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World Cup 2022: Spain could eliminate Germany from the tournament on Sunday

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 23: Jamal Musiala of Germany reacts after missing a scoring chance during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Germany and Japan at Khalifa International Stadium on November 23, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Is Germany looking at a must-win game over Spain on Sunday?

One of the best games of the group stage got even more enticing after Germany lost to Japan to open the tournament. And it's entirely plausible that Germany could be eliminated from World Cup contention with a loss to the Spaniards.

Can Germany get a result? Its World Cup hopes will likely depend on it. Here's what you need to know to bet Sunday's games. All odds are from BetMGM.

Group E standings
1. Spain, 3 points

1. Japan, 3 points

3. Germany, 0 points

4. Costa Rica, 0 points

Odds to win Group E
Spain (-300)

Japan (+350)

Germany (+650)

Costa Rica (+15000)

Odds to finish top 2 in Group E

Spain (-2500)

Japan (-275)

Germany (+130)

Costa Rica (+4000)

Japan vs. Costa Rica (over/under 2.5 goals)

5 a.m. ET Sunday, FS1

Japan to win (-225)

Costa Rica to win (+725)

Tie (+320)

Japan’s win over Germany would have been the upset of the first round of group stage games if it wasn’t for Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina. Costa Rica, meanwhile, was blistered by Spain. A win puts Japan in a fantastic position to advance to the next round and we think that will happen.

Spain vs. Germany (2.5)

2 p.m. ET Sunday, FS1

Spain to win (+135)

Germany to win (+185)

Tie (+250)

If Japan wins or ties Costa Rica earlier in the day then Germany will be out of the World Cup with a loss. We’re a little surprised the over is at -145 and the under is at +100. We think this could be an especially cagey affair given the attacking talent on both teams. Our bold bet of the weekend is a parlay of the tie at +250 with the under at +100 if you can find a book that will offer that.

Group F standings
1. Belgium, 3 points

2. Croatia, 1 point

3. Morocco, 1 point

4. Canada, 0 points

Odds to win Group F
Belgium (-200)

Croatia (+275)

Morocco (+750)

Canada (+1100)

Odds to finish top 2 in Group F
Belgium (-900)

Croatia (-135)

Morocco (+160)

Canada (+240)

Belgium vs. Morocco (2.5)

8 a.m, ET Sunday, FS1

Belgium to win (+100)

Morocco to win (+310)

Tie (+225)

Belgium was on the back foot for much of the first half against Canada but a goal right before halftime was enough for the win. This is a tough Morocco side that could end up going through to the next round. We like the tie here.

Croatia vs. Canada (2.5)

11 a.m. ET Sunday, FS1

Croatia to win (+115)

Canada to win (+240)

Tie (+230)

Canada desperately needs a result to have a reasonable chance of advancing to the knockout rounds. We’re not sure they’re going to get it here. Croatia tied Morocco to start the World Cup and they could nick a goal or two. We’ll take under 2.5 goals at -135.

Germany have been let off the hook ahead of their Qatar 2022 World Cup matchday two game against Spain in Group E (5pm ET). After springing a huge surprise by beating the Die Mannschaft in the opening match of the group stages, Japan lost to Costa Rica in Sunday’s early kick-off, which tightens the group right back up. Had the Samurai Blue won against the Central Americans, they would’ve found themselves on six points, with the Germans on none ahead of the clash with Spain, who looked hugely impressive in the 7-0 rout of Los Ticos on Wednesday.

Hansi Flick’s side would realistically have had no chance but to beat Spain; a defeat would have sent them home, while in the case of a draw, they would have needed to defeat Costa Rica on matchday three, hoped Luis Enrique’s side lost to Japan and made up an eight-goal swing. Stranger things have happened in football, of course, but it would’ve been a big ask.

As it is, the victory for Costa Rica moves them level on three points with Spain and Japan, which leaves Germany three points off top spot with two matches left to play. Even if the Germans lose to Spain in the late kickoff on Sunday, they could overtake the Costa Ricans by defeating them (by enough goals) on matchday three, although they would also be dependent on the La Roja beating Japan that same day.

Only Brazil have won more World Cups than Germany
Along with Italy, Germany have won the World Cup four times; only Brazil (five) have won it more. They’ve finished as runners-up on a further four occasions but were eliminated in the group stages in Russia in 2018. The Germans have never failed to make it to the knockout rounds in consecutive tournaments.

Remaining fixtures in Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E
Sunday, 27 November – Spain vs Germany (5pm ET)

Thursday, 1 December – Japan vs Spain (5pm ET)

Thursday, 1 Decembber – Costa Rica vs Germany (5pm ET)

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Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri making their F1 team debuts, Ferrari finished 2022 on top

Carlos Sainz leads one-two-three ahead of Charles Leclerc and young driver Robert Shwartzman in Abu Dhabi post-season test; Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton also in action, while Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly, Nico Hulkenberg and Oscar Piastri make debuts for new teams

Ferrari finished the final track day of Formula 1 2022 on top as Carlos Sainz led a one-two-three in the Abu Dhabi post-season test, which saw a number of drivers - including Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri - debut for their new teams.

The one-day test - held two days after Yas Marina's season-ending race - was largely a tyre test for Pirelli's new 2023 compounds, while all 10 teams were also required to test young drivers in their second cars.

That led to a jam-packed timesheet, with 24 drivers in action over the day, and Ferrari even locked out the top three positions.

Sainz set the pace in the afternoon with a 1:25.2, a time that was 1.4s down on Max Verstappen's pole lap for the weekend, ahead of team-mate Charles Leclerc, who drove the F1-75 in the opening session. Ferrari development driver Robert Shwartzman was third, just 0.017s off Leclerc.

Verstappen was also in action fresh off claiming his record-extending 15th win of his second title-winning campaign, finishing fifth in his dominant Red Bull, as was Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes W13 car he admitted over the weekend he can't wait to see the back of.

Hamilton split the day with George Russell (23rd) and finished 17th, with Mercedes junior Frederik Vesti 22nd.

The final day of F1 2022, though, was mainly notable for the drivers making fresh starts with new teams.

Alonso was the headline act as he drove in a - sponsor-less because of his Alpine contract - Aston Martin, while Pierre Gasly also debuted for Alpine, Nico Hulkenberg for Haas, Nyck de Vries for AlphaTauri and Piastri for McLaren.

Gasly was the fastest non-Ferrari driver of the day in fourth.

Piastri, meanwhile, who caused a summer stir with his infamous move from Alpine to McLaren, caused a red flag in the morning session after grinding to a halt in his McLaren.

Logan Sargeant, who on Monday have his 2023 drive with Williams confirmed, was also in action at Yas Marina.

"It was a very nice experience," said Alonso, the 41-year-old two-time world champion who has signed a multi-season deal at Aston Martin. "I feel honoured to drive for such an iconic brand.

"It was a very special day having a first go in the car."

The driver replacing him at Alpine, Gasly, added: "It was a very good adaptation.. obviously it feels very different. There was quite a lot to discover.

"In my mind I'm already starting the 2023 season with this work."

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2022 World Cup Belgium vs Morocco results - Morocco appeared extraordinary to beat Belgium in a hot duel matchday 2 Group F of the 2022 World Cup, Sunday (27/11/2022). Morocco wrapped three points with a convincing score of 2-0.

As predicted, the match at Al Thumama Stadium was fierce between two strong teams. The match took place with high intensity from the start, Morocco made it difficult for Belgium.

The match was locked 0-0 in the first half, until finally Morocco broke the deadlock in the second half. Two of Morocco's winning goals were scored by Abdelhamid Sabiri (73') and Zakaria Aboukhlal (90+2').

This result heated up competition in Group F of the 2022 World Cup. Morocco overtook Belgium to top the standings. Come on, see the full match review, Bolaneters!
Eden Hazard tries to dribble in the Belgium vs Morocco match, the 2022 World Cup (c) AP Photo/Manu Fernandez
Belgium Cobam dominated the game from the start, but Morocco fought back with a high pressure line. The first 10 minutes of the game went straight at a high tempo, both teams took turns building attacks.

Al Thumama Stadium was enlivened by the roar of the Moroccan fans who provided extraordinary support. Belgian players get negative whistles every time they carry the ball. Entering the 15th minute, Belgium began to split the opponent's defense.

Belgium may be dominant, but Morocco is also very dangerous. Moroccan counterattacks began to complicate the Belgian defense. The 30th minute, the momentum was at the feet of the Moroccan players.

The intense pressure exerted by Morocco made it difficult for Belgium to get the ball flowing. Belgium's passes are too slow and easy for opponents to read. Morocco looks increasingly confident.

In the 45+2 minute, Morocco scored a goal. Ziyech's free kick hit Courtois' goal hard. The Moroccan squad had a chance to celebrate, unfortunately the goal had to be disallowed. VAR confirmed that Saiss was in an offside position when the ball left Ziyech's feet.


Ecuador was able to withstand the Netherlands, what will happen to the South American team at the 2022 Qatar World Cup


Ecuador persisted its robust begin to the World Cup, coming lower back from a purpose down to draw with the Netherlands, 1-1, at Khalifa International Stadium. The South American aspect equalized via Enner Valencia early in the 2nd 1/2 and took an vital step towards advancing out of the team stage.

Rapid Reaction
1. Tactical alternate from Ecuador can pay off
After enjoying with a again 4 to open the tournament, Ecuador made a most important tactical shift in how it set up in opposition to the Netherlands with Troyes centerback Jackson Porozo coming into the crew to substitute Romario Ibarra, who performed by and large on the left aspect of midfield in opposition to Qatar.

When the Netherlands scored simply six minutes in -- due to an errant again bypass from Brighton and Hove Albion's Moises Caicedo -- it regarded like the exchange would possibly have backfired however that wasn't the case. Outside of that moment, Ecuador managed the relaxation of the recreation and received the equalizer quickly after halftime.

There's no doubt Ecuador ought to sense properly about how it played, however to be as dominant as it was once and now not get the three factors feels like a overlooked opportunity. Now they may play the African champions, Senegal, wanting a win or draw to develop to the knockout stage for the 2d time in records and first time considering 2006.

2. Historically terrible risk introduction from the Netherlands
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This was once the Netherlands' least threatening assault in a recreation going again over a decade. Dating lower back to 2010, the Netherlands worst single-game Expected Goals (xG) output over 187 suits used to be 0.25, in accordance the TruMedia StatsPerform database. Only three instances has it dipped beneath 0.4.

Against Ecuador, they managed simply 0.07, a traditionally inept output for a crew that would not lack for attacking talent. Which brings us to Cody Gakpo. His elegant early end -- and 2d intention of the event -- saved the factor for Netherlands, giving the Dutch 4 factors via two games.

With Qatar up next, the Dutch need to have secure passage to the Round of sixteen after lacking the 2018 tournament, however it is difficult to envision a deep event run following this performance.

3. Golden Boot award watch for Enner Valencia
Who had Enner Valencia as their Golden Boot award pick? The Fenerbahce ahead scored the equalizer early in the 2nd half of and sits on three desires after two games, following his two-goal overall performance on the tournament's opening night. Five desires has been precise ample to win the Golden Boot at two of the closing 4 World Cups (2006 and 2010). It's nevertheless early, of course, however he is nicely on his way to turning into a legend returned domestic in South America.
Player scores (1= worst, 10= best)
Netherlands: A. Noppert 7, J. Timber 6, V. van Dijk 7, N. Ake 7, S. Bergwijn 5, C. Gakpo 7, D. Klaassen5, D. Blind 4, T. Koopmeiners 6, F. de Jong 6, D. Dumfries 6

Subs: M. Depay 5, S. Berghuis 6, de Roon 6, Weghorst 6
Ecuador: H. Galindez 6, F. Torres 8, P. Hincapie 7, M. Estrada 6, E. Valencia 8, A. Preciado 7, G. Plata 6, J. Mendez, M. Caicedo 5, J. Porozo 8

Subs: Sarmiento 6, Ibarra n/a, Rodriguez n/a

Best and worst performers
BEST: Valencia

He stepped up when it mattered, scoring a forty ninth minute aim to provide Ecuador an necessary point.

There's a lot of collective blame for how negative the Netherlands were, however Bergwijn getting pulled at halftime was once justified after he failed to discover a lot of the recreation in the first half.


Tunisia vs Australia National Team Results at the 2022 World Cup: Win 1-0, Socceroos Keep Opportunity to Top 16

The results of the Tunisia vs Australia national team at the 2022 World Cup can be known on Saturday (26/11/2022) evening WIB. After winning 1-0 in the first half via Mitchell Duke (23'), Australia was quite under pressure from Tunisia in the second half.

However, they were able to maintain their advantage until they closed the victory with a score of 1-0 over Tunisia. Thanks to that victory, the team nicknamed the Socceroos kept their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup.

Course of the Match

First round

Both teams played open since the start of the match. The Tunisian and Australian national teams are intensely buying and selling attacks. However, none of the attacks they launched resulted in a golden opportunity.

Until finally in the 23rd minute, the Australian national team opened its goal tap through Mitchell Duke's header. The 31-year-old player brought the team nicknamed the Socceroos to a 1-0 lead over Tunisia after taking advantage of a bait provided by Craig Goodwin.

The Eagles of Carthage – the nickname of the Tunisian National Team – still find it difficult to penetrate the Australian defense. But they got a golden opportunity in the 40th minute through Mohamed Drager's hard kick. Unfortunately the kick was blocked very well by Harry Souttar.

Entering the final five minutes, the Socceroos made threats several times, even though they didn't bear fruit. The Tunisian national team almost equalized in the 45+1 minute, but Youssef Msakni's shot was slightly off the mark. As a result, Australia won while in the first round with a score of 1-0.

Second round

Both teams did not lower their tempo and the match was still quite fierce. The Australian national team almost doubled their advantage in the 70th minute. But unfortunately, Mathew Leckie was unable to tap into the breakthrough bait provided by Goodwin.

After three minutes, the Tunisian national team got a chance through a quick counterattack. However, Msakni's shot was saved very well by the Australian goalkeeper and captain, Matthew Ryan.

The Eagles of Carthage continued to pound the Australian defense to score an equalizer. They created another opportunity in the 83rd minute through a Montassar Talbi kick which was caught by Ryan.

In the final five minutes of normal time, the Tunisian national team really made it difficult for the Socceroos defense. But alas, all their efforts had to vanish. Because of the final result, Australia narrowly won with a score of 1-0.

The composition of the Tunisian vs Australia national team players at the 2022 World Cup:

Tunisian national team (3-4-3): Aymen Dahmen; Dylan Bronn, Yassine Meriah, Montassar Talbi; Mohamed Dräger, Ellyes Skhiri, Aïssa Laïdouni, Ali Abdi; Youssef Msakni, Issam Jebali, Naïm Sliti.

Subs: Aymen Mathlouthi, Bilel Ifa, Nader Ghandri, Hannibal Mejbri, Wahbi Khazri, Taha Yassine Khenissi, Ali Maaloul, Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Ghailene, Chaalali, Seifeddine Jaziri, Wajdi Kechrida, Bechir Ben Said, Anis Ben Slimane, Mouz Hassen.

Trainer: Jalal Qaderi.

Australian National Team (4-3-3): Matthew Ryan; Fran Karačić, Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich; Riley McGree, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine; Mathew Leckie, Mitchell Duke, Craig Goodwin.

Subs: Milos Degenek, Marco Tilio, Bailey Wright, Jamie Maclaren, Ajdin Hrustic, Awer Mabil, Andrew Redmayne, Cameron Devlin, Danny Vukovic, Thomas Deng, Garang Kuol, Joel King, Jason Cummings, Keanu Baccus.

Coach: Graham Arnold.



Ecuador tied 1-1 with the Netherlands and shared the top spot in Group

Ecuador tied 1-1 with the Netherlands and shared the top spot in Group
A. Ener Valencia revived the Ecuadorian dream of moving forward in the World Cup in Qatar with a goal that allowed Lalla Tree to save the Netherlands with a draw (1-1), leaving them only one point away from qualifying for the second time in history to Round of 16 of the World Cup.

As in the opening match, the striker was his team's savior, and at that time, he had to leave, tearful in the final phase of the duel, which he followed from the substitute bench with an ice pack on his knee. truly.

Ecuador will be hanging again from this joint in the coming days, before the final match against Senegal, which will be played next Tuesday, and in which Gustavo Alvaro's team has enough draws to reach the top 16 of the competition (however, the defeat will be. Leave it On the edge of the abyss).

La Tri stood up to one of those teams armed to win the World Cup and sometimes even revealed their game of control, until the captain's charm took the coveted prize.

Valencia are magic at the World Cup and the criticism they have received at home seems unbearable when you see their numbers in this competition.

The last six Ecuadorian goals in the World Cup finals came from its spoils, and after the two goals he scored against Qatar in the opening match, he got another goal, cementing him as the top scorer of the triple tournament in the World Championships (and Qatar 2022). He already has as many goals in his coffers as those he scored for Brazil eight years ago in Ecuador's penultimate World Cup appearance.

Valencia is the soul of the team, culminating in a team that wins by whole numbers and will have to hunt for a point against Senegal in the last date to once again be among the top 16 teams in the world.

Award for the work of coach Gustavo Alfaro, who has turned a young generation of players into a gaming machine, with a very specific spirit, a copy not out of place among the football elite.

It was difficult for Ecuador to get off the cloud of the opening match. He entered the Al Khalifa stadium shyly and the mistake cost him a goal after 6 minutes, in a mistake in the middle of Caicedo that allowed Claassen to hit a good cross that Cody Jacbo sent into the net from 18 meters, without Hernan Galendez being able to do anything. to stop him.

A blow to a team that had tied seven games to its unbeaten fence and who had to come back against one of the best teams in the world, a team that Louis van Gaal turned into an unbeatable machine.

The confusion lasted for a few minutes, surrounded by cries from the Ecuadorian stands, "Yes we can" who were breathing confidence into the trio, who ran after the ball, and the Oranges seized it, convinced that this was the best defence.

The midfield was the realm of Frenkie de Jong, who monopolized the game at will, owner and master of the ball.

Álvaro, who started in a more defensive style against Qatar, with three central defenders, has had to push forward and his team has once again shown signs of versatility to adapt to circumstances.

Ecuador forced the Netherlands to back down and the match began to play in the court of the Europeans, who noticed the first Greeks after the 20th minute by pushing Plata from the right and Caicedo from the left.


were then joined by Valencia, who gave a first booking in the 27th minute and five more minutes to force Naubert into a stretch.

The gunner from La Treye put the team on its back and with the passage of time managed to equalize with a header from the heart of Estopenian, which turned the defense into a corner.

In the transmission, after a cross from Preciado, Estupinan managed to deflect the ball into the net, but the referee canceled it, considering that Boroso, offside, blocked the goalkeeper's view.

The protests of the Ecuadorians did not change the referee's mind, and Ecuador remained smeared on the scoreboard at half-time, but with hope restored, a faith that found reward shortly after returning from the locker room, when Christ appeared in Valencia.

The Fenerbahçe player continues to shine with the World Cup finals and his sense of smell has not lost its strength. He was in the six-yard box when a powerful shot from Estupinan was saved by the Dutch goalkeeper and he took advantage to score the equaliser.

He got up from the stands and Ecuador launched an attack that was about to allow them to convert the score when Gonzalo Plata took advantage of a Valencia rebound and with a powerful left foot hit the crossbar with Nobert already on top. beaten.

The first-half text was overloaded and the game entered a phase of mismanagement that seemed to benefit Ecuador more, until Van Gaal's men resolutely pulled the string back.

But the Ecuadorian adrenaline was high and every contact with the ball was electrifying, a constant threat, without De Jong being able to dominate the build-up area like he did in the first half.

Ecuador threatened, but Valencia's gunpowder was no longer enough. A taste of hope tie.

With this result, the host country of the World Cup became the first to be eliminated from the tournament, while the two qualifying matches from Group A will be decided on the third and final date: Ecuador and the Netherlands suffice to draw with Senegal and Qatar, respectively. , while the Africans must overcome Tri to achieve a place in the top 16. In this case, Gustavo Alvaro's team will need the locals to beat the Dutch and appreciate the goal difference.

- Technical Paper:

1- Netherlands: Noppert. Timber, Van Dyck, Aki; Dumfries, Copminers (De Roon, m.80), de Jong, Blind; Klaassen (Berghuis, m.69), Bergwijn (Depay, m.46), Gakpo (Weghorst, m.79)

1- Ecuador: Galíndez; Preciado, Hincapie, Torres, Poroso, Estepinan; Caicedo, Mendez; Silver (Ibarra, 90 minutes), Estrada (Sarmiento, 74 minutes), Valencia (Rodriguez, 90 minutes)

Goals: 1-0, 6: Jabco. 1-1, at 49: Valencia referee

: Mustafa Ghorbal (ALG), blames Ecuadorian Mendes

: The first group match of the first stage of the Qatar World Cup, which was held at Khalifa Stadium in Al-Rayyan in front of 44,833 spectators.

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World Cup Viewer’s Guide: Argentina, Messi look for rebound

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Lose and go home. That's the harsh fact facing Argentina as the team heads into its crucial World Cup match against Mexico.

Argentina arrived in Qatar as a favorite but suffered one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history with a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in its opening match. Now Argentina is in danger of elimination Saturday, when anything but a win or draw would mean an early Group C knockout for the Albiceleste.

Argentina has only failed to advance out of the group stage twice in the last 60 years, in 1962 and 2002. And in what is likely Lionel Messi's fifth and final appearance on soccer's biggest stage, Argentina has become something of a laughingstock in Qatar.

''Where is Messi? We broke his eye!'' fans have been singing in Arabic, using a slang expression meaning to bring shame on a person.

''We always said we were going to look to win every game,'' said Messi, ''and now more than ever.''

The loss to Saudi Arabia was Argentina's fourth defeat in its last six World Cup matches, and also ended its 36-match unbeaten streak that stretched for more than three years.

Now goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez said Saturday's match against Mexico must be approached as its ''first World Cup final'' if Argentina wants to continue playing in Qatar.

''We're hurting a lot from our first defeat and on top of that at the World Cup,'' he said. ''We expected to play like it was a final, but we didn't do that. After we scored the first goal we relaxed a bit and we paid for that. Saturday will be our first World Cup final.''

Argentina has beaten Mexico in its last 10 meetings dating to the 2004 Copa America, and it won all three of its previous World Cup matches against Mexico at the World Cup, in 1930, 2006 and 2010.

Mexico, meanwhile, played to a 0-0 draw in its opening match against Poland. Mexico has failed to score in its last three World Cup matches - two losses and a draw - dating to group play in Russia in 2018.

Guillermo Ochoa saved a Robert Lewandowski penalty kick in the match against Poland and the 37-year-old goalkeeper, playing in his fifth World Cup, has never made it past the round of 16. Mexico has been knocked out in that round in its last seven appearances and last reached the quarterfinals in 1986 when it hosted the World Cup.

''Everything, I would trade everything to get to the quinto partido (fifth game),'' he said.

Mexico is coached by Gerardo Martino, who led his native Argentina from 2014 to 2016 until back-to-back losses in the Copa America final led him to quit.

''I know where I was born, the name of the hospital, the year and the characteristics of my city in Argentina, but I have to do the impossible for Mexico to win, I can't do anything else,'' Martino said.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni hadn't lost a match before the opening game defeat by Saudi Arabia.

''There is no other choice but to get up and move on,'' Scaloni said. ''They made us favorites, but in a World Cup these things can happen. You have to work on the aspects that didn't go well.''


Saudi Arabia was an overwhelming underdog and pulled off the upset against Argentina, and will again be the underdog Saturday against Poland.

Saudi Arabia has lost eight straight and nine of its last 10 World Cup matches against European teams. Included in that run was an 8-0 loss to Germany in 2002, a game forward Saleh Al Shehri said was too long ago to matter to this current squad.

''That was a defeat in the past,'' said Al Shehri. ''I think we, as a country, want to get back and go up to the top as a team. And I guess in the 20 years, we worked a lot, we worked hard. Now, in 2022, in Qatar, we made history, and there's still more to come.''

For Poland, star Robert Lewandowski is struggling to find the net and hasn't scored in his four previous World Cup matches on 11 shots and a failed penalty in a 0-0 draw against Mexico.

In fact, Poland attempted only six shots against Mexico and has now had six goalless draws in 35 World Cup matches.

''There's room for improvement going forward, we have to risk more,'' Lewandowski said. ''It's very hard for a forward to track so far back. But if the coach has these tactics, then we have to adjust. Of course, as a forward I wish for more of the ball.''


France overcame a slew of injuries - including the loss of striker and Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema with a thigh injury on the eve of the tournament - for an easy 4-1 defeat of Australia in its opening match.

The defending World Cup champions next play Denmark on Saturday and a win would push France through to the round of 16.

The victory over Australia made France the first reigning champion to win its opening World Cup match of a tournament since Brazil in 2006, but only four champions have won their opening two matches of a World Cup campaign.

France is trying to become the first team since Spain in 2010 to win six consecutive World Cup matches. Denmark, meanwhile, has drawn its last three matches including against Tunisia in its opening game.


Tunisia and Australia meet for just the third time in history, with the last match a 2-0 Tunisia victory in the 2005 Confederations Cup.

Tunisia has lost just one of its last 10 matches but opened the World Cup with a goalless draw against Denmark.

Australia had won five straight before France routed the Socceroos 4-1 in their opening match.

Australia coach Graham Arnold called France ''bigger, stronger and faster,'' but is confident his squad will be ready for Tunisia.

''We've got to be ready for that war,'' Arnold said. ''They are aggressive and they're going to have 40,000 fans behind them and it's going to be a truly amazing experience again for everyone.''

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the preparations of a very glamorous England and USA WAG squad ahead of Friday’s game.

England are set to take on their US counterparts in their 2d conflict of the World Cup on Friday.

The match, which will kick off at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor at 7pm GMT (2pm ET), comes after England's dramatic 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday - and the US's 1-1 draw with Wales a few hours later.

Between matches, England's glamorous WAGs have been sharing snaps of themselves enjoyable on the £1billion luxurious cruise liner they are calling domestic for the tournament, best for poolside selfies and a cocktail or two.

But they are some distance from the solely ones who will be cheering on their companions in Qatar on Friday - whether or not it truly is from domestic or the stands - and the US WAGs ought to provide the British World Cup squad companions a run for their money.

The ladies at the back of the American World Cup crew consist of Radio City Rockette Marissa Horton, the lady friend of New York City FC's Sean Johnson, 33, and 'clean beauty' entrepreneur Sally Zimmerman, the spouse of Walker Zimmerman.

Ashley Herron, the spouse of Matt Turner, is an NFL cheerleader who carried out for the New England Patriots at the 2017 Super Bowl - a and Harvard University graduate.

Meanwhile the experiences for the two distinct WAG squads will possibly be very different.

England's companions are all staying on a cruise liner in the course of the tournament, and can solely meet their boyfriends and husbands temporarily at the cease of the match.

However it is understood that the better halves and girlfriends of US gamers have been given permission to spend time with their companions in the luxurious five-star Marsa Malaz Kempinski, the place they are staying.

While the Three Lions have been restrained to quickly assembly their WAGS at the cease of fits in the stadium in public view, it used to be said this week their US counterparts have been playing the opulent attractiveness of the resort with their companions in the course of what is formally known as 'family time.'

From their personal careers and accomplishments to how they met their sports activities celebrity boyfriends, this is the whole thing you want to recognize about the WAGs of Team USA's soccer gamers in training for the upcoming World Cup.

Sean Johnson, 33, from Lilburn, Georgia, performed soccer at the University of Central Florida, however left early after he used to be drafted through Chicago Fire in 2010.

He then switched to New York City FC in 2016, and now, he is set to play goalkeeper at the upcoming World Cup for the US team.

He is presently relationship a female named Marissa Horton, who is at first from Washington, DC, however now lives in New York City.

Marissa, a graduate of Purchase College, is a profitable dancer, who has carried out as phase of the Radio City Rockettes a couple of times.

The pair has been collectively for the reason that 2014, and they frequently shared lovable pics collectively on their respective Instagram accounts.

'Happy Valentine’s Day to this lovely and proficient queen that holds me down,' Sean gushed about Marissa lower back in February.


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the country’s Covid policy saw the Chinese GP cancelled

China's return to the Formula 1 schedule will be cancelled next year as a result of the country's Covid policies, BBC Sport has learned.

Formula 1 has not visited China since 2019, but was due to return for the fourth race in 2023 on 16 April.

China's zero-Covid policy has led F1 to conclude the race cannot go ahead.

The key sticking point is that F1 staff would not be given exemptions from quarantine requirements in the event of suffering a Covid-19 infection.

F1 feels that it cannot ask teams to go to the country for the race in Shanghai with the risk that staff could be detained for days if they caught coronavirus.

China's latest rules demand that anyone found with Covid-19 must spend five days at an isolation centre plus three days isolation at home.

F1 chairman and chief executive officer Stefano Domenicali has not yet officially called off the race, but the decision is considered an inevitability.

F1 declined to comment on the situation.

The sport is not expected to seek to replace China with another race, so the calendar will be cut to 23 races - still an all-time record but one event fewer than F1 had originally planned.

China's cancellation will leave a four-week gap in the 2023 schedule between the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 2 April and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on 30 April.

Domenicali is said to be holding talks with authorities in Baku in an attempt to persuade them to move the race forward a week to 23 April, but is meeting resistance.

If Baku cannot be persuaded to move, it is expected that the gap will be left unfilled.

F1 is also in talks to extend Azerbaijan's race contract, which is due to end next year.

F1 had been expected to drop the race to make way for other new entrants, such as the planned race at Kyalami in South Africa.

But Azerbaijan, which pays one of the largest fees of any race, is expected to sign a new 10-year deal.

Which races will be sprints?
F1 has been fine-tuning its analysis of which tracks are best suited to hosting sprint events - which feature a shorter race on Saturdays to set the grid for the main grand prix - and is close to settling on the six races that will host them in 2023.

F1 is planning for these to be: Azerbaijan, Austria on 30 June to 2 July, Belgium on 28-30 July, Qatar on 6-8 October, the United States GP in Austin on 20-22 October and Brazil on 3-5 November.

F1 had wanted to host a sprint event in Saudi Arabia, the second race of the season on 17-19 March, but Saudi authorities have baulked at the fee being demanded.

However, the idea of a sprint being held at the event in Jeddah has not been ruled out. If talks resume and an agreement is reached, it would be likely to replace Qatar.

The number of sprint events held is doubling next year because F1 is keen on them as they increase revenue and television audiences.

These events feature a short, one-third distance race on Saturday afternoon in place of qualifying. The result of the sprint decides the grid for the main Grand Prix, with qualifying moved to Friday to set the grid for the sprint.

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Unsold beer meant for World Cup will be sent to winning country, says Budweiser

Unsold beer meant for World Cup will be sent to winning country, says Budweiser
World Cup fans with a passion for beer may have something to cheer about yet — provided their team comes out on top.

Just two days before the FIFA World Cup kicked off, host country Qatar banned alcohol from the eight stadiums hosting matches. The decision wasn’t the most popular among the visiting fans, to say the least. It also left Budweiser with a mountain of beer and no fans to buy it.

It didn’t take long for the beer maker to come up with a solution — Budweiser tweeted on Saturday that it will ship off the cases of beer that were meant to be sold during the tournament to whichever country wins the World Cup.

Alongside a photo showing a warehouse filled with Budweiser beer, the brand wrote “New Day, New Tweet. Winning Country gets the Buds.”

The parent company of Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch InBev, said that it plans to bring the “celebration from the FIFA World Cup stadiums to the winning country’s fans,” in a statement.

“We will host the ultimate championship celebration for the winning country. Because, for the winning fans, they’ve taken the world. More details will be shared when we get closer to the finals,” the spokesperson said. The World Cup tournament ends on Dec. 18.
Qatar, a conservative Muslim country that tightly regulates alcohol, had first planned to allow the sale of beer during the World Cup. Stadiums were going to be permitted to sell beer three hours before kickoff and ending one hour after the whistle.
When they unexpectedly walked back that decision, Budweiser tweeted, “Well this is awkward,” though the post was quickly deleted. Since 1986, parent company AB InBev has paid tens of millions of dollars during each World Cup for the exclusive rights to sell beer at the prestigious tournament.

This year’s sponsorship cost US$112 million, Yahoo Sports reported. The company plans to ask FIFA for a $71 million discount on its next World Cup deal, according to The Sun.

Champagne, wine, whiskey and other alcohol will still be served in the luxury hospitality areas of the stadiums, the Associated Press reported. Outside of those places, beer is normally the only alcohol sold to regular ticketholders.

“As partners of FIFA for over three decades, we look forward to our activations of FIFA World Cup campaigns around the world to celebrate football with our consumers,” an AB-InBev spokesperson said in a previous statement. “Some of the planned stadium activations cannot move forward due to circumstances beyond our control.”