A second round of group stage matches have kicked off at the World Cup. Hosts Qatar have been the first country to be eliminated from qualifying to the knockouts after suffering another defeat at the hands of Senegal.
Luckily Qatar scored a solitary goal to through substitute Muntari. Here are key talking points from yesterday's round of matches.
Senegal Hopes dwindle again
Despite Senegal's emphatic 3-1 win their qualifying hopes lie in a loose thread. This is following Ecuador's 1 all stalemate with Netherlands. The South Americans are now level on points with Netherlands, each 4pts. Senegal are third with 3 points and their final group game is against Ecuador. It's a must win encounter for the Lions of Teranga. A draw will will likely mean they have been eliminated as they will depend on a miracle for the hosts to edge out Netherlands and depend on goal difference, which is a very unlikely outcome.
USA fate lie in their own hands
The USMNT will qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup if they beat Iran in their final group stage game. A loss or draw would mean they are eliminated as they failed to pick maximum points against England.
Valencia, What a player!
Ecuador’s last six World Cup goals have come from Enner Valencia. He becomes the first player in the tournament’s history to score six consecutive goals for a South America nation.
USA a tough nut to crack
England have faced the USA three times at the men's World Cup. They have failed to win a single game against them. Despite winning 8 of the last 12 games against them in all competitions.
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