World Cup 2022: Canada goes home early, Brazil must manage without Neymar, best bets for Monday

Опубликовано: 28-11-2022, 09:40, , 122, 0
During the World Cup on Sunday, the second team was officially eliminated from the playoffs, while all eyes were on presumed favorites Brazil and how they would fare in Group G without their superhero Neymar. There was also a brilliant 1-1 draw for the other two contenders, Spain and Germany, which means Group E will go to the wire as all four countries still have a clear path to the round of 16.
Be sure to check ESPN throughout the tournament as we bring you the latest from Qatar. Here's what you may have missed from Sunday's World Cup events, and see what happens next on Monday.

Performance, Canada

Sunday was a day of mixed emotions for Canadian fans.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies scored the first World Cup goal in Canadian men's history, heading Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic just 67 seconds into the match. On the other hand, Croatia woke up quickly with four unanswered goals to win 4-1 and make Canada the second team to be eliminated from play-off contention after host country Qatar was the first Friday. All they have left to play for is pride when they play Morocco on Thursday, although their rivals have a shot at reaching the round of 16 after beating Belgium 2-1 earlier on Sunday.
Yes, it was a harsh end to a tournament that held great promise for a team that finished ahead of the US and Mexico in the CONCACAF qualifiers, but with many of their young players (including Davis, Jonathan David and Tajon Buchanan) still well stocked. careers ahead of them, this experience should come in handy when the expanded 48-team World Championship takes place in North America in 2026.
In both Group F games they have played to date, against Belgium and Croatia, John Herdman's team have been aggressive and fast on both sides of the ball, but have often been too hesitant at key moments. Their savvier rivals took full advantage of this: while the Belgians took advantage of their luck and won 1-0 with one good finish, Croatia's superb midfield, led by the ageless Luka Modric, 3, and Ivan Perisic, 33, I just had to be patient and pick on weak spots when they show up.
However, one thing they might want to watch in the future is what their coach says to the media. Much has been made of his "F--- Croatia!" remarks after Canada's loss to Belgium, and Croatian forward Andrej Kramaric certainly noticed. "I want to thank the Canada coach for the motivation," he said after scoring twice in the 4-1 win. "We showed who fucked whom."

Germany draw with Spain, Group E remains open

A thrilling 1-1 draw on Sunday between the two European giants means there is everything to play for when their group final round kicks off at 2pm ET Thursday. Luis Enrique's team got the first kick early in the second half when striker Álvaro Morata beat defender Niklas Soule with a low cross and a pass past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but Germany fought their way back into the game from there. They forced Spaniard Unai Simon to make a string of big saves before 29-year-old Nicholas Fullcrag landed an unstoppable shot from close range in only his third international cap to share the trophy.
Thanks to Costa Rica's upset 1-0 win over Japan, the group is well balanced with Spain's win or draw against Japan placing them in the bottom 16, while Germany has to beat Costa Rica and hope Spain lose to really have shot. However, all four teams have a clear path to the playoffs, which in a way is the beauty of the World Cup.
Germany's problems ahead were not solved by a decisive Fullkrug finish and it is clear that they will have to rework their attack once more if their stay in the World Cup is to be long. As for Spain, they control their own destiny. What more could you want from this most volatile World Cup?

Will Brazil manage without Neymar?

After days of worry and more updates on the condition of Neymar's ankle, it's finally time for Brazil to take the field again for their second game in Group G when they play Switzerland at the 974 Stadium (11:00 ET) and show just how much a lot, or how little they need their talisman to make it to the playoffs.
This team  "Selesaovery talented, especially in the attacking line, and it was Tottenham striker Richarlison who scored their goals in a 2-0 win over Serbia, providing the best possible start to the World Cup. While Brazil manager Tite has been consistent that the PSG superstar will be ready for the play-offs, their path there is not yet safe - a victory over the Swiss should take care of that if the likes of Richarlison, Vinicius Junior, Gabriel Jesus and Rodrigo remain focused.
Tim Vickery has gone over ESPN's Brazilian options and doesn't think it will be that difficult; if anything, he predicts that more balanced Swiss opponents will force Tite to use a more traditional formation that strengthens the midfield to match their rivals where they are strongest. However, if Brazil comes up with anything less than a dominant victory, you can bet the fans will tell Tite & Co. how they feel...

Your best bets (odds via 1win)

If you're looking to bet on the World Championship, 1win correspondents Dan Thomas and Dalene Cuff are here to give you key tips on odds, betting options. Here's what we have for the matches on Monday. Let me remind you that viewing the entire World Cup online is available on the 1win platform. 

Matches expected on Monday

– Group G: Cameroon v Serbia (Al Janub Stadium, 5:00 AM ET)

Both teams lost their first game and therefore they need a positive result if they want to reach the 1/8 finals. the presence of Bayern Munich's hot winger Erik-Maxim Choupo Moting, who has scored 11 goals in 16 appearances (all competitions), and Brian Mbeumo, who has scored three goals for Brentford in the Premier League this season. Serbia needs top star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has scored 50 goals for his country, if they want to get back on track.

Group H: South Korea vs. Ghana (Education City Stadium; 8:00 AM ET)

South Korea achieved little in their goalless draw with Uruguay and faced a much bigger test against the reigning African Cup of Nations champions in the second game. Every team still has a chance to reach the round of 16 right now, but South Korea needs Tottenham's playmaker Son Heung-Min to be more involved in the scoring process. As for Ghana, they have proven they can score, but can they defend themselves? Considering what is at stake, this could be another high-profile and hectic affair.

Group G: Brazil vs. Switzerland (Stadium 974, 11:00 am ET).

No Neymar, no problem for Brazil? The Seleção's depth is unmatched in this World Cup, but the loss of their talisman to an ankle injury that keeps him out of the field until the playoffs is historically not something they could handle. (Remember how Brazil paid tribute to him after an injury prevented him from reaching the 2014 semi-finals against Germany? Yes, it ended badly...)

Group H: Portugal v Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, 2pm ET)

All eyes are once again on Ronaldo, who will set off fireworks for a Portuguese team that had little trouble scoring against Ghana, but Uruguay faces a much tougher test. Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani have scored a ton of club and international goals over the years, but they haven't posed much of a threat to South Korea. It's not exactly win or go home, but it's close.

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