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Eight matches.

Twenty-seven goals.

The UEFA Champions League teams that waited til Wednesday to debut their 2020-21 tournaments saved up their attacking style and deployed it at will.

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Liverpool and Manchester City won, Real Madrid was stunned, and Inter Milan avoided a home loss thanks to last-minute heroics from big Romelu Lukaku.

And that’s after Day 1 was pretty solid on Tuesday. Let’s go!


Group A

RB Salzburg 2-2 Lokomotiv Moscow

Jesse Marsch would’ve wanted all three points from this one given the other two clubs in Group A, but Zlatko Junuzovic’s goal and assist were enough to get a point for the Austrian hosts.

Eder had given the Russians an early lead but Salzburg answered before and after halftime, only to see Vitali Lisakovich deliver a late leveler.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid

Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka put Bayern ahead at the break, and Corentin Tolisso scored an amazing goal after the break before Coman struck again to hand Atleti a rare blowout loss.

Atleti thought it had pulled one back via a Joao Felix volley just after halftime but Luis Suarez was deemed offside even though the ball appeared to take a slight turn off Goretzka.


Group B

Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

The Ukrainian visitors took the long hike west down 10 players due to positive COVID-19 tests, then promptly took a 3-0 lead over the tournament’s most-celebrated club.

Tete had a goal and an assist as Shakhtar went in front but Real battled back with goals from Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior. The hosts looked to have leveled the score in stoppage time, but Vinicius was offside and VAR took away Fede Valverde’s would-be equalizer.

Inter Milan 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Romelu Lukaku was in the catbird seat for a 48th-minute opener after good pressure from Inter in the visitors’ box, and snuck in close to find a last-minute equalizer in a back-and-forth battle with Borussia Monchengladbach in Italy.

But VAR caught an Arturo Vidal foul on Marcus Thuram in the box and Ramy Bensebaini left no doubt with his low drive from the spot.

Jonas Hoffman scored for the second time in two games after a marker in Bundesliga play this weekend, giving Gladbach a late lead at the San Siro.


Group C

Manchester City 3-1 FC Porto

A first-half error put the hosts down a goal, but Man City quickly rebounded and had it tied at halftime through a Sergio Aguero penalty.

Ilkay Gundogan then scored a terrific free kick before Phil Foden and Ferran Torres worked a 1-2 with the latter applying the finishing touch with a sliding finish into the upper reaches of the goal.

Unfortunately, City also lost a mainstay in Fernandinho; The 35-year-old Brazilian will miss weeks.

Olympiakos 1-0 Marseille

Giorgos Masoras smashed home a near-post rebound after a nice save from Steve Mandanda as the Greeks thought they had opened up a lead in the 53rd minute only to see VAR spot offside.

But it was super sub Ahmed Hassan who would replace Masouras in the 84th minute and deliver the winner off an assist from longtime Marseille star Mathieu Valbuena early in stoppage time.


Group D

Ajax 0-1 Liverpool

Sadio Mane’s mishit cross was wide of the mark but turned into the Ajax goal by Nicolas Tagliafico as Liverpool went to Amsterdam and claimed three points.

It was the first match since Virgil van Dijk’s serious knee injury, and Fabinho had a Man of the Match performance at center back next to Joe Gomez.

The Reds host Sheffield United on Saturday before a UCL visit from Midtjylland on Tuesday.

Midtjylland 0-4 Atalanta

The Serie A visitors love to score, and Duvan Zupata had a goal and assisted this wonder strike from Alejandro “Papu” Gomez as Atalanta built a 3-0 halftime lead.

Croatia vs Belgium: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Croatia and Belgium square off Thursday with either star-studded side capable of missing the knockout rounds without a win in Al Rayyan.

2018 finalists Croatia qualifies for the Round of 16 with a win or a draw, while Belgium is in with a win or a draw, a Morocco loss to Canada, and tiebreaker priority.

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How’d we get here? Croatia snapped off a 4-1 win over Canada to move atop the group following an opening draw with Morocco, while Belgium fell to the Moroccans after beating the Canadians.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Belgium.


How to watch Croatia vs Belgium live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Thursday, Dec. 1
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia looked sleepy in the opening draw with Morocco, a draw that looks better after the Atlas Lions beat Belgium. They snapped to life, perhaps somewhat fueled by Canadian coach John Herdman’s confident pre-match talk, and now look capable of taking down anyone in the field. Or was that merely Canada’s beleaguered defense? We’ll find out when Mateo Kovacic and Co. meet the Belgians.

Kevin De Bruyne made waves after the win over Canada when he said Belgium’s golden generation missed its window by not claiming honors at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Red Devils failed to take down Morocco. They’ve been without Romelu Lukaku so far this tournament and Michy Batshuayi has the lone goal. Will Roberto Martinez’s men head home far earlier than expected?


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice

Belgium quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 20
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group A)
Coach: Dragan Skocic
Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi

World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, groups, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and the start to the tournament in Qatar has been sensational as action throughout November and December will capture the imagination of the world.

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Saudi Arabia, Japan and Morocco have already pulled off huge upset wins over Argentina, Germany and Belgium respectively as the tournament has got off to a flying start.

From the USMNT drawing against England the day after Thanksgiving to Lionel Messi saving Argentina against Mexico in the group stages, Spain squaring off with Germany and upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the opening round.

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Then we have the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Group A schedule (all kick off times ET)

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Tuesday, November 29: Netherlands vs Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 10am
Tuesday, November 29: Ecuador vs Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Group B schedule

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Tuesday, November 29: Wales vs England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
Tuesday November 29: Iran vs USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Group C schedule

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Wednesday, November 30: Poland vs Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
Wednesday, November 30: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Group D schedule

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Wednesday, November 30: Tunisia vs France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
Wednesday, November 30: Australia vs Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Group E schedule

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Thursday, December 1: Japan vs Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
Thursday, December 1: Costa Rica vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Group F schedule

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Thursday, December 1: Croatia vs Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
Thursday, December 1: Canada vs Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 10am

Group G schedule

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Monday, November 28: Brazil vs Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Friday, December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
Friday, December 2: Serbia vs Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Group H schedule

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Monday, November 28: Portugal vs Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Friday, December 2: South Korea vs Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
Friday, December 2: Ghana vs Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Winner Group A vs Runners up Group B – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3:  Winners Group C vs Runners up Group D – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: Winners Group D vs Runners up Group C – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: Winners Group B vs Runners up Group A – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Winners Group E vs Runners up Group F – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Winners Group G vs Runners up Group H – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Winners Group F vs Runners up Group E – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Winners Group H vs Runners up Group G – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Ghana’s entertainers overcome blown 2-goal lead, beat South Korea

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The Monday goalfest at the 2022 World Cup continued with Ghana’s 3-2 win over South Korea in Al Rayyan, as the Black Stars overcame a blown two-goal lead to get a huge win.

Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus scored first-half goals to give Ghana a 2-0 lead but South Korea bagged two out of the break through K-League star Gue-sung Cho.

WATCH SOUTH KOREA v GHANA FULL MATCH REPLAY

Kudus would answer by completing his brace off an Inaki Williams assist to set up a grandstand final 20 minutes that did not produce goals but also failed to disappoint neutrals.

Ghana’s now been involved in two five-goal games and will look to a tricky final day against Uruguay for its chance to seal a place in the knockout rounds. South Korea remains on a single point and gets Portugal next.

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Ghana capable of anything as South Korea’s hopes take big hit

Group H looked brutal from the moment the World Cup draw was complete and these teams showed desperation after setbacks in their openers.

Ghana needed the win even more than South Korea, though, having been foiled by Portugal and a savvy penalty win from a play-acting Cristiano Ronaldo in a 3-2 loss, and their fire was on display from Moment No. 1.

We’ve learned through 180 minutes, however, that Ghana’s explosive attack is necessary because its defending is hit or miss. South Korea out-attempted the Black Stars 14-7 and had almost 60 percent possession in its loss as Heung-min Son and Co. couldn’t get on the end of a third cross to make it 3-3 (and there were numerous chances).

The Ghanaians could find themselves in another game like this or on either side of a 3-0 game in this tournament, the Black Stars still learning each other at both ends of the pitch. One thing seems sure: There are going to be expected goals in all of their matches.

Gue-sung Cho was a force for South Korea in the loss and will give the Taegeuk

South Korea vs Ghana

Warriors hope heading against Portugal, a team who’s already been shown to be penetrable. But will Portugal need the game at all? We’ll find out later Monday.


Stars of the Show

Jin-su Kim

Mohammed Kudus

Gue-sung Cho

Jordan Ayew

Kang-in Lee

Thomas Partey

Lawrence Ati-Zigi


Mohammed Salisu goal video: Ghana goes in front

Mohammed Kudus goal video: More danger from crosses

Gue-sung Cho goal videos: K-League star fires back

Mohammed Kudus goal video: More danger from crosses


How to watch South Korea vs Ghana live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8am ET – Monday, November 28
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Obviously Heung-min Son is the main man for South Korea and at the other end of the pitch they need Kim Min-jae to hold things together defensively. It will be intriguing to see if South Korea starts a few more of their playmakers in this clash as they look to take the game to Ghana. Against Uruguay they very much played for the draw to set themselves up for this game.

For Ghana, it will be a very similar approach to how they played against Portugal but they will look to be less open on the counter defensively. They will sit back and counter and the key is getting Mohammed Kudus further forward. Both Ghana and South Korea will see this as a game they have to win to have a chance of reaching the last 16 but Ghana can get a draw and then set up potentially a winner takes all game against Uruguay in their Group H finale.


South Korea quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 28
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Paulo Bento
Key players: Heung-min Son, Young-gwon Kim, In-beom Hwang, Woo-yeong Jeong

Ghana quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 61
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 4
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF via playoffs
Coach: Otto Addo
Key players: Daniel Amartey, Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey


Vincent Aboubakar leads Cameroon comeback in six-goal draw vs Serbia

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Cameroon vs Serbia could go down as the match of the group stage at the 2022 World Cup, where a 3-3 draw included a Vincent Aboubakar-inspired two-goal comeback in Al Wakrah.

Jean-Charles Castelletto staked Cameroon to a first-half lead but Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored in first-half stoppage time to give Serbia a halftime lead.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic scored after the break to seemingly put Serbia in control, the second of two assists for Andrija Zivkovic, and Cameroon plugged in Aboubakar for the final 35 minutes.

What a difference he made, scoring off a Castelletto assist in the 63rd minute before setting up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for a 66th-minute equalizer.

Twenty-eight total shots — 13 for Cameroon — told the story almost as well as the score line, and 2.37-2.01 favored the African side.

Cameroon were dangerous for large spells against Switzerland but lost 1-0, while Serbia was beaten by Brazil. The final matchday will be wild regardless of how Brazil vs Switzerland goes later Monday.

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Stars of the show

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Jean-Charles Castelletto

Andrija Zivkovic

Cameroon vs Serbia
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Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting goal video

Vincent Aboubakar goal video

Jean-Charles Castelletto goal video

Jean-Charles Castelletto goal video


How to watch Cameroon vs Serbia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 5am ET – Monday, November 28
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Cameroon will be dangerous on the counter and their gameplan was pretty spot on against Switzerland and it will be the same against Serbia. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bryan Mbuemo will cause all kinds of problems on the break and Andre Onana is going to have to excel in goal if the Indomitable Lions are going to get a huge win.

Serbia won’t be too disheartened to lose to Brazil in their World Cup opener but they now know this is basically must-win after Switzerland beat Cameroon in their opening game. Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic hold the key for Serbia who will have to be patient as they will see plenty of the ball.


Cameroon quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 43
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from CAF playoffs
Coach: Rigobert Song
Key players: Andre Onana, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Serbia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 21
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Dragan Stojkovic
Key players: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic