Thursday, November 24, 2022 – 1:51 PM
Doha, November 24 / WAM / Starting tomorrow, the second round of the 2022 World Cup will start in Qatar, where it will start with 4 matches in the first and second groups, bringing together the teams of Wales with Iran, Qatar with Senegal, the Netherlands with Ecuador, and England with the United States. American.
Qatar’s match with Senegal, in Group A competitions, which will be hosted by Al-Thumama Stadium at five o’clock UAE time, is of the greatest importance tomorrow, as it is the last opportunity for compensation for both teams, noting that both of them have never faced each other in an international match before.
The Qatari national team, the host of the World Cup, which suffered a loss in the opening match, against its Ecuadorean counterpart with two goals without a response, and is playing this match without any points, seeks to cling to its hopes to qualify for the second round, and join the positive results of the Arab teams participating in the World Cup.
The Senegalese national team’s ambitions are no less than its Qatari counterpart in this match, in light of its loss also in its opening match against the Dutch national team with the same result, and not obtaining any points, and thus strives to cling to its hopes of continuing the World Cup.
And within the competitions of the same group, another match will take place between the winners of the previous round, the teams of the Netherlands and Ecuador, in the match that will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital, Doha, at eight in the evening, and it will be run by an Algerian arbitration crew led by Mustafa Ghorbal, which is the second appearance of an Arab arbitration crew in the World Cup. So far, after the Emirati crew that managed the match between Spain and Costa Rica, led by Muhammad Abdullah Hassan.
The Dutch and Ecuadorian teams are participating in this match, and they have ambitions to qualify from the second round. In the event of victory and 3 new points, the winner’s balance will be raised to 6 points.
The two teams have previously played friendly twice, the Netherlands won the first with a goal without a response in 2006, and tied in the second 1-1 in 2014.
The Ecuadorian national team relies on high morale after its victory over the Qatari team, the host of the tournament, and became the first team to beat the host country in its opening match of the World Cup.
While the Dutch national team relies on the persistence of its players after overcoming the difficult obstacle of the Senegalese team at the critical time, as it scored the winning goals in the 84th and 90th minutes of the match time, and winning this match guarantees it qualification for the second round by a large percentage, regardless of its confrontation against the host team Qatar in The last round.
In the second group competitions, the teams of Wales and Iran will meet in the match that brings them together at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon, in a confrontation during which the positions of the two teams differ, although they agree on the ambition to stick to their chances of qualifying for the second round.
The Wales national team succeeded in seizing the equalizer point in its first match against its American counterpart, after its player Gareth Bale scored the equalizing goal from a penalty kick in the 82nd minute of the match, and thus hopes increased for him to collect the largest number of points and await the results of the remaining matches.
As for the Iranian national team, which suffered a heavy loss from England, 2-6, in the first round, it wants first to erase the images that appeared on it in that match, and secondly to overcome the effects of the loss and look forward to what comes next, in light of the remaining two matches for it in the first round in which it can adjust its conditions. .
Tomorrow’s matches will conclude with a meeting between England and the United States, which will be hosted by Al Bayt Stadium at eleven in the evening. The United States and Wales, and therefore the victory of the England team puts its foot in the second round of this round.
On the other hand, the American team does not want to repeat the experience of its Iranian counterpart against the England team, but it will seek to achieve the best possible result, and benefit from its tie in the first round with Wales, before facing Iran in the last round.
Reda Abdel Nour / Walid Farouk
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