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Pre-World Cup 2022 – Friendlies Results! The national teams competing are attempting to squeeze in as much practice as they can before the 2022 World Cup. Heavyweights Portugal and Spain garnered the majority of the attention on Thursday with convincing wins over Nigeria and Jordan, respectively. Ghana impressed against Switzerland, and Hakim Ziyech scored a spectacular goal against Georgia.

Jordan 1 – 3 Spain (Thursday, November 17)

Young players from Barcelona, Ansu Fati and Gavi, scored goals for Spain in the 13th and 56th minutes to take the lead against Jordan for Luis Enrique’s team. The first goal of the game was a well-placed finish beneath the Jordanian goalie by Fati, with assistance from Marco Asensio.

Just after the break, Gavi increased their lead by steering his shot from inside the box just beyond Al Fakhouri’s reach. Enrique made other adjustments after the game was all but finished, most notably inserting 20-year-old Nico Williams. The Athletic Club winger finished off a commanding Spanish performance in the 84th minute with another precise strike. Jordan did score a goal in the 92nd minute, but it was only a consolation.

Morocco 3 – 0 Georgia (Thursday, November 17)

Giorgi Mamardashvili, the goalkeeper for Georgia, was completely off his line when Hakim Ziyech scored the goal of the round with an amazing half-pitch lob against Georgia. The Chelsea winger has officially rejoined the international team after a brief absence.

Youssef En-Nesyri of Sevilla opened the scoring barely five minutes in, heading home after some shoddy Georgian defending before Ziyech scored Morocco’s second goal of the match. Sofaine Boufal coolly tucked away a penalty kick to score Morocco’s third and final goal.

Ghana 2 – 0 Switzerland (Thursday, November 17)

Switzerland may be unhappy with the outcome, but Ghana’s victory was entirely deserving. In the first half, the teams were evenly matched and neither was able to generate many chances. Up until the 70th minute of the second half, not much had changed.

Mohammed Salisu of Southampton, a center-back, scored with a header after weak Swiss defending off a corner. Antoine Semenyo, a 22-year-old striker, then scored his first goal for his country by volleying home following a strong run by winger Kamaldeen Sulemana. This youthful Ghanaian team may be one to keep an eye on.

Japan 1 – 2 Canada (Thursday, November 17)

Yuki Soma’s deft finish in the ninth minute gave Japan the lead. After a corner, Canada equalized in the 21st minute with a close-range goal from Steven Vitoria, who took advantage of some shoddy defending. Lucas Cavallini’s penalty kick conversion in the 95th minute gave the fledgling nation the victory later in extra time.

Portugal 4 – 0 Nigeria (Thursday, November 17)

Bruno Fernandes, another Portuguese sensation for Manchester United, shone as Portugal easily defeated Nigeria. After some good play by Joao Felix, Fernandes scored twice, the first from a penalty and the second from an easy finish from seven yards out.

Up until Diogo Dalot gave up a penalty in the 79th minute, Portugal maintained its dominance in the second half. Fortunately for the fullback, Rui Patricio had little trouble stopping Emmanuel Dennis’ meek attempt. The penalty appeared to give Portugal a boost since a few minutes later they were ahead 4-0. Goncalo Ramos scored the third goal, and Joao Mario added the fourth.

Saudi Arabia 0-1 Croatia (Wednesday, November 16)

Andrej Kramaric, a former forward for Leicester City, scored the game-winning goal as Croatia and Saudi Arabia warmed up for the World Cup. Though Kramaric’s winning shot didn’t come until the 82nd minute, the Saudis had nearly double the number of shots (13 to 7), which might have easily led to a very different outcome.

UAE 0-5 Argentina (Wednesday, November 16)

Argentina appears to be the squad to beat in Qatar given their current performance. Lionel Messi scored a spectacular goal, his country’s fourth of the evening, as he hammered into the far corner of the net with his right foot. The PSG superstar is certainly prepared to have a significant impact in what is expected to be his final World Cup.

However, at that stage, the game had already been decided. Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez had scored the game’s first goal after 17 minutes before being joined by Angel Di Maria, who added two goals of his own. The moment had come for Messi to shine, and he did just that by charging into the area and firing a shot past goalkeeper Khalid Eisa. And Joaquin Correa still had plenty of time to add a fifth goal at the hour mark to complete a convincing victory before their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on November 22.

Oman 0-1 Germany (Wednesday, November 16)

Germany’s World Cup preparation, meanwhile, wasn’t the best. The solitary goal scored by Hansi Flick’s team against Oman came in the 80th minute from Niclas Fullkrug. The Werder Bremen striker got the ball from Kai Havertz in the middle of the box and slid it home for his first goal on the international stage.

Germany enjoyed more than 70% of the possession, as was to be expected, but they will be disappointed that their score wasn’t higher. Even so, Flick will be relieved that there don’t seem to be any injuries, and he will remain sure that his team will win their opening World Cup game against Japan on November 23.

Poland 1-0 Chile (Wednesday, November 16)

Krzysztof Piatek scored the game-winning goal for Poland in the 85th minute of their pre-World Cup friendly match against Chile, which the South American team nearly completely dominated. In fact, Czesaw Michniewicz’s team only had 26% of the ball despite not selecting Robert Lewandowski to give the Barcelona striker a rest before their opening match against Mexico in Qatar on November 22.

Mexico 1-2 Sweden (Wednesday, November 16)

Will Mexico face difficulties before the World Cup as a result of this defeat? Despite having nearly twice as many shots as their opponents, even though the majority of them were outside the penalty area, El Tri was defeated by Sweden, thus it wasn’t exactly the best practice for El Tri.

Marcus Rohden’s initial goal was canceled out by Alexis Vega at one point, but Wolfsburg midfielder Mattias Svanberg’s strike late in the game sealed Mexico’s defeat. Mexico will need to significantly improve in their first World Cup match against Poland on November 22.

For more World Cup 2022 match updates and news, keep your eye on this space.

Salman Shaikh
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