On Friday, FIFA revealed in the full program for the 2022 World Cup finals, after the draw in Doha, that the football wedding will open on November 21 with the match between Senegal and the Netherlands, instead of the host Qatar with Ecuador. The other three qualified Arab teams will face arduous tasks according to the lottery that they placed against major teams.
will open World Cup 2022 Football will play the African champions Senegal and the strong Netherlands on November 21 instead of the host Qatar with Ecuador, according to what the International Football Association (FIFA) revealed late Friday in the full program of the finals following the drawing of the lottery in Doha.
The opening match traditionally includes the host country’s team, and the draw resulted in a confrontation in Group A between Qatar, participating for the first time in its history, with Ecuador, being in sites A1 and A2 at 13:00 local time at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, which can accommodate ninety thousand spectators, according to each Documents previously provided by FIFA.
Qatar and the Netherlands are in Group A
But the Qatar-Ecuador match will take place at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium, after the matches between Senegal and the Netherlands (10:00 GMT) at Al Thumama Stadium and England with Iran (13:00 GMT) at Khalifa International Stadium. .
FIFA did not respond to a question by the French news agency about adjusting the date of the opening day, which witnesses four confrontations, perhaps due to the compressed calendar of the European championships before the start of the global event, which is held every four years and for the first time in winter, due to the high temperature in summer in the small, gas-rich Gulf country.
The other three Arab teams will also face arduous tasks according to the 2022 World Cup draw.
Qatar was drawn into a first group that includes the Netherlands and Senegal. The Netherlands was the runner-up for the World Cup three times in 1974, 1978 and 2010, while Senegal won the African Cup at the beginning of the current world, then eliminated Egypt and its star Mohamed Salah.
Qatar’s Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said of the draw, “It’s not the best, it’s not the worst, this is the reality. We must work on studying the teams. Things will be difficult and we must be ready.”
And about facing Ecuador, he continued, “We are happy to face Ecuador, we faced it years ago and it was a difficult confrontation. I hope it will be an open and equal group.”
Qatar defeated Ecuador 4-3 in October 2018 with goals Akram Afif, Al Moez Ali (2) and Hassan Al Haydos, as part of Qatar’s preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE, which won its title for the first time in its history.
And if the host country succeeds in renewing the victory over the South American representative in this group, it will enhance its chances of reaching the final price, especially if it manages to achieve a positive result with a draw or win in its second match against Senegal before concluding the group stage with the most difficult confrontation against the Netherlands, which is participating for the time. Eleventh, starting in 1934, after missing the last edition in 2018.
Only South Africa among the host countries failed to pass the first round in 2010.
Morocco renews the date with Belgium
Morocco’s task will be difficult, as it fell into a sixth group with Croatia, the 2018 runner-up, third Belgium, and Canada, who are participating in their first participation since 1986.
The Moroccan team is participating in the finals for the sixth time, and was the first African team to pass the group stage in 1986 in Mexico, where its campaign ended at the final price at the hands of West Germany (0-1).
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The Moroccan team, led by its Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic, begins his campaign against Croatia, then faces Belgium and then Canada.
In a statement to beIN Sports, Halilhodzic said, “It is a very difficult draw with the runner-up for the world, third Belgium (in 2018) and the best team in North America. In any case, there is no small team.”
He added, “In Brazil (in 2014, we were close with Algeria to achieve a great achievement against Germany (1-2 after the extension in the price of the final), so I will try to do the same with Morocco. Everything is possible, you have to believe. They are teams.” Brilliant with exceptional players.”
He stressed, “We must prepare well. It is a different World Cup. But I think that the Qataris will organize a great World Cup with a great show for everyone. Everyone is looking forward to it.”
Morocco renews the date with Belgium after it met it in the group stage of the World Cup 1994, when it lost 0-1.
Tunisia will face France and Denmark “without contract“
For its part, Tunisia will face a special flavor with France, the defending champion, in Group D, which also includes Denmark and a qualified team from an international supplement that may be the UAE.
The Tunisian national team is participating in the finals for the second time in a row and the sixth in its history, and has never passed the group stage.
The Tunisian team will open its campaign against Denmark, before the team qualified for the international playoff, which brings together the winner of the Asian playoff between the UAE and Australia, will meet with Peru.
Tunisia concludes the group stage by facing France in a dream dreamed by the “Carthage Eagles” striker Wahbi Khazri, who was born in France and who played there throughout his career except from 2016-2018 when he defended the English Sunderland colors.
Tunisia for the sixth time in the World Cup
“I am very happy,” he told RMC radio. “The French are the favourites, we are far (at the level of the world champions). But after growing up here, living here, playing in the French championship, it’s the dream of many players, and facing them in the World Cup is A dream that will come true for me.”
The 31-year-old, who is currently defending Saint-Etienne, said: “Denmark, Peru or Australia (or the Emirates) are teams within our reach. (The finals) are still far away, a lot of things can happen. But I trust my country, my country…” “We hope to qualify for this group with France in the lead.”
As for his coach, Jalal Al-Qadri, he told AFP, “We are participating for the sixth time in the history of the World Cup and it is time for us to reach the second round. The goal is clear for us.”
But he explained, “Of course, our task will not be easy because we are facing the defending champion France and the developed Denmark, both of which include the world’s elite players,” adding, “We respect all teams, but we will face them without any contract.”
And he considered that facing France in particular “will constitute a great incentive, given the presence of a number of Tunisian national team players defending the colors of French clubs. Our team also includes players with French citizenship in its ranks. In general, we will play for the honor of the Tunisian flag.”
Saudi Arabia vs Messi and Lewandowski
As for the representative of Arab Asia, Saudi Arabia, she fell into a difficult third group as well, facing Argentina, Lionel Messi, Poland, Robert Lewandowski, in addition to Mexico.
Saudi Arabia is participating for the sixth time in its history after 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018, the best first in the United States 1994, when it overtook Belgium in the group stage with a historic goal by Saeed Al-Owairan, before being deposited in the playoffs against Sweden 1-3.
And their 2-1 victory over Egypt in Russia 2018 ended a streak of 12 matches without a win.
In its previous five participations, Saudi Arabia did not face Argentina, Poland or Mexico.
“A tough group, and we must be ready to please the fans,” said Saudi French coach Herve Renard.
Regarding playing close to Saudi Arabia, he added, “We expect big fans, but it is very difficult to face the likes of Argentina in the first match.”
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