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Qatar - Host the twenty-second World Cup, in 2022

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Qatar 2022: Group Stage.

Qatar - Host the twenty-second World Cup, in 2022.

Eight groups of four teams with the top two from each group moving on to the Second Round.

Group A - Group B - Group C - Group D - Group E - Group F - Group G - Group H.

Qatar 2022 - Group Stage

Group A

Group A P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Netherlands Netherlands 3 2 1 0 5/1 +4 7
Senegal Senegal 3 2 0 1 5/4 +1 6
Ecuador Ecuador 3 1 1 1 4/3 +1 4
Qatar Qatar 3 0 0 3 1/7 -6 0

Sunday, 20th November

Qatar Qatar vs Ecuador Ecuador (0:2) - Al Bayt Stadium.
0:1 Enner Valencia (16 pen)
0:2 Enner Valencia (32)

Qatar were never really at the races. Ecuador did just enough in the first-half and didn't attempt to humiliate the hosts when they came out after the break.

Monday, 21st November

Senegal Senegal vs Netherlands Netherlands (0:2) - Al Thumama Stadium.
0:1 Cody Gakpo (84)
0:2 Davy Klaassen (90 +9)

Just when it looked like Senegal might be happy with a point against the Dutch, they were hit with a double whammy at closing time.

Friday, 25th November

Netherlands Netherlands vs Ecuador Ecuador (1:1) - Khalifa International Stadium.
1:0 Cody Gakpo (6)
1:1 Enner Valencia (49)

Holland and Ecuador shared the spoils. If anything, Ecuador were the better side in the second-half.

Qatar Qatar vs Senegal Senegal (1:3) - Al Thumama Stadium.
0:1 Boulaye Dia
0:2 Famara Diedhiou
1:2 Mohammed Muntari
1:3 Cheikh Dieng

Qatar scored their first world cup finals goal but it's curtains for the hosts.

Tuesday, 29th November

Ecuador Ecuador vs Senegal Senegal (1:2) - Khalifa International Stadium.
0:1 Ismaila Sarr (44 pen)
1:1 Moises Caicedo (68)
1:2 Kalidou Koulibaly (70)

Netherlands Netherlands vs Qatar Qatar (2:0) - Al Bayt Stadium.
1:0 Cody Gakpo (26)
2:0 Frenkie de Jong (50)

Second Round:

Netherlands Netherlands vs USA USA

Group B

Group B P W D L F/A Dif Pts
England England 3 2 1 0 9/2 +7 7
USA USA 3 1 2 0 2/1 +1 5
Iran Iran 3 1 0 2 4/7 -3 3
Wales Wales 3 0 1 2 1/6 -5 1

Monday, 21st November

England England vs Iran Iran (6:2) - Khalifa International Stadium.
1:0 Jude Bellingham (35)
2:0 Bukayo Saka (43)
3:0 Raheem Sterling (45 +1)
4:0 Bukayo Saka (62)
4:1 Mehdi Taremi (65)
5:1 Marcus Rashford (71)
6:1 Jack Grealish (90)
6:2 Mehdi Taremi (90 +13)

It might have been a stroll in the desert, but you need to get off your camel to milk it. Well done England.

USA USA vs Wales Wales (1:1) - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
1:0 Tim Weah (36)
1:1 Gareth Bale (82 pen)

The game seemed to be running away from Wales until Gareth Bale took a few deep breaths and leveled from the spot in the 82nd minute, to earn Wales their first World Cup point since 1958.

Friday, 25th November

England England vs USA USA (0:0) - Al Bayt Stadium.

Well. The fifth game without a goal at Qatar so far; and England still can't beat the USA at the World Cup Finals; and can't admit that they wasted thirty minutes passing the ball around the back. Move it forward.

Wales Wales vs Iran Iran (0:2) - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Red Card Wayne Hennessey (Sent off 86)
0:1 Roozbeh Cheshmi (90 +8)
0:2 Ramin Rezaeian (90 +11)

A red card for the Welsh goalkeeperf four minutes from time, along with the extended stoppage time played out at Qatar 2014 so far, gave Iran the chance to score two late, late goals.

Tuesday, 29th November

Iran Iran vs USA USA (0:1) - Al Thumama Stadium.
0:1 Christian Pulisic (38)

Wales Wales vs England England (3:0) - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
0:1 Marcus Rashford (50)
0:2 Phil Foden (51)
0:3 Marcus Rashford (68)

Second Round:

England England vs Senegal Senegal

Group C

Group C P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Argentina Argentina 3 2 0 1 5/2 +3 6
Poland Poland 3 1 2 0 2/2 0 4
Mexico Mexico 3 1 1 1 2/3 -1 4
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 3/5 -2 3

Tuesday, 22nd November

Argentina Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (1:2) - Lusail Stadium.
1:0 Lionel Messi (10 pen)
1:1 Saleh Al-Shehri (48)
1:2 Salem Al-Dawsari (53)

Saudis shock South American superstars. It's a funny old game.

Mexico Mexico vs Poland Poland (0:0) - Stadium 974.

Poor game, poor penalty, poor Poland; but at least they didn't lose.

Saturday, 26th November

Argentina Argentina vs Mexico Mexico (2:0) - Lusail Stadium.
1:0 Lionel Messi (64)
2:0 Enzo Fernandez (87)

You don't have to be brilliant in the goup stages, just good enough. But is it enough? Poland will let us know.

Poland Poland vs Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (2:0) - Education City Stadium.
0:1 Piotr Zielinski (39)
0:2 Robert Lewandowski (82)

Wednesday, 30th November

Poland Poland vs Argentina Argentina (0:2) - Stadium 974.
0:1 Alexis Mac Allister (46)
0:2 Julián Álvarez (67)

Messi saw his first-half penalty saved but his team come out on top with a two-goal victory against Poland.

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Mexico (1:2) - Lusail Stadium.
0:1 Henry Martín (47)
0:2 Luis Chávez (52)
1:2 Salem Al-Dawsari (90 +5)

Saudi Arabia's late, late goal prevented Mexico from qualifying for the Second Round on goal difference.

Second Round:

Argentina Argentina vs Australia Australia

Group D

Group D P W D L F/A Dif Pts
France France 3 2 0 1 6/3 +3 6
Australia Australia 3 2 0 1 3/4 -1 6
Tunisia Tunisia 3 1 1 1 1/1 0 4
Denmark Denmark 3 0 1 2 1/3 -2 1

Tuesday, 22nd November

Denmark Denmark vs Tunisia Tunisia (0:0) - Education City Stadium.

It's still all to play for Denmark, despite failing to put the ball in the net against North African minnows, Tunisia.

France France vs Australia Australia (4:1) - Al Janoub Stadium.
0:1 Craig Goodwin (9)
1:1 Adrien Rabiot (27)
2:1 Olivier Giroud (32)
3:1 Kylian Mbappe (68)
4:1 Olivier Giroud (71)

After taking a surprise lead against World Cup holders, France, the Australian 'Socceroos' were outplayed by the tune of four goals to one.

Saturday, 26th November

France France vs Denmark Denmark (2:1) - Stadium 974.
1:0 Kylian Mbappe (61)
1:1 Andreas Christensen (68)
2:1 Kylian Mbappe (86)

Life is a lot easier with Kylian Mbappe leading the line. Allez les Bleus. Two World Cups on the trot? Don't bet against it as France qualify for the Second Round.

Tunisia Tunisia vs Australia Australia (0:1) - Al Janoub Stadium.
0:1 Mitch Duke (23)

Wednesday, 30th November

Australia Australia vs Denmark Denmark (1:0) - Al Janoub Stadium.
1:0 Mathew Leckie (60)

Tunisia Tunisia vs France France (1:0) - Education City Stadium.
1:0 Wahbi Khazri (58)

Tunisia beat World Cup holders France but wouldn't progress to the knockout stage because Austraia beat Denmak.

Second Round:

France France vs Poland Poland

Group E

Group E P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Japan Japan 3 2 0 1 4/3 +1 6
Spain Spain 3 1 1 1 9/3 +6 4
Germany Germany 3 1 1 1 6/5 +1 4
Costa Rica Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 3/11 -8 3

Wednesday, 23rd November

Germany Germany vs Japan Japan (1:2) - Khalifa International Stadium.
1:0 Ilkay Gündogan (33 pen)
1:1 Ritsu Doan (75)
1:2 Takuma Asano (83)

The electrifying pace of Japan, combined with astute second-half substitutions, silenced Germany late in the second-half.

A well deserved victory for the boys in blue; emulating Saudi Arabia the day before, to come from behind and beat one of the tournament's favourites.

Spain Spain vs Costa Rica Costa Rica (7:0) - Al Thumama Stadium.
1:0 Dani Olmo (11)
2:0 Marco Asensio (21)
3:0 Ferran Torres (31 pen)
4:0 Ferran Torres (54)
5:0 Gavi (74)
6:0 Carlos Soler (90)
7:0 Alvaro Morata (90 +2)

They may speak spanish in Costa Rica, but they can't play spanish. This game was all Spain; from start to finish.

Sunday, 27th November

Japan Japan vs Costa Rica Costa Rica (0:1) - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
0:1 Keysher Fuller (81)

Costa Rica recovered from their humiliating defeat to Spain, to get three points against Japan with their only shot of the tournament.

Spain Spain vs Germany Germany (1:1) - Al Bayt Stadium.
1:0 Alvaro Morata (62)
2:0 Niclas Fuellkrug (83)

A draw against Spain keeps Germany in the tournament.

Thursday, 1st December

Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Germany Germany (2:4) - Al Bayt Stadium.
0:1 Serge Gnabry (10)
1:1 Yeltsin Tejeda (58)
2:1 Juan Pablo Vargas (70)
2:2 Kai Havertz (73)
2:3 Kai Havertz (85)
2:4 Niclas Füllkrug (89)

Japan Japan vs Spain Spain (2:1) - Khalifa International Stadium.
0:1 Alvaro Morata (11)
1:1 Ritsu Doan (48)
2:1 Ao Tanaka (51)

An awesome second-half performance from Japan saw them come back from a goal down to beat Spain and top the group; with Germany going home.

Second Round:

Japan Japan vs Croatia Croatia

Group F

Group F P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Morocco Morocco 3 2 1 0 4/1 +3 7
Croatia Croatia 3 1 2 0 4/1 +3 5
Belgium Belgium 3 1 1 1 1/2 -1 4
Canada Canada 3 0 0 3 2/7 -5 0

Wednesday, 23rd November

Belgium Belgium vs Canada Canada (1:0) - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
1:0 Michy Batshuayi (44)

Canada made a positive impression but a saved penalty meant a negative result; as Belgium collected the three points, with a solitary Michy Batshuayi goal.

Morocco Morocco vs Croatia Croatia (0:0) - Al Bayt Stadium.

In something of a simmering match, Croatia's best moments came just before the half-time whistle.

With neither side wanting to lose, we were served up a third goalless draw in 24 hours; a pleasing result for the jubilant Moroccan fans.

Sunday, 27th November

Belgium Belgium vs Morocco Morocco (0:2) - Al Thumama Stadium.
0:1 Abdelhamid Sabiri (73)
0:2 Zakaria Aboukhlal (90 +2)

This two-goal victory against a country currently ranked second in the world is probably Morocco's finest World Cup finals moment.

Croatia Croatia vs Canada Canada (4:1) - Khalifa International Stadium.
0:1 Alphonso Davies (2)
1:1 Andrej Kramaric (36)
2:1 Marko Livaja (44)
3:1 Andrej Kramaric (70)
4:1 Lovro Majer (90 +4)

Canada got themselves off to the perfect start with a goal in the second minute, but Croatia soon slipped into gear and purred along to an emphatic win.

Thursday, 1st December

Canada Canada vs Morocco Morocco (1:2) - Al Thumama Stadium.
0:1Hakim Ziyech (4)
0:2 Youssef En-Nesyri (23)
1:2 Nayef Aguerd (own goal, 40)

Croatia Croatia vs Belgium Belgium (0:0) - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Belgium, the team ranked second in the world, who came third at the Russia 2018 World Cup finals, couldn't get out of the 2022 group stage.

Second Round:

Morocco Morocco vs vs Spain Spain

Group G

Group G P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Brazil Brazil 3 2 0 1 3/1 +2 6
Switzerland Switzerland 3 2 0 1 4/3 +1 6
Cameroon Cameroon 3 1 1 1 4/4 0 4
Serbia Serbia 3 0 1 2 5/8 -3 1

Thursday, 24th November

Brazil Brazil vs Serbia Serbia (2:0) - Lusail Stadium.
1: 0 Richarlison (62)
2:0 Richarlison (73)

Switzerland Switzerland vs Cameroon Cameroon (1:0) - Al Janoub Stadium.
1:0 Breel Embolo (48)

Monday, 28th November

Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland Switzerland (1:0) - Stadium 974.
1:0 Casemiro (83)

Cameroon Cameroon vs Serbia Serbia (3:3) - Al Janoub Stadium.
1:0 Jean-Charles Castelletto (29)
1:1 Strahinja Pavlovic (45 +1)
1:2 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (45 +3)
1:3 Aleksandar Mitrovic (53)
2:3 Vincent Aboubakar (63)
3:3 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (66)

Friday, 2nd December

Cameroon Cameroon vs Brazil Brazil (1:0) - Lusail Stadium.
1:0 Vincent Aboubakar (90 +2)
Red Card Vincent Aboubakar (90 +3)

Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar, already on a yellow card, removed his shirt after scoring against Brazil and received a red.

Serbia Serbia vs Switzerland Switzerland (2:3) - Stadium 974.
0:1 Xherdan Shaqiri (20)
1:1 Aleksandar Mitrovic (26)
2:1 Dusan Vlahovic (35)
2:2 Breel Embolo (44)
2:3 Remo Freuler (48)

As was expected, tempers flared as Serbia lost their nerve when staring defeat in the face against Switzerland.

Second Round:

Brazil Brazil vs South Korea South Korea

Group H

Group H P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Portugal Portugal 3 2 0 1 6/4 +2 6
South Korea South Korea 3 1 1 1 4/4 0 4
Uruguay Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2/2 0 4
Ghana Ghana 3 1 0 2 5/7 -2 3

Thursday, 24th November

Portugal Portugal vs Ghana Ghana (3:2) - Stadium 974.
1:0 Christiano Ronaldo (65 pen)
1:1 Andre Ayew (73)
2:1 Joao Felix (78)
3:1 Rafael Leao (80)
 3:2 Osman Bukari (89)

Ghana almost grabbed a point in the dying seconds when the nonchalent Portuguese goalkeeper had the ball snatched away from him. Portugal may have won but there's plenty of work to be done.

Uruguay Uruguay vs South Korea South Korea (0:0) - Education City Stadium.

Monday, 28th November

Portugal Portugal vs Uruguay Uruguay (2:0) - Lusail Stadium.
1:0 Bruno Fernandes (54)
2:0 Bruno Fernandes (90 +3 pen)

South Korea South Korea vs Ghana Ghana (2:3) - Education City Stadium.
0:1 Mohammed Salisu (24)
0:2 Mohammed Kudus (34)
1:2 Cho Gue-Sung (58)
2:2 Cho Gue-Sung (61)
2:3 Mohammed Kudus (68)

Friday, 2nd December

Ghana Ghana vs Uruguay Uruguay (0:2) - Al Janoub Stadium.
0:1 Giorgian de Arrascaeta (26)
0:2 Giorgian de Arrascaeta (32)

South Korea South Korea vs Portugal Portugal (2:1) - Education City Stadium.
0:1 Ricardo Horta (5)
1:1 Kim Young-Gwon (27)
2:1 Hwang Hee-Chan (90 +1)

Second Round:

Portugal Portugal vs Switzerland Switzerland

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.Full coverage of the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany with background information on all 32 teams.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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