The FIFA World Cup kicks off in Doha on November 20. The hosts Qatar tackle Ecuador within the inaugural match. Thirty-two groups have been divided into eight teams of 4 groups every. The highest two will advance to the pre-quarterfinals.
Onmanorama picks 5 group video games to be careful for on this version.
France vs Denmark (November 26, 9.30 pm IST)
The defending champions meet Denmark of their second Group D recreation. France meet Australia and the Danes conflict with Tunisia of their opening encounters. France are ranked No. 4 whereas Denmark are positioned tenth. The winners are more likely to high the group.
Les Bleus will probably be eager to their avenge loss to the Danes within the Nations League lately. Denmark had knocked France out of the semifinal race with a 2-0 victory and Croatia certified for the final 4 from the group. The Danes had made it to the semifinals of Euro 2020. Didier Deschamps’ France have been removed from spectacular in latest occasions. However there is no such thing as a doubting the standard of his gamers and this duel guarantees to be an thrilling one.
Spain vs Germany (November 28, 12.30 am IST)
The 2 heavyweights go face to face on this much-anticipated Group E recreation. Germany start their marketing campaign in opposition to Japan whereas Spain meet Costa Rica of their opener. Spain are No. 7 within the FIFA rankings, whereas Germany are within the eleventh spot. Spain booked their place within the semifinals of the Nations League with a 1-0 win over Portugal, whereas Germany did not advance from a gaggle consisting of Italy, England and Hungary.
The Germans will probably be desperate to bounce again after failing to get previous the group stage at Russia 2018 and dropping to England within the pre-quarterfinals of Euro 2020. Spain have a gifted bunch of gamers and are one of many favourites this time round.
Portugal vs Uruguay (November 29, 12.30 am IST)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez will hog the centre stage on this Group H encounter. With Ghana and South Korea being the opposite groups within the group there are not any simple video games. Portugal meet Ghana of their opening match whereas Uruguay’s get their marketing campaign underway in opposition to the Koreans.
Edinson Cavani’s twin targets had despatched the Portuguese packing the pre-quarterfinals in Russia. Ronaldo and Co. will probably be eyeing revenge in Qatar. Portugal are positioned ninth whereas the Uruguayans occupy the 14th spot within the FIFA rankings.
Iran vs USA (November 30, 12.30 am IST)
This Group B recreation assumes significance each from a sporting level and from the political sensitivities concerned. The 2 nations, who’ve a strained relationship, meet of their last group match. England and Wales are the opposite groups within the group.
Iran had crushed USA 2-1 within the 1998 World Cup. The People are ranked sixteenth whereas the Iranians are positioned twentieth. There’s nothing a lot to decide on between the 2 and the end result will probably be of utmost significance to each nations regardless of whether or not they advance to the knockout section.
Croatia vs Belgium (December 1, 8.30 pm IST)
The result of this marquee conflict may properly resolve who tops Group F, which additionally options Morocco and Canada. The 2 powerhouses meet of their last group match. Croatia completed runner-up in 2018, whereas the Belgians earned a best-ever third. Belgium are ranked second versus the Croats in twelfth place.