Argentina 2-1 Australia: Messi and Alvarez fire Albicelestes into quarterfinal as Socceroos crash out

Argentina has qualified for the quarterfinal of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a 2-1 victory over Australia on Saturday.

The Round of 16 match played inside the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium saw Lionel Messi’s left foot strike from inside the box give Argentina in the 35th minute.

After the half-time break, Julian Alvarez extended Argentina lead when he scored in the 57th minute. Australia got an own goal but that was not enough to motivate them for a comeback.

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FULL TIME

It ended Argentina 2-1 Australia

It is an own goal by Fernandez

Craig Godwin with the goal

GOALLLLLLLLLLL

Goodwin pulled one back for Australia in the 77th minute.

70′ Argentina 2-0 Australia

58′ | A double substitution.

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Goodwin, Hrustic

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McGree, Baccus

GOALLLLLLLLLL

Julian Alvarez makes it TWO to extend Argentina lead.

Messi’s 35th minute goal is the difference so far.

SECOND HALF

We are back again for the second 45 minutes.

Lionel Messi today reached the 1,000th caps in his professional career

HALF TIME

Argentina takes a 1-0 lead into the break.

41′ Argentina 1-0 Australia


GOALLLLLLLLL

Messi strikes to break the deadlock after 34 minutes.

So much to play for.

20′ Argentina 0-0 Australia

The atmosphere is all light up

The fans

The Australian side

There was actually a hand ball there, but the ref looked away.

3′ Argentina calling for an early penalty as they claim a hand ball inside the box.

KICK-OFF

We are underway.

Argentina deadly as ever.

Australia lineup set for battle against Argentina tonight.

The stadium is all set for this epic encounter.

Canada 1-2 Morocco: Atlas Lions top Group F; Croatia 0-0 Belgium: De Bruyne, Hazard crash out

Morocco finished top of Group F after fighting to a 2-1 victory over Canada to reach the Round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Belgium will be heading back home after a goalless draw with Croatia in the other game played simultaneously could not see them past the group stage.

Two quick first half goals from Hakim Ziyech (4th minute) and Y. En-Nesyri (23rd minute) set Morocco on the road to the knockout stages.

Though they conceded an N. Aguerd own goal just before the break, Morocco held their own all through the second half to finish top of Group F with seven points.

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Full time

Canada 1-2 Morocco

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

OFF THE BAR!!!! Hutchinson’s header crashes down and hits the line.

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So, so close for Canada.

⏱ 72’ | Double substitution 🔄

⬅️🔴 Yannick Carrasco, Leander Dendoncker
➡️🟢 Jeremy Doku, Youri Tielemans

70′ Canada 1-2 Morocco

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

As it stands, Morocco will top the group with seven points and Croatia will finish second on five points IF the scores remain like this.

Nobody is having it easy. You have to fight for it.

SOOO CLOSE!! Lukaku hits the post from close range

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Substitution 🔄

⬅️🔴 Leandro Trossard
➡️🟢 Thorgan Hazard

60′

Canada 1-2 Morocco

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Second half

We are back for the second half.

Half-time

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Canada 1-2 Morocco

Though an own goal, Canada celebrate all the same.

Canada GOALLLLLLLLLL

N. Aguerd‘s 40th minute own goal gives Canada hope of a comeback

Y. En-Nesyri the scorer

Y. En-Nesyri doubles the lead with a fine finish in the 23rd minute.

Canada 0-2 Morocco

GOALLLLLLLLLL

Morocco means business. They are two goals up.

Ziyech’s goal is the second fastest to be conceded by a country here, while Canada is the country with the fastest goal at this World Cup so far.

Croatia was awarded a penalty but after a VAR check the penalty is overturned

13′ Canada 0-1 Morocco

13′ Croatia 0-0 Belgium

The opportunity was a gift but Ziyech still had to hold his nerve

GOALLLLLLLLLL

No time to waste as Hakim Ziyech broke the deadlock to give Morocco the lead.

KICK-OFF

Both matches are underway. Big games

All is set for the kick-off

Hakim Ziyech again made the lineup for Morocco squad. They must avoid defeat against Canada.

Canada, though already crashed out, will be playing for pride.

Luka Modric will pilot the affairs of Croatia when they file out against Belgium.

Eden Hazard is benched as Kevin De Bruyne will captain the Belgian side against Croatia.

Poland 0-2 Argentina: Messi loses penalty but Albicelestes qualify; Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico: Good goal by Chavez but not enough

Argentina beat Poland 2-0 to top Group C and qualify for the Round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar.

Lionel Messi’s first half penalty was saved by Poland goalkeeper to ensure the first half ended on a barren draw.

But two second half goals from MacAllister and Julian Alvarez sail Argentina through to the next round ontop of the group.

Poland, despite their 2-0 loss to Argentina, also qualified on goal difference as Mexico’s 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia was not enough to see them finish runners up.

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GOALLLLLLLLLL

Saudi Arabia got a consolation goal but that will not be enough.

72′ Poland 0-2 Argentina

Julian Alvarez scores Argentina second goal in the 67th minute.

GOALLLLLLL

Argentina double their lead

66′ Poland 0-1 Argentina

64′ Saudi Arabia 0-2 Mexico

As it stands, Argentina top the group, while Poland are still second. For Mexico to qualify, they need to score three unreplied goals, while hoping Poland doesn’t score.

Mexico celebrate

Saudi Arabia 0-2 Mexico

Luis Chavez with the goal for Mexico.

GOALLLLLLLLL

The goals are coming for Mexico as they extend their lead in a space of five minutes.

Saudi Arabia 0-1 Mexico

Henry Martin is the scorer for Mexico.

GOALLLLLLL

Mexico did it too. Takes the lead just three minutes after the break.

Poland 0-1 Argentina

MacAllister put Argentina in front just two minutes after the break.

Second half

GOALLLLLLL

We are back for the second half and Argentina takes the lead immediately

HALF TIME

The Saudi Arabia vs Mexico game also ended goalless at the end of first half.

Interesting times ahead in the second half.

It’s goalless at half time between Poland and Argentina.

The Messi penalty miss is the high point of the first half as Argentina failed to take the lead.

The moment Messi failed to convert from the spot.

Argentina miss a penalty that could have calmed their nerves.

If Argentina play a draw against Poland in this game, then Saudi Arabia MUST beat Mexico to qualify.

Poland can still still qualify with a draw against Argentina.

Still goalless after 30 minutes in both games. As it stands, Argentina and Saudi Arabia are tied on same four points but the South Americans are ahead on goal difference.

’20 Both matches are still goalless after 20 minutes of action.

Not an easy one for either side.

KICK-OFF

It’s time to get down to some real serious business.

Let’s go

Lewandowski carrying the hopes of Poland on his shoulders.

Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi in Argentina lineup. No doubt, they know the importance of this game.

Mexico set to give it all, regardless.

Saudi Arabia lineup must win this one to advance.

Portugal 2 – 0 Uruguay: Bruno Fernandes double take team to knockout stage

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes scored two second half goals to help Portugal beat Uruguay 2-0 and qualify for the Round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

After a barren first half, the second was more interesting and intense.

Fernandes broke the deadlock in the 54th minute before completing his brace via penalty eight minutes from time to see Portugal qualify for the knockout after two wins from two games.

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GOALLLLLLL

Fernandes converts from the spot kick. Makes it two for himself and two for Portugal.

UPDATE

The goal has been awarded to Bruno Fernandes

83′ Sub

Ronaldo taken off to rest. He has played his part hugely tonight.

Sub

Luis Suarez coming in. Can he make a difference?

Let’s see

His name is RONALDO, incase you forgot.

Portugal leads 1-0

It’s a good start to the second half for Portugal.

Ronaldo breaks the deadlock after 55 minutes of play.

GOALLLLLLLLLL

Portugal takes the lead.

Second half

We are back again for the remaining half of the game.

Half time

It ended goalless at half time. Portugal has had more chances, but Uruguay has equally been gifting opportunities to score.

It’s all square into the break.

32′ Uruguay is denied by Portugal goalkeeper.

Portugal desperately searching for the opener as they continue to ask questions.

It’s a tough battle going down. No goal yet.

KICK-OFF

We are underway

Uruguay starting 11 is equally fortified with Edinson Cavani and Darwin Nunez in the frontline.

Portugal starting lineup looks deadly as expected, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the attack.

LIVE – England vs USA: Its Kane, Saka against Pulisic, Tim Weah as Three Lions seek to advance to next round

Welcome to the Al Bayt Stadium where England will be slogging it out against the United States of America in another Group B game.

Victory for the Three Lions today will see England qualify for the next round even with a game in hand.

But the USA, having secured one point from their first game will be looking to avoid defeat in order not to reduce their chances of advancing to the Round of 16.

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Possession

15′ England has been the better side after 15 minutes of action.

MISSED CHANCE

9′ Kane gets a pass off Saka, but his strike was blocked for a corner kick.

Errrmm……. Sorry for the distraction.

KICK-OFF

We are underway.

It’s England vs USA…. Let’s go

IT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!

Teams are out for the national anthems.

Weston is all colourful.

An unchanged Three Lions   side to face USA.

US starting 11 looks bright and sharp to face star-studded England.

The Al Bayt Stadium is ready to host the big game between England and USA tonight.

The US dressing room looks all cool and set.

Injured Neymar may miss Brazil’s next two World Cup matches

Brazil playmaker Neymar may miss his side’s next two matches following an injury sustained on Thursday in their 2-0 win over Serbia.

Neymar sprained his right ankle in the second half of the game in Lusail. He was in tears while sitting on the bench and after the match limped off the field on his way to the locker room.

The Brazilian national team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, has now hinted that they will need 24-48 hours to find out the extent of the injury suffered by Neymar Jr. against Serbia, although it has already been leaked by the player’s camp that it is not a serious injury.

Although the exact diagnosis is still unknown. “He will continue at the World Cup,” coach Tite assured after the 2-0 win on Thursday.

What is the plan now then? Well, for the Paris Saint-Germain star to rest in the second match of the group stage against Switzerland (November 28) and, if Brazil win, he will not play a single minute in the third match against Cameroon (December 2), either, to be 100% for the last 16.

If they win the group, they will not play until December 5, more than enough time for him to recover for the final phase of the World Cup.

Brazil 2 – 0 Serbia: Richarlison shines as Samba Boys kick off World Cup campaign with a flying start

Brazil kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2 – 0 victory over Serbia on Thursday night.

Richarlison was the star on the night as his two goals, both in the second half, sealed all three points and gives Brazil a flying start.

The star-studded Samba Boys struggled to find a breakthrough in the first half as they were well-contained by Serbia defence.

But two minutes after the hour mark, Richarlison’s strike from inside the 18-yard box beat goalkeeper Savic.

11 minutes later, Richarlison took advantage of a Vinicius Junior assist to complete his brace and put Brazil comfortably on top of the table.

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FULL TIME

The game ended 2 – 0 to Brazil.

What a thrilling second half.

GOALLLLLLLL

It’s a Richarlison night as he doubles the score for Brazil.

Take the accolades, you deserve it.

STAR BOY

That moment and feeling you make the headlines.

PRESSURE PAYS

Brazil get the reward for their pressure when Neymar drives into the box, Vinicius takes it off him and fires a low strike at goal. Saved but palmed straight out into the six-yard box and Richarlison is there to have a simple finish.

GOALLLLLLLL

Brazil break the deadlock through Richarlison.

WE ARE BACK

Second half gets underway as we see who will take this one between Brazil and Serbia.

SOME ANALYSIS

HALF TIME

First half ended goalless with Serbia holding their own well against the star studded Brazilian team.

Will things change in the second half? Time will tell.

TOUGH

Neymar not finding things easy as Serbia gives him close marking.

Side attraction for Brazil all the way.

30′ NO GOAL YET

Brazil trying to find a breakthrough but Serbia is giving them a run for their money.

KICK-OFF

Let the game begin

TEAM NEWS

Serbia’s Dusan Vlahovic is certainly capable of causing that Brazilian defence problems.

Neymar has 75 goals for Brazil, just two away now from equalling Pele’s all-time goalscoring record.

It’s about to go down

Serbia lineup also looks dangerous.

Brazil starting XI looks very dangerous.

Germany 1 – 2 Japan: Substitutes Doan, Asano’s goals stun former champions

The world witnessed another surprise on Wednesday as Japan came from a goal down to beat Germany 2-1, thanks to goals by second half substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

Another World Cup magic came into play as Japan scored two goals within eight minutes to cancel an early deficit.

Saudi Arabia had stunned Argentina in an unexpected upset on Tuesday, beating the Lionel Messi-led side 2-1.

On Wednesday, Germany dominated from the start and Ilkay Gundogan broke the deadlock when he converted from the spot in the 33rd minute.

Germany took the lead into the break, but Japan came back more determined not to go down without a fight.

Substitute Ritsu Doan equalised for the Blue Samurai before Takuma Asano nailed the victory in the 83rd minute.

The game went down inside the Khalifa International Stadium.

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GOALLLLLLLLLL. Japan takes the lead.

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Japan equalise in a beautiful fashion.

59′ Gundogan missed a clean chance to increase the tally.

We are back for the second half.

Game resumes.

HT: And the first half comes to an end. Gundogan’s goal keeps Germany in the lead.

Havertz scores for Germany, BUT it is ruled for offside.

GOALLLLLLLLLLL. Gundogan converted the penalty for Germany to take the lead.

31′ Penalty awarded to Germany

Memorable moment

8′ Japan scores, BUT it is ruled out for offside.

4′ First corner goes to Japan

Game KICKS OFF…. LETS GOOO

The teams are ready, the stadium is ready, the kits are ready and the fans are ready.

LET’S GOOOOO

Germany starting lineup

Can Messi still win the World Cup?

It’s been a long time coming for football legend Lionel Messi. Many people call him the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T), while some believe he is just supernatural.

Messi himself has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that history will forever remember him for unprecedented achievement in his playing career.

At the age of 13, young Messi joined the Barcelona youth team. His talent is one that is too obvious to ignore whenever given the opportunity to show it. He made a progress four years later and joined the Barcelona senior team in 2004 where he made his debut in October 2004.

At age 22 after helping Barcelona to achieve the first treble in Spanish football, Messi won his first Ballon d’Or. Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning four consecutive Ballons d’Or, making him the first player to win the award four times in a row.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds up his sixth Ballon d’Or prior to the Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou on December 07, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Messi has gone on to win a record seven Ballon d’Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 was named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team.

He joined French giant Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, but before then, he had spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 35 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles, and four UEFA Champions Leagues.

A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (474), most goals in a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (192), a La Liga season (21) and the Copa América (17).

He also holds the record for most international goals by a South American male (91). Messi has scored over 785 senior career goals for club and country and has the most goals by a player for a single club.

However, despite all these unmatched achievements, Messi has not won a FIFA World Cup. He made his debut in 2006 and has been Argentina’s captain since August 2011, but his worst undoing is that he has not lifted the trophy.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the last for the 35-year-old, but it has started with a bad outcome for Argentina as they surrender their lead to fall 2-1 to less-fancied Saudi Arabia. Messi was the scorer of Argentina’s only goal in that game, however, his team struggled in vain to find their way back.

That poor start is no doubt a morale killer for a team looking to qualify from the group stage and even reach the final. Will that upset put an end to Argentina’s dream of winning the World Cup with Messi? Or will the present tournament just be another disappointment for Messi and the team? Only time will tell.

As the Albiceleste step out against Mexico in their second game on Saturday, they will have no other target than to win with many goals and move from the bottom of the table that they are.

They are the biggest team in Group C that also has Poland, and a failure to qualify from the group will be one of their poorest outings in the FIFA World Cup.

But as they say, in football, it is not over until it is over, and that is to say, Argentina can not only qualify from the group, but they can also go ahead against all odds to win their first World Cup since 1986.

France 4 – 1 Australia: Giroud brace gives defending champions a good start

Olivier Giroud scored twice to help France beat Australia 4-1 and begin their World Cup title defense on a positive note.

Giroud’s two goals in both halves saw him equal Thierry Henry’s record of 51 goal for the leading goal scorer of the French national team.

It was a massive comeback for France who had a poor start that led them to concede to C. Goodwin’s goal after just nine minutes.

But the reigning champions got back to work and A. Rabiot levelled up before Giroud made it 2-1 at half-time.

K. Mbappe, who has been a thorn in the flesh of the Australians, extended France lead with a nice header in the 68th minute before Giroud completed his brace to seal all three points for France.

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Seven minutes extra time added at the end of 90 minutes.

Giroud equals Thierry Henry record

Another GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Just before we could say Jack, France increased their goal tally to 4, thanks to Giroud header

67′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Mbappe scores for France with a header.

60′ Mbappe missed a clear chance to extend France lead.

We are back for the second half.

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