Bangla Hunt News Desk: Only a few more hours to wait. Only then will the Greatest Show on Earth begin in Qatar. For football lovers, this time is like a festival. But the problem is that most of the football fans don’t get the same holiday during the football world cup as they do during other festivals. As a result, many people are disappointed. When the big teams face each other in the World Cup knockout stage, everyone will manage their work or study for three days. But many people are worried about how they will feel the atmosphere of the World Cup under the pressure of office, college or university during the group stage.
Today’s report is for their benefit. Apart from the opening two days of the World Cup, four matches will be held every day during the group stage, i.e. till December 2. It will not be possible for everyone to sit and watch every match. So we will tell you about those 9 group stage matches which will give you a taste of the World Cup even before the quarter finals or semi finals start. You don’t need to spend time managing your work every day. We’ll talk about those 9 matches and why they’re going to be exciting and why you should watch them.
Netherlands vs Senegal (November 21st, 9.30pm): The battle between two of the strongest teams in Group ‘A’ at the World Cup is one to keep an eye on as two of the best defenders in the world today, Virgil van Dijk and Kalidou Koulibaly, face each other. However, Dutch-defender Van Dijk will be in a slightly advantageous position as Senegal will be without his former Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane in this match. Eyes will be on young talented Dutch forward Cody Gapko. Even though the Dutch are ahead on the books and stars like Senegal’s Sadio Mane have been ruled out of the World Cup due to injury, the African team is not to be taken lightly. Many of the biggest clubs in Europe’s top five leagues have many of their footballers who are in the squad for this World Cup. Moreover, both the teams are unbeaten in their last five matches.
Germany vs Japan (November 23, 6.30pm): Both teams are not at their best. But when Asia’s strongest football playing country and four-time world champions face each other, the match cannot be overlooked. Both the teams will enter the field aiming to match the team performance. Japan will want to take advantage of Germany not being in their best rhythm and get a win in the first match. As both the teams strongly believe in teamwork, there is no need to focus on any particular star.
Brazil vs Serbia (November 25, 12.30pm): Even though the match is on the 24th, it is being held after 12:00 PM IST, making it the 25th for the Indian audience. The samba brigade will enter the field for the first time in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. They have a very strong squad. But they will be tested by giant killer Serbia. The country qualified for the World Cup by defeating Portugal in the last match of their group in November last year. Their star striker Mitrovic is in great form scoring 9 goals in EPL this season. He will want to shine on the day of facing them.
France vs Denmark (November 26, 9.30pm): Last year’s World Cup champions are not in very good form. They won the Nations League last year but were knocked out in the last 16 of the Euro Cup. Countries that lifted the trophy in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups were knocked out at the group stage in their subsequent World Cups. Can France overcome that curse? The task is difficult as Denmark have already beaten France twice this year. Network is also strong as a team, having reached the semi-finals of last year’s Euro Cup. All eyes will be on whether France can avenge those two losses in the World Cup. Along with the two stars of France, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema, Denmark’s star Christian Eriksson, who fell down with a heart attack on the field in the last Euro Cup, who is currently in great form for his new club Manchester United, must also watch how he performs.
Spain vs Germany (November 28, 12.30pm): Though the match is on 27th, the match will start on 28th November according to Indian time. This time there are two European giants in the same group. That is, if a little bit here and there, any of them can be knocked out of the group stage. Both parties have undergone drastic changes in the last few years. Spain, full of youth, will have to watch how they will play against a Germany team made up of a mixture of experience and youth. However, based on recent episodes, Spain will enter the field a little ahead.
Portugal vs Uruguay (November 29, 12.30pm): Even though the match is on 28th, the match will start on 29th November according to Indian time. Along with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal squad has a host of star footballers and talented youngsters. But until now Portuguese coach Fernando Santos has not found the right combination of how to use so many good footballers together. As a result, despite being a strong team in the books, Portugal cannot achieve as expected. Against them will be Uruguay full of youth and experience. They will enter the field with an all-round footballer like Frederico Valverde and a skilled striker like Darwin Nunez. There are veterans like Cavani, Suarez, Godin. Portugal was eliminated from the World Cup after losing to Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Will they be able to pay that rate?
Wales v England (30th November, 12.30pm): England are winless in six matches before the World Cup. There are many star footballers in the team. But England coach Gareth Southgate has so far failed to use them properly. They have been in a very bad situation since losing the Euro final last year. Same goes for Gareth Bale’s Wales. They did not win in 5 consecutive matches before the World Cup. In such a situation, the match between them can be very tense and exciting. 2018 World Cup also faced two opponents. After star Gareth Bale’s brilliant free-kick goal, Wales had to accept the loss of service. Can they change the account now?
Poland vs Argentina (1st December, 12.30pm): The match was actually organized on November 30, but according to the Indian meeting, Indians will see the match on December 1. Argentina is the strongest team in this World Cup. It is highly unlikely that a moderate opponent like Poland will be able to stop them. This match is special because two of the best stars in world football, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, will face each other in this match. Both are in top form in club football for their respective teams. Football fans will be watching to see if both of them get this batch of goals.
Croatia vs Belgium (December 1, 8.30pm): When last year’s World Cup runners-up and one of the strongest teams in world football face each other, you’ll have to keep an eye on the TV screen. Belgium is far ahead with footballers like Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois on the books. But this is going to be the last World Cup for Croatia and currently the best midfielder in the world, Luka Modric. The star who won the Golden Ball in the last World Cup at the age of 35 is ready to destroy himself once more.