Emirates News Agency – The meeting between Morocco and Croatia… and the Emirati referees of the match between Spain and Costa Rica, the most prominent scenes of the fourth day of the World Cup
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – 3:50 p.m
Doha, Nov 22 / WAM / The Moroccan national team will make their first appearance at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar tomorrow, Wednesday, when they meet their Croatian counterparts in the meeting that will bring them together to open the first round Group Six of the World Cup.
The Moroccan national team completes the Arab appearance at the World Cup, having been preceded by sides from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, where they will take on their Croatian counterparts at Al Bayt Stadium at two in the afternoon, UAE time.
This is the sixth appearance of the Moroccan national team in a World Cup, but they have not progressed beyond the group stage in 36 years and their confrontation will be against the Croatian national team, who have missed the World Cup only once since Croatia’s independence , and qualified for the semi-finals on his first appearance at the tournament in 1998, before losing to France, the hosts and world champions in that version.
In a second game, Germany will meet Japan in the opening game of Group E at 5:00 UAE time at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The German national team aims to present itself as a strong contender keen to win the World Cup for the fifth time in its history and equal the record of World Cup titles registered for the Brazilian national team.
The German national team was world champion four times in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, while Yemen won their fifth title in their twentieth World Cup participation.
On the other hand, the Japanese national team wants to present itself as a strong representative of the Asian continent and get its first win against Germany, as the two teams have previously faced each other twice in friendly matches, one of which ended in a positive draw (2-2) and the second with a victory for Germany (3-0) They have already met in World Cup finals.
The third match, which brings together the teams of Spain and Costa Rica in the fifth group competitions at eight o’clock in the evening, will witness the first appearance of the Emirati arbitration team that will referee this confrontation at Al Thumama Stadium, composed of Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, the Arena referees, and each of the two assistant referees, Muhammad Ahmed Al Hammadi and Hassan Al Mahri.
Spain’s national side are contesting this World Cup with a squad dominated by youngsters, with only captain Sergio Busquets being a consistent part of his country’s winning squad for South Africa 2010, trying to make up for the lack of success that saw the team at the last two editions of the World Cup .
On the other hand, the national team of Costa Rica is participating in the finals of the World Cup for the sixth time in its history, and its squad includes a group of experienced players, including 6 players of the national team who qualified for the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the expense of Italy and England.
As for tomorrow’s final matches, teams from Belgium and Canada will meet in Group F competitions, to be played at Doha’s Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.
This is the 15th participation of the Belgium national team, which is trying to confirm its position as one of the top-ranked teams in the world in recent years, leaning on a group of big names in the world of European football, and in turn this is the second participation of the Canada national team after their first participation in 1986.
Zakaria Mohieldin and Walid Farouk
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