MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Brazilian national team’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker, midfielder Lucas Paqueta and forward Antony skipped their squad’s practice at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to flu-like symptoms, the Goal sports web portal reported on Monday.
One of the world championship’s favorites, Brazil, earlier lost its striker Neymar, who suffered an ankle injury during his team’s opening match at the 2022 World Cup. Brazil is scheduled to play a group stage match on Monday against Switzerland, with the kickoff time at 7:00 p.m. local time.
The Brazilian team is currently in the top of its Group G with three points and they are followed by Switzerland (3 points), Cameroon and Serbia (both zero points).
Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 20 and December 18 at eight stadiums in five cities across the Persian Gulf country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Al Rayyan.
The eight host stadiums are: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.
The coveted World Cup Trophy will be taken home by one of 32 teams divided into eight groups. The group stage matches are being held across numerous fields in Qatar between November 20 and December 2 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.
Qatar won the right to host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. The championship kicked off last Sunday with a spectacular ceremony and the subsequent opening match between host Qatar and Ecuador, which ended 2-0 in favor of Ecuador.
In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December of 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with - Qatar National Day. The objective, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.