World Cup favorites Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will start their group campaigns against Serbia and Ghana respectively on Thursday.
B.Razor’s Group G rivals Switzerland and Cameroon will start the day’s action, while Uruguay will face Group H South Korea in the same pool as Portugal.
On Wednesday, Japan delivered another surprising upset by defeating four-time champions Germany 2-1 and Spain 7-0 in Costa Rica, a day after Saudi Arabia’s shock defeat to Argentina. was recorded.
2018 finalists Croatia drew 0-0 with Morocco, while a weak Belgium defeated Canada 1-0. Meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane looks set to face the USA in Group B on Friday.
Here, the PA news agency reports on events in Qatar.
Silva boosts Brazil’s potential
Brazil come to the Gulf nations as number one in the FIFA rankings and captain Thiago Silva said they are “ready to host a great World Cup”.
Selecao are expected to climb to the top of the South American CONMEBOL rankings and lift the trophy for the first time in 20 years.
Chelsea defender Silva said:
“All I can say to the Brazilian fans is trust us and make sure you are ready for a great World Cup. I can imagine it and I do it every day.”
I am completely bulletproof – Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo insists his impassioned interview with Piers Morgan and his subsequent departure from Manchester United did not hurt Portugal’s preparations for the World Cup.
Ronaldo was a surprise attendee at the Portuguese press conference on Monday, urging the media not to focus on him as he prepares for a group match against Ghana.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Ronaldo said: “The atmosphere is great. I’m fine. I’m focused.
“I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t talk about me. I’m completely bulletproof and iron-faced. If you asked any other player about Cristiano Ronaldo, I’d be very offended. The World Cup and If you want to ask him about the team, ask him.”
Japan beats Germany in historic defeat
Japan’s head coach Hajime Moriyasu called the 2-1 victory over Germany in the Group E opener the best result in Japanese football history.
Germany took the lead in the second half with a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan in the 33rd minute, but Japan’s late shots from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who played in Germany’s Freiburg and Bochum respectively, caused great grief.
Asked at a press conference whether this was the best result in Japanese football history, Moriyasu replied, “I think it’s at least a historic moment, a historic victory.”
Spain took their biggest win in World Cup history with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica in the Group E opener, but Belgium’s star-studded side defeated Canada 1-0 to finish the 2018 finals. They defeated Croatia. Morocco won her 0:0.
Kane improves fitness
Harry Kane has given England a big boost as he trains with the rest of his side in preparation for Wednesday’s Group B match on Friday.
Kane’s fitness has been in doubt since he injured his ankle in Monday’s 6-2 loss to Iran, but the England captain, who was due to arrive for tests, appears to be in good shape. He is expected to return to training on Thursday.
Patient Harry Maguire also trained for Wednesday’s game against Iran, but James Madison was again eliminated with a knee injury.
Germany should avoid sanctions
According to PA News Agency, Germany will not be disciplined by FIFA for covering its mouth while taking pictures of the team before their match against Japan.
Tensions between seven European nations backing the OneLove campaign and FIFA continue to ease after the Football Association declined to comment on whether England could imitate Germany’s gesture ahead of their match against the United States. .
After FIFA threatened to issue a yellow card to a captain who was due to wear the OneLove armband to promote diversity and inclusion during matches, the FA sought legal options with its Danish and German counterparts on the matter. I am looking for
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Group G: Switzerland – Cameroon (1000, ITV1)
Group H: Uruguay v South Korea (1300, BBC1)
Group H: Portugal – Ghana (1600, ITV1)
Group G: Brazil v Serbia (1900, BBC1)
Author: PA Sports Team
Source: Belfast Telegraph