4 video games are scheduled for day 10 — Tuesday, November 29 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Netherlands vs Qatar (Group A): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Ecuador vs Senegal (Group A): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Al Rayyan
Wales vs England (Group B): 10pm (17:00 GMT), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Iran vs USA (Group B): 10pm (17:00 GMT), Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama
There have been numerous firsts for host nation Qatar competing at their first World Cup on house turf: they grew to become the primary host staff in historical past to lose their opening event match — they had been additionally the primary staff to be eradicated, following losses to Ecuador and Senegal.
Qatar is going through a closely favoured Dutch squad, sitting fairly with 4 factors. The Netherlands want solely a draw or win to progress to the knockout phases for the eleventh time after a 2-0 win over Senegal and a 1-1 draw with Ecuador. They might nonetheless end on the prime of Group A.
Not a lot is on the road for Qatar — however they may probably spoil issues for the Dutch, provided that the staff can overcome their stage fright.
One other loss on Tuesday would see the primary host staff in historical past go winless by means of the World Cup’s group phases.
Talking of firsts, it’s value noting, the Dutch have but to win a World Cup after ending runner-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010.
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Lead Netherlands attacker Memphis Depay will possible be beginning for the primary time within the 2022 World Cup following a hamstring harm that left him sidelined for 2 months. He made second-half appearances towards Senegal and Ecuador.
Netherlands participant Cody Gakpo, who discovered the again of the objective within the first two World Cup matches, can also be hoping for an improved efficiency towards Qatar.
“I do know what I’m able to, but it surely’s at all times a problem to achieve your highest stage that’s potential. And I feel I’m not there but. I feel I can enhance in numerous issues,” Gakpo stated.
Ghana-born Mohammed Muntari made historical past final week when he netted Qatar’s first World Cup objective. Sadly, Muntari’s conversion has been his staff’s solely objective of the event.
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Ecuador, enjoying of their fourth World Cup, are getting ready to sealing their place within the ultimate 16 for the second time in historical past if they’ll take down Senegal on Tuesday at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.
A draw may even get them there. A loss, however, will nearly certainly spell a untimely departure from Qatar for the younger and hungry South American staff, until Qatar phases an unlikely lopsided win towards the Netherlands.
“Now we have a much bigger battle coming,” coach Gustavo Alvaro stated after drawing 1-1 towards the Dutch, during which Ecuador had been the higher staff.
Senegal, too, want to punch a ticket to the World Cup’s knockout phases — a win over Ecuador would assure their spot. A draw could possibly be sufficient to propel them to the ultimate 16, however provided that Qatar are capable of beat the Netherlands by two targets or extra.
“Our focus should be higher,” stated Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “We have to win to have an opportunity to qualify for the final 16.”
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Enner Valencia’s simmering sizzling streak continues. The star ahead, Ecuador’s all-time main scorer, has scored the final six targets for his staff — in Qatar and stretching again to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Valencia precipitated panic after he was taken off the sphere late within the match towards the Netherlands on account of a knee pressure he sustained within the inaugural match with Qatar.
“He’s the one one with World Cup expertise,” Ecuador’s supervisor Alfaro stated. “The remainder are youngsters.”
Wales face slim odds at making it to the knockout stage after a surprising 2-0 loss to Iran and a 1-1 stalemate with the USA, as they head into their ultimate Group B match with rivals England, who’re contemporary off a 0-0 draw with the USA and a 6-2 thumping of Iran.
Late to the occasion, first to depart? Wales, enjoying of their first World Cup in 64 years, have struggled to make a dent of their group at Qatar. A loss to England will ship the staff packing.
Historical past isn’t on the Welsh facet both; England has bested Wales of their final six contests. Most not too long ago, Wales fell 3-0 to England in a pleasant exhibition match in 2020.
The 2 groups have performed a complete of 103 matches since first squaring off in 1879. England has been victorious in 68 of these video games, dropping simply 14 matches to the Welsh. Of these matches, 21 resulted in attracts.
If Wales can pull out a win on Tuesday, it will likely be their first over England since 1984; even then, Wales’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout spherical would relaxation on the end result between the USA and Iran in a separate fixture.
“It’s a tricky job, it’s at all times uncomfortable when it’s clearly not in your arms and also you’re counting on sure issues to unfold,” Wales midfielder Joe Allen stated. “However while there’s nonetheless an opportunity, it’s actually easy for us. We’re totally motivated, we’ll sacrifice completely every part into getting a win.
England can advance to the spherical of 16 with a draw. A win, although, would cement their prime place in Group B. They’ll advance so long as they’ll maintain off a four-goal loss from Wales. They’d face a Group A challenger in both the Netherlands, Ecuador or Senegal within the knockout stage.
“Whenever you win a recreation, you’re the finest staff on the planet. Whenever you lose, you’re the worst. That’s soccer. As gamers you must hold a stability,” England ahead Marcus Rashford stated, swatting again criticism of his groups’ 1-1 draw with the USA.
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Star Welsh gamers Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have didn’t ship so far in Qatar. They are going to be desperate to redeem themselves — and discover the scoresheet — on Tuesday. Bale mustered only one shot on the web towards Iran.
But Bale stays the lone Welsh participant to have ever tallied a objective versus England within the twenty first century when he transformed a 2-1 dropping effort on the 2016 Euros.
Phil Foden was known as “one of the best footballer England have” by ex-Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney, who voiced dismay that the 22-year-old had been handed over for beginning roles within the first two matches.
“I feel when you’ve got a expertise like Foden, you merely should play him,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Instances. “He’s now a distinct participant from the one we noticed at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an influence.”
The USA is confronted with an ultimatum on Tuesday: topple Iran, or go bust.
“It units up our first knockout recreation of the World Cup,” USA coach Gregg Berhalter stated. “We win or we’re out of the World Cup.”
The match favorite USA, who sit third of their group with two factors and a 0-0-2 document, are nonetheless seeking their first win in Qatar following two consecutive attracts — 1-1 and 0-0 finishes over Wales and England, respectively.
Iran, in the meantime, have by no means rocketed out of the group stage at a World Cup. The Iranians rebounded with a 2-0 win over Wales following their huge 6-2 loss to England.
Tuesday’s match marks solely the second time the 2 nations have confronted off at a World Cup. Iran trumped the USA by a slim 2-1 margin in 1998; the match, a seismic blow to the USA males’s soccer programme, was outlined by constructing political friction between the 2 nations.
Previous to Tuesday’s match, the US Soccer Federation reignited geopolitical tensions when it momentarily displayed the Iranian nationwide flag on social media. The symbol of the Islamic Republic had been scrubbed from the flag, with the US stating it supported demonstrators in Iran, the place protests have been raging following the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September whereas in police custody.
“We wished to indicate our assist for the ladies in Iran with our graphic for twenty-four hours,” the federation said.
In response, Iran’s authorities blasted the US, accusing American soccer officers of eradicating the identify of God from its nationwide flag.
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