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All To Play For In World Cup Groups E-H

A preview of what to expect in the final Group stage matches
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Senegal has come a long way. Since they made their debuts at the 2002 World Cup, defeating France and reaching the quarterfinals, the African Champions have continued to stride forward. Indeed, the length of these strides, year after year, has been huge.

In February, Sadio Mane scored the deciding penalty that handed the Teranga Lions their first Nations Cup trophy. But with the Bayern Munich forward unable to feature at this World Cup due to injury, a certain Ismaila Sarr has stepped up, seizing every opportunity in sight. 

Senegal will continue to believe

On Tuesday evening, Kalidou Koulibaly was at the right place to stir home the winner against Ecuador, to wild celebrations from everyone with the tiniest affiliation to the West African country. 

Tunisia won, yet they lost. They earned a historic win against France but could not advance. Perhaps, now, they might be regretting how passive and languid they were against Australia, who eventually secured the second Round of 16 ticket.

Argentina are back after that opening scare against Saudi Arabia. They made easy work of Poland to top Group C and secure a meeting with the Socceroos.

So far, 10 teams have made it to the knockout stage. Six more will earn their status by the end of Friday. 

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Senegal earned a convincing 2-1 win against a slow Ecuador team thanks to a penalty from Sarr and a fine finish from Koulibaly.

Cody Gakpo scored in his third consecutive game at this tournament to confirm the Netherlands’ place in the Round of 16 with a 2-0 win against Qatar.

Christian Pulisic’s goal against Iran was enough to guide the United States to the next round.

Rashford has discovered his mojo at this World Cup

Marcus Rashford was the star of the show in England’s 3-0 win against their British neighbours, Wales. The Manchester United forward notched a brace.

Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty, yet Argentina earned a dominant 2-0 win against Poland. 

Mexico’s 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia was not enough, as they lost out on second place to Poland due to an inferior goal difference.

Australia managed a second consecutive 1-0 win against Denmark as Tunisia secured an impressive 1-0 win against France.

Preview Of The Group Stage Round 3 (E-G)

The matches for each group will run concurrently beginning this afternoon.

Japan will battle it out with Spain for a chance in the next round. The Asian team cannot be content with a draw. However, a point will be enough for La Roja.

Costa Rica will be brimming with confidence after their win against Japan. They have managed to put themselves in contention now. Yet they face Germany, who, though underwhelming, will be desperate to qualify. There will be high drama in this encounter.

Group F is wide open, with any of the teams able to progress. Croatia take on an out-of-sorts Belgium team. A draw will suffice for the Checkered team, but Belgium might need to win.

Canada do not have their fate in their hands. Still, they must defeat Morocco to put themselves in contention. The Atlas Lions will pick one of the remaining spots with a draw of any kind.

Serbia go head-to-head against Switzerland. The Swiss can progress with a point. However, Dragan Stojkovic’s team can only progress with a win.

Brazil have booked their place in the knockout stages. Tite might look to experiment with his side by fielding players with limited minutes. The Selecao face Cameroon, who need a win to have any chance. Rigobert Song’s team can draw motivation from their resilient draw against Serbia.

South Korea might yet fancy their chances against Portugal, who have little to play for in Group H.

The last time these two met in 2010, there was controversy

Ghana, on the other hand, will charge at a tame Uruguay for an opportunity to advance. The South Americans will also believe that this is a winnable match.

Predictions

Croatia vs Belgium (over 1.5 goals)

Canada vs Morocco (under 3.5 goals)

Japan vs Spain (over 2.5 goals)

Costa Rica vs Germany (2)

South Korea vs Portugal (goal/goal)

Ghana vs Uruguay (under 3.5 goals)

Serbia vs Switzerland (Serbia to score)

Cameroon vs Brazil (over 1.5 goals)