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FIFA World Cup 2022: Top Five Most Exciting Matches in the Group Stage

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be kicking off in November. We can expect that everyone’s attention will be drawn to the mega-event as it is the largest sporting event in the world. A total of 32 matches will be played in the first round. Some of the matchups are high-profile, while others pit giants against minnows. We’ve hand-picked some must-watch games in Qatar that will keep you riveted to your television screens.

Senegal – Netherlands Nov. 21

Although the Netherlands have appeared in the most FIFA World Cup finals, they have never won the championship. They’ve come close three times before, reaching the finals but losing each time. Senegal arrives in Qatar after winning the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, to the surprise of their local fans and anyone into sports betting Zambia.

From Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt in defense to Donyell Malen and Memphis Depay in attack, the Dutch have one of the most dynamic squads in international football. Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, two of Liverpool’s most talented players, will also square off in the match. Senegal’s opening Group A fixture against the Dutch at the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be a tough one.

Spain – Germany Nov. 27

When two football heavyweights, Spain and Germany, meet on the field everyone’s eyes will be glued to their television screens. These two sides have a long history together, having faced at the World Cup and the European Championships on numerous occasions, with Germany owning the head-to-head advantage.

Their most recent meeting was in the UEFA Nations League held in November 2020, when Spain thrashed Germany 6-0. Regardless of the latest results, the forthcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 match between the 2 countries will undoubtedly be thrilling.

Portugal – Uruguay Nov. 28

When Portugal plays Uruguay in the group stages, it will be a tough and evenly contested affair. With players such as Fede Valverde and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay has a roster capable of giving any of the favorites a run for their money. With Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo, Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira, Rubian Dias, and Diogo Jota, Portugal has one of the strongest lineups in the 2022 World Cup.

The spotlight, however, will be on Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo, who will both be trying to make an impression in their final World Cup.

Ecuador – Senegal Nov. 29

Ecuador will be playing in their fourth World Cup, having previously competed in 2002, 2006, and 2014. They were only two points ahead of Peru in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. They had their last participation in the Round of 16 since 2006, losing to England, therefore a return to the knockout stages would be a huge accomplishment for them.

In their first World Cup appearance in 2002, Senegal advanced to the quarterfinals, but in 2018, they were eliminated from the group stage. This year, they’ll try to outperform expectations and get out of the group, headed by well-known European players.

Croatia – Belgium Dec. 1

Belgium will face Croatia in the final match of Group F. Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ was held in high regard by fans, but they have fallen short of expectations.

After losing to France in the FIFA World Cup final 2018, Croatia will be hoping to go one step further this time around. So, when two of the world’s most gifted teams collide, it’s bound to be a fireworks show for the World Cup 2022.

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