Qatar 2022 World Cup enters the fast lane

Qatar 2022 World Cup enters the fast lane
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Doha, State of Qatar

Oh how time flies! In fact, time flies faster than the official match ball of the FIFA World Cup 2022!  

This Sunday, the Qatar 2022 enters its second week and all the 16 teams og Groups E, F, G and H will be in action for the next two dayss.

By then, some of those who will crash out along with the hosts, Qatar would have emerged. Some of the matches on the card are super explosive;

For instance, two European heavyweights will lock horns in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches.

Two former World Cup champions, Spain (2010 winners) and Germany (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) go head-on collision.

The Sunday match is a clash of champions. While Spain thoroughly enjoyed their tournament opener, recording their biggest FIFA World Cup finals victory with a 7-0 win against Costa Rica, four-time winners Germany endured a shock 2-1 defeat by Japan.

In Group F, Croatia and Canada meet for the first time.  This is a destiny-shaping encounter.  

While Croatia, the 2018 runners-up, opened their campaign with a goalless draw against Morocco, Canada were beaten 1-0 by Belgium, a missed penalty by Alphonso Davies leaving them still awaiting their first goal and point at the finals.

Belgium are the only team in Group F to have scored in their opening game. Michy Batshuayi’s strike earned the 2018 semi-finalists a 1-0 win against Canada after Morocco had opened their FIFA World Cup 2022 account with a goalless draw against 2018 runners-up Croatia.

The countries have met once before at the finals, with Belgium claiming a 1-0 win in Orlando in 1994.

The moods of Japan and Costa Rica are somewhat contrasting as they approach their second Group E encounter. While the Asian side sensationally came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 in their opening game, their opponents from Concacaf suffered their heaviest FIFA World Cup defeat, going down 7-0 to Spain.

Morocco will attempt to lift Africa from the pit today as they face Belgium. African football followers are already getting worried as indications seem to be pointing towards a mass crashing out from the group stage as it happened four years ago.

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