张的阶段，球队被淘汰出局。