World Cup recap, Day 9: Brazil, Portugal advance to group of 16 | Qatar World Cup 2022

Day 9 of the World Cup in Qatar has witnessed a number of the most dramatic matches to date, with Cameroon making a shocking comeback in a battle with Serbia the place six objectives have been scored and nonetheless neither aspect emerged victorious, the groups having to accept a 3-3 draw.

A heartbroken South Korean workforce left the pitch on Tuesday — with some gamers in tears — after their 3-2 defeat to Ghana in a sport the place the Koreans threw every thing on the Ghanaian’s objective within the second half however couldn’t break by way of their defences.

The frustration felt by the workforce on the pitch spilled onto the sidelines, the place the South Korean supervisor acquired a crimson card after a final-whistle tirade towards the referee.

Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 in a match win that ensures the Brazilians a spot within the knockout phases of the soccer World Cup in Qatar. The win at Stadium 974 means Brazil, already five-time world champions, have now certified comfortably for the Spherical of 16 and with a sport towards Cameroon nonetheless to play of their group stage of the event.

Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Uruguay additionally places them by way of to the final 16 of the World Cup with a gaggle sport to spare.

Here’s a fast information recapping all you have to know from day 9 — Monday, November 28 — of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

South Korea's Kim Min-jae and Ghana's Andre Ayew jump to head the ball during the World Cup group H football match between South Korea and Ghana.
South Korea’s Kim Min-jae (left) and Ghana’s Andre Ayew (proper) bounce to move the ball through the World Cup group H soccer match between South Korea and Ghana on the Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 28, 2022 [Lee Jin-man/AP Photo]

In a match described as essentially the most thrilling sport of the World Cup in Qatar to date, six objectives have been scored when Cameroon and Serbia confronted off on Monday. That pleasure surged when Cameroon staged a formidable comeback to complete with a 3-3 draw towards Serbia in a sport that noticed Cameroon exchange their goalkeeper Andre Onana on the final minute.

Cameroon’s Coach Rigobert Music stated he dropped his beginning goalkeeper for “disciplinary causes”, however didn’t give additional particulars and changed Onana with Devis Epassy, who was making simply his sixth worldwide look.

The inauspicious begin didn’t detract from what can be an exciting sport and a shock six-goal draw.

Cameroon took the lead within the first half by way of central defender Jean-Charles Castelletto’s Twenty ninth-minute tap-in however then conceded two objectives to the Serbians in fast succession.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Cameroon’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in motion through the Cameroon vs Serbia, Group G, FIFA World Cup match on November 27, 2022, at Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Serbia’s Strahinja Pavlovic’s was the primary, heading in a free kick to stage the rating earlier than Sergej Milinkovic-Savic struck from 20 metres (66 toes) simply two minutes later. Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic made it 3-1 firstly of the second half after Serbia opened Cameroon’s defence with a sequence of fast passes.

Cameroon was down 3-1, however second-half substitute Vincent Aboubakar turned the dramatic sport with a objective and an help. He lobbed Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic within the sixty fourth minute to attain his thirty fourth objective for the Indomitable Lions, and he then arrange striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting two minutes later for the 3-3 equaliser.

“The lion roared right this moment,” Aboubakar stated after the match. “I dedicate this end result to the squad, and to the individuals of Cameroon.”

However the end result fits neither aspect. Each side misplaced their opening video games, with Serbia overwhelmed 2-0 by Brazil and Cameroon shedding 1-0 to Switzerland.

A Serbian player heads the ball.
A Serbian participant will get his head to the ball within the Cameroon vs Serbia, Group G, FIFA World Cup match on November 27, 2022, at Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Cameroon and Serbia every have one level after two Group G matches, two factors behind Switzerland after the Swiss misplaced 1-0 to Brazil in a while Monday. That win by Brazil — the report five-time World Cup champions — despatched them into the Spherical of 16 and nonetheless with a match to spare.

Switzerland now wants a win of their final match towards Serbia to be assured a spot within the subsequent stage. A draw could also be sufficient, however that can rely upon the end result of the match between Brazil and Cameroon on Friday. Serbia may also possible want a win in the event that they hope to advance.

“We weren’t sensible sufficient to complete the match to our personal benefit,” Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic stated later.

Thiago Silva
Brazil’s Thiago Silva in motion through the Brazil vs Switzerland Group G, FIFA World Cup match on November 28, 2022, at Stadium 974 in Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

5-time World Cup champions Brazil overcame the absence of their injured star participant Neymar to beat Switzerland 1-0 with a late objective on Monday and, in doing so, made it to the event’s Spherical of 16 with a match to spare in Group G.

Casemiro received the one objective within the 83rd minute of a sport during which Brazil had difficulties creating scoring probabilities with out its major striker Neymar. Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, scored with a shot into the far nook of the Swiss aspect’s objective, utilizing the surface of his proper foot for a shot that deflected barely off defender Manuel Akanji.

It was an excellent match early on within the sport, with each groups attempting to regulate the ball however not creating many vital probabilities. With out Neymar, Brazil struggled to get close to Switzerland’s objective till Casemiro took his shot. The assists got here from Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, the Actual Madrid gamers who till lately had Casemiro as their teammate. Casemiro now performs for Manchester United.

Vinicius Junior had thought he had given Brazil the lead with a shot from contained in the penalty space after a move by Casemiro within the sixty fourth, however a video overview decided there was offside within the build-up. Few had seen it till the VAR name was introduced at Stadium 974.

“After all we miss a participant like Neymar,” Tite stated after the match.

“The workforce loses lots with out him. However we additionally produce other gamers who can get the job executed, as we noticed it right this moment,” he stated.

Swiss defender Silvan Widmer, splayed out on the pitch, looks to the referee.
Swiss defender Silvan Widmer seems to the referee through the Brazil vs Switzerland Group G, FIFA World Cup match on November 28, 2022, at Stadium 974 in Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Monday’s win gave Brazil six factors from two matches, leaving Switzerland with three. Serbia and Cameroon, which drew 3-3 earlier Monday, have one level every.

Switzerland coach Murat Yakin stated his workforce have executed a “good job for fairly a while”.

“I don’t assume it’s a disappointment. Now we have plenty of good takeaways right here. The subsequent sport is one thing we’ve management over,” he stated.

Switzerland, which had no makes an attempt on objective through the match, now wants a win of their final sport towards Serbia to be assured a spot within the Spherical of 16. A draw could also be sufficient relying on the match between Brazil and Cameroon on Friday.


Two objectives from Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes despatched his workforce by way of to the final 16 of the World Cup on Monday after a 2-0 win over a lacklustre Uruguay.

Fernandes scored with a cross meant for Cristiano Ronaldo that sailed fortuitously into the net within the 54th minute. He then transformed a penalty in stoppage time to place his aspect into the group of 16 knockout stage with a match remaining.

Portugal had the lion’s share of the possession and dominated for many of the match, however struggled to create clear-cut probabilities till the second half in a sport the place Uruguay appeared sluggish and off type.

Ronaldo set the tone for the match with some early showboating when he used a shoulder to redirect an extended throw into the trail of William Carvalho, whose highly effective volley sailed over the bar.

Portugal appeared threatening however struggled to create goal-scoring probabilities within the first half.

And it was Uruguay who had the most effective shot within the thirty second minute of the primary half when Rodrigo Bentancur picked up the ball and ran half the size of the sphere, skipping round three defenders earlier than firing off a low shot that was blocked by the advancing Portugal keeper Diogo Costa.

Bentancur was on the centre of the motion once more a couple of minutes later when his outstretched leg met a cross from the left from Mathias Olivera, trickling by way of to Darwin Nunez, who didn’t convert from shut vary.

Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur fights for the ball with Portugal's Joao Palhinha during their World Cup group H football match.
Uruguay’s Rodrigo Bentancur (left) fights for the ball with Portugal’s Joao Palhinha through the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on November 28, 2022 [Abbie Parr/AP Photo]

Portugal lastly broke the impasse when Fernandes’s cross floated previous Uruguayan goalkeeper Sergio Rochet, who was rooted to the spot as Cristiano Ronaldo rose to move the ball and initially celebrated the objective as his.

A grinning Ronaldo threw his arms within the air, suggesting he received the ultimate contact, and was embracing Fernandes as a number of close-up replays have been being proven on the massive screens in Lusail Stadium.

Alas for Ronaldo, the objective wound up being awarded to Fernandes, who added a second from the penalty spot in stoppage time after a handball by Uruguay’s Jose Maria Gimenez.

Uruguay had a short rally to attempt to get again into the match after a raft of substitutions, with Facundo Pellistri making an prompt influence, Luis Suarez coming shut, and Maxi Gomez hitting the put up.

However the match belonged to Portugal and Fernandes, who coolly transformed a penalty in stoppage time after a handball within the field that required a VAR overview.

Hungry for extra, Fernandes nearly scored a hat-trick deep into stoppage time, along with his effort saved on the close to put up by Rochet and a strike within the dying moments that cannoned off the put up.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes celebrate after beating Uruguay.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes have fun after beating Uruguay within the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Group H match at Lusail Stadium in Qatar on November 28, 2022 [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]

Portugal at the moment are the third workforce to achieve the final 16 after France and Brazil.

Uruguay has one level from two matches and must beat Ghana on Friday to face an opportunity of advancing. Even a draw towards South Korea of their closing Group H match on Friday will safe first place for Portugal. For Uruguay, it will likely be a must-win sport towards Ghana.

“We’ll must gamble extra. We must be a daring workforce,” the Uruguay coach, Diego Alonso, stated after the match on Monday.

Ghana's Andre Ayew in action with South Korea's Hwang In-beom in the FIFA World Cup South Korea vs Ghana match.
Ghana’s Andre Ayew in motion with South Korea’s Hwang In-beom within the FIFA World Cup South Korea vs Ghana match at Training Metropolis Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 28, 2022 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Ghana survived a livid late siege of their objective to revive their World Cup probabilities in a dramatic match on Monday towards South Korea, the place the African aspect secured a 3-2 victory that was greeted with as a lot reduction as celebration.

Ghana’s Mohammed Salisu scored the opener in a roller-coaster match on the Training Metropolis Stadium, and teammate Mohammed Kudus headed house one other as Ghana took a 2-0 halftime lead, just for South Korea to return combating again with two objectives in three minutes from Cho Gue-sung.

Cho’s objectives have been each highly effective headers because the Ghanaian defence was overrun, first within the 58th minute and, with the Korean supporters behind the Ghana objective already in delirium, a second following simply three minutes later.

Ghana's Mohammed Salisu in action with South Korea's Kim Jin-su during their Group H game.
Ghana’s Mohammed Salisu in motion with South Korea’s Kim Jin-su through the Group H South Korea vs Ghana match at Training Metropolis Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 28, 2022 [Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters]

South Korea then made modifications at halftime that put them proper again within the match, even when talisman Son Heung-min, once more taking part in with a black face masks to guard his facial fractures, proved surprisingly ineffectual.

Starting the second half, the South Koreans fought again in spectacular fashion, however one second-half error in the end proved expensive when Ghana snatched again the lead as Kudus delivered the successful objective.

A objective forward, Ghana then sat again and have been besieged for about half an hour, with Lawrence Ati-Zigi making a number of good saves and his defenders placing their our bodies on the road as they blocked efforts from all angles from the South Koreans.

Ten minutes of stoppage time added to the sport solely served to intensify the drama, culminating in a distinction of feelings on the closing whistle as an exhausted Ghana celebrated and the Koreans have been left in tears.

Son Heung-min was visibly upset on the closing whistle and with South Korea’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.

South Korea’s supervisor Paulo Bento was red-carded as his frustrations boiled over on the closing whistle in a verbal tirade at English referee Anthony Taylor.

Bento was livid South Korea have been denied a nook when Taylor ended the sport after the allotted 10 minutes of stoppage time.

“The result’s completely unfair, even a draw can be unfair. We deserved a win,” South Korea’s assistant coach, Sergio Costa, stated after the match.

South Korea's Son Heung-min and coach Paulo Bento look dejected after losing the match.
South Korea’s Son Heung-min and coach Paulo Bento look dejected after shedding of their Group H South Korea vs Ghana match at Training Metropolis Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 28, 2022 [Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters]

The African aspect have earned their first factors of the event and might nonetheless presumably attain the second spherical of the event.

Ghana coach Otto Addo stated after the match that the Black Stars would seal their entry into the group of 16 by beating Uruguay once they meet on Friday of their closing group H match.

Ghana's Mohammed Salisu celebrates after scoring the opening goal.
Ghana’s Mohammed Salisu celebrates after he scored the opening objective through the World Cup group H soccer match between South Korea and Ghana, on the Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 28, 2022 [Lee Jin-man/AP Photo]


On and off the pitch

The Portugal vs Uruguay match was briefly interrupted on Monday by a protester carrying a rainbow flag and sporting a blue Superman T-shirt that stated “SAVE UKRAINE” on the entrance and “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” on the again.

Safety officers chased the protester down and the flag was dropped on the sphere.

A pitch invader runs onto the field wearing a 'Respect for Iranian woman' shirt and holding a rainbow flag during the Portugal vs Uruguay game at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar.
A pitch invader runs onto the sphere sporting a ‘Respect for Iranian girl’ shirt and holding a rainbow flag through the Portugal vs Uruguay sport at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar, on November 28, 2022 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Photos: Morocco upset Belgium to claim long-awaited World Cup win | In Pictures News

Morocco weathered a first-half storm to earn their first World Cup victory since 1998 as they upset Belgium 2-0 in World Cup Group F.

The Morocco followers created a raucous environment on the Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday.

Belgium dictated the primary half, however had been unable to transform their dominance into objectives.

Within the second half, Moroccan substitute Abdelhamid Sabiri curled in a free kick previous Thibaut Courtois.

Then in stoppage time Zakaria Aboukhlal, additionally a substitute, scored to place Morocco on the high of their group with 4 factors, one forward of Belgium, sending the Moroccan followers into delirium.

World Cup key events, Day 6: Qatar eliminated, Iran stuns Wales | Qatar World Cup 2022

World Cup host nation Qatar has been eradicated from the match, lower than per week after it launched the primary model of soccer’s greatest occasion within the Center East.

On day six of the World Cup, Qatar misplaced 3-1 to Senegal in its second straight defeat on the match. Its exit was confirmed a couple of hours later when Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 within the different Group A sport.

That left Qatar on the backside of Group A with no likelihood of progressing.

South Africa had been the one different dwelling group to fail to make it out of the group stage in 2010.

“In the event you anticipated us to go very far on this match, then it is going to be a disappointment,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez stated earlier than his group was formally out. “Our aim was to be aggressive.”

In different day-six fixtures, Iran scored a spectacular 2-0 win over Wales in stoppage time and the USA group pissed off England in a 0-0 draw for its second consecutive draw within the World Cup.

Here’s a fast information recapping all it is advisable know from Day 6 – Friday, November 25, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Senegal 3, Qatar 1

With World Cup futures on the road, the footballing stakes may hardly have been greater for hosts Qatar and African champions Senegal.

Qatar’s opening-night nerves have been nowhere to be seen as they rapidly obtained to grips with Senegal and may have had a penalty when Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif, however Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved away their pleas and the VAR (video-assisted referee) didn’t intervene.

With Qatar defending nicely, it was going to take both a second of magic or a catastrophic mistake for Senegal to interrupt the impasse. Sadly for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi, it turned out to be the latter.

His try and clear a routine low move into the field by Senegal’s Krepin Diatta went disastrously unsuitable as he fluffed his clearance, permitting Boulaye Dia to pounce and rattle dwelling the opening aim simply earlier than the break.

Qatar's Ismail Mohamad in mid-air with the ball as Pedro Miguel rans alongside and Senegal's Ismail Jakobs coming up behind him
Qatar’s Ismail Mohamad and Pedro Miguel in motion with Senegal’s Ismail Jakobs [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ Reuters]

It obtained worse for Qatar early within the second half, with Famara Diedhiou doubling Senegal’s benefit with an excellent glancing header from an Ismail Jakobs nook within the forty eighth minute.

It was a cue for the house group to play their greatest soccer of the match to date.

Mohammed Muntari decreased the deficit within the 78th minute with a first-ever aim for Qatar at a World Cup however Senegal have been unruffled as they continued to out-muscle their opponents in midfield.

Six minutes after Muntari’s strike, Bamba Dieng swept dwelling a move from fellow substitute Iliman Ndiaye for the African facet’s third aim of the match.

That consigned Qatar to the underside of Group A with no factors, whereas Netherlands and Ecuador have 4 factors and the Senegalese three.

Qatar’s hopes of progressing at the moment are over.

Even a win of their remaining sport towards three-time World Cup finalists Netherlands won’t be sufficient to see them progress.

Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1

It was Enner Valencia’s third aim of the match that helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Dutch in Group A, thereby sealing Qatar’s destiny.

Netherlands took the lead early on within the sport with Cody Gakpo placing them forward with a fast strike within the sixth minute.

However after that, Ecuador dominated.

After having the obvious equaliser overturned by VAR simply earlier than the half, Valencia leveled the match within the forty ninth minute.

Iran 2, Wales 0

Iran recovered from their thrashing by England with an excellent 2-0 win over Wales, leaving their World Cup future in their very own fingers.

Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the goalless impasse within the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored within the a hundred and first towards a 10-man Welsh squad, which misplaced goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to a crimson card within the 86th minute.

Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his excessive problem towards Iran’s Mehdi Taremi however the referee confirmed him the crimson card after a VAR test.

Iran's Roozbeh Cheshmi in action just post the kick, with the Wales defender looking behind him at the ball that has flown past him on its way to the goal
Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi scores their first aim of the match [Marko Djurica/ Reuters]

With three factors going into Tuesday’s sport towards the USA, Iran has a shot at advancing to the World Cup knockout phases for the primary time.

Cheshmi stated it was “the solidarity between the group members” that helped them win the sport.

The result leaves Wales’s possibilities of reaching the final 16 hanging by a thread. It is going to face a troublesome problem in England on Tuesday.

“We need to end the competitors on a excessive, it’s out of our fingers with reference to going by way of, however we need to end with a great efficiency and a win,” Wales coach Rob Web page stated.

USA 0, England 0

England suffered a sobering actuality test as they have been outplayed for lengthy durations by a youthful US facet in a tense 0-0 draw of their second World Cup Group B sport.

A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday had despatched England followers’ hopes hovering however Gareth Southgate’s facet have been lucky to not undergo a repeat of their 1950 World Cup calamity towards the People.

They’ll nonetheless qualify for the final 16 in the event that they keep away from a heavy defeat by Wales of their remaining group sport however they have been greeted with boos on the remaining whistle and can want an unlimited enchancment if they’re to have a deep run.

Fans looking up, most holding their heads with faces showing shock and disappointment
Followers in London watch England vs United States on the Wembley Boxpark in London, UK [Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters]

The US produced a high-tempo show however might reside to rue not placing away an England facet caught in second gear, though they may attain the final 16 in the event that they beat Iran.

“A draw’s not the worst factor however I felt for stretches of the sport we confirmed dominance,” stated Christian Pulisic, considered one of 5 England-based gamers within the US beginning line-up.

Whereas the consequence, and efficiency, was desperately disappointing for England, it tops the group on 4 factors and stay within the field seat to achieve the final 16.

Iran, who snatched a late win over Wales, have three factors with USA on two factors and Wales on one.

All potentialities are nonetheless open within the group subsequent Tuesday.

World Cup 2022 key events: Japan’s stunning win on Day 4 in Qatar | Qatar World Cup 2022

Japan delivered a surprising victory over Germany on day 4 of the World Cup in an upset that just about rivalled Saudi Arabia’s sensational win over favourites Argentina on day three of the match.

Wednesday’s match resulted in a 2-1 victory for Japan over the mighty Germans, a rustic whose groups have gained the World Cup a whopping 4 occasions.

Many have to be questioning what different phenomenal upsets World Cup 2022 Qatar can have in retailer because the video games progress in direction of the finals.

Within the different day-four fixtures, Spain gave Costa Rica a lesson in world-class soccer, beating “Los Ticos” 7 to 0, whereas Morocco and Croatia ended their match scoreless in what some noticed as a lacklustre efficiency and Belgium gained out over Canada in a gripping sporting encounter.

Here’s a fast information recapping all you have to know from Day 4 – Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Kimmich bowing down low with his head in his hands
Germany’s Joshua Kimmich reacts after Japan scored in the course of the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 23, 2022 [Matthias Schrader/AP Photo]

Morocco vs Croatia

Morocco and Croatia kicked off at 1pm native time (10:00 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium within the hotly anticipated sport that rapidly turned out to be an uneventful if high-intensity match.

Croatia had a irritating begin, and their possibilities of scoring a objective have been sparse, because the Atlas Lions contained the Croatians for many of the sport however then failed themselves to handle a breakthrough within the goalless draw on Wednesday.

Croatia’s greatest moments predictably hinged on Luka Modric, who was given free rein, floating effortlessly up and down the pitch, with soccer’s conventional midfield roles seeming to not apply to the Croatian captain.

Morocco player has arm around Croatian player's neck, as the latter wrestles with the ball
A Croatian participant takes possession in the course of the match agains Morocco on November 23, 2022 in Qatar [Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera]

Morocco appeared to Hakim Ziyech for inspiration because the Chelsea winger was their most harmful attacker within the early levels. Regardless of his onerous work, the tip product was not objectives.

Whereas the encounter was low on motion, it was no less than excessive on depth as each side battled for midfield supremacy a lot to the delight of the loud supporters of the Atlas Lions. The Moroccan followers have been in good spirits after the sport regardless of the draw.

“I needed a win badly,” Morocco fan Mohammaed El Yamiq, 42, from Mohammadiya close to Casablanca, advised Al Jazeera.

“It was very a lot a boring sport … however this can do for now. It’s a good booster for us once we play with others within the group,” he mentioned.

Croatia’s Modric mentioned after the match that it was “a tricky sport, particularly within the first quarter-hour”, including that his workforce had faired higher within the second half.

Croatia will now flip their consideration to their sport in opposition to Canada on Sunday when Morocco will face Belgium.

Moroccon player with arms out, in motion, about to kick the ball
Morocco in motion in opposition to Croatia on November 23, 2022, in Qatar [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Germany vs Japan

Germany in opposition to Japan acquired underway at 4pm (13:00 GMT) at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and few may have anticipated what was about to unfold.

Japan created the second earthquake on the Qatar World Cup 2022 after they got here from behind to ship a surprising 2-1 win over the Germans.

Mirroring Argentina of their shock 2-1 loss in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after being forward by a objective, Germany had been within the lead following a first-half penalty by Ilkay Gundogan.

A number of German possibilities then went unfulfilled and poor defending helped the Japanese to regain their composure and are available roaring again.

With one objective down, the Japanese appeared to alter their ways and have become extra aggressive within the German half, taking the initiatives when the German’s tried to carry on to their lead.

However it was Ritsu Doan within the seventy fifth minute and Takuma Asano within the 83rd whose objectives gave Japan their largest World Cup win so far.

“This can be a enormous disappointment and irritating,” Germany’s Captain Manuel Neuer advised broadcaster ARD after the sport. “We made the opponent robust. The ultimate need made the distinction. Japan believed they might win whereas we thought we may protect the lead,” he mentioned.

German coach Hansi Flick mentioned: “It’s brutally disappointing. We’re aggravated we misplaced the sport as a result of we had the possibilities. We’ve to look ahead. We’ve the prospect for six factors.”

Japan’s Maya Yoshida advised BeIN Sports activities: “That is the great thing about soccer, typically it occurs! Now the highlight is on our facet, it’s time to bounce.”

Japan’s Coach Hajime Moriyasu mentioned: “We knew that we needed to defend higher. That’s why I modified the system. The gamers knew instantly what I meant and the way they need to react.”

“We’ve celebrated an excellent victory but it surely continues. We’ll put together as effectively for the subsequent sport,” Moriyasu mentioned, trying forward at Sunday’s sport with Costa Rica.

With the loss, Germany doubtless now worry an early exit from the match.

“We’ve created historical past right now!” Japan fan Kosuke advised Al Jazeera, as fellow supporters exited Khalifa Worldwide Stadium waving flags.

Kosuke mentioned he didn’t anticipate his workforce to beat Germany however now there was no stopping the Samurai Blue.

“They are going to be dropping their heads again residence, and possibly they’ll get a time without work tomorrow, identical to Saudi Arabia,” Kosuke mentioned with a smile on his face.

Asano kicking the ball, as goalkeeper bends to block it
Japan’s Takuma Asano scores their second objective in opposition to Germany on November 23, 2022 in Qatar [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Spain vs Costa Rica

The Spanish and Costa Ricans acquired their sport underway at 7pm (16:00 GMT) at Al Thumama Stadium and it was a match of extra firsts for the World Cup.

Not since Pelé in 1958 had somebody as younger as Spain’s Gavi scored a objective on the World Cup. The 18-year-old midfielder led the way in which on Wednesday as Spain pulled off the most important World Cup victory in its historical past, delivering a 7-0 thrashing to Costa Rica.

With Gavi and 19-year-old Pedri beginning within the match, Spain additionally grew to become the primary European nation with two youngsters within the line-up of a World Cup match in 60 years

“I may by no means have imagined it,” mentioned Gavi, who was named the sport’s most respected participant. “I do know I’m the youngest within the workforce and I respect everybody, however on the sphere it’s totally different and I carry out my greatest,” he mentioned.

Gavi smiles holding his hands up, with fingertips of both hands pressed together except the pinkie, both of which are up
Spain’s Gavi celebrates scoring their fifth objective in opposition to Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 23, 2022 [Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Spain’s younger squad prevented any likelihood of an upset with Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres scoring a objective every within the first half. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata added to the tally within the second half.

Olmo’s objective was the a centesimal at World Cups for Spain, which grew to become the sixth nation to attain greater than 100 occasions within the match’s historical past. It was additionally the primary time Spain scored seven objectives in a World Cup match and the primary time a workforce accomplished 1,000 passes in a 90-minute sport on the match, based on match statistics from the Opta Sports activities analytics platform.

Costa Rica appeared overwhelmed all through the sport, failing to even get a single try scoring a objective. The workforce got here to Qatar hoping to repeat their shock run to the quarterfinals in 2014 in Brazil and keep away from a repeat of their winless displaying 4 years in the past on the World Cup in Russia.

“We didn’t maintain on to the possession as we must always have performed it,” Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suárez mentioned after the match. “We couldn’t full three or 4 passes.”

Costa Rica team strolling across the field, from the side
The Costa Rican workforce at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Solely 5 nations have scored extra objectives than Spain on the World Cup – Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy and France.

Belgium vs Canada

The Belgian and Canadian sides squared off at 10pm (19:00 GMT) on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium the place Canada outplayed Belgium on the pitch however didn’t win the match.

Canada misplaced 1-0 to the Belgian facet who weathered a fierce Canadian storm of soccer prowess to place away a objective and take the sport.

In opposition to the world’s second-ranked facet, Canada have been unfortunate to come back away empty handed. Belgium managed solely 9 makes an attempt at a objective whereas Canada had 21.

Canada's Junior Hoilett controls the ball during the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Canada, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Canada’s Junior Hoilett controls the ball in the course of the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Canada, on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Martin Meissner/AP Photo]

Canada didn’t capitalise on a number of scoring alternatives however nonetheless stood as much as their mighty opponents by stopping them from settling into the match.

Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a penalty early within the first half and teammate Michy Batshuayi scored on the stroke of halftime to present Belgium the win.

“They confirmed tonight that they do belong right here,” Canada’s Supervisor John Herdman mentioned of his workforce’s efficiency after the match.

“With a efficiency like this, I mentioned to the gamers” ‘we simply get on to the subsequent activity.’ I’m pleased with what they did, actually proud. They proved they’ll play right here,” he mentioned.

With their win, Belgium now lead Group F with 3 factors.

Herdman mentioned that he expects Canada’s efficiency in opposition to the Belgians will earn his workforce a bit of extra respect from future opponents.

“Groups will know what we do and the way we go about our enterprise. The trouble was unreal. If we will be extra ruthless in that assault, we are going to get one thing out of those video games. The group is large open,” he mentioned.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez mentioned after the sport that the workforce had been second-best on the pitch however hailed the win as an essential basis on which Belgium may construct its match marketing campaign.

Canada’s come up subsequent in opposition to Croatia on Sunday and Belgium is about to tackle Morocco on the identical day.

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi scores
Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi scores their first objective in opposition to Canada at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Off the pitch:

German Inside Minister Nancy Faeser, who can also be liable for sports activities, wore a “One Love” armband within the stands at Germany’s sport on Wednesday, the place she was sitting beside FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Faeser posted a photograph of herself on Twitter carrying the band with the hashtag #OneLove.

Information company DPA reported that Faeser had the armband on beneath a pink blazer, which she took off in the course of the first half.

“In right now’s occasions, it’s incomprehensible that FIFA doesn’t need folks to overtly stand for tolerance and in opposition to discrimination. It doesn’t slot in our occasions and it isn’t acceptable in direction of folks,” Faeser mentioned throughout a go to to a German Soccer Affiliation occasion in Doha earlier than the sport.

Germany’s gamers additionally coated their mouths throughout a workforce picture forward of their World Cup opener in opposition to Japan on Wednesday in protest at FIFA’s risk to sanction gamers for carrying the “OneLove” armband.

The gesture, which occurred in entrance of dozens of photographers, got here after the world soccer physique had threatened to sanction gamers for carrying the rainbow-coloured armbands.

The captains of seven European groups had deliberate to put on the armbands as a part of an anti-discrimination marketing campaign, however the footballers backed down after the specter of disciplinary motion.

The World Cup’s most valuable teams: Which squads are worth most? | Qatar World Cup 2022

England is probably the most beneficial workforce on the Qatar World Cup 2022 with an estimated switch worth of some $1.54bn, examine says.

England have probably the most beneficial squad on the Qatar World Cup 2022, with the workforce’s Jude Bellingham topping an inventory of greater than 800 soccer gamers when it comes to switch worth, a examine has discovered.

Based on a examine by Swiss analysis group CIES Soccer Observatory, England’s 26-man squad is price simply lower than 1.5 billion euros ($1.54bn) in switch worth, with 19-year-old Bellingham valued at 202 million euros ($207.4m).

The Borussia Dortmund participant enhanced his popularity as one of many world’s high younger gamers with an outstanding purpose in England’s 6-2 victory over Iran of their World Cup match opener on Monday.

England's Jude Bellingham celebrates after the England vs Iran game at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar.
England’s Jude Bellingham celebrates after the England vs Iran sport at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 21, 2022 [Lee Smith/Reuters]

Here’s a have a look at how the opposite main soccer groups evaluate on the World Cup match:

Switch Worth

Brazil are second on the record after England with a switch worth of 1.45 billion euros ($1.49bn), and Actual Madrid ahead Vinicius Junior was their most beneficial participant at 200 million euros ($205m).

Brazil's Vinicius Junior 
Brazil’s Vinicius Junior  [Massimo Pinca/Reuters]

France had been third with an estimated switch worth of 1.34 billion ($1.38bn) for his or her squad. Paris St Germain (PSG) ahead Kylian Mbappe was their high participant, with a worth of 185 million euros ($190m).

France's Kylian Mbappe in action during the France vs Peru World Cup match in 2018 in Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
France’s Kylian Mbappe in motion in the course of the France vs Peru World Cup match in 2018 in Ekaterinburg Enviornment, Yekaterinburg, Russia [Damir Sagolj/Reuters]

The highest three had been adopted by Spain at 1.2 billion euros ($1.23bn), Portugal at 1.15 billion euros ($1.18bn) and Germany at 1.02 billion euros ($1.05bn).

The CIES Soccer Observatory put the general worth of all of the squads on the World Cup 2022 at 15 billion euros ($15.4bn) primarily based on a statistical approach involving greater than 2,000 transactions of gamers transferred from golf equipment within the 5 main European leagues in the course of the interval from July 2012 to November 2021.

Insurable worth:

By way of insurable worth, England’s squad once more topped the record of World Cup groups with an estimated insurable worth of three.17 billion kilos ($3.76bn), based on an evaluation by Lloyd’s of London and backed by the Centre for Economics and Enterprise Analysis.

England edged out France at 2.66 billion kilos ($3.15bn) and Brazil at 2.56 billion kilos ($3.04bn) to assert the highest spot.

Lloyd’s mentioned the evaluation of insurable worth contains quite a lot of metrics reminiscent of wages, sponsorship, age and on-field positions.

Bellingham was rated probably the most insurable participant, adopted by Mbappe and Vinicius Jr.

Lloyd’s mannequin is predicated on the assumption that the standard of a workforce could be assessed by measuring components reminiscent of participant salaries, incomes from endorsements, and ages, as the worth of a workforce is an efficient indicator of its expertise on the pitch.

FIFA earns record $7.5bn revenue for Qatar World Cup | Qatar World Cup 2022

The earnings from this World Cup cycle are $1bn greater than these generated from the 2018 match in Russia.

FIFA has earned an unprecedented $7.5bn in income by 4 years of economic offers tied to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the governing physique of soccer says.

The earnings, which FIFA revealed on Sunday to officers from greater than 200 of its member nations, are $1bn greater than what the organisation pulled in from the earlier World Cup cycle main as much as the 2018 occasion in Russia.

The additional revenue was buoyed by industrial offers with this 12 months’s hosts. Qatar Power joined as a top-tier sponsor, and new third-tier sponsors embrace Qatari financial institution QNB and telecommunications agency Ooredoo. FIFA additionally added second-tier sponsor offers this 12 months from monetary platform and blockchain supplier Algorand, its first new American sponsor in additional than a decade.

Key broadcast offers for this 12 months’s World Cup have been signed throughout Sepp Blatter’s presidency in two-tournament offers for the Russia and Qatar occasions. They included offers with Fox in the US and Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports activities from 2011.

FIFA pays for host international locations’ organising committees, prize cash, journey and lodging for groups and assist employees. It additionally pays for a legacy fund to assist develop the game within the host nation after the World Cup circus has left city.

The winners of the Qatar World Cup will obtain $44 million out of a complete prize pot of $440 million.

FIFA organises its accounts in four-year cycles round every World Cup. For the 2015-18 cycle main as much as the Russia World Cup, the governing physique introduced in $6.4bn. It has used that money to assist member our bodies by uncertainty in 2020 when nationwide group soccer and World Cup qualifying video games have been virtually completely shut down.

The organisation’s revenues are more likely to method $10bn for the subsequent 4 years, due to a brand new monetary technique for ladies’s soccer and the expanded 2026 World Cup within the US, Canada and Mexico, which is able to see 48 groups compete for the primary time, up from the current 32.

FIFA has an virtually clean slate for the 2026 version with top-tier sponsors Coca-Cola, Adidas and Wanda the one offers at the moment prolonged. Separate sponsor offers for ladies’s soccer are being signed for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Ronaldo takes field in Qatar for first World Cup training session | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Doha marks his fifth — and presumably last — World Cup following the Portuguese captain’s public falling out with Manchester United final week.

Cristiano Ronaldo has participated in his first Qatar World Cup coaching session following a bout with gastroenteritis, as Portugal will get able to tackle Ghana of their debut match.

On Saturday, a day after touchdown within the host nation, Ronaldo resumed coaching with Portugal, marking the staff’s first collective coaching session since arriving in Doha.

Portugal, drawn into Group H, performs Ghana on Thursday; they play Uruguay on November 28 and South Korea on December 2.

Approaching his fifth World Cup look, this could possibly be Ronaldo’s final because the Portuguese captain has repeatedly hinted at retirement in recent times.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during training in Qatar.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo throughout coaching on the Al Shahaniya SC Coaching Amenities in Qatar on November 19, 2022 [Carl Recine/Reuters]

The Manchester United ahead’s arrival in Qatar comes as his membership profession additionally seems to be unsure. Final week, throughout a scathing interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo mentioned he felt “betrayed” by the Previous Trafford Membership and added he had no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag.

“The house owners of the membership, [the] Glazers… they don’t care — I imply professionally, sportingly,” Ronaldo mentioned within the interview. “They don’t care. I by no means spoke to them, by no means.”

Manchester United has in a roundabout way responded to the remarks however is rumoured to be exploring authorized choices, which might permit the membership to dispense of the star ahead prematurely.

“Manchester United has this morning initiated applicable steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest media interview,” the membership mentioned in a press release on Friday.

They added: “We won’t be making additional remark till this course of reaches its conclusion.”

Portugal’s midfielder Bernardo Silva, nonetheless, disregarded hypothesis that the ordeal had change into a distraction for the nationwide staff.

“The information that comes from England has nothing to do with the nationwide staff so I gained’t say something,” Silva mentioned in a latest interview.

Portugal’s finest World Cup end got here in 1966 when the nationwide squad claimed third place in England. They haven’t made it to the quarter-finals because the 2006 World Cup in Germany once they captured fourth place.

Kohli leads India to win over Pakistan in T20 World Cup thriller | Cricket News

Kohli conjures up India to a outstanding last-ball win over Pakistan in a tense and nervy end.

An unbeaten 82 from Virat Kohli led India to a last-ball win over Pakistan to supercharge their bid for a primary Twenty20 World Cup crown since 2007 in entrance of 90,000 followers on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.

The highest-ranked Indians restricted Pakistan to 159-8 and scraped residence by 4 wickets after a sensational closing over with celebrity Kohli the hero.

It going badly for India as they struggled to simply 45-4 off 10 overs, midway by their chase.

However Kohli and Hardik Pandya (40) launched a fightback with a century stand that left India needing 16 off the ultimate over from a nervous Mohammad Nawaz, who peppered it with wides and no-balls to assist them to their goal.

The final over was one to overlook for Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz  [Willian West/AFP]

Victory was vital in a bunch that additionally contains Bangladesh, South Africa and qualifiers the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, with solely the highest two making the semi-finals.

“It’s good for our confidence to get off the mark in our first recreation, and the best way we gained is extra pleasing for us, the best way we got here again. Hats off to Virat. It has to go off as not one in every of his greatest, however the perfect innings he has performed for India,” mentioned India captain Rohit Sharma.

India have largely dominated Pakistan because the late Nineteen Nineties however misplaced two of their three earlier clashes together with by 10 wickets within the group part finally yr’s T20 World Cup in addition to shedding the Asia Cup Tremendous 4 match.

Few sporting rivalries match the fervour of India-Pakistan and the ambiance was electrical as Pakistan bought off to a stuttering begin after being despatched in to bat with captain Babar Azam out lbw for a golden duck to Arshdeep Singh.

Singh’s swing brought about extra carnage in his subsequent over when Mohammad Rizwan (4) top-edged a rising ball to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at wonderful leg.

India’s Virat Kohli, centre, celebrates the win with teammates [William West/AFP]

Shan Masood survived a slim run-out attraction as he and Iftikhar Ahmed labored to rebuild the innings.

They reached 60-2 on the midway mark then Ahmed flicked a swap when the sluggish bowlers got here on, hitting Ravi Ashwin for six then plundering three extra in a single over from Axar Patel.

Ahmed reached his half-century earlier than Mohammed Shami trapped him lbw, sparking a collapse with Pandya snaring Shadab Khan, Haider Ali and Mohammad Nawaz within the area of 19 runs. A late flourish took Pakistan to a par 159.

India additionally had a horror begin with KL Rahul out within the second over to Naseem Shah, dragging the ball onto his stumps. Ahmed then took a blinding catch at slip to take away skipper Rohit Sharma (4) off Haris Rauf.

Suryakumar Yadav, arguably the perfect T20 batsman on the planet, lasted simply eight balls, caught behind for a whirlwind 16 off Rauf because the Pakistan followers roared in celebration.

When Patel was run out within the subsequent over, India have been reeling at 31-4.

Kohli began slowly however lastly discovered his groove and with Pandya began launching a fightback, hitting three sixes in a single over off Nawaz.

With 28 wanted off eight balls, Kohli smashed two sixes off Haris Rauf to go away 16 from the ultimate over.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz had a closing over to overlook, gifting India two wides and a no-ball that went for six earlier than Ashwin coolly blasted over mid-off as India chased down 160 for victory.

“I truthfully don’t have any phrases. I do not know how that occurred. Hardik(Pandya) stored telling me, simply imagine we will keep until the top. I’m misplaced for phrases,” mentioned Kohli.

World Cup 2022: These are the COVID requirements to enter Qatar | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Organisers say guests should present detrimental PCR or antigen take a look at to enter nation, present monitoring app at video games.

Soccer followers heading to Qatar for the World Cup, because of begin on November 20, should present a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at to enter the nation, organisers have confirmed.

All guests over the age of 18 should additionally download Ehteraz, a contact-tracing, government-run cellphone software that tracks folks’s actions and an infection standing.

“A inexperienced Ehteraz (exhibiting the person doesn’t have a confirmed case of COVID-19) is required to enter any public closed indoor areas,” World Cup organisers stated in an announcement on Thursday.

Earlier than travelling to Qatar, guests coming into the nation might want to present a detrimental outcome from a PCR take a look at taken within the 48 hours earlier than arriving or from an official fast take a look at taken inside 24 hours.

The testing coverage, which applies to guests aged six and older, is “whatever the particular person’s vaccination standing”, the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy stated.

Vaccination is just not necessary for the 1.2 million folks anticipated to go to Qatar for the sporting occasion, which ends on December 18. No quarantine is important.

Fast antigen assessments taken within the earlier 24 hours earlier than touchdown in Qatar will solely be accepted if they’re from official medical centres and never self-administered, organisers stated. No additional assessments are required in Qatar if followers don’t develop signs of COVID-19.

Masks have to be worn on public transport, together with the metro system that many followers are anticipated to make use of to get to the eight stadiums in and across the capital, Doha.

Qatar has recorded almost 450,000 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 and 682 deaths from the illness, in accordance with information gathered since 2020 by Johns Hopkins College in the USA.

Greater than 97 p.c of the inhabitants in Qatar – estimated to be no less than 2.5 million, with about 350,000 of them being Qatari residents – has had no less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in accordance with the info.

World Cup organisers stated that anybody who assessments optimistic for COVID-19 whereas within the nation “shall be required to isolate in accordance with Ministry of Public Well being tips”.

Photos: Lusail Super Cup tests stadium hosting World Cup final | Football News

The $675m stadium that Qatar will use for this 12 months’s World Cup remaining was put by its first check with a match between the Egyptian and Saudi champions.

Seventy-two days from the beginning of the match, organisers mentioned that greater than 77,000 followers had been contained in the 80,000-capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium for the pre-match live performance by Egyptian famous person Amr Diab and the sport during which Al Hilal beat Egyptians Zamalek on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Lusail Stadium is the final stadium to host a aggressive fixture and is on the coronary heart of a brand new metropolis being constructed north of the Gulf state’s capital Doha.

It is going to host 10 World Cup matches, together with the December 18 remaining.

The sport was a check run for safety, the border immigration system and the Doha Metro in addition to crowd administration.

A whole lot of Saudi and Egyptian followers crossed the Abu Samra border in buses, after leaving their vehicles on the Saudi aspect.

FIFA says that 2.45 million of the three million World Cup tickets have been bought and {that a} remaining spherical of on-line gross sales might be held later this month.