Switzerland vs Cameroon (11 CET)
Switzerland coach Murat Yakin believes his squad is well-equipped to make historical past as they put together for his or her opening match of the 2022 World Cup in opposition to Cameroon in Group G on Thursday.
The Swiss haven’t reached the quarter-finals since they hosted the match in 1954 however, having emerged undefeated via qualifying, Yakin has urged his aspect to benefit from what he considers an unprecedented alternative.
“I believe we’re the most effective Switzerland nationwide group that has ever existed – we now have improbable gamers who play overseas and I’m satisfied we’ll carry out our greatest World Cup ever,” stated Yakin.
“I believe we now have an ideal group with an ideal group spirit that has been constructed for the final couple of years. Soccer-wise we now have improved loads, and now we need to write historical past.”
Qatar is Switzerland’s fifth consecutive look on the World Cup, a file for the group.
Uruguay vs South Korea (14 CET)
Uruguay head coach Diego Alonso insisted his gamers wouldn’t goal the bodily situation of South Korea’s star attacker Son Heung-min when the 2 nations meet of their Group H World Cup opener on Thursday.
The health of Son, who’s at the moment carrying a black eye masks after surgical procedure on a fractured eye socket, is being assessed by head coach Paulo Bento on a ‘day-by-day’ foundation.
“Now we have the utmost respect for Son however they produce other footballers,” added Alonso.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin joined Alonso on the press convention in a sign he might begin regardless of being performed by a knee damage during the last yr.
Portugal vs Ghana (17 CET)
The Cristiano Ronaldo saga has dominated the build-up to Portugal’s opening group match, but it surely has proved no distraction for head coach Fernando Santos.
Portugal’s boss stated on Wednesday that the problem has by no means emerged within the talks he had with the group since they landed in Qatar.
Ronaldo himself lower a relaxed determine on the eve of Portugal’s opening match on the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo was all smiles lower than 24 hours after he agreed to terminate his contract with Manchester United following a controversial interview through which he criticised the membership and the house owners.
Portugal start their marketing campaign in opposition to Ghana earlier than additional fixtures versus Uruguay and South Korea.
Brazil vs Serbia (20 CET)
Serbia is aiming to advance from the group stage for the primary time in its fourth World Cup look as an impartial nation.
Their first step: Brazil.
Head coach Dragan Stojkovic joked in regards to the stories that their first opponent on the World Cup, Brazil would begin with 4 forwards, Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Jr. and Richarlison.
A lot of present Serbia’s gamers had been on the group that beat Brazil to raise the under-20 World Cup trophy in 2015; in addition to a win over France within the last of the under-19 European Championship last two years earlier.
With the expertise that he has on his aspect, he introduced that “Brazil has an opportunity to win however Serbia additionally has an opportunity to win. So, we aren’t afraid of anybody on the planet!”