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.

Ghana 0-2 Uruguay: Arrascaeta brace ELIMINATES the Black Stars, Ayew MISSES Penalty, South Korea 2-1 Portugal: Young-Gwon & Hee-Chan effort give Koreans Knockout Round Slot

The Black Stars of Ghana adventure at the 2022 FIFA World Cup came to an end in the group phase, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of South American side Uruguay on Friday afternoon.

Ghana had a glorious chance to take the lead when the referee awarded a penalty to the Black Stars, only for skipper Andre Ayew to miss from twelve yards. That miss proved costly however as Giorgian de Arrascaeta netted a brace in the first-half to put the Uruguayans ahead and ultimately earn them the three points but it was not enough to get them a place into the knockout rounds of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In our second match of the afternoon, South Korea sealed their passage into the Round-of-16 as they handed Portugal a come-from-behind 2-1 defeat at the Education City Stadium. Ricardo Horta struck for the Selecao before Kim Young-Gwon restored parity for the Asians before the interval. There was drama at the death though, as Hee-Chan Hwang struck late to give Paulo Bento’s side a surprise win and qualification to the latter rounds.

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FULL-TIME AT THE EDUCATION CITY STADIUM: South Korea 2-1 Portugal

FULL-TIME AT THE AL JANOUB STADIUM: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

90+1′ MIN: Hee-Chan Hwang pounced on a loose ball inside the box and beats the goalkeeper with a low shot into the middle of the net.

GOOOAAALLL!!! South Korea 2-1 Portugal (H. Hee-Chan)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AL JANOUB STADIUM: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE EDUCATION CITY STADIUM: South Korea 1-1 Portugal

HALF-TIME AT THE AL JANOUB STADIUM: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

HALF-TIME AT THE EDUCATION CITY STADIUM: South Korea 1-1 Portugal

32′ MIN: Giorgian de Arrascaeta shows good awareness inside the box as he latches on to a brilliant pass and fires a first-time shot into the back of the net. Luis Suarez assisted in the goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Ghana 0-2 Uruguay (G. Arrascaeta)

27′ MIN: Young-Gwon Kim collects the ball deep inside the box from a rebound following the corner kick. He then beats the keeper with a sharp low shot in the middle.

GOOOAAALLL!!! South Korea 1-1 Portugal (K. Young-Gwon)

26′ MIN: An unlucky rebound falls to Giorgian de Arrascaeta and he scores with a bullet header.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Ghana 0-1 Uruguay (G. Arrascaeta)

21′ MIN: Andre Ayew blows a huge chance to score! He sends the penalty to the bottom right corner, but it’s not enough to beat Sergio Rochet who easily stops the effort.

19′ MIN: Here comes the VAR decision: PENALTY to Ghana!

17′ MIN: There’s a break in play and referee Daniel Siebert must have gotten a signal in his ear as he indicates he will check that earlier penalty claim by Ghana using VAR. This could be interesting!

PENALTY MISSED!!!

16′ MIN: PENALTY APPEAL after Mohammed Kudus goes down under a challenge from the goalkeeper. All players chase the referee but he’s not interested in the penalty claim. Play continues.

5′ MIN: Ricardo Horta takes his chance! Diogo Dalot passes the ball to the feet of Ricardo Horta, who has an empty net in front of him and has no problems in tapping the ball in.

GOOOAAALLL!!! South Korea 0-1 Portugal (R. Horta)

KICK-OFF AT THE EDUCATION CITY STADIUM: South Korea 0-0 Portugal

KICK-OFF AT THE AL JANOUB STADIUM: Ghana 0-0 Uruguay

The Selecao have skipper Cristiano Ronaldo in their Starting XI, while influential midfielder Bruno Fernandes will sit this one out. Also, coach Fernando Santos has rested players who are at the risk of incurring a suspension.

Coach Paulo Bento is suspended for this tie but he has named captain Son Heung-Min and the impressive Cho Gue-Sung in his line-up.

Uruguay have reverted to a four-man defence and are stacked with the quartet of Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez.

The Black Stars have in their line-up Inaki Williams, the enterprising Mohammed Kudus and the Ayew brothers – Jordan and Andre.

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.

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.

😵

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.

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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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.

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.