World Cup Friday: England and Wales are back in Group B and the Netherlands will play Ecuador in Group A | Football news

England and Wales are back in action at the World Cup on Friday when teams in Groups A and B play their second legs of the tournament.

Rob Page’s Welsh team started early, hosting Iran at 10:00 and looking to build on a well-deserved 1-1 draw against the US on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s England game began as the last game of the day at 19:00, when he faced an impressive US team, but was boosted by a 6-2 thrashing of Iran.

In Group A, hosts Qatar will play Senegal looking to score their first points of the tournament, while Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands will play Ecuador, with the teams leading the group after winning 2-0 in their opening games.

World Cup matches – 24 November.

Wales' Gareth Bale's reaction after scoring a goal against USA
Gareth Bale of Wales reacted after scoring against USA

  • Wales vs. Iran – Group B, start at 10.00.
  • Qatar vs. Senegal – Group A, start at 13:00.
  • Netherlands vs Ecuador – Group A, start at 16:00.
  • England vs USA – Group B, starting at 19:00.

How England can reach the round of 16 on Friday

Harry Maguire created the composition
Harry Maguire spoke against Iran with restraint.

England lead Group B with three points after beating Iran 6-2 in the first round. Wales and the US each scored a point after drawing on Monday, while Iran backs the group.

If England get three more points they will advance to the Round of 16 and remain in first place.

A win could even seal the qualification of the group winner if Wales draw against Iran. If Wales were defeated, Iran could still mathematically finish above England with another victory over the US.

Head to head is the third method of establishing a tiebreak in this tournament after goal difference and goals scored.

If Wales go into the final game against England with four points by beating Iran, they could still finish above England with a third round win, no matter how England plays against the US.

In Taremi form to beat Wales?

Iranian Mehdi Taremi beats Jordan Pickford from the penalty spot
Iranian Mehdi Taremi defeats Jordan Pickford from the penalty spot

Peter Smith from Sky Sports:

Iran was expected to give England a much bigger test than on Monday, but their striker Mehdi Taremi showed his threat with an impressive performance given the circumstances of that 6-2 defeat.

He showed his instinctive ability to finish with one touch by scoring the first goal and his composure by scoring a stoppage-time penalty in the second half for his second.

Mehdi Taremi scored twice for England for Iran
Taremi scored twice against England for Iran

He led his team offensively and despite Iran only having 22 percent of possession in the match, statistics show they were able to find him quickly when they recovered the ball. Iran is likely to have more possession against Wales, but expect them to look for it at every opportunity.

And there is a good reason for that. Taremi has scored five goals in five Champions League matches this season and has been in top form with 16 goals in his last 13 appearances for club and country.

Mehdi Taremi is in great form this season with the Portuguese national team.
This season Taremi in the Portuguese national team is in great shape.

His stats for Porto this season show just how dangerous he is in the box – whether he scores on his own or sets up a teammate, with six goals and five assists to his credit this season in the league. He may lose more aerial duels than he wins, but he adds so much to the front line of the Portuguese team and has become the standout striker in Europe.

He also has a story. Taremi was a late developer. Now he is 30 years old, but only at the age of 22 he played in the top division of Iran, and he got to Europe only at 27 years old.

There was a period in Qatar in between, so he knows the atmosphere of this World Cup well, but his 62 goals in 115 games for Porto, including 20 he scored in the league during their double winning season in 2021/22 show is a player who is well and really arrived now.

Is there another step ahead in his career? The debate about him may well flare up in January, but right now he is focused on expanding his record of 30 goals in Iran’s 61 matches against Wales…

Cisse: I have full confidence in Mandy

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his team's first goal by beating Senegalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy during the World Cup Group A football match between Senegal and the Netherlands at the Al-Tumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, November 11.  January 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores against Senegal

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has full confidence in goalkeeper Edouard Mendy despite his rocky start to the World Cup campaign.

Mendy may have been at fault for both goals in his side’s first 2–0 loss to the Netherlands, which continued a difficult period for the goalkeeper. He was briefly on the bench at Chelsea this season, with Kepa Arrizabalaga preferring to play under new manager Graham Potter.

“Edouard is feeling very good, he has a steely determination,” Cissé told reporters on Thursday.

“Eduard’s qualities speak for themselves, I don’t think anyone doubts him, sometimes he has ups, sometimes downs, I completely trust him, I blindly trust and trust his teammates. Tomorrow he will be on the field.

Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is also Mendy’s teammate at Chelsea, said people are overreacting to the goalkeeper’s uniform.

“We play at the same club and we are brothers in arms in Senegal, Edouard is a very important player for us, it’s normal to go through difficult stages – I think we are making a mountain of molehills here,” he said. said.

Qatar wants to prove it can compete, Sanchez says

Mohammed Muntari misses the chance
Mohammed Muntari regrets Qatar’s missed chance

Qatar wants to prove they can compete at the highest level when they face Senegal, says coach Felix Sanchez.

The Asian champions are looking to avoid becoming the fourth hosts to be eliminated in the first round of the final after Switzerland, Chile and South Africa in 1954, 1962 and 2010 respectively. Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the first leg of the tournament.

“Hopefully we can play freely and without pressure and be better than the first game, this team has a lot to prove,” Sanchez said.

“There are many factors that influence matches, but the most important thing is to give your best, at the World Cup, if you don’t give it your all, you will be punished.

“Emotionally, everything was very difficult. [for the opening game] and the attitude to the World Cup is completely different. I hope that the performance will be as competitive against Senegal.

“We didn’t bring joy to the fans, but we tried to avoid the negative atmosphere in recent days.”

Team news

Englishman Harry Kane grimaces in pain against Iran
Englishman Harry Kane grimaces in pain against Iran

England captain Harry Kane got a good chance to face the United States in England’s World Cup Group B match at Al Khor on Friday after getting rid of an ankle strike, manager Gareth Southgate confirmed.

Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was sacked with a concussion after head-butting teammate Majid Hosseini in a match on Monday.

Beiranvand required treatment within minutes of the incident and still looked unwell when he got back on his feet, but notably, he was briefly allowed to play. He will be replaced Hossein Hosseiniwho came on as a substitute in Iran’s defeat by England.

Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand recovers after head-on collision with teammate
Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand recovers after head-on collision with teammate

Queiroz said: “Day after day, test after test, everything is going well and we are happy with this situation, but due to the fact that he was involved in a concussion incident, we need a medical protocol. to respect. There is no way to bypass the protocol. He won’t play, but he will be ready for the last game.”

Ecuador waiting for further testing of veteran striker Enner Valencia before deciding if he’s fit enough to start against the Netherlands.

Enner Valencia celebrates second goal
Enner Valencia celebrates his second goal for Ecuador

The 33-year-old scored both goals in Ecuador’s first 2-0 win over Qatar and plays a key role in their World Cup hopes, but was limping late in that game with a sprained knee.

“Examinations showed that he has no injury, but the injury is very serious. Let’s look at it this afternoon.” [Thursday] and make a decision,” Ecuador’s head coach Gustavo Alfaro told reporters.

“I said the other day that not even fire can stop Enner. If it depends on him, he will play. Let’s get over the doubts and hope he does well in today’s practice session.”

Options Statistics

Englishman Raheem Sterling celebrating with teammates his team's third goal
Englishman Raheem Sterling, along with teammates, celebrates his team’s third goal against Iran.

  • In all competitions, England have won eight of their 11 encounters with the USA (D1 L2). Their last loss to them came in June 1993 (0-2) when they won four and have since drawn one of their meetings.
  • The US has played more World Cup games without a goalless draw than any other team (34), while England has played more 0-0 games than any other country (11).
  • It is only the second meeting between Wales and Iran that the Red Dragons won another in April 1978 with Phil Dwyer scoring the game’s only goal.
  • Carlos Queiroz has won only two of his 11 World Cup matches (D4 L5) in his spells against Portugal and Iran. His teams conceded just seven goals in his first 10 games before Iran’s 6-2 defeat by England.
  • Qatar failed to land a single shot on goal in the opening match against Ecuador, the first host nation to fail to do so in a World Cup match since the United States against Brazil in the round of 16 in 1994.
  • Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has not lost a single one of his eight World Cup matches in charge (W6 D2 excluding shootouts). Only Vittorio Pozzo (9 – W8 D1) has played more games without ever losing a competition.
  • Ecuador is looking to win back-to-back World Cup matches in the same edition for only the second time, having previously won its first two matches in 2006 to qualify for the play-offs.

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