πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦ FIFA World Cup 2022 - Round 2: Preview, Stats, Results and Live Updates

The Matches keeps coming thick and fast as we head into the 2nd Round of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This round will prove to be the ultimate decider of how most of the group rankings would shape up.

Round 2 Fixtures

Friday November 25

Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Saturday November 26

Group D: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday November 27

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday November 28

Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group H: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group G: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Join us in the discussion and share your views on the various matches

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Brace yourselves, we could confirm our first team in the knockouts today! :100::raised_hands:

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Wales vs Iran Key Stats

  • This is just the second-ever meeting between the two teams, with the previous encounter being a friendly in 1978, where Wales eked out a 1-0 win.

  • Iran have failed to win nine of their last ten FIFA World Cup matches. In fact, they have only secured two wins in 15 previous games at the coveted tournament and have never made it out of the group stage.

  • Wales are without a win in their last six games across all competitions, suffering four defeats (D2).

  • Iran have picked up three wins in their last six games in all competitions (D1, L2).

  • Iran have conceded eight goals across their last two games, having suffered a 2-0 loss to Tunisia in their final game before falling to a 6-2 thrashing in their World Cup opener.

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Qatar vs Senegal Key Stats

  • Qatar could become the fourth World Cup host eliminated in the first round of the World Cup after Switzerland, Chile and South Africa in 1954, 1962 and 2010 respectively.

  • Qatar became the first host nation to lose their opening game in the FIFA World Cup.

  • Qatar were the first nation in 52 years not to score in their opening game of the FIFA World Cup.

  • Senegal are without a clean sheet in their last eight World Cup matches.

  • Senegal registered 15 shots against the Netherlands (their second-highest in a World Cup match).

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Netherland vs Ecuador

  • The Netherlands have won 12 of their last 15 matches in the World Cup.

  • The Netherlands have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches in the World Cup.

  • The Netherlands have won five of their last six games in all competitions while remaining unbeaten during that phase.

  • Ecuador lost only one of their last seven games in the qualification phase.

  • Ecuador is unbeaten in the last six games in all competitions.

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England vs USA Key Stats

  • This is the third meeting between the two sides in the World Cup and the USA have an edge with one win and one draw.

  • when it comes to all competitions England are leading with eight wins in 11 matches.

  • England blanked USA 3-0 in a friendly back in November 2018.

  • The USA are yet to keep a clean sheet against European teams since 1950.

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World Cup stats heading into Round 2:

Top scorers
:fr:Giroud - 2
:brazil:Richarlison - 2
:england:Saka - 2
:iran:Taremi - 2
:es:Ferran Torres - 2
:ecuador:Valencia - 2

Top assists
:portugal:Fernandes - 2
:england:Kane - 2

Most passes
:es:Laporte - 149
:es:Rodri - 140
:fr:Upamecano - 120

Most shots
:canada:David - 7
:fr:Mbappe - 7
:de:Gundogan - 6
:de:Gnabry - 6

Most saves
:jp:Gonda - 8
:serbia:Vanja Milinkovic-Savic - 6
:tunisia:Dahmen - 5
:saudi_arabia:Al-Owais - 5
:switzerland:Sommer - 5

Most tackles
:serbia:Milenkovic - 8
:tunisia:Abdi - 7
:us_outlying_islands:Adams - 6

Most interceptions
:saudi_arabia:Al-Shahrani - 6
:denmark:Kjaer - 5
:serbia:Milenkovic - 4

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Round 1 disappointments were :argentina: ARG and :de: GER :astonished:

Teams that had a blast were :es: ESP, :ecuador: ECU, :england: ENG, :saudi_arabia: KSA, and :fr: FRA :fire:

Dark :racehorse: :jp: JPN - To beat :de: - What an accomplishment! :star_struck: :heart:

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A remarkable victory for IR Iran.

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Asian football is flying at the World Cup :triumph:

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Most chances created in a single World Cup game across the last two tournaments:

β—‰ 8 - Mehdi Taremi vs. Wales
β—Ž 7 - Mesut Γ–zil vs. South Korea
β—Ž 7 - Neymar vs. Belgium
β—Ž 7 - Kieran Trippier vs. Belgium

Iran’s No.9 is so much more than a No.9. :raised_hands:

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Iran tossed coach Carlos Queiroz in the air after their late win against Wales :heart:

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98 - Roozbeh Cheshmi’s goal (97:56) against Wales was the latest match-winning strike scored in any World Cup game (excl. extra-time) since exact goal times are available for the competition (from 1966). Stoppage.

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The first red card of the 2022 World Cup.

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Boulaye Dia gets Senegal off the mark at the 2022 World Cup :dart:

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The only way to celebrate your third win in World Cup history :tada:

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Senegal are the first African team to win at this World Cup :senegal:

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Qatar are the first host nation to lose multiple group stage games in a single World Cup :flushed:

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Each team takes a point!

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6 - Enner Valencia is the joint-top scorer in the #FIFAWorldCup since the 2014 tournament, even though he didn’t feature in the 2018 edition. Indeed, only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored as many group stage goals as Valencia (6) in this period. Inspired.

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