USA and England begin group play, Qatar loses

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world Cup The season begins in Qatar after years of waiting, and ESPN has you covered for the world’s biggest sporting event.

We’ve seen the opening ceremony, pre-game speeches and musical acts (yes, that was BTS!) We’ve seen the first goal disallowed by VAR at the World Cup (well done, Enner Valencia, that To be an answer to the trivia question) and we’ve also allowed the first goals in the World Cup (again, congratulations to Enner Valencia, whose two goals gave Ecuador a win over host nation Qatar.)

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Leading: USA! America! America!

Group B play begins bright and early on Monday morning as England take on Iran at Khalifa International Stadium (8:00 a.m. ET), but it’s merely an appetizer for a delicious main course as the U.S. take on Gareth Bale at Al Rayyan Stadium and Makes his tournament debut against Wales. (2 p.m. ET).

For the USMNT, it is imperative that they get off to a hot start as England await their second group game. Wales offer plenty of threat to their talisman, Gareth Bale – who had some notable cameos this season during LAFC’s run for the 2022 MLS Cup – but America boasts its full complement of stars, led by Christian Pulisic , and will be eager to make up for what Russia missed in 2018. ,we won’t mention the crow, We won’t mention the crow.)

Tyler Adams has been designated captain, became the youngest American captain at a World Cup since Harry Keough in 1950, and were fortunate to avoid significant injuries during their pre-tournament preparation, something that could not be said of France. Could be (Karim Benzema was ruled out on Saturday), Senegal (Sadio Mane was ruled out on Thursday) or Belgium (striker Romelu Lukaku is already ruled out for their first group game). America also got Good News Passing fitness tests to face Wales as defender Sergino Dest and midfielder Weston McKennie.

He also got a timely message from home before his first match, courtesy of US Soccer…

Ahead of the game, meet Sam Borden the man responsible for feeding the team While in Doha, Luis Miguel Echegere talks to prolific forward Tim Weah His footballing roots and what this World Cup means to him, Coach Greg Berhalter believes in his team “Can beat anybody” in Qatar… He will then be tested by the Welsh on Monday. No more pressure!!


News and Notes

  • Host nation Qatar lost 2-0 against Ecuador in the opening game of the World Cup, with strange scenes from the home fans leading to a largely pro-Ecuador atmosphere throughout much of the second half before the final whistle. we covered first day surrealism With all Poor performance of Qatar national team In what was essentially their first game for a global audience. Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian fans were chanting captured “We want beer” as the Qatari fans quickly left.

  • Is this a sign of congestion and logistical issues to come? The official World Cup fan area in Al Bidda was so overwhelmed with fans that they closed access. The venue has a reported capacity of 40,000, but security services were forced to push fans back as they approached the various entry points, Tom Hamilton reports,

  • England captain Harry Kane told the media He’ll Still Wear the “OneLove” Armband Despite reported threats of a fine and yellow card at kickoff as various European teams battle with FIFA over the host nation’s human rights record. Kane said, “I think we’ve made it clear as a team, as an employee and as an organization, that we want to wear armbands… I think we’ve made it clear that we want to wear it.”

  • Prior to his game with England, Iran defender Ehsan Hajsafi was the first member team melee To speak out in clear support Homecoming of anti-government protests. “They should know that we are with them. And we support them. And we sympathize with them about the situation. We have to accept that the situation in our country is not right and our people are not happy,” he said. are not.” “We are here, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be their voice or that we shouldn’t respect them.”

  • Brazil is one of the frontrunners to claim the trophy in Qatar, but who will play in Thursday’s Group G game versus Serbia? now, it is all about the wrong direction, Defender Alex Sandro said on Sunday, “We have no idea who is in the starting XI: we are curious to know what the coach will decide and the competition to secure a place is relentless.”


best parts of today

Mark Ogden enjoyed Qatar v Ecuador from a sports bar in Doha, while Tom Hamilton soaked up the sights and sounds from the overcrowded fan zone.

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Mark Ogden shares his experience of watching the opening match of the World Cup from a bar in Doha.

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what’s on tap tomorrow

– England vs. Iran (Group B, 8 AM ET): The Three Lions have been an “almost-there” team in recent years, finishing fourth at the 2018 World Cup and then second at the European Championships. What can they achieve this time? if you have heard his new song (well, the latest release of his familiar refrain), then “football is coming home for Christmas,” but he will need to start strong against an Iran side that show no fear,

– Senegal vs. Netherlands (Group A, 11 AM ET): We reckon these two will be the sides progressing to the last-16, but Ecuador’s win over Qatar means a decisive result for one side here could spell doom for the other. Cody Gakpo is likely to play playmaker in the Dutch attack, and with good reason – read our profile Here’s to the next big transfer target – while Senegal try to figure out how to replace injured Talisman Mane who will be ruled out of the World Cup on Thursday.

– United States vs. Wales (Group B, 2 p.m. ET): What more is there to say? The pressure on Berhalter and Co. to complete the sky-high hype back home with three points against a Wales side could be hard to see.


what else caught our eye

We had the first use of VAR in the World Cup with a third-minute goal by Enner Valencia – which would have been the fastest ever goal in a World Cup debut – and Dale Johnson was on hand to explain Why was the call made?

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Dale Johnson explains why Ecuador had a goal in the World Cup opener vs Qatar in confusing circumstances.


Your best bets (Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)

Take a look at how to actually bet on football matches as ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Dan Thomas and Dalan Cuffe give you their top tips. On odds, options and futures,

Here’s what we have for the first two matches.

Group A

Netherlands (-160) v. Senegal (+500), draw +255

Phlegm: The Netherlands is looking much better at Euro 2020 than it was 15 months ago. No sadio mane There is a dagger for Senegal. I think the Dutch are going to come out flying, I’ll take 2.5 goals (+115).

Carr: I’m staying away from it now that Mane is out, but a +500 price tag on Senegal is certainly attractive for a team that is still defense-first.

Thomas: I think this could be a tough case. I am not sure where the goals are going to come from either side. I’ll take the under in it. Netherlands 1-0 Senegal.

group b

england (-290) v. Iran (+1000), draw +340

Carr: Can I place an under bet on each game in this group? Probably not, but I like it here under 2.5 goals (-150). Iran conceded five goals in 14 qualifiers and allowed only one goal each spain And portugal four years ago. England had a total of two goals in three group games at Euros last year, so unless Gareth Southgate has indicated he will use all of England’s attacking talent, I’m going with the under on England’s games.

Phlegm: I’ll just keep saying, I’m faking England. That said, his defensive approach against an inferior opponent would lead to victory, but without much style and perhaps only scoring one goal. Not much value here, and I don’t like this game, but I would pick England to Win to Nil (-128).

Thomas: I am not very hopeful that England can go very far in this tournament. However, given the weakness of the teams around them in the group, I think they will qualify easily, starting with a comfortable win against Iran in the opener. harry kane Scoring (-110) at any point looks like a lay-up. England 3-0 Iran.

United States of america (+160) Vs. wales (+200), draw +190

Carr: I hope it’s not my American bias, but America has more attacking options than Wales, highlighted by a quartet of quality wingers (christian pulisic, Branden Aaronson, Giovanni Reyna, timothy wow, Because of that and Wales’ not-as-good-as-you-think defense, which allowed an expected 1.2 goals per game in qualifying, I’m going at -135 with a US draw no bet.

Phlegm: Bias Alert! It’s been eight years since we saw America in a World Cup game. I can see it being low scoring. The young attacking talent hasn’t come together in the last few friendlies. Wales are not a dynamic attacking team, relying on talent Gareth Bale or looking across kiefer mooreThe head of Under play or both teams not scoring has no value. Fair move is probably Draw +190 or even Wales Draw No Bet +105. But there’s no emotional defense here — USA to win (+160).

Thomas: I know I’m not selling this very well. But I expect a 0-0 draw here.





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