My Sexy Outfits Is To Make Fans And Families Happy…They Take Pictures With Me In The Stadium, Says ‘World Cup’s Sexiest Fan’

To her, she’s doing what she likes doing best as model, which is, making sure people around her feel her aura of beauty in the positive light. Her name is Ivana Knolls, a German-born model who lives in the Croatian capital Zagreb.

In 2014 World Cup in Brazil, she first attracted fame for her patriotic clothing as well as four years later in Russia.

The former Miss Croatia, 30, told Piers Morgan in a recent interview that her racy outfits have received a glowing reception from ordinary Qataris, and even says families with children have taken selfies with her.

Ivana Knoll, the stunning Croatian model whose distinctive red-and-white chequerboard get-ups have gone viral at this winter’s World Cup, appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV live from Qatar.

Wearing a revealing bikini top in the colours of the Croatian flag, she claimed that she hasn’t received any negative comments since arriving in the Middle-Eastern country.

Asked by Piers if she had encountered any “resistance” to her skimpy outfits in the majority-Muslim nation, she replied: “No, to be honest. I’ve been very surprised, very happy, they [the Qataris] accept my clothing.”

She added: “Women, men, kids take pictures with me.”

But Piers pressed her on whether the response had been different in Qatar, where strict rules on modesty exist.

“Many people are here from other countries,” Ivana replied. “I didn’t have any bad reactions [to my outfits].”

Ivana has risked flouting Qatar’s laws on clothing as she posed in increasingly racy outfits at Croatia’s games.

She even filmed herself strutting down a beach in Qatar in a red and white swimsuit, pouting at the camera.

Also speaking to Piers was Qatari entrepreneur Mohammed Hassan Al-Jefairi.

He sparked a debate on Twitter last week when he criticised her busty display in the stands.

During her beloved Croatia’s clash with Belgium, a picture of two men in traditional Arab thobes taking a sneaky picture of Ivana took the internet by storm.

Ivana herself shared the photo of the men checking her out on her Instagram as she marked one million followers.

But taking to Twitter, Mohammed said in response to the picture: “Just for your info they take a photo not because they like her but because they don’t like the way she is mis-dressed on regards to our culture.

“You can confirm this with any local Qatari Probably to report it.”

Piers got Mohammed on his show to explain what he meant.

He said that he hoped the World Cup was a chance for Ivana, as well as other foreign supporters, to “learn more about Qatari culture”.

Mohammed added that “no one” would have been rude enough to directly confront her about her clothing choices.

He also cheekily added that Ivana could wear a traditional Qatari dress, called an abayha, saying she would “look good” in one.

Ivana told Piers that her outfits were nothing to do with insulting Qatari culture, and said locals had confirmed that she could dress how she wanted during the tournament.

“I respect every country,” she said. “They are making exceptions for the World Cup.

She added that she had had extremely positive experiences with local women in Qatar, with women in hijabs posing for selfies with her.

Ivana’s World Cup adventure is set to continue as Croatia knocked out Japan on penalties to advance to the Quarter Finals, setting up a mouth-watering clash with Brazil on Friday.

Eden Hazard Retires From International Football

Belgium front man, Eden Hazard, has retired from international duty.

He made the decision after his nation’s exit from the 2022 World Cup at the group stage. Belgium finished third in Group F, beating Canada in their opening game before losing to Morocco and then drawing with Croatia.

Hazard, 31, played in all three games but did not score for his country.

A message from Hazard on Instagram read: ‘A page turns today… Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008.

‘I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you.’

2022 World Cup: Gavi, Balde, Xavi, Bellingham… Top Ten Under 20 Wonderkids Who played In Qatar

For most of these next generation wonderkids, it is a dream come true for them to debut in their first World Cup experience in Qatar. Usually, it often presents itself as an opportunity for them to make a name for themselves and this year is no different.

As it stands, about 14 teenagers have featured in the World Cup so far. Several of them have already had a huge impact on the tournament so far.

Below is the list of the top 10 youngest players to have played at the 2022 World Cup;

10. Xavi Simons

The Dutch playmaker had been in fine form for PSV in the build-up to the World Cup with eight goals and three assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances.

Simons is the youngest player in the Netherlands squad and was just 19 years, seven months, and 12 days old when he featured in their 3-1 win against the USA.

9. Brandon Aguilera

Costa Rica had quite the mix of youth and experience within their squad this year. Aguilera was only 19 years, four months and 26 days old when he made his first appearance against Spain.

The young midfielder played a total of 89 minutes throughout the tournament and started in their 4-2 loss against Germany.

8. Jude Bellingham

Bellingham was one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe before the tournament began, but now the hype has reached a totally new level.

The Borussia Dortmund was only 19 years, four months and 23 days old when he starred against Iran during England’s 6-2 opening victory.

7. Alejandro Balde

The Barcelona full-back is the understudy to his fellow teammate Jordi Albia in the Spanish national side and he has been given plenty of opportunities by Luis Enrique.

Balde was 19 years, one month and five days old when he played against Costa Rica and he has since featured in all three of Spain’s group-stage matches.

6. Antonio Silva

Portugal have both the youngest and oldest centre-half at the World Cup this year which is some achievement. There was a 20-year age gap between Silva and Pepe when they both started for Portugal against South Korea.

Silva was just 19 years, one month and two days old when he made his World Cup debut, making him the youngest centre-half at the tournament.

5. Abdul Fatawu Issahaku

Fatawu just sneaks onto the list after his only appearance at the World Cup came in Ghana’s final group stage match against Uruguay where he was introduced as a 98th-minute substitute.

He did get two touches of the ball while he was on the pitch and was just 18 years, eight months and 24 days old at the time. The youngster looks like a huge prospect for the future.

4. Jewison Bennette

Bennette has looked lively in the Championship this season for Sunderland and he got his chance to shine on the world stage with Costa Rica.

The winger featured in all three of their matches during the tournament and was 18 years, five months and eight days old during his first match of the tournament.

3. Gavi

Barcelona’s Gavi practically stole the show with a superbly composed performance in Spain’s 7-0 hammering of Costa Rica.

Spain’s midfield now looks set for the next decade with Gavi and Pedri looking like one of the best duos at the tournament. Gavi himself was only 18 years, three months and 18 days old when he starred against Costa Rica.

2. Garang Kuol

To have played against France and Argentina at the World Cup must have been a surreal experience for the young Kuol.

The Australian forward was only 18 years, two months and seven days when he came off the bench for Australia in the second half against France.

1. Youssoufa Moukoko

The award for the youngest player to have featured at the 2022 World Cup goes to Germany’s Moukoko who had just turned 18 when he featured against Japan.

The Borussia Dortmund forward has been in fine form this season, scoring six goals in the Bundesliga so far this season. He made his World Cup debut for Germany aged just 18 years and three days old.

While this tournament didn’t exactly go to plan for Germany, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing plenty more from Moukoko in the future.

World Cup 2022: Japan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Other Countries That Pulled Off Biggest Upsets In Qatar

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has no doubt produced biggest upsets in the history of football during the opening and other stages of the competition currently being played in Qatar. It all started during the Group C opening game between Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

  1. Saudi Arabia vs Argentina

Saudi Arabia, ranked 53rd in the world, coming from behind to stun Argentina 2-1. Lionel Messi had given the Albiceleste the lead from the penalty spot but Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari had other ideas as they made themselves national heroes.

Argentina took the lead after an early penalty conversion by Messi, and looked comfortable to add to that with three goals disallowed for offside among other chances created. They lost all control in the second half, though, and Saudi Arabia struck as fast as lightning to equalize and take the lead. Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari’s goals stunned the Argentines, and forced Scaloni to make changes.

It was only a one-hit wonder performance from the Saudi team, but one for the record books.

2. Japan vs Germany

Then there was Japan. They shocked the four-time World Cup champion after they again behind to a penalty against four-time winners Germany but going on to win by the same scoreline as the Saudis did. Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who ply their trade in the Bundesliga, scored the goals with a delicious narrative flourish.

3. Belgium 0-2 Morocco

A vibrant performance from Morocco exposed the aging backline of Roberto Martinez’s side as the Belgian team ranked second in the world fell to 22nd in FIFA ranking Morocco. They went ahead to top Group F ahead of Croatia while Belgium’s tournament ended after they finished third in the group.

4. France 0-1 Tunisia

Even though Didier Deschamps made nine changes to the team that faced Tunisia, it did reveal some gaps in the Armour of the defending World champions, France. Their loss was still unexpected.

5. Brazil 0-1 Cameroon

Brazil’s Coach also made nine changes to the starting lineup that faced Cameroon but they were not immune to a surprise result. The win though was not enough to get Cameroon into the round of 16 of the tournament.

In the end, nations from six continents made the knockout stages for the first time. As the knock out stage resumes on Saturday, will wait to see if there would be more upsets.

Brazil 4-1 South Korea: Samba Boys Advance After Beating South Korea. Neymar, Richarlison On Target

Goals from Vinicius Junior, Neymar Junior, Richarlison Andrade and Lucas Paqueta have fired Brazil to the quarter finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after they defeated South Korea 4-1.

Vinicius Jr opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the game when he fired home from inside the penalty area. Neymar then added the second from the penalty spot, before Richarlison scored one of the goals of the tournament to make it three.

Paqueta got in on the act before the half-time break, volleying in Vinicius Jr’s lobbed assist. Paik Seung-ho pulled one back for South Korea.

South Korea improved after the break and got their consolation, but the game was long since up.

South Korea have got a few men sitting deep for the counter, but it is clear they are looking to move the ball upwards through the flanks.

They tried numerous times to break down the Brazilian backline, but have struggled to create chances in this half. They made an absolute mess of playing out from the back, very bold to still be doing that.

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FULL TIME: BRAZIL 4-1 SOUTH KOREA

It’s all over at Stadium 974 as Brazil come away with a ruthless 4-1 victory over South Korea to setup a quarter-final matchup with Croatia.

SECOND HALF: BRAZIL 4-1 SOUTH KOREA

GOAL! Korea on the board!

76′ Brazil 4-1 South Korea

It’s a screamer!

Dani Alves still at it

Dani Alves is on! Not sure where the introduction of a 39-year-old sits on Roy Keane’s scale of opposition disrespect, but good to have a wise old head on to see this one safely over the line.

Chance for Raphinha, Brazil sub

63′ Brazil 4-0 South Korea

A beautiful team move started by Casemiro sees Neymar play Raphinha into the box. Raphinha shoots from close range but Kim Seung-gyu makes another good save.

Tite makes his first change of the night:

Dani Alves comes on, replacing Eder Militao, who was a booking away from a suspension.

50 mins: Casemiro with a lovely ball out wide, Raphinha running onto it.

Looks to play the ball into the box, blocked and bounces back off him, rolling behind for a goal-kick.

HALF-TIME: BRAZIL 4-0 SOUTH KOREA

45+1 mins: Five minutes added on.

Another stunning Brazil move, Raphinha flicks it through to Paqueta who tries to be far too clever with the finish and just scoops it out to the goalkeeper.

Had to blast that with his right foot, would probably have been 5

GOAL! Brazil 4-0 South Korea | Lucas Paqueta 36′

BRAZIL ARE RUNNING RIOT!

This is a ridiculous performance. Comes down the left this time, Vinicius flicking the ball into the box.

Paqueta runs onto it and volleys into the bottom corner. Too easy.

GOAL! Brazil 3-0 South Korea | Richarlison 29′

STUNNING GOAL!

That is genuinely outrageous. Casemiro lifts the ball into the box, Richarlison juggles it on his head a few times just for fun.

They then bring it down, lovely one-touch passing cuts South Korea open and Richarlison finishes it off.

GOAL! Brazil 2-0 South Korea | Neymar 13′

IT’S TWO!

Neymar takes an age to start his run up, and with the most nonchalant finish ever he rolls it into the bottom corner. Outrageously cool.

PENALTY BRAZIL!

This is falling apart for South Korea at a rapid rate.

Jung kicks through Richarlison, as he looked to clear the ball up the pitch. Brazil forward got there first and poked it away.

Not a huge amount of contact really, but just about enough.

GOAL! Brazil 1-0 South Korea | Vinicius Jr 7′

That’s the perfect start. Raphinha in down the right, cut back goes through everyone and finds Vinicius. Takes a touch and then curls it into the far corner. Wonderful finish.

As always, South Korea’s collective fortunes rest squarely on the shoulders of their talisman Son Heung-min.

The Tottenham forward put in a sterling performance in their previous match against Portugal, providing the vital assist to Hwang Hee-Chan’s winner in stoppage time.

The Taegeuk Warriors will need another influential performance from him if they are to knock out the Brazilians.

The South Koreans will aim to pull off yet another World Cup 2022 shock when they take on five-time champions Brazil in Monday’s last-16 showdown at Stadium 974.

The Selecao finished top of Group G on goal difference, while Paulo Bento’s men stunned Portugal on the final day in Group H to qualify for the knockouts in second place.

Brazil attempting to reach their 8th consecutive World Cup Quarter Final and their 17th Quarter Final in the World Cup Finals.

South Korea attempting to reach only their 2nd quarter final, their first outside of their own hosted World Cup Finals.

The winner will play Croatia in the quarter-finals, after they edged Japan on penalties earlier today.

France 3-1 Poland: Giroud Scores, Becomes France’s all-time goalscorer; France Through To Q/Final As Poland Crashes Out, Mbappe Bags Brace, Lewandoski On Target

It is the end of the road for Poland in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup, after goals from Oliver Giroud and Kylie Mbappe truncated their move to the quarter final.

Mbappe’s goal started with Griezmann hacking the ball clear near his own six-yard box to set the front-three away. Proof of his new No8 role and how he’s happy to do the dirty work. He adds the cherry on top of this French victory with another in the 91 minutes.

France will either play England or Senegal.

They had a couple of scary moments in the first half, but after the break Mbappe came to life and he’s fired them into the quarter-finals. Giroud’s record-breaking goal set the French on course for victory earlier on. Lewandowski scored a late consolation from the penalty spot.

As at 85 minutes, life appears to have been drained from Poland, now, and from this game as a contest, in truth.

Poland got their goal but were well out-classed in that second half. The French players go over to their fans at the end and look delighted to progress.

Lewandowski had initially missed a penalty… but the referee pulls it back for encroachment. Or maybe Lloris was off his line? Either way, he however got a second chance at scoring his second World Cup goal.

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SECOND HALF: FRANCE 3-1 Poland

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL: Kylie Mbappe

Dembele’s Move

Dembele opts to pull it right back to Mbappe on the edge of the box. Surely a ball across the goal-face would have done the trick, there? Mbappe miscontrols. Yes, you read that right.

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Upemecano’s Moves

Upemecano has been really impressive all tournament at the back for France. He makes a superbly timed challenge.

Bereszynski gets booked

The Pole picks up a yellow for a sliding challenge on Dembele. He argues he got the ball but the referee isn’t listening.

Griezmann tests Szczesny from the resulting free-kick but the keeper punches it clear.

Time for some more pictures…

No football for a few minutes or so, so enjoy these highlights of the first half while we’re making a cup of tea.

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It’s 1-0 at the break.

Just that one moment of excellence separates the sides – a through-ball from Mbappe and a fine swivel and finish from the record-breaker, Giroud.

Poland had their chances and will feel slightly unfortunate. The French quality has just about shone through.

GOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL: Giroud puts France ahead in 44th mins

What timing from the French to find their goal just before the break – and it’s an historic one for the ex Arsenal and Chelsea man, who turned and found the bottom corner, to become his nation’s record goalscorer.

Poland holding onto it

Czeslaw Michniewicz’ team have grown into this game and had their first period of sustained possession. Frankowski has a shot blocked inside the box but positive signs for the team in white.

25 mins: France 0-0 Poland 

France dominating possession

Les Blues have had around 70% in this opening 15 minutes and have been putting some pressure on that Polish defence. Dembele gets another shot away at Szczesny’s goal, but it’s too close to him and the keeper dives on it.

Tchouameni shoots from distance

Poland allow him time on the ball 25 yards out and the midfielder launches a shot on Szczesny’s goal. The keeper can only parry as there’s some serious venom on it.

Dembele blocked shot

Mbappe once again causes chaos down that Polish right flank. He flashes a shot across goal which Dembele eventually gets a hold of, but his shot at Szczesny’s goal is blocked.

12 mins: France 0-0 Poland

France get us underway wearing their usual blue and white kit, playing left to right on your screens. Poland have donned a white shirt with red shorts.

Here we go.

France can this afternoon become the third team to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup when they meet Poland in Al Thumama Stadium.

The 2018 winners are the first reigning champions to reach the knockout stage at a World Cup since Brazil in 2006.

This afternoon’s kick-off pits Kylian Mbappe’s defending champions against Robert Lewandoski’s Poles, who qualified for the last-16 despite largely failing to impress in Qatar so far.

They sealed qualification with a game to spare before a surprise 1-0 loss to Tunisia in their final group game.

Poland finished ahead of Mexico on goal difference as they progressed from Group C as runners-up to Argentina, to whom they lost 2-0 in their final group fixture.

GOAL GALORE! Costa Rica 2-4 Germany; Los Ticos, Germany Crash Out Despite Havertz Brace; Japan 2-1 Spain: Samurai Top Group E After Beating Spain

The Samurai of Japan finished top of Group E after fighting to a 2-1 victory over Spain to reach the Round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Germany will be going home after failing to qualify for the round of 16.

Costa Rica are also out of the World Cup! Again, Germany fell in the group-stage despite Havertz’s brace to put them back in front here is in vain.

Germany did their best but they were always relying on a favour from Spain, which was not forthcoming. Goals from Havertz, Fullkrug and Gnabry meant they won this game, but the damage was done in that opening defeat to the Japanese.

Los Ticos put on a good account of themselves at this World Cup, and can be proud of what they’ve done.

Both Costa Rica and Germany played a frantic game from start to finish, both in the positive and negative sense, letting Costa Rica into the next round and out of it, putting themselves within touching distance and then as far away as possible. ​​​​​​​

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KICK-OFF: Japan 2-1 Spain

KICK-OFF: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany

GOAL! Costa Rica 2-3 Germany | Kai Havertz 85′

GERMANY BACK IN FRONT!

They’re doing all they can. Gnabry with a great cross in, Havertz there at the back post to finish well.

One goal from Spain now and Germany will be through.

GOAL! Costa Rica 2-1 Germany | Juan Pablo Vargas 70′

Costa Rica free-kick, they’ll put this into the box. One goal away from sending themselves through and Spain out.

AND THEY HAVE IT! COSTA RICA TAKE THE LEAD!

Incredible. Lobbed into the box, it’s an absolute mess in the six-yard box but Vargas finds a way to bundle it in.

GOAL! Costa Rica 2-1 Germany | Juan Pablo Vargas 70′

Costa Rica free-kick, they’ll put this into the box. One goal away from sending themselves through and Spain out.

AND THEY HAVE IT! COSTA RICA TAKE THE LEAD!

Incredible. Lobbed into the box, it’s an absolute mess in the six-yard box but Vargas finds a way to bundle it in.

GOAL! Costa Rica 1-1 Germany | Yeltsin Tejeda 58′

ASTONISHING! COSTA RICA ARE LEVEL!

Fuller with the ball in, initial header is saved but it’s just pushed out to Tejeda who hammers it into the empty net.

Germany are heading out of the World Cup!

Another Goalllllllll For Japan (49 mins)

Tanaka puts Japan ahead!

It’s that man Doan again. His ball across the face of the goal is kept in by Mitoma who’s pass is bundled in by Tanaka.

49 mins: Japan 2-1 Spain

Goallllllllllllllll!

Doan scores the equaliser for Japan!

The changes pay immediate dividends – Japan are level!

Unai Simon hasn’t covered himself in glory here. The Spain goalkeeper is loose in possession, not for the first time this evening, and plays a rather formless pass out to the left.

Ritsu Doan picks it up, cuts infield and unfurls a fierce strike from 25 yards. Simon gets both gloves to it, but can only palm into the back of the net.

HALF TIME! JAPAN 1-1 SPAIN

HT: Costa Rica 0-1 Germany

Real chance for Costa Rica to break right at the end of the half, Campbell slows it up though and the half-time whistle goes. What a waste.

Well Germany were utterly dominant for about 99% of that half, could have been four or five goals up.

But Costa Rica should really have equalised through Fuller… somehow they’re still in this! Gnabry’s goal the only difference at half-time.

Spain dominating possession

Even by the standards of Spain’s possession-stye football, the possession stats from the game are eye-popping. Japan’s players have barely held on to the ball.

Japan can’t keep hold of the ball

We all know Spain are good on the ball but they are equally adept at winning the ball back. Japan haven’t been able to string more than a couple of passes together in the Spain half.

33 mins: Japan 0-1 Spain

Musiala puts it well wide

He wriggles past a couple of defenders before shooting from around 15 yards, but it’s nowhere near the far side of the goal he was aiming for.

38 mins: Costa Rica 0-1 Germany 

GOAL! 11 mins: Costa Rica 0-1 Germany

Gnabry puts his team ahead with a close range header! Raum supplied the assist with an inviting cross from the right hand side.

Goal! 11 mins: Japan 0-1 Spain 

Morata scores for Spain!

Japan 0-0 Spain, 1 minute

Japan begin with a back five, with Junya Ito on the right and Yuto Nagatomo on the left, both immediately withdrawn into defensive positions. A second bank of four sit in front of them – Daizen Maeda could have a long night of chasing up front.

All-female referee team

It’s an historic night in the Al Bayt stadium as an all-female refereeing team will oversee a match at the World Cup for the first time. France’s Stéphanie Frappart is the one with the cards in her pocket, and is supported by Neuza Back of Brazil and Mexico’s Karen Díaz Medina.

A win would mean Spain will retain the top spot in Group E, but a loss could threaten their chances of qualification if Germany beat Costa Rica by a massive margin.

But Spain has registered a win against Asian opponents in their previous 5 encounters a streak they would like to continue.

Tunisia 1-0 France: Shocking! Tunisia Stun France, Win 1-0, Kahzri Scores; Australia 1-0 Denmark: Leckie’s Goal Pushes Australia Through, Griezman’s Late Goal Cancelled

Whabi Khazri’s 53rd minutes goal gave Tunisia the moment they have been waiting for, as they defeated the two-time champions, France. Fofana was dispossessed before the ball works its way to the Tunisian striker, who glides past Varane and beats Mandanda to put the Eagles of Carthage ahead.

Also, Australia break through Leckie with a stunning goal, who turns Denmark inside and out before a brilliant finish.

Australia have qualified for the last five World Cups, but they only got past the group stage once – in 2006, when they crashed out to eventual champions Italy in the round of 16.

If the current scores hold with draws in the Australia-Denmark and France-Tunisia games, the Socceroos will return to the knockout stage for the first time in 16 years.

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KICK-OFF AT AL JANOUB STADIUM

Australia 1-0 Denmark

KICK-OFF AT EDUCATION CITY STADIUM

Tunisia 1-0 France

GOAL! Australia 1-0 Denmark (Matthew Leckie 57mins)

57:00 – Stunning goal as Australia break through Leckie, who turns Denmark inside and out before a brilliant finish.

GOALLLLLLLLLLL! (Khazri 53 Mins)

Khazri scores to give Tunisia the moment they have been waiting for. The Eagles of Carthage are ahead!

Second half under way!

France get the ball rolling again. Tunisia were the better side in the first period but failed to convert their industry into an opening goal.

France have already qualified for the last 16 but will be keen to finish top of Group D and will want to play with more cohesion in the next 45 minutes.

With Deschamps shuffling his pack for tonight’s fixture, making nine changes from Saturday’s 2-1 win over Denmark, plenty of those on the pitch will want to put a case forward for selection as the tournament progresses.

They have 45 minutes left to do so.

HALF TIME: Tunisia 0-0 France goalless

The other Group D game, between France and Tunisia at Education City Stadium, remains scoreless as the first half edges towards an end.

Tunisia appear to be on the offensive against a French side that resting key players, including Kylian Mbappe.

As things stand, Denmark still need a victory to qualify, and a draw would be good enough for Australia. But a goal by Tunisia against France would change the calculas.

Guendouzi’s bad pass sums up France’s half

France were looking to embark on an attack which just petered out as Guendouzi passed the ball into no-man’s land. Like Guendouzi’s pass, France have lacked cohesion in this half.

41 mins: Tunisia 0-0 France 

Duke gives away free-kick

A feisty barge on Maehle sends the Dane flying but the subsequent delivery from Eriksen is easily headed away by the Aussies.

39 mins: Australia 0-0 Denmark

Mandanda produces cool save

Khazri produces a clean and well struck effort from outside the area. He forces an alert save from Mandanda. There is some shoving in the area after the corner and France will play out from the back.

Eriksen doing his thing

Skov Olsen half chance

The forward plays a one-two on the edge of the box but can only scuff his shot at Ryan. All started from Maehle drifting inside from his left hand berth and finding space.

26 mins: Australia 0-0 Denmark

France struggling in attack

France have struggled to get into the Tunisia penalty area. Camavinga tries to find Kolo Muani but his pass is misplaced.

24 mins: Tunisia 0-0 France 

Australia can’t keep the ball

It’s nearly all being played in their third since kickoff, with Denmark slowly putting the pressure on their opponents. Eriksen takes a free-kick from distance but Denmark are penalised for being offside.

Two-time winners France are competing at the 16th World Cup. Tunisia was the first African country to win a game at the World Cup when they beat Mexico in 1978.

With qualification to the round of 16 secure, France have unsurprisingly opted to rest a number of players including Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

With Tunisia unlikely to get three points against France in the other Group D match, a draw would probably be enough to see Australia through to the knockout stages for only the second time in their history. Win and they will definitely progress, no matter what happens in the other fixture

Australia XI: Matthew Ryan, Miloš Degenek, Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree, Craig Goodwin, Mathew Leckie, Mitchell Duke.

Denmark XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Rasmus Kristensen, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Joakim Maehle, Jesper Lindstrøm, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Skov Olsen.

Full Time: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland: Casemiro’s Late Goal Fires Selecao To Knockout Stage

A late goal from Carlos Casemiro at the 83rd minutes in the second half fired the Selecao of Brazil to the knockout stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup game. Casemiro puts Brazil in front with an audacious outside of the boot strike. The defensive midfielder showing his more attacking teammates how it’s done there.

Swiss became hearts broken after the ball drops to Casemiro, who lets the ball bounce and sends a rocket of a half-volley into the back of the net.

Brazil fans are enjoying the good atmosphere as they’re going through to the next round with a bit to spare. This would be the first time they’ve had two wins in the first two games since they won it in 2002.

Brazil will let out a sigh of relief that they managed to get over the line in this game, as it looked for much of it that it would go down to the last day to secure qualification.

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FULL TIME: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland

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Richarlison’s goal disallowed

67 mins: Richarlison was found to have been quite comfortably offside earlier in the build-up to the goal, with it the same phase of play and thus VAR rightly intervened.

64 mins: BRAZIL LEAD!

Changes afoot (60 mins)

Gelson Fernandes and Renato Steffan come on for Switzerland with Vargas and Rieder replaced.

Fred is off for Bruno Guimarães for Brazil.

Fred goes into the ref’s book

A trip on Sow as Switzerland were looking to fit Brazil on the counter is enough for the Man United player to be the next one cautioned. Can have no arguments, really.

The Swiss go up the other end and almost get a shot way but for several Brazilians throwing their bodies in the way of it.

Rieder’s Booking

50 mins: Rieder leaves an arm on Rodrygo in a bid to make his mark on the substitute and he takes the first booking of the game.

Half-time! Brazil 0-0 Switzerland

Brazil started the brighter side but the Swiss grew into this game the further the half went on and will certainly be pleased that we’re still level. Tite’s team need a spark and that injury to Neymar looks worse right now, even if they have the depth in attacking positions to still go far in this World Cup.

It’s nice to keep busy.

Brazil’s forwards are certainly making sure Switzerland’s Yann Sommer doesn’t get bored in goal

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CHANCE SWITZERLAND!

40 mins: Smart play down the left and Vargas almost spins Silva in the six-yard box! Alisson comes off his line to gather. A fright for Brazil.

So Far

31 mins: We’ve not seen much from Raphinha at all and he gets going at full pelt, cutting in from the right wing.

A powerful shot is aimed straight at Sommer’s midriff from 30 yards. Comfortable save.

Brazil in no rush

Tite’s side are playing like a team that knows that World Cups aren’t won in the group stages.

They gradually probe and pull the Swiss defence around.

A draw wouldn’t be a terrible result for either, but don’t shout that one too loudly.

Statistics So Far

Switzerland gets us underway wearing red and white, playing right to left on your screens. Brazil weaning their iconic canary yellow jerseys.

Brazil fans at Stadium 974

Brazil line-up

Brazil XI: Alisson; Militao, Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, Richarlison.

Fred In

A conservative move by Tite as Fred comes in to anchor the midfield alongside Casemiro. That means Lucas Paqueta will step into attacking midifeld to support Raphinha, Richarlison and Vinicius Jr in attack.

Eder Militao repalces the injured Danilo in defence.

Today’s Swiss line-up

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Rieder, Sow; Embolo, Vargas.

FULL TIME: Belgium 0-2 Morocco: Ziyech Denied As Aboukhlal And Sabiri’s Goals Sink Red Devils

A late goal from Zakaria Aboukhlal and another one from Abdelhamid Sabiri, in the 92nd and 73rd minutes of the second half put the Atlas Lions on the top as they won their game against The Red Devils of Belgium in the round two of the Group F game.

Just like Ziyech earlier, Sabiri’s free-kick goes through the crowd and Saiss puts off Courtois as it goes in – only this time he’s onside!

In the 75th minutes, Belgium responded with Trossard and De Ketelaere on for Thorgan Hazard and the woeful Batshuayi was unable to deliver for the team.

The referee blows the final whistle and Al Thumama bursts into life as Morocco have beaten second-ranked Belgium to seal a famous 2-0 victory.

It really was a match of two halves, as Belgium by all accounts dominated the first one before Morocco, most likely due to the late disallowed goal towards the end of the half, wrested control back from the Europeans.

They continued to threaten the Belgian end as the match wore on, and once Sabiri broke the deadlock they began to believe more and more.

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FULL TIME: Belgium 0-2 Morocco

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GOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL: Goal from A. Sabiri puts Morocco ahead of Belgium.

Soon after those substitutions are made, a corner is won on the left side and the change has done the trick.

Sabiri, who is tasked with taking it, curls in a lovely attempt at the far post which beats Courtois all ends up.

Lukaku warming up for action

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Morocco fans fans doing their part

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Courtois’ eardrums are taking a good old beating thanks to sea of red and green fans behind his goal.

They are whistling and cheering loudly without a break. Not surprising that the Real Madrid shotstopper is keeping a highline whenever possible.

Perhaps he wants to give his ears a much-needed reprieve.

Double substitution for Belgium

Martinez wisely decides a change is needed. On come Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans for Eden Hazard and Amadou Onana.

61 mins: Belgium 0-0 Morocco

CHANCE MOROCCO!

56 mins: Case in point!

Boufal beats Meunier with a fine piece of skill and whips a shot towards the far post… it’s only just wide!

Explaining the disallowed goal

So, let’s explain that disallowed goal: Ziyech’s free-kick from the right beat everybody and looked to be the opener.

But Saiss was offside and surely interfered with play as he went for a header but narrowly missed the ball.

VAR called Cesar Ramos over to confirm he felt that Saiss was interfering, and the goal was chalked off.

A tight game

Morocco have grown into the game and will take heart from that solid finish to the half.

Batshuayi and Hakimi have had the best chances for either side, Belgium unable to make their early domination pay.

Half Time: Belgium 0-0 Morocco

VAR check disallows goal

Ziyech sends in a lovely strike which beats Courtois to nestle into the bottom right corner.

Seems as though the ball grazed Courtois’ right side as it beat him.

There is a VAR check for possible goal intereference as he did seem to be caught out when the ball went in.

The referee checks and it is deemed that the goal will not stand.

Courtois hasn’t had much to do

Thebaut Courtois was Belgium’s best player in their first game against Canada. His string of saves kept a spirited Canada side at bay. But so far, he’s been relatively untroubled by Morocco.

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Who do you think will score first?

35 mins: Still Belgium 0-0 Morocco

MOROCCO CHANCE!

35 mins: Hakimi bombs into the box and goes with a lash at goal… over the bar!

A good, quick attack from the Atlas Lions.

Onana’s Move

Onana sends an overhit through ball into touch and that early Belgian pressure has just subsided somewhat.

Is De Bruyne not confident about the Belgian team?

Ziyech lets one fly

Morocco’s first crack at goal comes courtesy of a Ziyech long-distance strike from well outside the box.

Unfortunately it has just a bit too much elevation on it to trouble Courtois.

Belgium are starting to take control (18 mins)

The Belgian players are taking their time spreading safe, close passes to each other bringing loud whistling from the Moroccan fans.

It’s starting to get dark inside the stadium. The floodlights have been switched on.
The whistling goes few notches up whenever Kevin De Bruyne has the ball. Perhaps the Moroccan fans know the Manchester City maestro is deadly on the ball.

Moroccan support in Brussels

A youth centre close to the canal in central Brussels. About 50 teenagers and people in their 20s are seated in front of a large screen, many of them of Moroccan background. They’ve brought bags of candy and Moroccan flags. Lots of excited chatter and cheering for the Morocco team.

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Ziyech is key

Hakim Ziyech hardly gets a look in at Chelsea but he’s arguably Morocco’s most important player. The winger is such a focal point of this Moroccan attack.

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Kick-off!

Mexican referee Cesar Ramos blows his whistle and we are underway in Doha!

Time for the national anthems

Morocco fans are hear in big numbers and they belt out ‘The Cherifian Anthem’ with gusto.

A great shot of Hakim Ziyech, his eyes closed as he breathes in the moment, on the cameras as a fantastic delivery of that anthem plays out.

The atmosphere is building in Doha

This Morocco World Cup promo clip is enough to get any fan’s blood pumping for the World Cup

Countdown to kick-off

Belgium’s Line up

Morocco’s Starting XI