Sport Ten Players to Look Out For in Group B

19:26  13 june  2018
19:26  13 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Boyata's World Cup inclusion gives Rodgers Champions League worries

  Boyata's World Cup inclusion gives Rodgers Champions League worries Dedryck Boyata’s inclusion in Belgium’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer could give Brendan Rodgers a selection headache, ahead of Celtic’s Champions League qualification attempts. The Daily Record have reported that with the Hoops facing an eight-game qualifying process to make the group stages, Rodgers could be without some key players for the opening ties due to the World Cup in Russia. Boyata’s defensive partner Mikael Lustig will also be absent, representing Sweden, with playmaker Tom Rogic also featuring for Australia. Christian Gamboa also will be there after making the Costa Rica squad. Celtic’s first qualifier will be on the same night as one of the World Cup semi-finals, and with Belgium tipped to do well, this could affirm Boyata’s unavailability. Even if all four players exit the tournament before the group stages, they will have only a week’s rest before the qualifiers for Celtic, so will be unlikely to feature regardless.

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These 10 players will make a world of difference to their respective teams, and could even go on to lift the World Cup next year in Russia. In 2006, Portugal ended fourth, in 2010 they were eliminated by Spain in the round of 16, whereas in 2014, they could not even make it out of the group stage.

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The FIFA World Cup is finally upon us, with the big kick-off just hours away.

Global excitement is building and we’re all wondering who could be the breakout stars this time around, and perhaps who will obtain the prestigious Golden Boot award.

In Group B, we will witness European champions Portugal, 2010 World champions Spain, and Iran and Morocco, who will both be at just their sixth World Cup.

Portugal have assembled a relatively inexperienced side, leaving out star names such as Luis Nani, Renato Sanches and Andre Gomes, whilst the Spanish are entering the competition without the likes of Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Iker Casillas for the first time in for over a decade, as their golden generation comes to a close.

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Most of Iran’s squad contains the majority of those involved in Brazil four years ago, whilst not a single Moroccan player has played at the elite competition before, as they enter the world stage for the first time since 1998.

So with all eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo and David Silva, who else should we be on the lookout for in Group B.

Argentina handed lifeline as Nigeria defeat Iceland .
After seeing their chances of qualification slimmed with a 3-0 defeat against Croatia last night, Argentina appear to have been handed a lifeline by Nigeria. The Super Eagles were in fantastic form in their second group stage match of the tournament as they swept Iceland aside with a comprehensive 2-0 win. It was a huge game for both sides, who headed into the encounter knowing that they had a golden opportunity to take advantage of Argentina’s shortcomings on Thursday evening. Nigeria entered the match with no points to their name after losing to Croatia last Saturday, while Iceland took a point into the clash following their score draw with Argentina. It was a game of few chances and the first-half was tightly-contested. Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson had the best chance to open the scoring but his shot from just outside the box was easily collected by Francis Uzoho. Heimir Hallgrímsson’s men appeared to be the side most likely to break the deadlock, however, Nigeria drew first blood after a moment of magic from Ahmed Musa. Just four minutes after the restart, the enigmatic front-man was able to finish off a swift Nigeria counter-attack in style, crashing home Victor Moses’ low cross with a volley after a deft touch. Gernot Rohr’s men began to enjoy a good spell of possession and appeared to have found their feet in the match. They soon made their dominance count, with Musa doubling his tally for the afternoon.

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