Wales v Iran (11 CET)
Another good performance is expected from Gareth Bale on Friday, who scored a late penalty to help Wales draw in their opening match with the United States.
Bell, 33, signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy in June in what many believed was a sign of his decline from his peak, which saw him labeled as one of the best players of his generation. Was thrilled to play his World Cup debut.
Iran will miss goalkeeper Ali Birnvand. He was injured in the opening game and was taken to a local hospital.
Although they have appeared in two previous World Cup finals tournaments, Iran has never advanced beyond the knockout rounds.
Qatar v Senegal (14 CET)
Qatar returned to the competition after becoming the first host nation in World Cup history to lose their opening match, losing 1–0 to Ecuador on the opening night of the tournament.
The hosts will look for another chance to win against Senegal, who have also lost their opening batsman and are struggling with injuries to their key players.
Senegal does not feature Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane, who was ruled out of the tournament with a foot injury. Midfielder Cheikhou Kouette is also expected to miss Friday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Netherlands v Ecuador (17 CET)
Ecuador and the Netherlands both won their opening matches, and their game on Friday will pit two strikers, Ecuador’s Enner Valencia and Dutch forward Memphis Depay, against each other.
Valencia scored both of Ecuador’s goals in a 2-0 win over Qatar but is set to play on Friday before going off with knee soreness.
Depay returned from a hamstring injury to lead the Netherlands to a 2–0 victory over Senegal. He came off the bench in that game but is looking to start against Ecuador.
A win for either team would guarantee elimination from Group A.
ENGLAND v USA (20 CET)
The Americans are underdogs after a 1-1 draw with Wales, while England are coming off a 6-2 opening win over Iran.
Another win for England would put the Three Lions into the Round of 16 with one game to spare.
England captain Harry Kane, top scorer at the 2018 World Cup, injured his ankle against Iran and defender Harry Maguire left the game in the 70th minute with blurred vision. Although both are expected to play on Friday.
In 1950, the haphazard United States national team – a ragtag group consisting of a mailman, a gravedigger, a dishwasher and a school teacher – beat England 1–0 in the first match between the two.
What happened on Thursday in the World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo made World Cup history by becoming the first male player to score five World Cup goals with his 65th-minute penalty against Ghana. Portugal won the game 3–2.
Richardson came on for the “Seleção” and scored both goals for Brazil in a 2–0 win against Serbia. His second, an overhead kick into the top left corner, is already being considered the best goal of the tournament.
Since competing as Serbia in 2010, the country has not advanced past the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
Monaco forward Briel Embolo scored the only goal of the game on Thursday to beat Cameroon in Qatar – the country where he was born. Embolo kept his promise not to celebrate the goal, which decided the match 1–0 in favor of Switzerland.
None of the five African teams at the Qatar World Cup won their first match in the group stage.
What are the main points of discussion so far?
The first round saw two major upsets: first, Saudi Arabia achieved a surprise result in their opening match against Argentina at the Lusail Stadium, winning the game 1–2.
Then, it was Japan who also defeated Germany 1–2, reversing the German advantage with two goals in eight minutes in what proved to be a high-tempo contest throughout.
Bernd Neuendorff, president of the German football association DFB, has asked FIFA for an official statement on what action will be taken if players wear One Love armbands at the World Cup.
Several World Cup teams have backed away from an anti-discrimination campaign aimed at host nation Qatar, fearing they will receive yellow cards if they support it. One of the teams, Denmark, has supported Germany’s protest.