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Argentina World Cup fixtures 2022: Complete schedule, match kickoff times, dates for all games in Qatar

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Argentina will go for glory at the 2022 FIFA World Cup as talismanic forward Lionel Messi makes what is expected to be his final appearance in the tournament.

A runners-up medal in 2014 is as close as Messi has come to lifting the World Cup but in Qatar the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will have a strong Argentina squad around him.

Argentina were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by eventual winners France in the round of 16 but have since been in fine form, embarking on a 35-game unbeaten run since the 2019 Copa America semifinals.

The fitness of Messi and fellow forwards Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria will be key for Lionel Scaloni’s side as they aim to become the first Argentina team to win the World Cup since 1986.

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Argentina 2022 World Cup schedule

Argentina’s opening World Cup match is against Saudi Arabia in Lusail as Group C’s top seeds meet its underdogs.

Scaloni’s men will be expected to get off to a winning start before their eye-catching clash with Mexico four days later.

Poland, ranked 26th in the FIFA World Rankings, could upset Argentina’s campaign if they have not already secured a place in the knockout stage by the time they face off on November 30.

A first World Cup group stage exit since 2002 would be deemed a disaster for Argentina and a tragedy for the country’s iconic veteran Messi.

Group C match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22 Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia 5:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium
Sat, Nov. 26 Argentina vs. Mexico 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Weds, Nov. 30 Poland vs. Argentina 2:00 p.m. Stadium 974

Potential knockout round schedule — if Argentina finishes 1st in Group C

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sat, Dec. 3 Round of 16 2:00 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9 Quarterfinals 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Tue, Dec. 13 Semifinals 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17* Third Place Match 10:00 a.m. Khalifa International Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Final 10:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium

*Only in event of defeat in semifinals

Potential knockout schedule — if Argentina finishes 2nd in Group C

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sun, Dec. 4 Round of 16 10:00 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Sat, Dec. 10 Quarterfinals 2:00 p.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Wed, Dec. 14 Semifinals 2:00 p.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17* Third Place Match 10:00 a.m. Khalifa International Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Final 10:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium

*Only in event of defeat in semifinals

Argentina World Cup group: Group C

Argentina were drawn as top seeds in Group C alongside Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia. As a Pot 1 team, Argentina are viewed as the most likely side to qualify from the group. However, Mexico and Poland will seek to take advantage of the pressure and expectation weighing on Argentina in what will be Messi’s last World Cup.

Argentina have only failed to get beyond the group stage once since they won the World Cup in 1986, and have twice been beaten finalists in that time.

Can they recapture their crown this year?

World Cup Group C betting odds

The pre-tournament betting odds for Argentina and other Group C sides in the major global territories are below (odds via BetMGM for U.S., Sky Bet for U.K., Sports Interaction for Canada and Ladbrokes for Australia).

Team To win group
Argentina -250 (US) 4/11 (UK) 1.39 (CAN) 1.40 (AU) 
Mexico +450 (US) 9/2 (UK) 5.73 (CAN) 6.00 (AU)
Poland +500 (US) 11/2 (UK) 5.64 (CAN) 6.00 (AU)
Saudi Arabia +1800 (US) 28/1 (UK) 22.00 (CAN) 26.00 (AU)

 

Team To qualify
Argentina  -1600 (US) 1/16 (UK) 1.07 (CAN) 1.06 (AU)
Mexico -118 (US) 5/6 (UK) 1.92 (CAN) 1.91 (AU)
Poland -111 (US) 1/1 (UK) 1.92 (CAN) 1.91 (AU)
Saudi Arabia +650 (US) 7/1 (UK) 6.13 (CAN) 7.00 (AU)

 

Team  To win World Cup
Argentina +500 (US) 11/2 (UK) 4.30 (CAN) 6.50 (AU)
Mexico +10000 (US) 100/1 (UK) 90.00 (CAN) 101 (AU)
Poland +10000 (US) 100/1 (UK) 90.60 (CAN) 101 (AU)
Saudi Arabia +60000 (US) 750/1 (UK) 450.00 (CAN) 501 (AU)

 

World Cup Group C standings

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
C1: Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C2: Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C3: Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C4: Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

When is Argentina vs Saudi Arabia at World Cup 2022?

  • Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 (Lusail Stadium)
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. (local) / 5:00 a.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. (GMT) / 9:00 p.m. (AEDT) / 3:30 p.m. (IST)

Argentina open their 2022 World Cup campaign with a match against a Saudi Arabia side ranked 49th in the FIFA World Rankings, and the pressure is on the South Americans to make a positive start.

If he is fit, all eyes will be on Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi as he takes to the field in his fifth World Cup finals tournament, hoping to fire his country to glory for the third time in its history.

When is Argentina vs Mexico at World Cup 2022?

  • Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022 (Lusail Stadium)
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. (local) / 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 7:00 p.m. (GMT) / 6:00 a.m. (Sunday, 27 Nov. AEDT) / 12:30 a.m. (Sunday, 27 Nov. IST)

Argentina go up against one of their fellow countrymen in Mexico coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, who brings an experienced squad to Qatar.

However, injuries threaten to blight Mexico’s campaign and Argentina’s main task is likely to be breaking down a rigid defence.

When is Argentina vs Poland at World Cup 2022?

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (Stadium 974)
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. (local) / 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 7:00 p.m. (GMT) / 6:00 a.m. (Thursday, 1 Dec. AEDT) / 12:30 a.m. (Thursday, 1 Dec. IST)

Argentina will hope to have their place in the knockout stage secure before they meet Poland in Doha.

Otherwise, the Albiceleste will have to withstand the potent goal threat of Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski as well as Napoli attacking midfielder Piotr Zielinski, who is in fine form this season.

How to watch the World Cup

Here’s how to watch the World Cup action in the major global territories:

Territory  TV Streaming
US FOX/FS1/Telemundo (Spanish)/Universo (Spanish)  fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo En Vivo
Canada TSN TSN GO
UK BBC/ITV/STV BBC iPlayer, ITVX, STV Player
Australia SBS SBS On Demand
India Sports18 Voot TV

Qatar World Cup game times

Qatar resides in the Arabian Standard Time Zone, which is GMT +3.World Cup 2022 kickoff times in the major global territories are:

Group stage:

  • 1:00 p.m. (local) / 5:00 a.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. (GMT) / 9:00 p.m. (AEDT) / 3:30 p.m. (IST)
  • 4:00 p.m. (local) / 8:00 a.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (GMT) / 12:00 a.m. (AEDT) / 6:30 p.m. (IST)
  • 7:00 p.m. (local) / 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 4:00 p.m. (GMT) / 3:00 a.m. (AEDT) / 9:30 p.m. (IST)
  • 10:00 p.m. (local) / 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 7:00 p.m. (GMT) / 6:00 a.m. (AEDT) / 12:30 a.m. (IST)

Knockout stage (ET):

  • 6:00 p.m. (local) / 10:00 a.m. (ET) / 3:00 p.m. (GMT) / 2:00 a.m. (AEDT) / 8:30 p.m. (IST) (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Third Place Match, Final)
  • 10:00 p.m. (local) / 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 7:00 p.m. (GMT) / 6:00 a.m. (AEDT) / 12:30 a.m. (IST)  (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals)


Credit: sportingnews.com

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