A reunion but no excessive concern: the draw made this Friday in Doha will have reserved a frankly affordable group for the defending champions with Denmark, Tunisia and the winner of the intercontinental play-off between Peru and the winner of the duel United Arab Emirates United – Australia, which will take place next June.
The troop of Didier Deschamps, placed in group D, will start its World Cup on November 22 against the successful barrage. They will then face Denmark for the shock of the group before finishing this group stage against the Eagles of Carthage. For the rest, the draw assigned very homogeneous groups, with no real group of death. Among the big nations, Brazil will have been the worst off with a group G made up of Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
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Qatar will look like Russia for the Blues in this group D. With Denmark as a big nation to face, Kylian Mbappé’s teammates will find a recurring opponent in the World Cup. In 2018, the two nations had already met for a final soporific group match (0-0). Since then, the Scandinavian selection has grown even further, with an exciting semi-finalist place at the last Euro. If by chance Australia or Peru were to qualify for the play-off, Pool D of 2022 would look furiously like Group C of 2018 with three teams in common. Tunisia, on the other hand, will be almost a novelty since the Blues have not faced the Eagles of Carthage since 2010. Still, France will be the big favorite, which will allow them to start gently against the barrage, from the hat 4.
The calendar of the Blues
- France – play-off (November 22, at 5 p.m.)
- France – Denmark (November 26, at 8 p.m.)
- Tunisia – France (November 30, 4 p.m.)
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Brazil and Argentina will have to roll up their sleeves
For the rest, there will be no group of death but many very open hens. The draw will however have reserved a copious introduction for Brazil in group G, which will have to scrap with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon to see the round of 16. His Argentinian rival will have to wrestle with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia in Group C. A pool that the Blues will watch very closely since the first of Group D will cross the second of Group C. In other words, the specter of a new France – Argentina in 8th grade exists.
For the other tenors, the start of the competition seems smoother even if Spain drew the jackpot with Germany in group E. But the two nations will face Japan and the winner of the Costa Rica play-off – New Zealand . Portugal again inherited a very open pool with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea while England was the most spared nation with Iran, the United States and the last European play-off ( Scotland, Ukraine or Wales).
Finally, Qatar, the host country, will have a lot to do to get out of pool A. If the opening match of this World Cup will oppose the Qataris to Ecuador (November 21), the matches scheduled against Senegal and the Netherlands thereafter risk doing damage.
The composition of the groups
- Group A : Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- Group B : England, Iran, USA, Wales/Scotland/Ukraine
- Group C : Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D : France, Denmark, Tunisia, Peru/United Arab Emirates/Australia
- Group E : Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
- Group F : Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
- Group G : Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
- Group H : Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
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