The 2022 World Cup has provided a roadmap for the majority of what will happen in Qatar. It also gave us a head start on looking for the top events in the first phase of competition.
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Senegal vs Netherlands, Nov. 21
the 2022 World Cup first game will not feature the host nation, which is a bit of a surprise, but it has far more potential and neutral appeal than a Qatar-Ecuador opener. On one hand, there have the Dutch, who have been resurrected after missing the 2018 World Cup and are playing with extra incentive following the news that manager Louis van Gaal is suffering from prostate cancer.
On the other hand, Senegal, the African champion, is riding high after victories over Egypt in the Cup of Nations and qualifying playoffs (both in penalties). It’s Sadio Mané’s show, and it’ll be a significant early test for the Lions of Teranga, who appear to be the strongest hope to become Africa’s first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Canada vs Belgium, Nov. 23
Canada has waited 36 years to compete in the 2022 World Cup, and their first match is against one of the world’s best teams.
Fearlessness is a cornerstone of John Herdman’s team, and there’s no better place to put it to the test than against a team that was ranked No. 1 in the world from September 2018 until the most recent rating that decided the World Cup draw pots. Canada will quickly learn a lot about its future prospects.
Serbia vs Brazil, Nov. 24
During The 2022 World Cup, there will be a surprising amount of firepower on the field for this one, which may lead to an offensive feast on Thanksgiving Day. Brazil enters the The 2022 World Cup fresh off the most successful World Cup qualifying campaign in history, and has all the makings of a team capable of ending Europe’s 20-year dominance.
The defense, on the other hand, must demonstrate that it can handle the likes of Duan Vlahovi, Duan Tadi, Luka Jovi, Aleksandar Mitrovi, Sergej Milinkovi-Savi, and the rest of a squad that narrowly beat Portugal to automatic qualification for the The 2022 World Cup.
USA vs England, Nov. 25
This one requires no introduction, just as it did before their 2010 game in South Africa. Naturally, the British newspapers portray this as a walkover, ignoring the fact that England has never beaten the United States in their two prior World Cup encounters (0-1-1).
During the Dave Sarachan interim year, England won the most recent meeting between the two sides, a November 2018 friendly at Wembley Stadium. Both squads are drastically different now, despite the fact that Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Tim Weah were all part of that encounter.
Mexico vs Argentina, Nov. 26
This match was supposed to be a warm-up for the World Cup, but it will end up being one of the highlights of the group stage. Argentina has beaten Mexico in the round of 16 twice, in 2006 (on Maxi Rodriguez’s extra-time shocker) and 2010 (on a dubious Carlos Tevez goal), and is 3-0-0 all-time versus El Tri in World Cups.
This one is unlikely to end in elimination, but if Mexico fails to do its part for Poland, it may find itself fighting for life. Since the 1978 tournament in Argentina, it has never failed to advance from its group in a the 2022 World Cup for which it qualified. It has particular significance for Mexico manager Tata Martino, an Argentine who has already coached in the United States.
Denmark vs France, Nov. 26
On paper, the defending champion’s biggest clash comes against the Euro 2020 favourite, who has the clout and organization to beat Les Bleus, whom they held to a scoreless draw in the group stage four years ago.
Christian Eriksen’s pending return to the national team for the 2022 World Cup adds another layer of intrigue, and given the top-heavy nature of the group, it could factor greatly into which of the two potentially avoids Argentina in the round of 16 (not that that was a problem for France four years ago).
Spain vs Germany, Nov. 27
This is the best option. The champion from 2010 vs. the champion from 2014. After falling from the throne, two European powers are striving to recover glory and reclaim their place. And two teams that combine seasoned and youthful talent to great effect under their managers.
While Spain’s rebirth under Luis Enrique continues to take shape, Hansi Flick has filled in admirably for Jogi Löw. Since winning the World Cup 12 years ago, Spain has only won two games in total, while Germany was eliminated in the group stage in Russia. In Qatar, both sides have something to prove.
Uruguay vs Portugal, Nov. 28
It’s a 2018 rematch between two nations with aging stars on the verge of (possibly) finishing their World Cup careers. Edinson Cavani’s exquisite double helped Uruguay knock Portugal out of the World Cup in the round of 16 last year, with Luis Suárez teeing him up wonderfully for the opener on a cross-field give-and-go.
The veterans set their sights on delivering a dagger to Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., who may be playing in their final World Cup with the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football.
Poland vs Argentina, Nov. 30
Matchups at the World Cup are usually about much more than individual stories, but it’s difficult to ignore when Lionel Messi is on one side and Robert Lewandowski is on the other in the 2022 World Cup.
They’ve won the last two Ballon d’Ors (Lewandowski was second last year) as well as the last three FIFA Best Men’s Player honors, and they’ve long been among the world’s most prolific scorers. Let’s hope for a high-scoring match that features both of them.
Croatia vs Belgium, Dec. 1
The battle of the aging golden generations. If the Euros weren’t Belgium’s latest chance to a win a major title with its current talent core, then the 2022 World Cup most certainly is.
Croatia, which came close to lifting the World Cup championship four years ago after a spectacular run to the final, might be said to be in the same boat. Some of the show’s stars have passed away, but Luka Modri is still going strong.
Uruguay vs Ghana, Dec. 2
With this one, the memories of 2010 are resurrected. When Suárez purposely handled the ball on the goal line to avoid a winner at the end of extra time, Ghana was on the verge of reaching the semi-finals. Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty kick, Uruguay won the shootout, and the rest is history.
Given its timing on the last day of group play, this will not select a semifinalist, but it may well determine which (if either) teams proceed to the knockout stage for the 2022 World Cup.
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