The result of the Argentina-Poland match: The two teams qualify to face Australia and France in the next round

Argentina qualified for the knockout rounds of the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Poland in their last Group C match in Qatar. Alexis McAllister scored the first goal of the game for Argentina, before Julian Alvarez made sure of victory. Lionel Messi had earlier witnessed a penalty kick that Wojciech Chesney saved. A 2-0 win for Argentina meant they qualified for the last 16 as group stage winners. They will play against Australia in the next round. Elsewhere, Mexico could only beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, meaning Poland advanced…

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Opportunity awaits USMNT in knockouts: ‘We deserve to be in the position we’re in’

When he took the job as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team in December 2018, Gregg Berhalter laid out a mission to change the way the world perceives American soccer. For all of the highs and lows of the last four years, Berhalter and his players knew the only way they could achieve that was by succeeding at the World Cup after the U.S. missed out on the tournament four years ago. On Tuesday night, they cleared a significant hurdle in Qatar. It was not pretty, not even…

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Luke Shaw is motivated by the memory of his late grandmother at the 2022 World Cup

Luke Shaw has said the memory of his late grandmother motivates him to play well in the 2022 World Cup after she passed away shortly before England’s opening match. Shaw, the 27-year-old Manchester United full-back, started all three of England’s World Cup matches in Qatar, helping his side keep consecutive clean sheets after opening their campaign in a 6-2 victory over Iran. And after England’s 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday, Shaw said his grandmother died shortly before the tournament, but he decided to stay in Qatar with the support…

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Wales 0-2 Iran: What the result means for the USMNT, a shocking red card and Iran’s quality

Iran showed their quality with a deserved victory over Wales in the last minute 2-0. In a home game that was akin to a match seen in the knockout stages, Iran were the superior team during the second half, creating many chances but failing to capitalize. There was no discussion of a Wayne Hennessy red card, but it took Iran even extra time to finally break the deadlock. Rouzbeh Cesme and Ramin Rezaian punched Wales in the 98th and 101st minutes. Phil Hay, Liam Tharme, Dermot Corrigan and Michael Bailey…

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Iran manager Carlos Queiroz confronts BBC reporter: ‘Why don’t you ask Southgate about Afghanistan?’

Iran manager Carlos Queiroz confronted a BBC journalist who asked about the protests in the Middle Eastern country on Thursday – and demanded to know why other managers were not facing similar questions at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In an unusual exchange, Queiroz reached out to BBC Persia correspondent Shaimaa Khalil and asked why England manager Gareth Southgate wasn’t being asked political questions about the conflict in Afghanistan. “Why don’t you ask the other trainers about other cultures?” Queiroz said. Why don’t you ask Southgate: ‘What do you think…

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The result of the Brazil-Serbia match: Richarlison scored the goal of the tournament’s opponent in winning the World Cup

Richarlison scored early in the tournament as Brazil ended stubborn Serbia’s resistance to win their opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Serbia defended strongly in the first half, but fell behind when Richarlison hit a rebound after Vinicius Junior’s shot was saved in the face of the goal. But the best is yet to come from the Tottenham Hotspur striker. Once again, it was Vinicius Junior who was the creator, with the Real Madrid man volleying a cross into the box with the outside of his boot.…

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Canada coach John Herdman lifts lid on full-time speech: ‘I told them we were going and ‘Croatia’

Canada coach John Herdman has revealed that he told his players they were going and “the next Croatia” as he addressed them on the field after their unfortunate 1-0 defeat by Belgium on Wednesday. Canada outlasted second-placed Belgium in their opening match at the 2022 World Cup and had several opportunities to break the deadlock in the first half. Thibaut Courtois, however, saved an early penalty before Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal to give Belgium a 1-0 victory. After the match, Canada’s coach Herdman addressed all of his players…

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Gareth Bale penalty gives Wales draw for USMNT: ‘It always would have been me’

Gareth Bale said he had “no doubt” about taking the penalty that led to Wales’ first World Cup finals goal since 1958, in a 1-1 draw with USMA on Monday. Wales got off to a poor start in the Group B match and the USA took a well-deserved lead when Tim Weah finished confidently after a fine pass and a pass from Christian Pulisic. But Rob Page’s side improved after the break and Bale, their talisman, scored the equalizer from the penalty spot after Walker Zimmerman was fouled in the…

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Refereeing at the World Cup explained: Match officials, VAR, offside technology and more

Officiating at major tournaments always provides a significant topic of discussion. Whether it’s in the pub with friends, around the family dinner table or on social media, the performance of the officials or applications of laws and technology is never far from the conversation. Ahead of Sunday’s big kick-off at the 2022 World Cup, here is everything you need to know and what to expect from the men and women in the middle, and how technology will be used. Prepare for strict refereeing There was widespread praise, from fans, players…

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Gianni Infantino accuses the West of moral “hypocrisy” as he defends “progress” in Qatar, which has hosted the Qatar World Cup since 2016.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has accused the West of “hypocrisy” over its reporting on issues in World Cup host country Qatar. Infantino held a press conference on the eve of Qatar’s tournament opener against Ecuador and spoke for about an hour before answering questions. Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup has been tainted by criticism of the country’s human rights record and treatment of migrant workers. “Today I have very strong feelings,” Infantino began. Today I feel like a cat. Today I feel like an Arab. Today I feel African.…

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