The second round of the Qatar World Cup group stage matches will begin today. There are two matches in Group A as Wales take on Iran in Group B at 3.30pm IST. Qatar will take on Senegal at 6.30 pm Indian time and Netherlands will take on Ecuador at 9.30 pm. In Group B at 12.30 am England – USA match will also be held today. (world cup england netherlands)
Wales will enter the second match with a draw against the USA. Therefore, victory against Iran will be the goal of Wales. Wales’ hopes are on superstar Gareth Bale. Aaron Ramsey will also have a crucial impact on Wales’ performance. Ethan Ampadu is an injury threat. Daniel James may be out.
Iran, who suffered a humiliating defeat against England, will at least try to get a draw today. The out-of-shape defense against England was the most outdated. A score of 2-6 indicates defensive deficiencies. So expect some changes in today’s game. Iran’s hopes will be on Mehdi Taremi’s boots.
Qatar’s arrival comes with the shame of being the first host country to lose its first game in the history of the World Cup. They had to win today after conceding two unanswered goals against Ecuador. If all the games played fail, it will be another shame for Qatar that will never go away. The hosts will hope for stars like Almos Ali and Hassan Al Haydos.
On the other hand, Senegal played a good game despite losing by two goals against the Netherlands. Even in the absence of superstar Sadio Mane, they managed to shake the star-studded Netherlands. Considering their strength on paper, Senegal are likely to win.
The Netherlands will be aiming to regain their place at the World Cup with a convincing performance, despite coming off against Senegal. Frankie Diong will also manage the Netherlands’ performances. The likes of Memphis Depay and Daniel Dumfries will also have an impact on the Dutch side’s performances.
Ecuador, who started their World Cup campaign by beating Qatar, will try to draw. Ecuador’s attack will be through superstar Enner Valencia.
England will be able to continue the victory that crushed Iran. When the superstars of the European leagues attack side by side, it is not impossible for England. England’s line-up is a nightmare for any team, with young talents like Bukayo Xhaka and Jude Bellingham and senior players like Raheem Stirling, Harry Maguire and Harry Kane. However, conceding two goals against Iran puts their defense in question.
A draw against England would be a huge advantage for the US. Their aim is to exploit ‘weak’ defenses. Their hopes will be in Timnothi Viya.
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