2022 FIFA World Cup groups
*Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal
*Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland/Wales/Ukraine
*Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
*Group D: France, UAE/Peru/Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
*Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
*Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
*Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
*Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
African champions Senegal have been pitted against hosts Qatar at the 2022 FIFA World Cup after the draw held in Doha on Friday.
The World Cup will takes from 21 November to 18 December in Qatar.
Senegal who eliminated Egypt in playoffs to reach this stage, will also face three-time silver medalists Netherlands and South American side Ecuador in Group A.
It looks like a fair draw for Aliou Cisse’s Lions of Terranga who will seek to exorcise 2002 demons when they made a brilliant run to the Quarterfinals.
Cameroon, making their eighth appearance will meet record winners Brazil and two European sides Serbia and Switzerland.
Ghana Black Stars will face Christiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.
Tunisia are in Group D alongside favourites France while Morocco have Belgium in their Group.
World Cup Records For African Countries:
1934: Egypt, first African country at the World Cup
1934: Abdulrahman Fawzi of Egypt, first African to score at the World Cup, who scored both Egypt’s goals in 2–4 loss against Hungary.
1970: Morocco, first African country to draw a match at the World Cup Finals, with 1–1 draw with Bulgaria
1974: Zaire, first African team to finish without scoring in the World Cup finals.
1974: Kidumu Mantantu of Zaire, first African player to receive a yellow card at the World Cup against Scotland on 14 June 1974.
1974: Mulamba Ndaye of Zaire, first African player to receive a red card at the World Cup against Yugoslavia on 18 June 1974.
1978: Tunisia, first African country to win a match at the World Cup Finals, with 3–1 over Mexico
1978: Abdelmajid Chetali of Tunisia, first African coach at the World Cup Finals
1982: Algeria, first African team to win twice at the group stage (The first team eliminated after winning twice in the group stages of the Fifa World Cup)
1982: FIFA introduced a revised qualification system at subsequent World Cups in which the final two games in each group were played simultaneously after Algeria protesting against its controversial elimination from the group stage caused by the match named Disgrace of Gijón.
1986: Algeria, first African team to qualify twice in a row (1982 and 1986)
1986: Morocco, first African team to reach round of 16
1990: Cameroon, first African team to win over the reigning champions Argentina 1-0
1990: Cameroon, first team in the history of the World Cup to win a match with nine players only winning Argentina 1-0
1990: Cameroon, first African team to reach quarter-finals
1990: Magdi Abdelghani of Egypt, first African to score a penalty at the World Cup in the 1–1 draw against the Netherlands
1994: Nigeria scored the biggest African win at the World Cup Finals, 3–0 over Bulgaria
1994: Roger Milla of Cameroon, the oldest player to score at World Cup Finals, aged 42, against Russia. (Russia won the match 6–1)
1998: Youssef Chippo of Morocco. first African to score an own goal at the World Cup, in the 2–2 draw against Norway on 10 June 1998. Two days later, Pierre Issa of South Africa scored an own goal in the 0–3 loss to France.
1998: Nigeria, first African team to qualify to the round of 16 for the 2nd time in its history of participations
2010: South Africa, first African country to host the World Cup
2010: Itumeleng Khune of South Africa, first African goalkeeper to receive a red card at the World Cup against Uruguay. (He was the second goalkeeper ever sent off at the World Cup Finals, after Italy’s Gianluca Pagliuca at the 1994 FIFA World Cup)
2010: Ghana, first African team to reach the quarter finals after reaching the round of 16 in the previous world cup.
2010: Rabah Saâdane of Algeria, first African coach to coach twice at the World Cup Finals
2014: Algeria and Nigeria, first occasion in which two African teams qualified for round of 16
2014: Nigeria, first African team to qualify to the round of 16 for the 3rd time in its history of participations
2014: Algeria, first African team to score four goals in one match, in the 4–2 win against South Korea
2014: Stephen Keshi of Nigeria, first African coach to reach round of 16
2018: Essam El-Hadary of Egypt, the oldest player and captain in the history of the World Cup Finals, aged 45 years and 161 days, against Saudi Arabia.
2018: Essam El-Hadary of Egypt, first African Goalkeeper to save a penalty at the World Cup Finals.
2018: Senegal, first team to be eliminated due to the fair play points tiebreaker.
2018: Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco, who came on as a substitute for his brother Nordin Amrabat in the 76th minute in the group match against Iran, is the first player in World Cup history to come in for his brother.
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