The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is proving to be a surprise, or at least Day 3 with the game between Argentina and Saudi Arabia where Leo Messi’s team lost to a fantastic Asian team. The game’s 2-1 result to the Green Falcons resonated around the world, so much so that the country today declared a national holiday, no work for anyone. But with Day 3 out of the way, we had a fantastic Day 4; Germany, Spain and Croatia are keen to jump onto the field.
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World Cup games today (all times ET)’
Group F: Morocco v Croatia (5am)
A very interesting game. Croatia renewed their team from the one that reached the final in Russia. Still, Luka Modric will be making his fourth appearance and looking to continue building on his legacy. But this is not a strong Croatian team. Our forecast is of a very balanced game.
The African team has some good players; Youssef En-Nesyri of Sevilla is one to watch, plus Achraf Hakimi, the team’s biggest start. PSG’s right-back wants to make a splash on the biggest stage.
Group E: Germany v Japan (8am)
The big question for this game is which German team will we see? Flick’s boys can score eight goals and be a machine or lose a game against some of the weakest teams in Europe. This team didn’t make it through the group stage last time and that’s not allowed for Germany. They must do better, and they will be looking to golden boy Musiala to make it happen.
Japan and the Rising Sun team. Is it all about Cubo? The Asians have always been a very disciplined team, sometimes too uninventive and without leaving the script. They are quick and very direct and Germany should be worried about how to prevent how the Japanese players will try to exploit the gaps they leave in defence.
Group F: Spain v Costa Rica (11am)
Luis Enrique, said nuff, right? This is Lucho’s team whether you like him or not. He didn’t want big stars. He is the only star of this team. The one who makes all the decisions, and that’s where the money stops, as President Truman would say. Pedri will be tasked with leading this team to glory, the 19-year-old had a great Euro Cup last time out with the Spanish side and La Roja will need the Barcelona player’s best form.
It’s all about ‘pura vida’ for the Ticos and they’re going to make it really difficult for this Spanish side to beat them. Luis Fernando Suarez is no amateur at World Cup games, the Costa Rica coach was here with Ecuador eight years ago and he knows how to compete.
Group E: Belgium v Canada Japan (2pm)
Very even game. Belgium is not the same team that reached the semifinals of Russia. The team is four years older and has had little or no refurbishment. Their line of defense with Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen average 34 years old. You may suffer from Canadian speed.
For the North American team, it’s a very structured team with lots of speed and lots of physical attributes. Alphonso Davies is one to watch in this match. The Bayern left-back is in top form and will pose the biggest threat to the European side.
Full 2022 World Cup schedule
Find out at a glance when all matches are taking place in Qatar.