With no obvious standouts in Group A, hosts Qatar, African champions Senegal, the Netherlands, and Ecuador feature in a highly competitive affair.
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It may just be the start of the tournament but the group stages at Qatar 2022 already throw up some mouth-watering contests. A pair of former champions in Spain and Germany have been drawn together, Luis Suarez and his Uruguay side meet Ghana once again and the USA come up against the British pair of England and Wales. Can Kylian Mbappe's France retain their 2018 crown? Will Brazil live up to the pre-tournament hype? Or will Lionel Messi's final crack at a World Cup finally end in glory?
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In a group featuring England, Wales and Iran, can the USA beat the British teams to secure knockout stage qualification?
Qatar 2022 sees Messi's final quest for global glory with his country. Can Mexico and Argentina make it out of Group C?
World champions France should navigate through Group D, but who will join them out of Denmark, Australia and Tunisia?
Group E sees Costa Rica and Japan aim to stop World Cup heavyweights Spain and Germany.
Will Belgium and the 2018 finalists Croatia be too strong for the group's third and fourth seeds?
A group that features the pre-tournament favorites Brazil. All three of their opponents topped their respective qualifying groups.
Potentially Cristiano Ronaldo's last international tournament and Luis Suarez to meet Ghana again 12 years on.
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