2022 World Cup Group D draw: France, Peru/Australia/UAE, Denmark, Tunisia, schedule and match schedule

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Reigning World Cup holders France face a manageable group stage as they seek to defend their title in Qatar.

The draw in Doha on April 1 pitted world champions Denmark and Tunisia, along with a yet-to-be-determined team to come from the intercontinental qualifiers.

Australia and the United Arab Emirates will fight for a win-win clash against Peru, with the team that emerges making up the Group D schedule.

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Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus will be the firm bookmakers’ choice to advance to the knockout stages, but there could be a fascinating battle behind them for what looks to be second place.

World Cup Group D table and schedule

Team pls generalist O I D GF Georgia GD
D1: France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D2: AUS/WATER/PER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D3: Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D4: Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group D match schedule

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Tue 22 Nov Denmark vs Tunisia 8am Education City Stadium
Tue 22 Nov France against AUS/UAE/PER 2 p.m. Al Janoub Stadium
Sat 26 Nov Tunisia against AUS/UAE/PER 5 a.m. Al Janoub Stadium
Sat 26 Nov France against Denmark 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Wed 30 Nov Tunisia vs France 10am Education City Stadium
Wed 30 Nov AUS/UAE/PER v Denmark 10am Al Janoub Stadium

The four teams selected from the pool will play a round robin format with each nation facing the other three. The group standings are based on the points from those three group stage matches – three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss.

The top two teams from each group based on total points qualify for the Round of 16. If the teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored. If teams are also tied in these categories another tiebreaker game is applied.


World Cup Group D draw

France

Winners of the last World Cup in 2018, France will be determined to retain the crown, although they will have to do much better than they did at Euro 2020, when they were knocked out in the round of 16. by Switzerland.

If superstar Kylian Mbappe is at his best it could make all the difference for the Blues, and there’s plenty of other international experience in Didier Deschamps’ talented squad too.

France won the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League beating Spain in the final and if they can perform as a cohesive unit they will certainly be among the main contenders for glory in Qatar.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 3 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 2nd (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles: 2
  • World Cup appearances (last): 15 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group D winner: 5V-0L-3D
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 2V-0L-0D (Goals: 7 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 10W-0L-6D (Goals: 36 scored / 12 conceded)
  • Coach: Didier Deschamps (France) since July 2012
  • Featured players: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain/France), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/England), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/Spain)

Peru / Australia / UAE

Intercontinental playoffs to decide which remaining teams will book a place in the finals will take place in June. On June 7, Australia and the United Arab Emirates will face off, with the winners of that encounter set to play Peru in Doha a week later to determine who will qualify for Qatar.

Peru reached the Intercontinental Qualifiers stage after finishing fifth in CONMEBOL qualifying, behind Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay. Gianluca Lapadula was one of the goalscorers in a 2-0 win over Paraguay on the final matchday to secure a place in the Intercontinental Final. The 32-year-old’s experience will be vital as he aims to once again spearhead La Bicolor.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 22 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 5th (CONMEBOL)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 3V-1D-2D (Goals: 8 scored / 3 conceded)
    • 2021: 7V-7D-3D (Goals: 21 scored / 24 conceded)
  • Coach: Ricardo Gareca (Argentina) since March 2015
  • Featured players: Gianluca Lapadula (Benevento / Italy), Andre Carrillo (Alilal / Saudi Arabia), Edison Flores (DC United / USA)

Australia enter the intercontinental qualifiers after a disappointing group stage where defeats to Japan and Saudi Arabia ended their hopes. They will now seek to rectify that failure to qualify automatically, but face a tough challenge. The Socceroos have been regulars at the tournament since the turn of the century, making the competition proper in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018, but the 11 straight wins they racked up at the start of the qualifying run now seem like a distant memory.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 42 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 4th (CAF)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 1V-2D-1D (Goals: 6 scored / 5 conceded)
    • 2021: 7V-1L-2D (Goals: 21 scored / 5 conceded)
  • Coach: Graham Arnold (Australia) since July 2018
  • Featured players: Mat Ryan (Real Sociedad / Spain), Tom Rogic (Celtic / Scotland), Trent Sainsbury (Kortrijk / Belgium)

The UAE also have a chance of qualifying for only a second World Cup in neighboring Qatar, with the only other qualification coming in 1990. The entire UAE roster is domestically based, with the striker Ali Mabkhout representing their main offensive threat.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 68 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 7th (CAF)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 1 (Italy 1990)
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 2V-2L-0D (Goals: 3 scored / 2 conceded)
    • 2021: 9W-4L-4D (Goals: 33 scored / 16 conceded)
  • Coach: Rodolfo Arruabarrena (Argentina) since February 2022
  • Featured players: Ali Mabkhout (Al Jazira / UAE), Khalil Ibrahim (Al Wahda / UAE), Walid Abbas (Shabab Al Ahli / UAE)

Denmark

Denmark could be at the center of one of the most poignant and emotionally resonant stories of this World Cup as they aim to build on an impressive performance at Euro 2020.

This tournament began in horrific circumstances, as talisman Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in their first loss to Finland in Copenhagen. The playmaker thankfully pulled it off and his teammates rallied in exciting fashion in his absence, progressing to the semi-finals, where they narrowly failed to defeat England in extra time.

Incredibly, Eriksen returned to playing for Brentford in the Premier League recently, after having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted. He was later called up to the national team and scored in both the friendly loss to the Netherlands and the 3-0 win over Serbia in March. He could once again shine on the biggest stage in Kasper Hjulmand’s dynamic squad, against all odds.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 11 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 8th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 6 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group F winner: 9W-1L-0D
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 1V-1L-0D (Goals: 5 scored / 5 conceded)
    • 2021: 13W-4L-1D (Goals: 45 scored / 11 conceded)
  • Director: Kasper Hjulmand (Denmark) since August 2020
  • Coach: Christian Eriksen (Brentford / England), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta / Italy), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria / Italy)

Tunisia

Tunisia qualified for back-to-back World Cups with a final qualifying round victory over Mali, booking what will be their sixth appearance in the tournament final. The North Africans will be looking to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time.

The bulk of the squad is based in Europe, with Saint-Etienne striker Wahbi Khazri their chief creator, while Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri is one of the names to watch for who could be set for a decisive tournament.

The Carthage Eagles embark on a new era in time for the 2022 World Cup, with coach Jalel Kadri in charge. A former assistant, Kadri was named head of the Tunisian Football Federation in January, replacing Mondher Bebaier, who suffered a performance below expectations at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 35 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 5th (CAF)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: (CAF third round winners (agg 1-0 v Mali)
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 3V-3D-1D (Goals: 6 scored / 3 conceded)
    • 2021: 12V-4D-1D (Goals: 29 scored / 12 conceded)
  • Coach: Jalel Kadri (Tunisia) since January 2022
  • Featured players: Wahbi Khazri (Saint-Etienne / France), Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United / England), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly / Egypt)

WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWN:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H


Teams will advance from World Cup Group D

Shortly after the World Cup draw, sportsbooks are expected to suspend group odds for each team to advance from the group stage.

The first- and second-place finishers from Group D will advance to the Round of 16 and face off against the two teams to progress from Group C on Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4.

the official FIFA World Cup 2022 match schedule describes the following knockout pairs for the round of 16 through the final:

World Cup Round of 16

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Sat. 3 Dec. 1A versus 2B 10am Khalifa International Airport
Sat. 3 Dec. 1C versus 2D 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun 4 Dec 1D versus 2C 10am Al Thumama
Sun 4 Dec 1B versus 2A 2 p.m. Al Bayt
Mon 5 Dec 1E versus 2F 10am Al Janoub
Mon 5 Dec 1G versus 2H 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Tuesday, December 6 1F versus 2E 10am city ​​of education
Tuesday, December 6 1H versus 2G 2 p.m. Lusail

World Cup quarter-finals

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Fri 9 Dec QF1: 1E/2F versus 1G/2H 10am city ​​of education
Fri 9 Dec QF2: 1A/2B versus 1C/2D 2 p.m. Lusail
Sat 10 Dec QF3: 1F/2E versus 1H/2G 10am Al Thumama
Sat 10 Dec QF4: 1B/2A versus 1D/2C 2 p.m. Al Bayt

World Cup semi-finals

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Tuesday, December 13 QF2 against QF1 2 p.m. Lusail
Wed 14 Dec QF4 against QF3 2 p.m. Al Bayt

World Cup 3rd place

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Sat 17 Dec Semi-final losers 10am Khalifa International Airport

World Cup Final

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Sun 18 Dec Winners of the semi-finals 10am Lusail
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