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World Cup 2022 Group A: Qatar, Senegal, Netherlands, Ecuador schedule, fixtures, rankings Morocco vs Croatia: How to watch live, stream link, team news Germany vs Japan: How to watch live, stream link, team news Spain vs Costa Rica: How to watch live, stream link, team news Belgium vs Canada: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Group A at the 2022 World Cup will be intriguing as Qatar will be joined by African champions Senegal, as well as the Netherlands and Ecuador.

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It is indeed a wide open group, but the host nation started off terribly as Ecuador outclassed them and Qatar now has very little chance of making the playoffs.

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There is no doubt that the Netherlands and Senegal are the favorites to move forward as Virgil van Dijk will lead the Dutch who are looking to catch up in the 2018 tournament but Senegal is missing top player Sadio Mane due to injury as they look to improve their the best qualities. – ever finished in the quarterfinals in 2002.

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As for Ecuador, they look like an incredibly close-knit team that is very good at counter-attacking and proved it against Qatar.

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Below you will find everything you need to know about Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


Group A Schedule (all kickoff times ET)

Recap/Highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5:00
Friday, November 25: Qatar – Senegal – Al-Tumama Stadium, Al-Khor – 8:00.
Friday, November 25: Netherlands – Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 11:00.
Tuesday, November 29: Netherlands – Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 10:00.
Tuesday, November 29: Ecuador – Senegal – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10:00.

How to watch Group A matches live

  • When: November 20-29, 2022
  • Group stage start time: 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
  • Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A position

1. Ecuador – 3 points (+2 GS)
2. Netherlands – 0 points
3. Senegal – 0 points
4. Qatar – 0 (-2)


Qatar

Current FIFA World Ranking: 49
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 0
How they qualified: As hosts.
Coach: Felix Sanchez
Key Players: Abdelkarim Hassan, Almoez Ali, Hassan Al Haidos.

Senegal

Current FIFA World Ranking: 18
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 2
How they qualified: Beat Egypt in the CAF Playoffs
Coach: Aliou Cisse
Key players: Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly.

Netherlands

Current FIFA World Ranking: 8
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 10
How they qualified: Automatically qualified for UEFA (won Group G)
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frankie de Jong.

Ecuador

Current FIFA World Ranking: 44
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 3
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from CONMEBOL (4th)
Coach: Gustavo Alfaro
Key Players: Enner Valencia, Moises Caicedo, Purvis Estupinan.


Could Morocco be the surprise to bet on African history at the World Cup? Most likely, this will require a victory over beloved Croatia.

Morocco starts their tough World Cup race as an underdog to qualify from their group, but experienced boss Vahid Halilhodzic is at the wheel ahead of the matches against Croatia, Belgium and Canada.

Live stream Morocco vs Croatia

Belgium is next for the Atlas Lions and they would like to get a point or three in their pocket before what they hope will be a big group final against Canada.

For Croatia, it’s the knowledge that Belgium are in last place and that a win over North African underdogs will help them move closer to securing a playoff spot before looking at the beloved Red Devils.

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Here is everything you need for Morocco vs Croatia.


How to watch Morocco vs Croatia live stream, stream link and start time

Kick off: 5:00 AM ET, Wednesday, November 23rd
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

Morocco may surprise by losing just once since March (a deceptive 3-0 loss to USMNT in Cincinnati). Wins over Chile and Ghana this year preceded a 3-0 loss to Georgia on Thursday. With Romain Saiss, Nussair Mazraoui and Ashraf Hakimi in their ranks, the Lions of Atlas may not be easy to break.

Croatia is the definition of a tournament team with several national legends at the end of their massive career including captain Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Domagoj Vida. Only six players under 25 in the squad and now it’s time for Croatia. Is there pressure on the team?


Quick facts about Morocco

Current FIFA World Ranking: 22
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 6
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from CAF.
Coach: Vahid Khalilhodzic
Key Players: Ashraf Hakimi, Yassin Bunu, Youssef En-Nesiri, Romain Saiss.

Quick facts about Croatia

Current FIFA World Ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 6
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key Players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic.

Hansi Flick’s career as Germany national team head coach should be well under way as European powers open the 2022 World Cup with a tough test from Japan on Wednesday in Al Rayyan.

While Germany’s match against Spain will attract the attention of the whole world, it is he who can stop Flick on the way to the playoffs.

Live stream Germany vs Japan

Japan is very good but lost 2-1 to Canada on Thursday in a sign that her strong summer didn’t make her domineering. The result against Germany could put it in a strong position with Costa Rica ahead of the December 1 match against Spain.

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Here’s everything you need for Germany vs Japan.


How to watch Germany vs Japan live stream, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8:00 am ET, Wednesday, November 23
StadiumAddress: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

Which Germany features a dynamic but open tournament that won 5-2 over Italy and drew England 3-3? Or will it be the team that has drawn four matches in a row in the Nations League with a score of 1:1? In any case, Germany’s only net results in 2022 came from Israel and Oman.

Japan’s friendly loss to Canada could be considered a resurgence, but Germany is certainly one step ahead. Can a samurai…



Source: soccer.nbcsports.com

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