During the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the hosts, Qatar, will face Ecuador. Other games will be played in other venues around Qatar.
The group stage will last for 13 days. Two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage. The knockout phases will be played as single elimination matches. There will also be a third-place play-off game on December 17. The winner of this game will earn the right to face France in the semi-finals.
England is the clear favorite to advance from the group stage. But the USA is also hoping to advance. In our sim, the USMNT was able to draw with Iran. In addition, the USA defeated Wales 2-1 in their final group game.
France is the defending World Cup champion. But the country will be without four key players. Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, and Christian Eriksen are out. In addition, Son Heung-min underwent surgery on a fracture around his left eye.
Portugal, the reigning European champions, is also a favorite. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will look to continue their impressive form. The team has won five World Cups and will be relying on their talent.
The USMNT has been struggling in the lead up to the World Cup. However, DeAndre Yedlin is the only player on the roster with World Cup experience. He has a great shot at winning a second World Cup and will be hoping to make a strong showing in his last World Cup.