The first round of the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar is coming to an end. So far we have had pogroms – France 4:1 with Australia, or Spain 7:0 with Costa Rica, but there was also a sensation with Saudi Arabia beating Leo Messi’s Argentina 2:1 at the forefront. However, before the second series of games begins, Brazilians or Portuguese will be able to present their skills.
The two favorites and the potential dark horses of the tournament begin their struggle at the World Cup in Qatar
Thursday’s struggle at 11:00 will start with the first match of group G, i.e. the match between Switzerland and Cameroon. The Swiss in the World Cup qualifiers caused quite a surprise by advancing from the first place and pushing the European champions, Italy, to the play-off place. At the start of the tournament in Qatar, they will face Cameroon, which has not impressed in recent matches, but as befits an African team, it can surprise at any time. Nevertheless, it seems that the team from Europe is the favorite in this match.
However, in the first match of Group H, at 14:00, Uruguay will face South Korea. Although another team from Asia surprised the Germans on Wednesday, who succumbed to Japan, it seems that in this case the Uruguayans have all the arguments on their side. There are many young talents in the team from South America, including Federico Valverde and Darwin Nunez. Both teams had already competed at the 2010 World Cup, when Uruguay won 2-1.
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Portugal will play Ghana in the second game of Group H. At 17:00 the first match of perhaps the last World Cup will start, where we will be able to watch Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese have a team full of talent, but the question is whether they will be able to finally demonstrate it at a big event, because at the two previous tournaments (World Cup 2018 and European Championship 2020) it ended in disappointment. Both teams reached the World Cup after play-offs, but the team from the Iberian Peninsula is the clear favourite. Portugal and Ghana already had the opportunity to compete 8 years ago during the World Cup in Brazil. Then the Portuguese won 2-1.
The struggles in the first round of the group phase will end with the match between Brazil and Serbia from group G. “Canarinhos” are one of the biggest favorites to win the world championship. They have been waiting for them for 20 years and on Thursday they can show that they are ready for it. They won’t have an easy rival, because the Serbians are a team of character, which already rubbed the nose of the Portuguese in the qualifiers, directly advancing to the World Cup in Qatar and pushing Ronaldo’s team to the play-offs. This meeting starts at 20:00.
Match schedule for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday, November 24 [Transmisja TV, stream online]:
- Switzerland – Cameroon (at 11:00, TVP 2, TVP Sport, sport.tvp.pl),
- Uruguay – South Korea (14:00, TVP 1, TVP Sport, sport.tvp.pl),
- Portugal – Ghana (17:00, TVP 1, TVP Sport, sport.tvp.pl),
- Brazil – Serbia (20:00, TVP 1, TVP Sport, sport.tvp.pl).