FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw: Group guide – Sportstar – Sportstar

Countdown begins: former Serbian player and coach Bora Milutinovic draws the card of Ecuador in Group A during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw at the Doha Exhibition Center on April 1. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
Group A — Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
The first match of the 2022 World Cup will be played by this group with host Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium.
The group has three-time World Cup finalist, Netherlands, and the winner of the African Cup of Nations 2021, Senegal, in which Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk will go up against each other.
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Group B — England, IR Iran, USA, Wales
The runner-up of EURO 2020, England, is drawn against the United States of America, Iran and will face Wales in the group stage.
Harry Kane, the joint second-highest goalscorer for England ever (49 goals), will look to surpass Wayne Rooney (53 goals) and win a major international trophy with the Three Lions in Qatar.
Group C — Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Argentina and Poland will have the battle of the forwards when they lock horns in the group stage with Lewandowski and Messi, both in action. The two sides have met twice in the World Cup before and the latest meeting happened in 1978 — the year Argentina won its maiden title.
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Group D — France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
The 2018 World Cup Champion, France, has been drawn in a relatively easy group, with Denmark, Tunisia, Australia and meets the Danes in their group for the second successive edition.
Group E — Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
A group that has five World Cup titles between them, Spain and Germany, will be pitted against each other in a replay of the 2010 World Cup semifinal in the group stage itself.
Costa Rica join the group alongside Japan — a country that pushed Belgium to the brink of knockout in Russia four years ago.
Group F — Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
FIFA World Cup’s Group F has two European heavyweights Belgium and Croatia, while Canada remains a dark horse in this group.
Luka Modric will be in action against his club teammate Thibaut Courtois, while Canada will look to go beyond the group stage to better its history in the tournament.
Group G — Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Three of the four countries in this group, Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia, were together in the previous edition of the tournament as well.
Brazil lost the Copa America last year to Argentina and will look to win an international trophy sooner than later with Neymar leading the attack.
Group H — Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will all be in action with Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana and Republic of Korea drawn together in the same group.
Multiple rivalries will be repeated here. Uruguay, which eliminated Portugal in Russia 2018 and Ghana in South Africa 2010, will face both early on in the tournament.


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