Qatar 2022: Groups E and F

Qatar 2022: Groups E and F
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21 November 2022
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The presence of Spain and Germany in the same group automatically made group E the group of death for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

What will probably be the most attractive match of the entire first round will be on the second date of the calendar, and this could leave one of the two touched, with the responsibility to win in their last match.

La Roja reaches this tournament in a much more stable position than in 2018, when Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the tournament, and led by the controversial Luis Enrique is experiencing a resurgence with a batch of young players who strongly support their coach .

That dedication and blind faith is his main virtue, but youth can be a double-edged sword, because freshness and recklessness on the field is combined with inexperience at crucial moments, and it’s already known that in a World Cup details count. In any case, they must qualify for the round of 16.

The same happens with Germany, which lands in Qatar with a new generation, ambitious, but which has not won anything. Unlike Spaniards, the Germans retain important pillars that will provide the necessary seniority like Mario Götze, Manuel Neuer, and Thomas Müller.

After the elimination on the group stage at Russia 2018, the transition with Hansi Flick in charge has been quite good, and they should have no problem getting with Spain to the next round.

Costa Rica and Japan complete the group against these two powers and they are given very few options to stay alive, although the Ticos already lived a similar experience in Brazil 2014, when they were pitted with Italy, England and Uruguay.

However, this time it seems that the stars of the Central American squad are very veteran and it would be a major surprise if they pass ahead of Germans or Spaniards.

Group F will have two other great teams that are used to being part of the big party of international football such as Belgium and Croatia.

The golden generation of Belgian soccer faces its last chance to win an important tournament, after signing very good seasons, but not winning the good one, as we say in Cuba. The magic of Kevin de Bruyne has to come out in his full splendor, especially since Eden Hazard has spent a couple of seasons to be forgotten, weighed down by injuries and benched in Real Madrid.

Belgium's last participation in a major tournament ended in elimination, finishing second in their UEFA Nations League group, which does not a good panorama for the second in the ranking.

Croatia gave the surprise in the previous World Cup, and although they are not expected to have an equally good campaign, they are given as favorites to survive the initial phase.

Their stellar midfield of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic is a guarantee of success, but young fullbacks Josko Gvardiol and Josip Stanisic will be constantly tested and it remains to be seen if they respond, especially when it comes to knockout matches, when they will need the maximum support of the hardened Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren.

Morocco and Canada are the other teams, but they would also be the news of the World Cup if they defeat the European teams.

Translated by Amilkal Labañino / CubaSí Translation Staff

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