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Recap of Friday’s non-US World Cup matches

Here’s a look at Friday’s non-US World Cup matches:

Wales v Iran, 5am, FS1

The Welsh are looking to build on their draw with the United States with three points against Iran, who were eliminated by England, 6-2 in their opener.

Both teams will need three points to be able to get out of Group B. Wales manager Rob Page is likely to turn to striker Kieffer Moore, who has been a game-changer against USA since the beginning in this one.

Welsh striker Kieffer Moore looks to keep the ball away from Tim Ream in USA’s 1-1 draw.

The question is whether Iran’s abysmal performance against England was just an anomaly or a precursor to last place in the group.

Qatar vs Senegal, 8 a.m., FS1

The hosts struggled in their opener, a 2-0 loss to Ecuador in which the scoreline wasn’t as bad as the performance. Another defeat would essentially knock Qatar out of the World Cup – the only host nation in history to fail to reach the knockout stages was South Africa in 2010. Senegal, who lost to the Netherlands in his first game, also desperately needed three points. It would be surprising to see either team settle for a draw here.

Netherlands vs. Ecuador, 11 a.m., Fox

If either team can claim victory here, they will be in position to win Group A. The Netherlands are favorites, but Enner Valencia and Ecuador don’t think they’ll be easily defeated. It took work for the Netherlands to get past Senegal on Cody Gakpo’s 84th-minute winner and Davy Klaassen’s insurance goal nine minutes into added time. Ecuador seemed to have it much easier in their opener, albeit against a much worse Qatar side.— Ethan Sears


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