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FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina’s route to title explained | Football News – Times of India

Argentina won their third World Cup trophy after the final in Qatar on Sunday. Here is what you need to know about their route to the title: HOW DID ARGENTINA QUALIFY FOR THE ROUND OF 16?* The top two in each World Cup group advance to the last 16. The knockout rounds, which began on Dec. 3, feature one-off matches, which can go to extra time and penalties to decide the winners. * Argentina recovered from their shock defeat to Saudi Arabia with back-to-back wins over Mexico and Poland to finish as winners of Group C. HOW DID ARGENTINA REACH THE QUARTER-FINALS?* Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez scored in Argentina's 2-1 win over Australia in their Round of 16 tie. HOW DID ARGENTINA REACH THE SEMI-FINALS?* Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout in their quarter-final tie,...
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Who is Randal Kolo Muani, the French sub bringing in the sizzle?

Randal Kolo Muani, 23, was so stunned that he was called up for the national team, that he didn’t pick the first call that flashed on his phone. He would come into the final, an early sub and set fire to the dying embers of the first half, earning the penalty for Mbappe. The semifinal with Morocco had stayed on the edge despite Theo Hernandez scoring quite early for France, because Morocco kept pinging the French citadel, and late equalisers have been something of a theme. It was in these circumstances that substitute Muani sprinted in, and almost hit the ground running, steering in a pass like a neat hole-on-one putt from an Mbappe pass to puncture Moroccan hopes for good. But two months ago despite France reeling under a debris of injuries to big names Pogba, Benzema, Kimpembe and K...
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Moroccan fairy tale ends at the hands of France

The brave and feisty fairy-tale march of Morocco ended at midnight on Wednesday at the hands of an efficient France. The world champions put on a no-frills exhibition of clinical football to end one of the most romantic stories in a World Cup. It was not a cruel end, for much of the match, the North African team matched the French who had to dig deep into their reservoirs of experience to see the match out. The final moments were heart-wrenching, Moroccan players lay flat on the ground, in a fountain of tears and sweat, The Frenchmen would wrap them in an embrace of consolation. Olivier Giroud would hug Morocco’s coach Walid Regragui, with whom he has played in the French league. Kylian Mbappe would pacify Achraf Hakimi. But it was cruel in that both goals were scored off deflections fr...
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Brazil vs South Korea, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: BRA clash with KOR with QF spot at stake in Stadium 974

Even with a returning Neymar, Brazil face stern test against South Korean wing-crashers Neymar kicks the ball among three Serbian players during the World Cup match between Brazil and Serbia. (AP photo) Ahead of this World Cup, South Korea had been labelled the ‘Son Heung-min team’. Their chances this year, as a side that is not quite close to the 2002 team that reached the semifinal as co-hosts, largely hinged on their talisman, who suffered an eye socket injury and faced a race against time to be fit for the first match. Son played despite being in recovery mode and not at his best, but his side played solid football, well-structured in defence with plenty of patterns of play to create attacks. They were arguably the best team of their group, which contained Portugal, Uruguay, and Gh...
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England vs Senegal, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: ENG lock horns with SEN with QF spot at stake

England vs Senegal: Even before their last 16 encounter, Three Lions shift focus to ‘quarterfinal vs France’ Oh, that hubris! England are a team of talented, charming young men who are easy to like. However, it’s the noise around them that invariably triggers schadenfreude. On this occasion, ahead of their Round-of-16 match against Senegal, Gary Lineker is the guilty party. On Friday, he was quoted as saying that Gareth Southgate should ‘rest’ right-back Kyle Walker against Senegal for Sunday’s World Cup Round-of-16 match so that he is fresh to take on Kylian Mbappe and France in the quarterfinal. “Kyle Walker should not be in England’s team to play Senegal, and I will tell you exactly why. We, England, cannot afford for Walker to get injured in that match. Because he is just about the...
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France vs Poland, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: FRA take on POL with QF spot at stake

Big day at World Cup looms for France, Poland goalkeepers It’s a huge day for goalkeepers with big reputations when defending champion France faces Poland in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Sunday. Hugo Lloris will tie a national team record for Les Bleus four years after lifting the trophy as captain. Opposite number Wojciech Szczesny is a penalty-saving, wise-cracking No. 1 who seems to be enjoying the tournament more than any other player. Both get a stage to shine at Al Thumama Stadium trying to deny two of the most feared forwards in Qatar — Kylian Mbappé and two-time FIFA player of the year Robert Lewandowski. Messi, the universal language that unites the world That first touch of Lionel Messi. That left-foot swing that pierced through the fumbling legs of Harry Souttar. Tha...
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: Argentina to face Australia

FIFA World Cup: As Australia face Argentina in last 16, Socceroos hope Maradona’s prophecy comes true “Your tears of sadness today will be tears of joy sometime soon.” Those were the words of former Argentina captain Diego Maradona in November 1993, on an Argentinean TV show, speaking to his Australian counterpart, Paul Wade a day after their game. Argentina had managed to win the two-legged World Cup qualifier tie 2-1 courtesy of an own goal from Alex Tobin in Buenos Aires after a 1-1 tie in Sydney. The defeat denied Australia a ticket to their second World Cup and just hours later captain Wade and assistant coach Raul Blanco were invited on a local TV show, as he recalled with the Sydney Morning Herald recently. Everyone in the studio, who were used to watching their best football sta...
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How Japan football achieved the Miracle of Doha

In the early 1990s, Brazilian legend Zico returned from a short sabbatical to end his playing days in Japan with a nondescript club that would later be named Kashima Antlers. Money was indeed a motivator but Zico went there also because of a genuine willingness among the Japanese players to learn. Sometimes, Sebastian Moffett – the author of Japanese Rules – noted, it went a little too far. After matches, when Zico broke down the moves and pointed out the mistakes, the local players would jot down every word of his pinpoint analysis. “A few minutes before the next match, they would take out these notes and start revising, as if for a test,” Moffett wrote in the Guardian in 2002. There were times when Zico lashed out at his teammates for taking defeats too lightly and, while doing so, he...
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Controversy erupts over Japan’s second goal against Spain which knocked Germany out

Even though Japan defeated Spain and in the process knocked out Germany from the World Cup on Thursday, the victory did not come without its share of controversy. The second goal which saw Kaoru Mitoma crossing the ball to Ao Tanaka, who then bundled it into the Spanish net, had initially been ruled out by the linesman but after a lengthy VAR check, the goal stood. This proved decisive in the outcome of the Group E as Spain losing 1-2 to Japan meant that Germany was knocked out even after winning their match against Costa Rica. Initial angles which were broadcast on TV appeared to show that the ball was out of play but a new aerial view has emerged that shows that the ball was indeed in play by just millimeters. According to Daily Mirror, FIFA law states that the ball is in play “if the...
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Messi and Argentina advance at World Cup, beat Poland 2-0

Rest easy, soccer fans. Lionel Messi will grace the World Cup stage at least one more time. The Argentina great had a penalty saved but his team still beat Poland 2-0 Wednesday after second-half goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez and advanced to the last 16. Argentina finished in first place in Group C to set up a match against Australia, a surprise qualifier for the knockout stage. It’s a strong position for Argentina to be in, especially considering the team opened the World Cup with a shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in one of biggest upsets in the tournament’s history. Messi’s likely final World Cup rolls onto Saturday. He will be relieved after failing to score a penalty for the second straight World Cup. It was awarded after being hit in the face by the flailing ha...
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: Team news for Australia vs Tunisia announced

World Cup 2022, Tunisia vs Australia Football Match Live Updates: Australia will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to France when they take on Tunisia in the World Cup Group D campaign on Saturday. Tunisia is seeking to advance from the group stage for the first time in its sixth World Cup appearance, while Australia has only reached the last 16 once — in 2006 — in five previous trips to soccer’s biggest event. Tunisia’s coach insists he’s full of respect for the Socceroos but has ominously suggested he knows the “littlest details” of the Australian team — and the weakness that can be exploited. So far in their storied football chapter, Tunisia and Australia have faced each other only twice. While Tunisia lost the first match, played in 1997 by a margin of 0-3, they earned a 2...
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FIFA World Cup 2022, Wales vs Iran Live Updates: A must-win game for both the teams

Qatar's Akram Afif looks dejected. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) Qatar vs Senegal: Will the hosts be the first to leave the party? Showcase game Qatar vs Senegal (Group A) 6.30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium Twelve years and $220 billion in the making, Qatar’s World Cup could end in the first week itself. The small nation-state has incurred an exorbitant cost, as reported by Forbes,to host the first World Cup in the Arab world. But they could be on their way out – becoming just the second hosts, after South Africa, to be eliminated in the group stage – if they fail to get a result against Senegal on Friday. After a build-up – including behind closed-doors friendlies that were not allowed to be recorded – shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, Felix Sanchez’s side were an unpredictable force coming into...
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World Cup gets a Blue tick: A day after Saudi stun Argentina, Japan slay mighty Germany to light up the tournament

Cushioning a floated pass with a deft first touch, Takumi Asano skittered down the right flank. He cut into the six-yard box and saw the imposing German centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck, all of six-feet-two inches, barging into him. But the five-foot-five winger out-barged him, regained the ball that had bobbled away from his feet, took a couple of yards and seconds to weigh in his options, gather his balance, and then fired in a guillotine shot past the near post of Manuel Neuer, the king of goalkeeping in this era. The 83rd-minute goal, which sparked wild celebrations among thousands of fans that had descended at the Khalifa Stadium, turned match-winner, wrapping up a famous upset win for Japan over Germany, one of the tournament favourites. It could potentially be the greatest ever goa...
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‘I feel very good,’ says Messi ahead of probable last World Cup | Football News – Times of India

AL RAYYAN: Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he feels good ahead of their Group C opener against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in what is likely to be his last World Cup. "I feel very good physically, I think I'm in a great moment, both personally and physically and I don't have any problems," said Messi, who did light training away from his teammates on Saturday, told a news conference on Monday. "I heard that they said I trained differently. It was because I had a knock but there is nothing strange (happening). It was just a precaution." The 35-year-old, who in Qatar will be playing his fifth World Cup, added that he did not prepare differently for the tournament which for the first time is being played in November and December. "I didn't do anything special," the forward said. "I took ca...
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Spain’s Ramos disappointed by World Cup omission

Spain defender Sergio Ramos said he was disappointed to be excluded from their World Cup squad after returning to full fitness following a calf injury that limited his playing time with Paris St Germain last season. Spain manager Luis Enrique announced his 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar, opting tp leave out experienced players like Ramos, midfielder Thiago Alcantara, defender Marcos Alonso and goalkeeper David de Gea. Ramos, 36, who joined PSG last year after 16 trophy-laden years at Real Madrid, wrote an emotional letter to fans after missing out on the chance to feature in his fifth World Cup. “I devoted myself, body and soul, to recovering and getting back to feeling the way I always have… Fortunately, I can say that this season I feel like myself again and am back enjoy...
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T20 World Cup | New Zealand first team to seal semifinal spot

New Zealand on Friday became the first team to book a semifinal berth in the T20 World Cup after Australia were restricted to 168-8 by Afghanistan in a crucial game in Adelaide. After New Zealand beat Ireland by 35 runs in their final super 12 group, defending champions Australia needed to win against Afghanistan by an improbable 185 runs to overtake the net runrate of their trans-Tasman rivals. The hosts, however, scored 168 for 8 after being invited to bat by Afghanistan, paving the way for New Zealand to qualify for the knockout stage. Australia now will need to limit Afghanistan to 106 or lower to stay alive in the semifinal race, which also involves England.The win over Ireland saw New Zealand grab the top spot with seven points and a net runrate of +2.113. England (5 points), who ...
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Arshdeep Singh: The left-armer India wanted

When Arshdeep Singh traced his run-up to bowl the 12th over of the Bangladesh innings, his ability to bounce back was yet again put on the line. It was his second over of the evening; in the first Litton Das had smeared him for three fours. But Arshdeep is not made of brittle stuff. He came back resoundingly to put on yet another star show, as though he had washed away the bitter memories of the first over in the Adelaide downpour. The first ball, in his second coming, hit the hard length. Afif Hossain slogged, but was beaten by the bounce, which he procured with an extra whip of his wrists, and toe-ended a catch to Suryakumar Yadav. He would roar in delight. He then cracked a wicked smile when his bouncer whistled past Shakib Al Hasan. The next ball, Shakib realised the meaning of his ...
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T20 World Cup 2022 | Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva inspired Sri Lanka to a win, taking the team up to the third spot in group 1. Afghanistan drops out of semifinal contention. Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva inspired Sri Lanka to a win, taking the team up to the third spot in group 1. Afghanistan drops out of semifinal contention. Wanindu Hasaranga led an inspired bowling effort before Dhananjaya de Silva hit a fine fifty as Sri Lanka kept their semifinals hopes alive with a six-wicket win over Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup here on Tuesday.Mystery spinner Hasaranga (3/13) and pacer Lahiru Kumara (2/30) shared five wickets among themselves to restrict Afghanistan to 144 for 8.Wanindu Hasaranga spun a web around Afghanistan and was adjudged the @aramco#POTM 🌟#T20WorldCuppic.twitter....
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Philips’ century takes New Zealand to competitive total

It was the second century of the tournament, after South African Rilee Rossouw’s 109 against Bangladesh It was the second century of the tournament, after South African Rilee Rossouw’s 109 against Bangladesh Glenn Phillips smashed a top-class 104 to rescue New Zealand after they slumped to 15-3 against Sri Lanka in their T20 World Cup group game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 29, 2022, helping his team reach 167-7.The Black Caps had a horror start after opting to bat with their top order blown away, losing Finn Allen, Doug Conway and Kane Williamson for 15 runs. They crawled to 54-3 after 10 overs before Phillips let loose, hitting 10 fours and four sixes in his 64-ball knock. It was the second century of the tournament, after South African Rilee Rossouw's 109 against...
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West Indies’ early World Cup exit surprises and disappoints Pollard

West Indies’ legendary all-rounder Kieron Pollard is surprised and disappointed with the team’s early exit from the T20 World Cup and said all the stakeholders must share the blame. Two-time champions West Indies failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the T20 showpiece in Australia after suffering defeats to Scotland and Ireland in the first round. “A bit surprised, to be honest that (West Indies) weren’t able to get over the line against the other teams,” Pollard told i95.5fm, a Trinidad-based radio station. “But again, that speaks volumes of where our cricket as is at the moment. I feel it. I feel it for the guys because they are the ones that are going to get the bashing. And it’s not all their fault.” The elimination attracted reactions from across the cricketing world. Cricket...