A piece of blue sky
Everyone is looking for their left back
In 2010, Patrice Evra hunted ” the mole “ in Knysna and without ever finding her anywhere else. Twelve years after the South African fiasco and in a completely different context, The Blues are looking for a liner for Théo Hernandez, the only professional left-back since his brother Théo’s injury. On Wednesday, Dayot Upamecano had thrown around the names of Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembélé, but it all smacks of a bet between colleagues. Just listen to Dembele’s reaction.
This Thursday, Matteo Guendouzi dropped another song, this time more credible. The Marseilles has “cheated” the secret of the match played behind closed doors the day before by the substitutes against a local team. “Cama played this role, because few players can be in this position and we don’t have many left-handers. He was very good, he scored a beautiful goal by the way.”, explains the former Arsenal. “Cama” is Eduardo Camavinga, midfielder of Real Madrid.
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England – United States
After a demonstration and celebration of opening goals against Iran (6-2) on Monday, England will try to validate its ticket for the knockout phase on Friday. The Three Lions face the United States at 8 p.m. at Al-Bayt Stadium, a priori the most dangerous Group B opponent of which they are favourites. And Gareth Southgate’s men should be able to count on their captain and striker, Harry Kane, victim of a tough tackle against Iran and uncertain weather ahead of the meeting. Which brightens up a game that promises to be explosive against a vengeful Team USA, disappointed with the first round result (1-1 against Wales) and who will have to catch up to hope to go far.
Prior to this key match, the Netherlands will also try to qualify for the final phase. Moderately convincing against Senegal, the Orange had to wait the last fifteen minutes for a win (2-0) and will have to be wary of Ecuador, against whom it will face at 5 p.m.
pedal to the metal
Richarlison treats, Neymar grimaces
Brazil had an evening together. If the Seleçao is worried about Neymar’s sprained ankle, it nevertheless managed to participate in the tournament by Serbia (2-0). Richarlison will have fond memories of his first World Cup match. The Tottenham striker first forced the Serbian slot by being well placed when receiving a cross from Vinicius Jr (62e).
It is especially his second goal that will keep circling in his head. Still served by the Real Madrid player, he chained up some fine control with an acrobatic recovery that saw Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (73e), Serbia’s goalkeeper. Definitely the best goal of the competition so far.
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“The achievements of other Arab countries make us a little jealous. »
Striker Ismaeel Mohammad summarized the feeling of the Qatari team on Thursday. On Friday, the Al Annabi (“Les Bordeaux”) will play their second game against Senegal at 2 p.m. And after a mediocre performance against Ecuador in the opener (lost 2-0), the host country hopes to show its true level.
“Our team is able to win if it has the spirit, determination and perseverance and if it takes inspiration from the Arab selections that achieved good results in their first game”, said the coach, Félix Sanchez, at a press conference. A reference to theSaudi Arabia, who caused a sensation against Argentinaand in Morocco, which was addicted to Croatia, outgoing finalist (0-0), just like Tunisia against Denmark (0-0)
As a symbol, it was he who allowed Switzerland to escape the Cameroonian trap by scoring the only goal of the match. However, after seeing his shot go into the opponent’s cages, Breel Embolo barely reacted, staying put, hands in the air, almost regretfully. And rightly so: the 25-year-old striker, who arrived in Switzerland at the age of 4, was born… in Cameroon. “If I score I will try not to celebrate”, he had also said before this particular match before him, maybe he sensed the wink of fate coming. Word saved.
water in the gas
Iranian footballer Voria Ghafouri arrested
The footballer Voria Ghafouri, famous in Iran – but not selected in the national team – was arrested this Thursday by the authorities of the Islamic Republic, accused of having “insulted and tarnished the team’s reputation and for engaging in propaganda” against the state, according to Iran’s Fars news agency. His mistake? Posting a photo on Instagram in traditional Kurdish clothing.
An arrest that comes as Tehran suppressed demonstrations for two months following the death of Mahsa Amini in prison for miswearing her veil. A repression against which the Iranian players had rebelled.
Grain of sand
You can be unemployed and write World Cup history. Two days after his divorce from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score a goal in five different editions of the World Cup: 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and now 2022. Against Ghana (3-2), Thursday, CR7 scored his eighth goal (in 18 games) in the closing stages of the World Cup by opening the scoring from the penalty spot. He is doing better than Lionel Messi, Pelé, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.
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