The tournament started with the host nation Qatar losing against Ecuador.

The countdown is on to a global showpiece in Qatar, with 32 nations ready to start chasing down the grandest prize in international football. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be played from 20 November to 18 December in Qatar. It is the 22nd edition of the competition, and the first played in the Arab world. 32 teams are in action for the most coveted prize in international football, with the final scheduled to take place on December 18 at the Lusail stadium, the biggest one among the eight stadiums being used to host the World Cup.

Teams and Groups

The 32 teams are divided into eight groups each. The top two teams from each group will move on into the knockout stages where the Round of 16, Quater Final, Semi Final and Final will take place. For the first time, the World Cup is taking place in the winter and the first time in an Arab country .

Group A

Group A at the 2022 World Cup contains three-time losing finalists the Netherlands, reigning AFCON winners Senegal and hosts Qatar alongside South American qualifiers Ecuador. The host nation will be looking to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time, whereas the Netherlands will be favourites to top the group. The AFCON champions will definitely look to go through the group stages but they will face a tough fight against the host and Ecuador.

Group B

Group B at the 2022 World Cup contains one of the favourites, England, alongside fellow home nation Wales, the United States and Iran. The Euro 2020 finalists England are not only considered to be the favourites to go into the knockout stage but they are also favourites to become the world champions. Wales have made it to the World Cup after a long wait of 64 years having last featured in the tournament back in 1958. They will be one of the dark horses in the World Cup. USA and Iran should not be underestimated as they have some quality players who can create some major upsets.

Group C

In a group where Argentina are the only team in the top 10 in FIFA’s last rankings before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in November, Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia will also be vying for a ticket to the round of 16. After a successful Asian qualifying campaign, Saudi Arabia will be expecting their team not just to make up the numbers. They shouldn’t be underestimated after beating Japan, Australia, and China at home. Having qualified for seven World Cups in a row, Mexico is a familiar face at the tournament, alongside Argentina they will be favourites to go into the knockout stages. Poland will look to create a good challenge for other teams in the group as their star player Robert Lewandoski will like to take his team ahead.

Group D

In Group D of the Qatar 2022 World Cup we have the reigning world champions, France. The team coached by Deschamps is one of the favourites to lift the trophy of world champions again, The Danish team managed to beat France in the UEFA Nations League group match, winning both games, so they hope to repeat this feat in the world’s top soccer competition. The group is completed by Australia and Tunisia, who are fully confident that either France or Denmark will stumble to have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

Group E

Every World Cup needs a Group of Death. In 2022, Group E is indeed that group, containing four-time winners Germany and 2010 champions Spain, alongside an underrated Japan side and CONCACAF qualifiers Costa Rica, who have previous of escaping tricky groups. Germany under the new manager Hansi Flick will look to go into the knockout stage as they will look to become 5-time world champions. Spain is having a lot of young talents as well as some good experienced players and they are one of the favourites to win, whereas Costa Rica and Japan can create upsets as they have their teams in good form and are dark horses for the world cup.

Group F

This group will feature two great teams that are used to being a part of international soccer’s big party, namely Belgium and Croatia. This group also features a team that starts to have more participation in events like Morocco; moreover, we’ll also have Canada, which will be making its first appearance in the World Cup after several decades of absence. Surely Belgium and Croatia will be the favourites to go through the group stages but Morocco and Canada will also give their best to outperform them and will give them a tough fight.

Group G

Group G at World Cup 2022 features the favourites for the title Brazil, who headline a competitive group of nations including European representatives Switzerland and Serbia alongside African giants Cameroon. Brazil will be able to secure the top spot but between the other three teams, it will be a tricky battle to secure the second spot.

Group H

The group consists of two-time champions Uruguay, World Cup regulars South Korea, one of Africa’s most historic performers Ghana and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Portugal is the favourite to win Group H or at least qualify for the Round of 16 along with Uruguay. South Korea’s chances of finishing in the top two are quite slim. Ghana will look to give a tough challenge to Uruguay and South Korea for second place.

Venues

The group games will take place across eight stadiums: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.

Fixtures

November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Qatar 0-2 Ecuador | Group A | Al Bayt Stadium | Replay | Player Ratings

Monday, November 21, 2022

England 6-2 Iran | Group B |Khalifa International Stadium | Replay | Player Ratings

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands |Group A| Al Thumama Stadium | Replay |

USA 1-1 Wales| Group B |Ahmed bin Ali Stadium | Replay

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia| Group C |Lusail Iconic Stadium | Replay | Player Ratings

Denmark 0-0 Tunisia | Group D | Education City Stadium | Replay

Mexico 0-0 Poland | Group C | Stadium 974 | Replay

France 4-1 Australia |Group D | Al Janoub Stadium | Replay | Player Ratings

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Morocco 0-0 Croatia | Group F | Al Bayt Stadium | Replay

Germany 1-2 Japan | Group E | Khalifa International Stadium | Replay

Spain 7-0 Costa Rica | Group E | Al Thumama Stadium | Replay

Belgium 1-0 Canada | Group F | Ahmed bin Ali Stadium | Replay

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon | Group G | Al Janoub Stadium | Replay

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea | Group H | Education City Stadium | Replay

Portugal 3-2 Ghana | Group H | Stadium 974 | Replay

Brazil 2-0 Serbia | Group G | Lusail Iconic Stadium | Replay

Friday, November 25, 2022

Wales 0-2 Iran | Group B | Ahmed bin Ali Stadium | Replay

Qatar 1-3 Senegal | Group A | Al Thumama Stadium | Replay

Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador | Group A | Khalifa International Stadium | Replay

England 0-0 USA | Group B | Al Bayt Stadium | Replay

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Tunisia 0-1 Australia | Group D | Al Janoub Stadium | Replay

Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia | Group C | Education City Stadium | Replay

France 2-1 Denmark | Group D | Stadium 974 | Replay

Argentina 2-0 Mexico | Group C | Lusail Iconic Stadium | Replay

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Japan 0-1 Costa Rica | Group E | Ahmed bin Ali Stadium | Replay

Belgium 0-2 Morocco | Group F | Al Thumama Stadium | Replay

Croatia 4-1 Canada | Group F | Khalifa International Stadium | Replay

Spain 1-1 Germany | Group E | Al Bayt Stadium | Replay

Monday, November 28, 2022

Cameroon 3-3 Serbia | Group G | Al Janoub Stadium | Replay

South Korea 2-3 Ghana | Group H | Education City Stadium | Replay

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland | Group G | Stadium 974 | Replay

Portugal 2-0 Uruguay | Group H | Lusail Iconic Stadium | Replay

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Netherlands 2-0 Qatar | Group A | Al Bayt Stadium | Replay

Ecuador 1-2 Senegal | Group A | Khalifa International Stadium | Replay

Wales 0-3 England | Group B | Ahmed bin Ali Stadium | Replay

Iran 0-1 USA | Group B | Al Thumama Stadium | Replay

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Australia 1-0 Denmark | Group D | Al Janoub Stadium | Replay

Tunisia 1-0 France | Group D | Education City Stadium | Replay

Poland 0-2 Argentina | Group C | Stadium 974 | Replay

Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico | Group C | Lusail Iconic Stadium | Replay

December 1, 2022 (Thursday)

Croatia 0-0 Belgium | Group F | Ahmed bin Ali Stadium | Replay

Canada 1-2 Morocco | Group F | Al Thumama Stadium | Replay

Costa Rica 2-4 Germany | Group E | Al Bayt Stadium | Replay

Japan 2-1 Spain | Group E | Khalifa International Stadium | Replay

December 2, 2022 (Friday)

South Korea vs Portugal | Group G | 8.30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET, 15:00/10:00 GMT/EST | Education City Stadium

Ghana vs Uruguay | Group G | 8.30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET, 15:00/10:00 GMT/EST | Al Janoub Stadium)

Serbia vs Switzerland | Group H | 12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET, 19:00/14:00 GMT/EST | Stadium 974

Cameroon vs Brazil | Group H | 12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET, 19:00/14:00 GMT/EST | Lusail Iconic Stadium

Round of 16

December 3, 2022 (Saturday)

49 – Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group B | 8.30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET | Khalifa International Stadium)

50 – Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group D | 12:30 AM IST. 8:00 PM CET | Ahmed bin Ali Stadium)

December 4, 2022 (Sunday)

52- Winners of Group D vs Runners-up of Group C | 8:30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET | Al Thumama Stadium

51 -Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group A, |12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET | Al Bayt Stadium

December 5, 2022 (Monday)

53 – Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group F | 8:30 PM IST, :00 PM CET | Al Janoub Stadium

54 – Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group H | 12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET | Stadium 974

December 6, 2022 (Tuesday)

55 – Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E | 8:30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET | Education City Stadium

56- Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group G | 12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET | Lusail Iconic Stadium

Quarter-finals

December 9, 2022 (Friday)

58 – Winners of 53 vs Winners of 54 | 8:30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET | Education City Stadium

57 –  Winners of 49 vs Winners of 50| 12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET| Lusail Iconic Stadium

December 10, 2022 (Saturday)

60 – Winners of 55 vs Winners of 56 | 8:30 AM IST, 4:00 PM CET | Al Thumama Stadium

59 – Winners of 51 vs Winners of 52 | 12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET | Al Bayt Stadium

Semi-finals

December 13, 2022 (Tuesday)

61 – Winners of 57 vs Winners of 58 |12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET | Lusail Iconic Stadium

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

62 – Winners of 59 vs Winners of 60 |12:30 AM IST, 8:00 PM CET | Al Bayt Stadium

December 17, 2022 (Saturday)

63 – Third place play-off | 8:30 PM IST , 4:00 PM CET | Khalifa International Stadium

Final

December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

64 – The World Cup final | 8:30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET| Lusail Iconic Stadium

Telecast

The Reliance-backed Viacom18 Media has bagged broadcasting and streaming rights in India. The matches will be telecast live on sports 18(SD and HD) channels. The games will be streamed on Jio Cinema App. In the USA, The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live across FOX Sports. In the UK, BBC is the official channel that will broadcast the World Cup in the UK. Fans in the UK can also watch the live stream of the tournament via ITV’s official website and mobile app.

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