A total of 32 teams participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They were divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each, and each team would play against each other teamonce within the group stage. Then the top two teams of each group would move on tothe elimination round, starting with the 16 teams from the group stage. In a simple elimination format, 16 teams would become 8, 8 would become 4, 4 would become 2,and fianlly 2 would become one.What was the total number of matches played?

Potatobird Feb 4, 2021