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World Cup Now: Picking our staff of the Group Stage after first spherical

Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Wednesday marked the top of the primary spherical of group stage matches on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Ahead of the beginning of the second spherical on Friday, “World Cup Now” hosts Warren Barton, DaMarcus Beasley and Jimmy Conrad picked their Team of the Group Stage (up to now).

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois, Belgium

Conrad: I do know persons are going to say, “Oh, Memo Ochoa! He saved a big penalty again for Mexico in that 0-0 draw vs. Poland.” But Thibaut Courtois additionally saved a penalty and made different massive saves to maintain Belgium related after they had been getting pumped by Canada. He’s my goalkeeper of this primary spherical.

Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium

Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois makes an unimaginable penalty kick save after Canada drew a handball within the field within the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Defender: Romain Saïss, Morocco

Barton: He performed extraordinarily properly. He organized the again line, he threw himself in entrance of the ball. To go in opposition to Croatia, who received to the Final in Russia and seemed to do properly, I simply thought he was wonderful organizing his again line and defending.

Midfielder: Gavi, Spain

Beasley: The youth has served us fairly properly up to now. Any time that your title aligns with Pelé, you are doing fairly good. And I’m simply speaking about this recreation. I do know that he is received the Golden Boy award for one of the best younger participant on this planet, however I’m simply speaking about this efficiency and what he means to Spain. He’s an important participant. I feel he may have an outstanding profession. Eighteen years outdated and 10 days, the youngest participant to attain at a World Cup since Pelé.

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Spain’s Gavi scores objective vs. Costa Rica

Spain's Gavi scores goal vs. Costa Rica

Watch Spain’s Gavi scoring a objective in opposition to Costa Rica within the 74′ within the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

Forward: Olivier Giroud, France

Conrad: He scored two targets and I feel what’s cool is that, with the second objective in opposition to Australia, he set the document for many targets for the French nationwide staff, beating out Thierry Henry. We’re speaking massive names right here. He’s been a loyal servant for each membership he is performed for, at all times places within the soiled work and now he has a document that is going to be powerful to beat. He’s truly benefited from Karin Benzema, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner, getting harm proper earlier than the beginning of the match.

France’s Olivier Giroud scores two targets in opposition to Australia

France's Olivier Giroud scores two goals against Australia

Olivier Giroud scored two targets in opposition to Australia to assist lead France to a 4-1 victory.

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