The 2022 FIFA World Cup has officially gotten underway with Sunday’s opener featuring Ecuador and Qatar. The host nation became the first to lose an opening match, while Ecuador secured the first points of the competition.
Netherlands are heavily favored to win the group according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Senegal and Ecuador are evenly backed to advance to the knockout stage per the oddsmakers, but the former are going to be without star striker Sadio Mane for the tournament. Host nation Qatar are not expected to be a factor in Group A.
Here are the standings and upcoming schedule for Group A at the 2022 World Cup.
Group A standings
- Netherlands, 2-1-0, 5 GF, 1 GA, +4 GD, 7 points
- Senegal, 2-0-1, 5 GF, 4 GA, +1 GD, 6 points
- Ecuador, 1-1-0, 4 GF, 3 GA, +1 GD, 4 points
- Qatar, 0-0-3, 1 GF, 7 GA, -6 GD, 0 points
Group A schedule
Sunday, November 20
Ecuador 2, Qatar 0
Monday, November 21
Netherlands 2, Senegal 0
Friday, November 25
Senegal 3, Qatar 1
Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1
Ahead of the final group games, Netherlands and Ecuador are now in position to need only a draw in the final match to win. Qatar have now officially been eliminated from the knockout round, while Senegal will need a win against Ecuador in the final match to advance to the knockout round.
Tuesday, November 29
Netherlands 2, Qatar 0
Senegal 2, Ecuador 1