World Cup Group G Match Schedule
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Group G in World Cup 2022 features Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon alongside the No. 1-ranked team in the world, Brazil. It makes the group extremely competitive and is expected to give some high voltage matches.

Both European competitors finished above so-called superior teams in Portugal and Italy. As a result, it can qualify for the finals automatically, which will give stiff competition to ambitious Brazil. Neymar’s Brazil will be trying to advance to the knockout stages without any mishap.

Cameroon qualified for the World Cup by beating Algeria in the playoff. They will surely bring their experience and energy to future games.

The projected winner of the pool is Brazil, and the other three teams are predicted to be battling it out for that second qualifying spot which is the passage to the knockdown stages.

The two teams that will advance from group G will match up with a team from Group H in the Round of 16.

World Cup Group G table & fixtures

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
G1: Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G2: Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G3: Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G4: Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group G match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24 Switzerland vs. Cameroon 5 a.m. Al Janoub Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24 Brazil vs. Serbia 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Mon, Nov. 28 Cameroon vs. Serbia 5 a.m. Al Janoub Stadium
Mon, Nov. 28 Brazil vs. Switzerland 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Fri, Dec. 2 Cameroon vs. Brazil 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Fri, Dec. 2 Serbia vs. Switzerland 2 p.m. Stadium 974

The four teams of the group will play in a round-robin format, with each team facing the other three. Those three group-stage matches will determine the group standings by adding up the points collected. Three points will be given for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss.

The top two teams from each group make their way to the single-game knockouts based on total points. If the teams are tied on points, the first tiebreaker is goal difference, followed by goals scored. Another set of tiebreakers is applied if the teams are also tied in those categories.

Group G draw

Brazil

It can be surely said that the Selecao will aim to end two decades of European dominance on the biggest stage since their fifth success back in 2002. it is also undeniable that it just would not feel like a World Cup without Brazil.

Their old rival Argentina might have beaten them in last year’s Copa America final, but many people felt that Brazil would most likely wrest back and gain control of the World Cup for South America.

Brazil’s only defeat in 2021 is caused by Angel Di Maria’s solitary strike at the Maracana in July. It was one of only five goals they conceded. They rely heavily on Neymar to finally enjoy a World Cup befitting his talents alongside Real Madrid sensation Vinicius Jr. They have high hopes for their attacking talents, as they will be the decider for a win or loss.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 1 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 1st (CONMEBOL)
  • World Cup titles: 5
  • World Cup appearances (last): 21 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: CONMEBOL World Cup Qualification winners: 14W-0L-3D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
  • 2022: 3W-0L-1D (Goals: 13 scored / 1 conceded)
  • 2021: 12W-1L-3D (Goals: 27 scored / 5 conceded)
  • Coach: Tite (Brazil) since June 2016
  • Star players: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid / Spain)

Serbia

After failing to make it to Euro 2020, Serbia secured a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Noticeably they finished top and unbeaten in a tough qualifying group which also included Portugal. The Balkan nation automatically booked a place in the draw after the late win against Cristiano Ronaldo and company in November.

Dusan Tadic’s creativity and experience will likely raise problems for their group opponents, while they also have some other useful attacking options in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Luka Jovic. They could end up surprising many people if they cooperate and be responsible.

Dragan Stojkovic, a Former Red Star Belgrade midfielder, has suffered just two defeats since taking charge of Serbia in March last year. It certainly makes his team a difficult one to defend against.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 25 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 14th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles: —
  • World Cup appearances (last): 12 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group A winners: 6W-0L-2D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
  • 2022: 1W-1L-0D (Goals: 1 scored / 3 conceded)
  • 2021: 8W-1L-5D (Goals: 27 scored / 11 conceded)
  • Coach: Dragan Stojkovic (Serbia) since March 2021
  • Star players: Dusan Tadic (Ajax / Netherlands), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham / England), Luka Jovic (Real Madrid / Spain)

Switzerland

Switzerland finished the World Cup qualification by beating Bulgaria 4-0 at home back in November. This resulted in underlining their place at the top of Group C as they booked an automatic spot in Qatar.

They only conceded two goals during qualifying but finished undefeated. With a side built strongly from the back but that is also capable of unlocking the opposition, Murat Yakin’s team is certainly one to watch when the tournament kicks off.

Now with Chicago Fire in MLS, Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich man Xerdan Shaqiri remains the talisman, and the 30-year-old will be expected to provide a creative spark as well as lead the line during the game.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 14 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 10th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles: —
  • World Cup appearances (last): 11 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group C winners: 5W-0L-3D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
  • 2022: 0W-1L-1D (Goals: 2 scored / 3 conceded)
  • 2021: 10W-1L-6D (Goals: 37 scored / 15 conceded)
  • Coach: Murat Yakin (Switzerland) since August 2021
  • Star players: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal / England), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire / USA), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt / Germany)

Cameroon

For the first time since 2014, World Cup veterans Cameroon booked a return to the finals with a dramatic victory against Algeria in late March. The match was more like a winner-take-all.

Often referred to as the Indomitable Lions, Cameroon will be making the eighth appearance on the World Cup stage, and they have many well-established players who could be key contributors in Qatar up in their sleeves. Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are both will be expected to deliver. They are both seasoned international performers.

Cameroon’s best placing in the tournament came with charismatic coach Rigobert Song, a player in his younger years with Liverpool who made four World Cup appearances of his own and an iconic quarterfinal run at Italy in 1990. The coach believes that his team has a chance of reaching the knockout phase once again following a third-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 37 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 6th (CAF)
  • World Cup titles: —
  • World Cup appearances (last): 7 (Brazil 2014)
  • How qualified: (CAF Third Round winners: (agg 2-2 vs. Algeria, Cameroon wins on away goals)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
  • 2022: 5W-1L-3D (Goals: 16 scored / 9 conceded)
  • 2021: 8W-4L-4D (Goals: 18 scored / 14 conceded)
  • Coach: Rigobert Song (Cameroon) since February 2022
  • Star players: Vincent Aboubakar(Al Nassr / Saudi Arabia), Andre Onana (Ajax / Netherlands), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich / Germany)

Teams to advance from World Cup Group G

sportsbooks are expected to hang group odds for each team to advance from the group stage shortly after the World Cup Draw.

The first-place and second-place finishers in Group G will move on to the Round of 16 and will face off against the two teams to advance from Group H on Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The official FIFA 2022 World Cup match schedule outlines the following knockout pairings for the Round of 16 through to the final:

World Cup Round of 16

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sat, Dec. 3 1A vs. 2B 10 a.m. Khalifa Int’l
Sat, Dec. 3 1C vs. 2D 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 4 1D vs. 2C 10 a.m. Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 4 1B vs. 2A 2 p.m. Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 5 1E vs. 2F 10 a.m. Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 5 1G vs. 2H 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 6 1F vs. 2E 10 a.m. Education City
Tues, Dec. 6 1H vs. 2G 2 p.m. Lusail

Quarterfinals

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9 QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H 10 a.m. Education City
Fri, Dec. 9 QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D 2 p.m. Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10 QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G 10 a.m. Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10 QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C 2 p.m. Al Bayt

Semifinals

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13 QF2 vs. QF1 2 p.m. Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14 QF4 vs. QF3 2 p.m. Al Bayt

3rd Place

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17 Semifinal losers 10 a.m. Khalifa Int’l

Final

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Semifinal winners 10 a.m. Lusail

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Golam Muktadir, chief editor at Surprise Sports (Leading Sports News Website). He is sharing his World Cup Football thoughts, trending news, and real-time Qatar World Cup updates.

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