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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Netherlands 2-0 Qatar: Gakpo & De Jong send Oranje Top of Group A, Ecuador 1-2 Senegal: Sarr and Koulibaly fire Teranga Lions into Knockout Rounds

The Netherlands finished as winners of Group A, following a comprehensive 2-0 victory over hosts Qatar at the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Man of the moment Cody Gakpo fired the Oranje ahead in the 26th minute, while midfielder Frenkie de Jong scored in the second period to make the points safe for Louis van Gaal’s side as they topped Group A with seven points.

In our second feature match of the day, The Teranga Lions of Senegal secured passage into the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a tense 2-1 win against Ecuador.

Coach Aliou Cisse’s men had two great opportunities in the early stages of the opening half but they fluffed their lines. They made amends when Ismaila Sarr scored from the penalty spot, after he was felled by Piero Hincapie.

The Ecuadorians found the equalizer in the second period through Moises Caicedo in the 68th minute, but their joy was short-lived as Kalidou Kolibaly struck only two minutes later (70th minute) as Senegal finished runners-up in Group A behind the Netherlands with six points.

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FULL-TIME AT THE AL KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal

FULL-TIME AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar

70′ MIN: Kalidou Koulibaly was in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box and gleefully rifles the ball into the left side of the goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Ecuador 1-2 Senegal (K. Koulibaly)

68′ MIN: The resulting corner is whipped into the box and Moises Caicedo buries the ball into the back of the net from a Felix Torres knock down.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Ecuador 1-1 Senegal (M. Caicedo)

49′ MIN: Frenkie de Jong was in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box and gleefully rifles the ball into the right side of the goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Netherlands 2-0 Qatar (F. de Jong)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AL KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: Ecuador 0-1 Senegal

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Netherlands 1-0 Qatar

HALF-TIME AT THE AL KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: Ecuador 0-1 Senegal

HALF-TIME AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Netherlands 1-0 Qatar

44′ MIN: Ismaila Sarr makes no mistake from the spot, as he converts to give the West Africans the lead.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Ecuador 0-1 Senegal (I. Sarr)

42′ MIN: Piero Hincapie has been adjudged to have brought down Ismaila Sarr down in the area and the centre referee Clement Turpin blows for a spot-kick. Great chance to score for Senegal!

PENALTY!!! To Senegal

26′ MIN: Cody Gakpo scores his third goal of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The rising star makes a yard for himself after a well-taken pass inside the box and nets inside the right post.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Netherlands 1-0 Qatar (C. Gakpo)

KICK-OFF AT THE AL KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: Ecuador 0-0 Senegal

KICK-OFF AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Netherlands 0-0 Qatar

The Teranga Lions attack lines will be led by Boulaye Dia and Ismaila Sarr. Skipper Kalidou Koulibaly will marshal the defence while Edouard Mendy is in goal for coach Aliou Cisse’s men.

Ecuador’s line-up includes the skipper of the side and the scorer of the country’s last six goals at the FIFA World Cup Enner Valencia, while Brighton’s duo of Pervis Estupinan and Moises Caicedo are in the Starting XI.

Qatar’s Starting line-up set to battle the Netherlands at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Oranje boss Louis Van Gaal has named Memphis Depay and Cody Gakpo in the starting line-up. Also, regular faces such as Frenkie de Jong, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Davy Klaasen are in the XI.

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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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.

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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.

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

GGGGGOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Brazil 1-0 Switzerland | Casemiro

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.

Spain 1-1 Germany: Super-Sub Fullkrug SALVAGES point for Die Maanschaft, Morata nets for La Furia Roja

Four-time champions Germany are on the brink of elimination from the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stages, following an entertaining 1-1 draw with European heavyweights Spain at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday night.

The Spaniards dominated possession as expected but it was substitute Alvaro Morata who put the 2010 champions ahead in the 62nd minute.

La Furia Roja’s lead lasted around twenty minutes as another substitute Niclas Fullkrug levelled the tie for Hansi Flick’s men. The game finished 1-1 but Germany do not have their fate in their own hands as they need to win their last group match and hope that results go their way elsewhere.

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FULL-TIME AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Spain 1-1 Germany

83′ MIN: Another substitute Niclas Fullkrug brings the four-time World Champions level.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Spain 1-1 Germany (N. Fullkrug)

62′ MIN: Substitute Alvaro Morata fires Spain into the lead.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Spain 1-0 Germany (A. Morata)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Spain 0-0 Germany

There has been nothing to separate both sides in the first half, though Antonio Rudiger’s goal from a free-kick was rightly cancelled for offside.

HALF-TIME AT AL BAYT STADIUM: Spain 0-0 Germany

KICK-OFF AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Spain 0-0 Germany

Germany boss Hansi Flick has called upon veteran Thomas Muller, after the Bayern Munich attacker sat out their opening 2-1 defeat to Japan. Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry will also lead the frontline for the Germans.

Luis Enrique has named youngsters Pedri and Gavi in his line-up. Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres are in the XI as well.

The venue for tonight’s epic battle between Spain and Germany – The Al Bayt Stadium.

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

GGOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Belgium 0-2 Morocco | Aboukhlal

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.

Belgium vs Morocco, Group F, FIFA World Cup 2022, November 27, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

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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

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.