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Spain sizzle and Argentina caught offside: World Cup stats so far

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The second round of World Cup 2022 group fixtures kicks off today, with Wales opening proceedings against Iran before England take on the United States this evening.Here, the PA news agency picks out some key statistics from the first set of games and looks ahead to the upcoming matches.Qatar v Senegal and Netherlands v Ecuador, Friday 1pm and 4pmQatar must beat Senegal to maintain any realistic hopes of qualification, but their lack of squad depth was exposed against Ecuador.

Despite trailing 2-0 for most of the game, the hosts were the only side to make just two of five allocated substitutions. Senegal suffered defeat to the Netherlands by an identical scoreline, with both goals coming in the last 10 minutes.The Dutch adopted a conservative approach in the Senegal game, recording fewer shots than their opponents.

They could remain cautious against Ecuador, who in two-goal Enner Valencia possess one of the six players tied at the top of the Golden Boot standings.Wales v Iran and England v United States, Friday 10am and 7pmEngland will qualify with a game to spare if they can record a second successive win, though their rout of Iran saw them score six times from only 13 total shots.

They are also three away from 100 World Cup goals, having raced from 91 to 97 in that opening win.Iran’s eight attempts were more than either Wales or the United States managed in their draw and will serve as a warning to Rob Page that his side may not have things their own way.Poland v Saudi Arabia and Argentina v Mexico, Saturday 1pm and 7pmOffsides cost Argentina in their staggering defeat to Saudi Arabia, with 10 in total and a pair of disallowed goals.

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