BREAKING: Luis Enrique Leaves Spain Job After Morocco Defeat at the World Cup

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have announced that Luis Enrique will no longer be the manager of the Spanish national team, effective immediately.

Luis Enrique took over the Spanish national team in 2018 following the World Cup in Russia and with a brief break in 2019. Previously his spell was considered fairly successful, reaching the semi-final of the Euros, but their dramatic exit on penalties to Morocco in the World Cup Round of 16 meant that a renewal of his contract was not considered by the RFEF.

The Asturian was thanked by the RFEF for his work, deciding that a ‘new project’ was needed in order to progress the Spain side. As of yet, they have not announced a successor.

Their full statement reads below.

The RFEF would like to thank Luis Enrique and his entire coaching staff at the helm of the senior national team in recent years.

The sports management of the RFEF has transferred to the president a report in which it is determined that a new project should start for the Spanish Football Team, with the aim of continuing with the growth achieved in recent years thanks to the work carried out by Luis Enrique and his collaborators. Both the president, Luis Rubiales, and the Sporting Director, José Francisco Molina, have communicated the decision to the coach.

The Asturian coach managed to give a new impetus to the national team since his arrival, in 2018, through a profound renewal that has consolidated a generational change in the team and in Spanish football.

Luis Enrique qualified for two Final Four of the UEFA Nations League, of the three he played as coach; and reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 with his own stamp and through a defined style. He opted for young talent and has sown hope for the future of the Spanish team.

The RFEF energetically wishes Luis Enrique and his team the best of luck in their future professional projects. The coach has earned the love and admiration of his team in the national team and of the entire Federation, which will always be his home.

Portugal 6-1 Switzerland: Outstanding Goncalo Ramos bags the first 2022 World Cup hattrick as Ronaldo’s men send Swiss home

Portugal have sent Switzerland packing from the 2022 Fifa World Cup with a n emphatic 6-1 victory. Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines before the game because he was benched but that did not change anything as his team went on to deliver a stellar performance.

It was a good night for Goncalo Ramos as he bagged the first hattrick at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in his first Start for Portugal. Ramos was a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Goal! Portugal 6-1 Switzerland

That is outrageous! Charges away down the left, chops inside onto his right foot and curls a sublime finish into the far corner. Sommer didn’t bother moving.

Goal! Portugal 5-1 Switzerland

The first hat-trick of the World Cup, what a story. Ramos in on goal, dinks it over Sommer and it trickles over the line. Brilliant finish, brilliant performance.

Goal! Portugal 4-1 Switzerland

Switzerland corner, Ramos flicks it on in his own box and Akanji is there at the back post to turn it home. Three more needed.

Goal! Portugal 4-0 Switzerland

That is a wonderful move from Portugal, who are playing some incredible football. Fernandes slides it through to Guerreiro, and the left-back lifts it into the roof of the net.

Goal! Portugal 3-0 Switzerland

Ramos’ dream night continues, he has a second. Low cross into the near post, he gets across his man and pokes it through Sommer.

Second Half

We’re up and running for the second-half!

Half-time

That’s half-time, a pretty perfect 45 minutes for Portugal. Ramos and Pepe with the goals, Santos’ team selection has paid off. Could well have been a wider lead too. Switzerland with a second-half mountain to climb.

Goal! Portugal 2-0 Switzerland

That’s terrible from Switzerland. Corner whipped in, Pepe free six yards out and he powers the header home.

Goal! Portugal 1-0 Switzerland

His first international start and it’s a stunning finish from Goncalo Ramos! Tight angle, but somehow he’s absolutely blasted a left-footed strike into the top corner. Sommer didn’t move as it flew in at his near post.

Kick Off!

Portugal v Switzerland for a place in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals. There’s been plenty of pre-match close-ups on substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, who is cheered when his face is shown on the big screen during the national anthem

Starting XI

Ronaldo is dropped to the bench, with Ramos coming in to the lead the line instead. The 37-year-old will not be impressed, that much we do know.

Cancelo also misses out in a surprise move, with Guerreiro coming in at left-back and Dalot on the right. For Switzerland, Sommer is fit to start but it’s Schar and Akanji at centre-back, with Elvedi not in the side.

England 3-0 Senegal: Kane, Saka shine as Three Lions thrash Champions of Africa >>>

The Three Lions of England thrashed the Teranga Lions of Senegal 3-0 in order to set up a game against France in the Quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Jude Bellingham cut a beautiful ball back for Henderson to open the scoring in the 36th minute. Harry Kane finally scored his first goal in Qatar via a wonderful counter attack that started with Jude Bellingham.

Bukayo Saka made it three to secure the quarterfinal tickets and ensure that Senegal return home.

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Goal! England 3-0 Senegal

Saka gets in on the fun for England. They’ve been clinical to say the least… England vs France will be a rollercoaster of a match in the quarterfinal.

Second Half

Things looking much better now for England than they were for the majority of the opening period. Will they continue like in the second half?

Goal! England 2-0 Senegal

Harry Kane scores his first World Cup goal. But it was all Bellingham. What a player.

Goal! England 1-0 Senegal

A breakaway goal – can’t really say they deserved it but pretty clinical. Jordan Henderson slots in from a Jude Bellingham cut back.

Kick Off!

We’re underway. France waiting in the quarter-finals for whoever comes out on top tonight.

Starting XI –

So Rashford, England’s top scorer in Qatar, does indeed miss out despite that brace against Wales in the last match. Saka and Foden start either side of Kane, while Henderson gets the nod in midfield over Mount and Walker starts at right-back.

Mendy comes into midfield for Senegal, pressure on him to deliver with Gueye missing out through suspension.

Cameroon 1-0 Brazil: Aboubakar destroy Samba Boys’ quest for a 100% record, Indomitable Lions eliminated; Serbia 2-3 Switzerland, Swiss through>>>

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon stunned Brazil with a 1-0 victory. A massive win for Cameroon but not enough for them to remain in the tournament as they were eliminated as a result of Switzerland’s win over Serbia.

Goal scorer Aboubakar got sent off after the goal because he took of his shirt forgetting he already had a yellow card before. What a way to exit the World Cup.

Switzerland came clutch with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Serbia to finish second on the Group G table.

Brazil finished top of the group and would face South Korea in the round of 16 stage while Switzerland would slug it out against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

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Goal! Cameroon 1-0 Brazil

ABOUBAKAR!!!! It had to be him! A superb ball from the right is headed in and Cameroon lead Brazil! Repeat: Cameroon lead Brazil.

Goal! Serbia 3-2 Switzerland

It’s 3-2 to Switzerland, would you believe? Freuler has scored after a fantastic team move and the Swiss are back in firm control!

Second Half

…and we are back for the second 45!

Half-time

Only the game between Serbia and Switzerland is giving the fireworks we expected tonight. Brazil and Cameroon have not found their scoring boots.

Goal! Serbia 2-2 Switzerland

Embolo! He could hardly miss after the cross from the right, but a cool finish nonetheless. What a game.

Goal! Serbia 2-1 Switzerland

Vlahovic scores! Goodness me, it’s 2-1 to Serbia, they’ve turned this around in no time. A brilliant left-footed finish.

Goal! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland

They’re level already! It’s that man Mitrovic who finds the equaliser. Serbia win it on the halfway line and the Fulham striker guides home a superb header.

Goal! Serbia 0-1 Switzerland

Shaqiri scores! It’s 1-0 Switzerland and it’s a fine left-footed strike from the right side of the box, after Serbia fail to properly clear. Against the run of play, but the Swiss fans won’t care. Rodriguez’s run down the left created that, and Shaqiri pounced with the ball pinballing around.

Kick Off

Can Brazil become the first and only team to win all three group games at the World Cup in Qatar? If they fail, Cameroon suddenly have a shot at qualifying. We would see how it stands after the first 45 minutes.

Starting XI

Both Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli are in the XI for Brazil! A whopping nine changes from Tite. Daniel Alves (39 years 210 days) is set to become the oldest player to appear in a World Cup game for Brazil in history.

Two new centre-backs for the Lions as Christopher Wooh and Enzo Ebosse come in. There is a spot for Vincent Aboubakar up front in what looks like an attacking formation. Moumi Ngamaleu is on the wing.

Wales 0-3 England: Rashford at the double as Three Lions send Cymru packing; Iran 0-1 USA: Pulisic send Americans through>>>

The Three Lions of England bounced back from their boring draw against USA to beat Wales 3-0. Marcos Rashford was in the form of his life as he bagged a brace that took his goal tally at the 2022 World Cup to 3.

Phil Foden also found the back of the net in his first start for England in Qatar. The win means England are top of group b, as such, they will face Senegal in the round of 16.

USA also qualified to the next round with a lone goal victory over Iran. Christian Pulisic put everything on the line to secure all 3 points for the Americans. They would face the Netherlands in the round of 16.

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Goal! Wales 0-3 England

Brilliant from the Manchester United man. Gets onto a ball over the top, cuts inside onto his left foot and drives into the box. Drills the low effort at goal, through Ward and into the back of the net. Goalkeeper has to do better.

Goal! Wales 0-2 England

Phil Foden doubles the lead even before Wales get themselves together!

Goal! Wales 0-1 England

Marcus Rashford with a magnificent goal!

Second Half

Once again, it’s not exactly been thrilling. Wales will have to go for it at some point – that should open things up. Gareth Bale off at the break…

Half-time

Group B as it stands at HT, USA lead Iran and so would progress with England. Wales would now need to win by four or more goals to go through.

Goal! Iran 0-1 USA

Christian Pulisic converts from Sergino Dest’s headed cross. He hurt himself in the process.

30′ Iran 0-0 USA

USA making all the running. Pulisic and Robinson looking dangerous down the left. 0-0 doesn’t suit them, though.

Rashford Denied! Wales 0-0 England

First incident in this game. Rashford freed by a terrific ball from Kane but Ward makes a great save. 10 minutes in.

Kick Off!

…and so it begins in both games!

Starting XI – Wales vs England

Gareth Southgate has made changes to his side, with Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Jordan Henderson among those coming into the side, while Wales have no choice but to go for it and opt for a back four. Dan James returns to the side, with Gareth Bale and Kieffer Moore also in the front three. 

Starting XI – Iran vs USA

Watch out for Azmoun and Taremi up front for Iran; they were fantastic against Wales and prompted a huge improvement in the performance from the one we saw against England.

USA have recalled Josh Sargent to the starting XI after he was on the bench against England. Their line-up is a touch more attacking, so everything is set up for a thriller at Al Thumama Stadium.

Argentina 2-0 Mexico: Lionel Messi produce a moment of magic to save La Albiceleste’s World Cup campaign, Enzo Fernandez also on target>>>

Argentina has marched on from the traumatic loss to Saudi Arabia with a clutch 2-0 victory over fellow South Americans, Mexico.

What was looking like a gloomy campaign for the Argentines was sparked to life with an extraordinary moment of magic produced by Lionel Messi who smashed a sublime finish from outside the box.

Enzo Fernandez sealed the victory with an emphatic finish at the death. Now Argentina have to beat Poland to ensure qualification for the next round.

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Goal! Argentina 2-0 Mexico

Enzo Fernandez produced an emphatic finish at the death to ensure all three points for Argentina.

Goal! Argentina 1-0 Mexico

 Messi has just struck a wonderful finish from outside the box.

Half-time

That was really tough to watch. Nothing to separate both teams at the end of the first 45.

Kick Off

And so it begins!

Starting XI

Lionel Scaloni is NOT messing around after the loss to Saudi Arabia. Almost half of a team who were unbeaten for 36 games has been dropped!

While Lozano offers pace in-behind, Martino has overlooked a natural centre-forward for tonight’s game. Martinez might be happy

France 2-1 Denmark: Kylian Mbappe bags brace to send France to the knockout stage!

France are the first team through to the knockout stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Denmark. Kylian Mbappe was the hero of the night with two beautiful goals to give France 6 points after two games.

Mbappe’s first goal in the 61st minute was a brilliant combo between him and Theo Hernandez with a sublime one-two pass before the ball rolled into the net. Andreas Christensen equalised 7 minutes later but Kylian Mbappe grabbed his 7th World Cup goal to give France the win.

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Goal! France 2-1 Denmark

Mbappe dragging Les Blues through this match. Griezmann with a brilliant delivery in, Mbappe there at the back post to just bundle it in.

Goal! France 1-1 Denmark

Well then. Well-worked corner, flicked on at the near post and Christsensen is there at the back post to head it home from close range.

Goal! France 1-0 Denmark

And it had to be him. Mbappe drives towards the box, slides it through to Hernandez. The left-back cuts it back to Mbappe, who on the stretch gets there to send the first-time finish past Schmeichel.

Second Half

Up and running again for the second-half. Cornelius off, Braithwaite on to replace him for Denmark.

Half-time

Final moments of the half, Mbappe drifts inside and blasts an effort at goal which smashes into Giroud. Good defending from the striker. France much the better side, look really lively up front, but nothing to show for it.

That Was Hot!

Kick Off!

We’re underway, France looking to be the first team through to the last 16.

Starting XI

So Kounde and Varane come into the French side, with Pavard and Konate dropping out. Hernandez replaces his brother at left-back as expected. The same front four for France that caused Australia so many problems, no surprise there.

For Denmark, Nelsson starts in the middle of the back three as Kjaer misses out. Lindstram, Damsgaard and Cornelius the front three, as they shuffle the pack.

Karim Benzema: France striker out of World Cup 2022 with thigh injury

France striker Karim Benzema is out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after he sustained a thigh injury in training.

Benzema won the 2022 Ballon d’Or, given to the player of the year in world football, after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League and La Liga.

The French national team said he had suffered a thigh problem and would not be able to feature in tournament.

“The whole team shares Karim’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery,” it added.

The French Football Federation said an MRI scan confirmed a thigh muscle injury “which will require a three-week recovery period”.

France are in Group D and play Australia on 22 November, Denmark on 26 November and Tunisia on 30 November.

Head coach Didier Deschamps has until Monday to name a replacement and the injury to 34-year-old Benzema, who has scored 37 times in 97 matches for France, is another blow for the World Cup holders.

They are already without midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante because of injury while Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is trying to be fit to play having missed his past five club matches.

On Wednesday, RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku was ruled out of the tournament after he limped out of training, with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani called up as a replacement.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is one of the potential options who could come in for Benzema, who had been struggling with a thigh problem since October.

The Real Madrid man had played less than half an hour in his club’s past six games.

He underwent medical tests after leaving training injured on Saturday – it was the first time he had taken part in full training session since the World Cup squad came together last week.

“I am extremely sad for Karim who made this World Cup a major goal,” Deschamps said.

“Despite this new setback, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything to meet the immense challenge that awaits us.”

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have just broken the internet with ‘picture of the century’

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been snapped playing chess against one another ahead of the World Cup. The long-time rivals took part in a Louis Vuitton photoshoot which was released just days before the start of football’s biggest tournament.

It showed the pair analysing where to go on a Louis Vuitton bag that was being used as a chess board.

Both men posted similar captions alongside the photo – which the pair shared on Instagram.

They read: “Victory is in the Mind. A long-standing tradition handcrafted trunk-building photographed by @louisvuitton.

The image caused social media to explode as fans lost their minds at seeing Messi and Ronaldo together. The pair have been fighting over the tag of “the greatest of all time” for more than a decade.

Wolves 0-2 Arsenal: Odegaard double bags all three points for Gunners

Gunners have consolidated their spot at the top with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton. Odegaard double was the difference between both sides!

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Goal! Wolves 0-2 Arsenal

That should be that! Martinelli wins the ball back high up, before he finds Zinchenko with a lovely backheel.

The Brazilian is then denied by Sa, comes to Odegaard and he fires home for his second.

Goal! Wolves 0-1 Arsenal

Odegaard comes clutch for the Gunners!

Second Half

…and we are back at it!

Half-time

And that’s half-time – goalless at the break at Molineux.

Jesus with one goal disallowed and another shot that smashed off the bar, while Guedes had a couple of bright moments on the counter for Wolves.

The Gunners certainly not at their best so far.

Kick Off

And so it begins!

Starting XI

Mikel Arteta reverts back to the lineup that beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as expected.

It means Oleksandr Zinchenko starts at left-back, with the usual front three of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus all coming back into the side. Takehiro Tomiyasu misses out on the squad completely.

For Wolves, it appears it could be a back five. In Diego Costa’s absence, it’s Adama Traore and Goncalo Guedes leading the line.

Wolves XI: Sa, Semedo, Kilman, Collins, Gomes, Bueno, Traore, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Guedes.

Subs: Ait Nouri, Podence, Sarkic, Mosquera, Ronan, Nunes, Hodge, Campbell, Lembikisa.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
Subs: Turner, Tierney, Nketiah, Holding, Cedric, Vieira, Nelson, Elneny, Marquinhos.