Two matches will take place today in the FIFA World Cup, in the first match, England, the 1966 world champion, will take on Iran, while another match will be held between the Netherlands and Senegal.
Doha: Football fever has been gripping the world. Ecuador trounced hosts Qatar 2-0 in the opening match of the tournament.
Two matches will take place today. In the first match, England, the 1966 world champion, will take on Iran. On paper, England is one of the favourites in this World Cup. However, uncertainty always looms in any sport. As we saw in the recently concluded T20 cricket World Cup when minnows the Netherlands, conquered South Africa and knocked them out of the tournament.
As the Three Lions have gone winless in their last six competitive games, the pressure has naturally mounted on England’s players as well as manager Gareth Southgate.
It is undeniable that the English team has performed admirably under Southgate, as they advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then played in the Euro 2020 finals two years later and lost to Italy.
It would be a great moment for Iran to play against a strong team like England in the World Cup encounter. Iran has nothing to lose, as they are underdogs in the tournament. Due to political unrest in Iran, several members of the Iranian squad, such as Sardar Azmoun, recently supported the anti-government stir and are now hoping to upset England, which is an uphill task but not impossible.
Netherlands vs. Senegal
Another match is on the cards in today’s fixture between the Netherlands and Senegal. The Dutch men reached three World Cup finals but did not win the coveted trophy. The Netherlands are hoping for a change of destiny and to return home with the cup.
In the 2002 World Cup, Senegal thrashed defending champion France. Therefore, the Dutch men need to be careful because the gaps between the major teams and the good sides have narrowed.