Surprising results in the opening matches (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed / Getty)
It will witness the opening meeting of the championship world Cup“Qatar 2022”, on Sunday evening, facing the host country and Ecuador on home stadiumin the first group competitions, which also includes the national teams of Senegal and the Netherlands.
Al-Annabi, the 2019 Asian champion, will be required to start strong, especially since he will be supported by the ground workers and the public, hoping to snatch the pass to the next round from Group A, which also includes him with Senegal and the Netherlands.
Some of the opening confrontations of the previous versions of the world championships witnessed great surprises, as many of the great teams fell into the trap of losing or drawing, in front of teams that may not have matched them on the technical level.
World Cup 1974
In the opening match of this version, the Brazil national team tied against its Yugoslav counterpart without goals, in the tournament that was held in West Germany, where the “Seleção” battalion did not provide what was expected of it, to fail to score the Yugoslav goal, before succeeding after that in reaching the semi-finals. , before losing to the Netherlands by two clean goals.
World Cup 1982
The Argentina national team played the opening match as the defending champion, with the presence of a constellation of big stars, led by the late legend Diego Maradona, and despite that, it lost the first meeting against Belgium, but then continued the journey and skipped the first round and played in a group with the second rounds that included Brazil and Italy, before being deposited after Being defeated twice.
World Cup 1990
Once again, the Argentine national team was the victim, after it faced the title holder of the previous version (1986), its Cameroonian counterpart, with the presence of the legend Maradona, but Francois Aumann’s header changed the equation, and the “Tango” battalion fell into the trap of loss, which Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo described at the time as “ The worst moment in his sporting career.” Despite this, the “Albiceleste” team continued the journey before reaching the final in the World Cup in Italy, but lost the final match against Germany with a goal without a response.
World Cup 2002
In the World Cup version of South Korea and Japan, everyone nominated the “Roosters” team to keep the title they won in 1998 on their land and in the midst of their fans, but the resounding surprises began from the opening meeting that brought them together with the Senegal national team, which at that time presented an exceptional tournament, and with the goal of the late Papa Bouba Diop. The Teranga Lions” match, before they succeeded in reaching the round of 8, while the French bid farewell to the tournament in its first round, after bottoming out their group standings with an orphan point.
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