The draw for the World Cup 2022 has been done in Qatar; all the groups, brackets, and fixtures are set. Here in this article, we will predict Argentina’s potential opponents in the Qatar World Cup and try to figure out their Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, and Semi-Finals opponents, should they qualify.
Lionel Messi and co. are running riot in International football with a world record 31-match unbeaten run. The formidable Argentina side has not lost any match since 2019. As sweet as it gets, the Albicelestes got the taste of their first major trophy in 28 years, winning Copa America, defeating their biggest rival, Brazil, in Brazil.
The South American Champions have qualified for the World Cup 2022 without any defeat in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. Lionel Messi, 7th time Ballon d’Or winner, will visit Qatar to have one last shot at the biggest honor in world football. 4th best team according to FIFA rankings, this promising Argentina side is clearly one of the top contenders for the World Cup trophy.
Argentina’s Group and Match Schedule in World Cup 2022
The biggest show on earth, the FIFA World Cup 2022, will be held in Qatar in November this year. The draw and fixtures for this huge event are already set. Lionel Scaloni’s side is in Group C, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland.
Two teams will qualify for the Round of 16 from each group – group winners and runners-up. Every team will play 3 matches in the Group Stage. A win brings 3 points, a draw 1, and no points for a defeat.
Match Schedule, Kickoff time, Venue
Argentina will play their first match in the group stage against Saudi Arabia and end the group stage playing against Poland. Let’s check out Argentina’s match schedule, kickoff time, and venue for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
All the times are in GMT, so you can convert it easily into your local time.
|Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia||Tuesday, 22 November 2022||10:00 am GMT||Lusail|
|Argentina vs. Mexico||Saturday, 26 November 2022||7:00 pm GMT||Lusail|
|Argentina vs. Poland||Wednesday, 30 November 2022||7:00 pm GMT||Stadium 974|
Here you can check out the full schedule and fixtures of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022.
Argentina’s Potential Opponents in Round of 16
We all like to think positively about our favorite teams. Maybe you are thinking about the potential opponents of Argentina in the Qatar World Cup 2022. So here we are to analyze Argentina’s potential road to the final, should they advance.
Argentina’s World Cup brackets involve the A, B, C, and D groups until the quarter-finals. So, they cannot face any team from groups E, F, G, and H before the semi-finals. Check out all the groups of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Lionel Scaloni’s side are currently the 4th best team in the world, according to FIFA rankings. Their 31-match unbeaten run proves their strength and balance, and chemistry between the players. Moreover, with Lionel Messi on the side, they are favorites to be the Group C winners (C1).
Mexico and Poland should fight for the Group C runners-up (C2) place. Our pick is Robert Lewandowski’s Poland for C2.
Now, the Group C winners and runners-up will face the runners-up and winners of Group D, respectively. So, Group C’s Round of 16 ties will depend on Group D.
- C1 vs. D2, and C2 vs. D1.
Group D consists of France, Peru, Australia, or UAE (will confirm in June), Denmark, and Tunisia. France is the hot favorite to top Group D (D1). For the D2 position, we pick the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-finalist Denmark.
So, the Round of 16 for the Group C and D teams looks like, should they qualify according to our pick.
|50||C1 (Argentina) vs. D2 (Denmark)|
|52||C2 (Poland) vs. D1 (France)|
If Argentina slips and finishes second in Group C, there will be a strong possibility of Argentina vs. France in the Round of 16. Again, we will see Argentina vs. France if Argentina tops group C and France slips for D2.
Argentina’s Potential Opponents Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals
Now, we will pick from too far ahead of time. Let’s analyze the brackets and find Argentina’s potential opponents.
If Argentina wins in match no. 50 (C1 vs. D2), then they will face the winners of the match no. 49. Now, the match no. 49 (A1 vs. B2) depends on Group A and B.
Our picks are the Netherlands (A1), and Ecuador (A2) from group A. Our picks from Group B are England (B1) and the USA (B2). So, match no. 49 should be A1 (Netherlands) vs. B2 (USA).
- Quarter-Finals: Winners of 49 vs. Winners of 50, which should be Netherlands vs. Argentina, according to our picks.
So, if Argentina wins in match no. 50, and the Netherlands beats the USA in match no. 49, then Argentina will face the Netherlands in the Quarter-Finals.
However, if Argentina finishes second in Group C and beats France to play in the quarter-finals, they should meet England, should England qualify for the quarter-finals from group B.
However, the World Cup brackets certainly confirm that Argentina will not face anyone from groups E, F, G, and H, including Brazil, Spain, Germany, or Portugal, before Semi-Finals.
So, Argentina can face any team among Spain, Germany, Brazil, or Portugal in the semi-finals.