FIFA World Cup Day 10 Highlights: England, USA through from Group B; Netherlands, Senegal qualify in Group A

Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog for Day 10 of the FIFA World Cup 2022, wherein Group A and Group B teams will be playing their last round of matches in Qatar.

Marcus Rashford of England celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 29, 2022, in Doha, Qatar.

Marcus Rashford of England celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 29, 2022, in Doha, Qatar. | Photo Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog for Day 10 of the FIFA World Cup 2022, wherein Group A and Group B teams will be playing their last round of matches in Qatar.

Hi there! Welcome to Sportstar’s live updates from Day 10 of FIFA World Cup action. But before we get the ball rolling with today’s matches, as has been our norm, here’s the recap of how Day 9 panned out.

QATAR WORLD CUP DAY 10 UPDATES

Wales vs England

Rashford inspires England to 3-0 win over Wales; Three Lions into Round of 16

A Marcus Rashford brace, including a stunning freekick, helped England to a thumping 3-0 win over Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium on Wednesday.

The win secured its progression to the Round of 16 and resigned Wales to an exit from the tournament.

By virtue of finishing first in Group A, England will face Senegal in the Round of 16, which finished second in the Group A table after securing six points.

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Wales vs England lineups
Wales: Ward (GK), Williams, Ben Davies, Mepham, Rodon, Allen, Ramsey, Bale (c), James, Ampadu, Moore
England: Pickford (GK), Walker, Shaw, Rice, Stones, Maguire, Henderson, Kane (c), Rashford, Foden, Bellingham

Iran vs USA

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The United States of America clinched a 1-0 win against Iran in its last group stage match to ensure qualification to the FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Christian Pulisic’s goal was enough for the Stars and Stripes to secure the win and they will face the Netherlands in the Round of 16 stage.

In the other Group B match, England beat Wales 3-0 to finish as group-topper and will face Senegal in the Round of 16 stages.

Iran vs USA lineups
Iran: Alireza Beiranvand, Ehsan Hajsafi, Milad Mohammadi, Saeid Ezatolahi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mehdi Taremi, Ali Gholizadeh, Majid Hosseini, Sardar Azmoun, Ahmad Nourollahi, Ramin Rezaeian
USA: Matt Turner, Sergino Dest, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tyler Adams, Antonee Robinson, Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Tim Ream, Tim Weah, Josh Sargent

Frenkie de Jong scored the second goal for Netherlands against Qatar, with Louis Van Gaal’s men almost sensing its confrimed spot in the final 16. And the fans at the Al Bayt Stadium continue to rejoice in what is looking like a very good return for the Dutch in the FIFA World Cup.

Cody Gakpo became the first player in the Netherlands’ history to score in its first three games of a World Cup tournament.

Gakpo is only the second player to score the first goal of the match three times in the same group stage of a World Cup (1st and 2nd included), after Italy’s Alessandro Altobelli in Mexico 1986.

Full story: Cody Gakpo sets FIFA World Cup record after goal against Qatar, gets level with Cruyff

Matchday trivia
 Ecuador is the second team that received the fewest shots on goal in the first two days of the #FIFAWorldCup (1), only behind Brazil (0).

Netherlands vs Qatar

LINE-UPS!!
Netherlands: Andries Noppert, Daley Blind, Nathan Ake, Virgil van Dijk (capt), Jurrien Timber, Denzel Dumfries, Marten de Roon, Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay.
Qatar: Meshaal Barsham, Pedro Miguel, Abdelkarim Hassan, Abdelaziz Hatim, Hassan Al-Haydos (capt.), Akram Afif, Ismail Mohamad, Homam Ahmed, Assim Madibo, Boualem Khoukhi, Almoez Ali. 

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Ecuador vs Senegal

Line-ups
Ecuador - Hernan Galindez, Felix Torres, Piero Hincapie, Pervis Estupinan, Michael Estrada, Angelo Preciado, Carlos Gruezo, Gonzalo Plata, Moises Caicedo, Alan Franco, Enner Valencia (c)
Senegal - Edouard Mendy, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly (c), Abdou Diallo, Ismail Jakobs, Pathe Ciss, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Pape Gueye, Iliman Ndiaye, Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia

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Who is the referee for USA vs Iran clash?

Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz will be in charge of the proceedings tonight when he officiates the USA vs Iran FIFA World Cup Group B game at the Al Thumama Stadium. Lahoz officiated the Qatar vs Senegal match on November 25, when the latter took three points with a 3-1 win. Who is he?

England looks for win against Wales after draw against the USA

The odds are heavily stacked against Wales reaching the last 16 ahead of its so-called Battle of Britain against England on Tuesday but if it is to fly home early it will want to do so with pride restored.

Wales has waited 64 long years to qualify for a World Cup but after conceding two goals to Iran deep into stoppage on Friday it looks like being only a brief stay in Middle East.

That late defeat left Wales crestfallen and at the bottom of group B and needing to beat England for only the 14th time in 104 meetings, a rivalry dating back to 1879.

US, Iran face off in World Cup showdown

The United States and Iran meet in a politically charged winner-takes-all World Cup clash on Tuesday as England aim to reach the last 16 as group winners with victory over Wales.

Ever since the draw for the tournament was made in April, the Group B game between the US and Iran has stood out as one of the highlights of the first phase in Qatar.

Even with little riding on the result, the game at Thumama Stadium would have been loaded with political overtones, only the third meeting on a football field of two nations who share more than 40 years of ideological enmity.

Gareth Southgate worried about weight of expectation on Phil Foden

England coach Gareth Southgate is worried about the weight of expectations imposed on his 22-year-old midfielder Phil Foden by fans and media.

There has been a huge public demand for the Manchester City player to start in England’s final Group B game against Wales on Tuesday after he did not play against the USA in a goalless draw. So far, Foden made just one appearance in the Qatar World Cup in England’s 6-2 win over Iran as a substitute - REPORT.

Bruno Fernandes: Ronaldo could have scored my first goal

Portugal, on Monday, became the third team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 pre-quarterfinals. Fernando Santos’ team defeated Uruguaya 2-0, courtesy of a brace by Bruno Fernandes.

After the empathic victory, midfielder Fernandes said his first goal - which came from a cross outside the area on the left - might have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, who, in fact, burst into celebration, claiming the goal as Portugal took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute - REPORT.

FIFA World Cup: Ecuador frets over Valencia ahead of Senegal at Qatar WC

Enner Valencia has scored Ecuador’s last six World Cup goals so there’s no understating how worried his country is after he was carried off the field on a stretcher against the Netherlands.

Ecuador hopes that the 33-year-old striker’s troublesome knees are OK for a decisive final group match against Senegal on Tuesday. He hurt his right knee against the Netherlands after spraining his left knee in the first game against Qatar.

He was up and walking a little while after that stretcher ride with an ice pack strapped to his right leg PREVIEW.

Netherlands under Van Gaal on cusp of advancing at Qatar WC

The Netherlands is on the verge of reaching the knockout stage at the World Cup and an overwhelming favorite in its final Group A match on Tuesday against host nation Qatar.

If the Dutch advance it will put more focus on 71-year-old coach Louis van Gaal, who stepped out of retirement just over a year ago to take over the national team while being treated for aggressive prostate cancer.

Host nation Qatar has lost its first two matches and already missed its chance to move on from the group stage - PREVIEW.

Brazil vs Switzerland, Portugal vs Uruguay in pictures, FIFA World Cup: Casemiro scores for Brazil as Bruno Fernandes’ brace denies Ronaldo a goal

FIFA World Cup: Why are final group-stage matches happening at the same time?

With the Qatar World Cup entering its final round of group games, there will be changes in timings of the matches. From November 29, matches of the same group will be played simultaneously instead of at different times as in the first and second rounds of group matches, but why? Find out the reason(s) here.

FIFA World Cup, November 29 Matches
Ecuador vs Senegal - 8:30pm - Khalifa International stadium
Netherlands vs Qatar - 8:30pm - Al Bayt stadium
Iran vs USA -12:30am - Al Thumama stadium
Wales vs England - 12:30am - Ahmed Bin Ali stadium
Where can you watch the matches in India?
All matches of FIFA World Cup will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. The tournament will be live streamed on JioCinema on Android and well as iOS.

FIFA World Cup 2022 points table, Group G standings after Matchday 9

FIFA World Cup 2022 points table, Group H standings after Matchday 9

DAY 9 RECAP

Cameroon kept its hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 alive as it fought back from two goals down to draw a six-goal thriller with Serbia in Group G - REPORT

Mohammed Kudus netted twice as Ghana edged out South Korea 3-2 in a dramatic and fluctuating World Cup Group H game on Monday to stay in contention for the next round - REPORT

Casemiro scored a stunning winner as five-time champion Brazil edged past Switzerland to reach the World Cup knockout stage - REPORT

Portugal secured its place in the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over Uruguay in a scrappy encounter at Lusail Stadium - REPORT

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