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Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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Per week into the World Cup and the event, by way of upsets, beer ban u-turns and one mildly unhinged speech from the FIFA president, has confirmed it’ll be one like none earlier than it.

Really, it’s laborious to consider we’re solely one-week faraway from Gianni Infantino’s mind-boggling monologue.

“At the moment, I really feel homosexual. At the moment, I really feel disabled,” Infantino mentioned to kick off a wild 50-minute speech, to a room filled with surprised faces.

Pals, Romans, countrymen it definitely wasn’t. Nevertheless it’s been that kind of week.

There’s been OneLove armband controversies, horrific accidents, athlete protests… and naturally the controversial FIFA-enforced beer ban.

And whereas availability of alcohol – whether or not or not it’s at stadiums, the place it’s banned, or elsewhere within the nation, the place it’s costly and laborious to seek out – has been one of the crucial enduring storylines, of larger concern for some followers is just having the ability to watch the video games.

With matches in Qatar being completely broadcast on pay TV, merely discovering a display screen displaying the World Cup has been a problem for some followers – a few of whom are shelling out massive bucks for the prospect to catch a glimpse

“You may’t actually watch the video games – solely in bars and resort,” Kevin Ellis, in Doha to observe Wales’s first World Cup foray since 1958 with spouse Sharron, advised Information Corp.

“The Qataris… I’m unsure they’ve a lot curiosity within the video games, as a result of they’d have screens all over the place.

“However you’ve received to return to a licensed bar to observe the soccer.

“We went the Sheraton Resort, they usually needed 100 riyals ($A40) simply to observe the sport.”

Information Corp has walked previous barbershops displaying World Cup matches dwell, posing the query of whether or not it’s cheaper to get a haircut or a beer to observe a sport of soccer?

After a fortnight scrapping away within the Doha warmth, it is likely to be time to seek out out.

Others have discovered the last word loophole, nevertheless.

Socceroos fan Jerry Fanos spoke to Information Corp on the Brazil-Serbia sport on Thursday night time – one in all 18 matches he’s watching throughout a manic fortnight at Doha as he and his younger household benefit from the intently.

“That’s not one thing I may’ve executed at every other World Cup on this planet,” mentioned Fanos, who additionally went to Brazil 2016 and Russia 4 years in the past however is in Doha along with his two younger youngsters in tow for the primary time.

“There was extra of a celebration vibe in each these nations. However within the stadium, on the soccer, the vibe continues to be there.

“We’re right here to see soccer and the best gamers on this planet – if I needed to only get drunk, I may try this again in Sydney.

“As a gimmick I had the Budweiser Zero. It tastes like beer but it surely does nothing. At 50 riyals ($20), it’s a fairly costly water.”

Solely three days in the past the fairytale storyline of the World Cup – Lionel Messi and his seemingly doomed bid to win the one main trophy to elude him – blew up on the again of a unprecedented Saudi Arabian upset, and it threatened to be the catalyst for the soccer taking the highlight.

As a result of at each main occasion the sideshow – comparable to, in latest instances, COVID – finally abates and the true stars steal the present.

In Qatar? That hasn’t fairly but occurred.

Kylian Mbappe confirmed why he’s the world’s highest-paid participant in a ruthless show in opposition to Australia. Spain’s younger stars hinted at a brand new world order with a freakish efficiency in destroying Costa Rica. And England, bless them, reckon it’s coming residence.

The Socceroos? Nicely, they’re nonetheless optimistic – followers and gamers alike.

And but, the underlying points stay.

The ugly headlines proceed to overshadow the attractive sport.

However are the followers having fun with it?

“In truth, we’re having a terrific time,” says Sharron Ellis, who as a feminine is firmly outnumbered as a travelling fan however is displaying zero indicators of apprehension.

“It’s a really protected metropolis. I used to be on the metro and I felt very, protected, by no means threatened. I used to be misplaced within the markets looking for (my husband), numerous individuals.

“I’ve been in Europe and I’ve been afraid in the identical situation – however right here, by no means threatened.”

Husband Kevin chimes in: “You wouldn’t really feel protected in London at 4am, strolling round by yourself, would you?”

6PM UPDATE: SNEAKY DRESS CODE LOOPHOLE FOR WC’S ‘HOTTEST FAN’

A lady dubbed the “World Cup’s hottest fan” dared to threat breaking Qatar’s modesty legal guidelines with a really racy outfit to assist her staff.

Croatian magnificence Ivana Knoll donned a plunging pink and white checkerboard costume in honour of her nation’s coat of arms.

The 30-year-old supporter snubbed strict warnings to maintain outfits conservative regardless of the hovering temperatures.

Ivana uploaded two snaps to Instagram flaunting her curves and her nation’s colors to rally Croatia soccer followers forward of the sport.

She even boldly tagged FIFA – who’ve reiterated Qatar’s strict guidelines on clothes on the World Cup – in her posts on Wednesday.

The mannequin and influencer joked within the caption: “We didn’t play the very best in the present day, but it surely’s solely a warm-up. Let’s go on Sunday!”

Though her clothes could have raised some eyebrows, Ivana didn’t spare a thought for the results she may face for daring to reveal.

“Respect the nation and our faith wtf ????” wrote one.

“Disgrace on you respect others tradition,” added one other.

“Please respect different nations religions and customs,” pleaded a 3rd.

Though non-Qatari girls don’t have to put on the abaya – the lengthy, black gown – their tops should cowl their midriff and shoulders, and skirts, clothes and trousers should cowl the knees.

Girls travelling in to the Arab nation are additionally banned from sporting any tight clothes, or flashing any cleavage.

Companions of gamers had been suggested to put on a shawl round their necks in a bid to cowl up their busts.

However Ivana appears to have discovered a loophole within the draconian guidelines – as her revealing outfit nonetheless lined her hair, shoulders and legs in compliance.

The previous Miss Croatia has thus far prevented creating a world incident over her vogue selections together with her sneaky technique. – Olivia Burke, The Solar

5PM UPDATE: ENGLAND FAN COSTUMES BANNED IN QATAR

Qatar has banned England followers dressed as Saint George from World Cup stadiums – citing fears over “weapons and armour”.

Footage of Three Lions supporters showing to be turned away from a stadium earlier this week has been extensively shared on-line.

Followers historically don the costumes which pay homage to England’s patron saint, the Christian knight Saint George.

However others have criticised the supporters for dressing as “crusaders” which could possibly be thought of offensive within the Center East.

Qatari authorities confirmed to The Solar On-line something thought of as “weapons and physique safety” is banned when requested concerning the knightly costumes.

They usually additionally pointed us to their stadium code of conduct, which bans any objects which can be deemed “political, offensive and or/discriminatory in nature”.

Helmets are additionally strictly banned from the stadiums, and weapons are outlined as “any object which may […] endanger the security of others”.

England World Cup followers had already been warned by marketing campaign teams that dressing because the knights could possibly be thought of offensive.

4PM UPDATE: LEGEND DRAGGED FOR SPAIN-FUL TAKE

Gary Neville has doubled down on his prediction that “Spain haven’t any objectives in them” – regardless of their 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

Showing as a pundit on ITV, the previous Manchester United full-back questioned the firepower at Luis Enrique’s disposal earlier than the match.

He mentioned of La Roja’s staff: “It’s OK however there isn’t a objectives in it.”

Spain went on to batter the Group E minnows – with objectives by Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, two for Ferran Torres and additional efforts by Gavi, Carlos Soler and Gavi sealing their emphatic win.

Regardless of being mocked for his pre-match feedback, Neville doubled down on what he mentioned after the match.

He mentioned: “We are able to’t simply measure Spain in any respect off that.

“I do know they play Germany on Sunday so I stay up for seeing them in that sport.

“Costa Rica are the primary staff in 32 years at a World Cup to not have a shot on purpose.

“Overlook the goal, they haven’t had a shot on purpose in the entire sport.”

Spanish reporter Guillem Balague tweeted Neville after the match, writing: “It’s okay, @GNev2. I used to be considering precisely the identical earlier than the sport. What do we all know!! Soccer, eh!!”

Neville, 47, once more doubled down, nevertheless, replying: “I believe we shall be proved proper!”

The pundit’s feedback inevitably drew references to his poor spell as Valencia boss through the 2015-16 season. – Etienne Fermie

3PM UPDATE: KANE’S $950 MIDDLE FINGER TO RAINBOW BAN

England captain Harry Kane was pictured sporting a £535,000 rainbow watch in Qatar regardless of FIFA banning a number of nation’s captain’s from sporting rainbow armbands.

The captain’s of seven groups, together with England and Germany, had been warned they’d be issued yellow playing cards ought to they sporting One Love armbands which promote inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights, with same-sex relationships unlawful in Qatar.

Now it has emerged that England hero Kane, who was again coaching in the present day after an harm scare forward of Friday’s conflict with USA, additionally made his personal private assertion.

The 29-year-old led the squad from the staff coach into the dressing-room on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium earlier than the 6-2 win over Iran sporting a £535,000 Rainbow Rolex.

– Gary Stonehouse

EARLIER: ‘F*** MESSI’ CHANTS IGNITE HEATED CONFRONTATION

Argentina followers clashed with their Mexican counterparts in a fan zone in Qatar after supporters filmed themselves chanting “f*** Messi”.

Tensions boiled over within the supporters’ space on the Al Bidda Park in Doha on Wednesday night time after Mexican supporters had been seen insulting the Argentina celebrity.

Rival followers got here to blows in Qatar forward of Saturday’s Group C conflict between Argentina and Mexico.

Qatari authorities didn’t seem like current within the footage, which raises considerations forward of the weekend’s sport, with 80,000 followers set to descend on the Lusail Stadium.

A number of persons are believed to have suffered minor accidents within the scrap which occurred in one in all FIFA’s devoted fan zones, designed for World Cup supporters from totally different nations to observe their groups collectively.

In the meantime, Brazil captain Neymar suffered a sprained ankle in his staff’s World Cup win over Serbia on Thursday and faces a medical evaluation within the subsequent 48 hours, the nationwide staff physician mentioned after the match.

Physician Rodrigo Lasmar mentioned the Brazilian celebrity suffered the harm after a collision along with his opponent.

Neymar was substituted within the 79th minute of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia. “We have to wait 24 to 48 hours to have a greater evaluation,” Lasmar mentioned. “Now we have not scheduled any MRI and tomorrow we’ll have a brand new evaluation.

“We have to wait, we can’t make any untimely feedback about his evolution.” Neymar was seen limping closely after the sport whereas images of the striker confirmed swelling on his proper ankle.

Coach Tite mentioned the Paris Saint-Germain participant initially stayed on the sector after hurting his ankle “as a result of the staff wanted him”.

He additionally moved to minimize fears that the 30-year-old may face a lay-off lengthy sufficient to finish his World Cup marketing campaign.

“You could be sure that Neymar goes to play within the World Cup,” he mentioned. A downcast-looking Neymar declined to talk to journalists as he left the stadium on Thursday.

Neymar wants simply two objectives to equal Pele’s all-time file tally of 77 for Brazil.

His first World Cup in 2014 resulted in agony as he suffered a fractured bone in his again in Brazil’s quarter-final win over Colombia.

With out him, the hosts suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat in opposition to Germany within the semi-finals.

4 years later Neymar needed to race to recuperate from harm in time to be match for the event in Russia, however Brazil by no means hit the heights anticipated of them as they misplaced to Belgium within the final eight.

The Brazilian talisman additionally missed the 2019 Copa America after struggling torn ligaments in his proper ankle.

In 2021 Neymar missed roughly 10 weeks of the French season after struggling ligament harm to his left ankle following an harm in PSG’s victory over Saint Etienne.

– Anthony Blair, The Solar

HIGHLIGHT: ‘CRYING’ STAR SCORES GOAL OF TOURNAMENT CONTENDER

Brazil and English Premier League star Richarlison revealed he “was crying for weeks” after scoring an early contender for purpose of the event in Qatar.

The Tottenham striker latched onto a ball from Vinicius Jr, teeing himself up for a bicycle kick to place Brazil 2-0 forward after earlier breaking Serbia’s cussed defence with a tap-in.

His second purpose had followers in awe.

“It’s a wow second, isn’t it,” legendary commentator Martin Tyler mentioned.

There had been fears the 25-year-old wouldn’t make the Brazil squad for the event after he got here off with a calf harm taking part in for Spurs in a Premier League sport in opposition to his former membership Everton in mid-October.

“4 weeks in the past I used to be crying, doubting whether or not I might come. The day I went for assessments was one of many slowest of my life as a result of I used to be there on the stretcher, ready to get the outcomes,” he mentioned.

“The docs had been going previous and I used to be simply nervously ready. “It was value all the trouble I put in to my restoration. Three periods a day. I used to be decided to return to the World Cup.”

12.45PM: ‘ASK SOUTHGATE’: ANGRY IRAN COACH HITS BACK

Oscar Paul, The Solar

Indignant Carlos Queiroz confronted a BBC reporter for asking about Iranian protests, demanding: Why don’t you ask Gareth Southgate about Afghanistan? Iran’s gamers refused to sing the nationwide anthem in assist of anti-government dissenters earlier than being battered 6-2 by England.

However coach Queiroz took exception to a journalist urging striker Mehdi Taremi – sat beside him when speaking to the media forward of dealing with Wales — to offer a message for individuals who have taken to the streets in opposition to the authoritarian regime.

The Portuguese made a beeline for the reporter on the finish of the press convention.

And he insisted: “Why do you ask us these questions?

“Is it not truthful to ask these inquiries to the opposite coaches?

“Why don’t you ask Mr Southgate about England and the US once they left Afghanistan?”

Mass protests have been met with a fierce crackdown in latest months.

They had been sparked by the demise in custody of Mahsa Amini in September after she was detained for allegedly breaking strict guidelines round head coverings.

Earlier than the outburst, Queiroz mentioned: “It’s the proper of journalists however they need to ask the identical questions of the others inflicting issues world wide.

“To make them the one people who want to present solutions about human’s issues isn’t truthful or proper.

“It’s time to ask different coaches and gamers about different points.

“The phrase I exploit is ‘respect’ for 3,000 years of Iran. It’s a tremendous place.”

Striker Taremi refused to reply an earlier query earlier than admitting he was not anxious about going again to Iran following the staff’s protest. He added: “We got here right here to play soccer – I can’t change something.”

11.56AM UPDATE: BELGAIN STAR’S TAKE ON GERMAN PROTEST

Eden Hazard has advised Germany they need to have targeted on the soccer fairly than “political messages” after they misplaced to Japan.

The German gamers lined their mouths for the pre-match staff picture forward of their conflict with the Samurai Blue, which they misplaced 2-1.

They had been expressing how they felt silenced by FIFA after the governing physique threatened the staff with sporting sanctions in the event that they wore the OneLove rainbow armband.

It drew reward from many throughout the footballing panorama – however Actual Madrid star Hazard was not so impressed.

The Belgian mentioned: “Germany’s gesture? They might’ve executed higher in the event that they didn’t do it and tried to win.

“We’re right here to play soccer, I’m not right here to convey a political message.”

Swiss star Granit Xhaka agreed with Hazard.

The Arsenal midfielder mentioned: “I don’t suppose we have to do something because the Swiss staff.

“We have to respect the foundations and focus on our soccer, that’s all I intend to do.

“We’re right here to play soccer and never hand out classes to anybody.”

The defeat leaves Germany’s World Cup hopes in dire straits after only one sport.

They’d appeared on the right track to get their marketing campaign off to the proper begin when Ilkay Gundogan put them forward from the spot.

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11.15AM UPDATE: ARGENTINE FANS PLAN MARADONA TRIBUTE

Javier Maluf will quietly placed on a shirt worn by Diego Maradona in opposition to England, however different followers on the World Cup have extra noisy plans for Friday’s second anniversary of the demise of the flawed genius.

Argentina’s legion of supporters might also be praying to the sporting gods that the late soccer nice can nonetheless encourage his nation to victory over Mexico on Saturday to maintain their hopes in Qatar alive.

Maluf is like many Argentina followers who’ve by no means absolutely recovered from Maradona’s demise from a coronary heart assault on the age of 60.

The shirt that Maradona wore throughout a sport in opposition to England at Wembley in 1980 is the prized merchandise in Maluf’s assortment of 1,000 game-worn soccer jerseys that he estimates is value $1 million.

“I’ll put it on for some time as an indication of respect,” he advised AFP at his Doha residence, the place the shirts and different souvenirs are stored.

“Everyone knows his story however everyone knows his influence on the sport.”

A revered memorabilia sleuth, Maluf, 56, additionally has a blood-stained Argentina shirt worn by Mario Kempes in a 1978 World Cup sport in opposition to France.

That’s folded close to a River Plate shirt worn in 1931 by Carlos Peucelle, who performed within the first World Cup a 12 months earlier.

Memorabilia is now massive enterprise, with Maradona objects a lot wanted. In Might, a shirt worn by the Argentina ahead when he scored his notorious 1986 World Cup “Hand of God” purpose in opposition to England offered at public sale for $9.3 million.

The ball that he fisted into the England web offered this month for £2 million ($2.4 million).

The shirt is on show on the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports activities Museum through the World Cup however Maluf is amongst followers who consider that it belongs in Argentina.

“It will be good if it goes to Argentina in the future, so that each one the general public can see it and really feel the significance,” he mentioned.

Greater than 30,000 Argentina followers are in Qatar for this 12 months’s event and whereas many worship present quantity 10 Lionel Messi, Maradona’s identify nonetheless carries an nearly mystical pressure.

– Pilgrimage –

Many have been on a pilgrimage to a large Maradona mural close to the Khalifa stadium in Doha.

At Argentina’s first sport — a shock 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia — there have been Maradona masks, banners and shirts on show within the stadium.

And aficionados say there shall be many public tributes to Maradona on Friday. One group plans a march to the Maradona FanFest at Doha’s worldwide airport. The primary attraction there’s a hologram of the participant plus a “tribute jet” bearing photos of Maradona that shall be auctioned, with a piece of the proceeds going to charity.

Diego and Churi Veliz went to Monday’s sport sporting headgear emblazoned with Maradona sitting on a camel. They took numerous selfies with Arab soccer followers.

Gonzalo, a 32-year-old Buenos Aires lawyer, recalled the shock of discovering out about Maradona’s demise.

“I used to be on the seaside, my girlfriend advised me and I mentioned we needed to seize our issues and go straight again to Buenos Aires.” They had been amongst 1000’s who waited outdoors Maradona’s home.

Claudio carried a flag displaying Maradona embracing Messi, which shall be seen once more when Argentina tackle Mexico.

Laura Valero, who borrowed $8,000 to make the journey to Qatar, mentioned she was “recovering” from the defeat.

“I shall be sporting a Maradona shirt as a result of you need to consider in one thing,” she mentioned of the looming anniversary and sport.

10.42AM UPDATE: NO GERMAN STAR SAFE AFTER JAPAN SHOCK

Germany supervisor Hansi Flick warned on Thursday that no member of his beginning XI was protected forward of their essential weekend conflict with Spain after a shock 2-1 loss to Japan.

Defeat in opposition to Spain would nearly definitely condemn Germany to a second straight group-stage exit — an unthinkable consequence for a nation that had reached a minimum of the semi-finals in each World Cup this century earlier than 2018.

Flick promised to “flip the screws” in opposition to a Spanish facet contemporary from thumping Costa Rica 7-0, after which supervisor Luis Enrique promised “to play in opposition to Germany in the identical manner”.

Requested if Joshua Kimmich’s place in defensive midfield was assured, Flick mentioned his solely precedence was deciding on a “top-notch” staff.

“You may perceive that we’re discussing each matter of personnel and each place,” Flick mentioned. “We try this earlier than each sport.

“It’s our job as a training staff to arrange the staff in such a manner that it’s top-notch.” Flick confronted criticism over his picks, notably his determination to call Borussia Dortmund centre-back Niklas Suele, who performed Takuma Asano onside for Japan’s second purpose, at proper again.

However the supervisor as a substitute switched the main focus to his staff’s misfiring assault, saying: “When you will have two or three top-class probabilities, you need to shut the sport and put a lid on it.

“We lacked effectivity.” The coach confirmed that winger Leroy Sane, who was controversially overlooked of the squad by former coach Joachim Loew in 2018, may return in opposition to Spain after lacking the Japan match with a knee harm.

“Leroy is on the pitch proper now, he’s coaching on his personal,” he mentioned. “That’s constructive.” Flick has denied the staff’s early exit in 2018 was weighing on their minds. Captain Manuel Neuer mentioned his facet had realized in Russia to not assume their participation within the knockout rounds was a given.

“In 2018 we had a unique staff. After all it’s a dangerous begin — we all know that,” the 36-year-old advised reporters shortly after the sport.

“It couldn’t be worse.

“For me it’s obscure the way it may occur. Nonetheless (after 2018), we all know how shortly issues can flip.”

9.32AM UPDATE: RONALDO LINKED WITH MIDDLE-EAST MOVE

One of many world’s best footballers could possibly be staying within the middle-east after the World Cup.

Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s a free agent after having his contract terminated, has been linked with a transfer to Saudi Arabian membership Al-Hilal.

Ronaldo’s contract was torn up by Manchester United after an interview the place he criticised supervisor Erik ten Hag, the membership and its house owners.

Stories within the UK declare Al-Hilal tried to signal Ronaldo within the final switch window however he was reluctant to maneuver.

The 37-year-old scored the opening purpose in Portugal’s 3-2 World Cup win over Ghana this morning (AEDT).

MID-MORNING UPDATE: HOLLAND FAN FORCED TO REMOVE FAKE BREASTS

A well-known Holland supporter, nicknamed “T*ts Man”, was pressured to take away his inflatable breasts by Qatar authorities on the World Cup.The fan, actual identify Harry Goudsblom, has revealed he didn’t have any hassle entering into the stadium to observe the Dutch beat Senegal 2-0 on Monday.

However after the sport, whereas celebrating the win outdoors the Al Thumama Stadium, he was then accosted by safety.

They had been fast to demand he take away the faux breasts from underneath his high.

And the Holland supporter was additionally advised to take off the OneLove armbands he was sporting – that are a symbolic present of assist for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.

Goudsblom then phoned into AD.nl to clarify what had occurred to him.

He mentioned: “Initially there have been no issues in any respect, not with the police, not with the safety, everybody even needed to take selfies with me, every little thing went nicely.

“Till through the match I noticed a guard speaking to an agent and pointing at me. However an officer made a gesture of ‘let it go’.

“Nonetheless, I later noticed two cops go along with an iPad to a different fan sporting a OneLove band. I used to be then in a position to shortly conceal my strap underneath my sleeves.

“After that the celebration simply continued, we received the sport, danced outdoors on the grounds of the stadium and every little thing. Additionally took selfies.

“Then instantly an overzealous cop confirmed up and began appearing tough. I needed to take off and hand in my OneLove captain’s armbands.

“Then I needed to go away the stadium grounds, accompanied by twenty cops. And alongside the best way I additionally needed to take off my breasts.”

The OneLove armband has been one of the crucial contentious points for the reason that World Cup started final weekend.

Homosexuality is against the law in Qatar.

And in opposition to the regulation within the Center Japanese nation, seven European nations deliberate for his or her captains to put on the OneLove armband.

8.50AM: ENGLAND OUT TO DODGE US HOODOO

Gareth Southgate urged England to exorcise the ghosts of their World Cup embarrassments in opposition to the US once they conflict in Doha on Friday.

The US handed England two of the extra chastening ends in their World Cup historical past and their Group B showdown on the Al Bayt Stadium gives a chance to lastly get revenge.

In 1950, the US, then comprised largely of newbie gamers, received 1-0 in opposition to an England facet, that includes the nice Tom Finney and Billy Wright in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The outcome was so beautiful {that a} movie titled ‘The Recreation of their Lives’ was made about it.

Sixty years later, a horrendous mistake by England goalkeeper Rob Inexperienced allowed Clint Dempsey’s shot to squirm into the web for the equaliser in a 1-1 attract South Africa in 2010.

These painful recollections have clearly made a dent in English soccer’s normally cast-iron psyche.

Southgate, chatting with reporters on the eve of the match, made it clear England had no proper to really feel superior to the US regardless that they go into the sport as heavy favourites.

“Have we ever overwhelmed the US at a World Cup? No. Tomorrow we now have to try to make historical past,” Southgate mentioned on Thursday.

“We’re good at speaking extremely of ourselves as a nation on little or no proof. We all know we are going to face a really extremely motivated staff. I don’t suppose we shall be underestimating the US in any respect.” England crushed Iran 6-2 of their group opener, whereas the US had been held to a 1-1 draw by Wales.

However Southgate is nicely conscious of the menace posed by a US staff that includes a number of Premier League gamers, together with Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Leeds duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.

Southgate additionally has immense respect for US coach Gregg Berhalter, who has sought recommendation from the England boss on a number of events.

“Tomorrow’s sport shall be very totally different to the primary match. They press the ball nicely and have gamers with expertise in high European leagues,” Southgate mentioned.

“I’ve loved my interactions with Gregg. I’ve realized loads from him. They’ve progressed loads underneath him, as I anticipated.” Southgate’s fondness for Berhalter didn’t cease him taking a pleasant swipe on the coach for persuading teenage prodigy Yunus Musah to symbolize the US fairly than England.

Musah, born within the US to Ghanian dad and mom, frolicked in England as a toddler and represented the nation’s youth groups.

“He took one in all ours, which we weren’t very pleased about. However truthful play,” Southgate mentioned.

As soon as once more, Southgate was requested to play politician over the controversy sparked by FIFA reportedly pressuring the captains of a number of European groups to not put on a rainbow armband in assist of the LGBTQ neighborhood on the World Cup.

England captain Harry Kane was resulting from put on the ‘OneLove’ armband till a last-minute change of coronary heart.

Germany gamers lined their mouths throughout a staff picture previous to their defeat in opposition to Japan on Wednesday in a gesture of protest in opposition to FIFA.

However, requested if England would make a protest of their very own, Southgate mentioned: “No I don’t suppose we must always really feel any stress. I believe there’s a threat everybody tries to escalate. Do we now have to give you a greater gesture than Germany did?

“Now we have to be comfy that we all know what we stand for. If we’re speeding to be seen to do one thing we are able to make an error that doesn’t land nicely.

“Myself and the gamers must be targeted on the video games.”

8.08AM: PUNTER’S HUGE FAITH IN SENEGAL

One punter is assured host nation Qatar will successfully have its event ended when it takes on Senegal in its subsequent group match.

Qatar is taken into account a $5.50 outsider with TAB and the quick odds on Senegal didn’t deter a guess of $100,000 at $1.70 odds on the African nation.

Senegal has since been wound in to $1.65 with the draw a $3.70 probability.

Among the largest bets early within the event have come again to chunk punters.

One wagered $160,000 on Argentina at $1.13 earlier than their loss to Saudi Arabia whereas one other dropped $100,000 on Argentina to win and greater than 2.5 objectives to be scored in that match.

The Senegal punter shall be hoping they don’t undergo the identical destiny when the second spherical of video games in Group A kicks off on Friday night time at midnight AEDT.

7.31AM: BLUE SAMURAI SETS NEW TARGET AFTER BOILOVER

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Japan supervisor Hajime Moriyasu was given a shock bathe by a pitch sprinkler on Thursday but it surely did nothing to dampen his spirits after his staff’s beautiful victory over Germany.

The Blue Samurai got here from behind to beat the four-time world champions 2-1 of their Group E opener on Wednesday and at the moment are eyeing a spot within the final 16, with Costa Rica their subsequent opponents.

Moriyasu led his staff in a exercise on Thursday afternoon and was given an sudden soaking when a sprinkler doused him as he spoke to reporters.

The supervisor laughed off his early bathe however warned his gamers to not get carried away by their historic triumph.

“All we’re desirous about is the following sport that’s in entrance of us, the identical as we at all times do,” Moriyasu mentioned, stressing that the Germany sport was already prior to now.

“On the day of a sport we rejoice if we win or we really feel pissed off if we lose, however we at all times consider the issues we may have executed higher and begin getting ready for the following sport in a constructive manner.” Moriyasu mentioned beating Germany had given Japan “peace of thoughts” for Sunday’s sport in opposition to Costa Rica, who had been hammered 7-0 by Spain of their opener.

Costa Rica should win to revive their possibilities of reaching the knock-out spherical and Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo mentioned his staff shall be ready to take advantage of any gaps they go away behind.

Nagatomo believes Japan have change into a flexible facet who at the moment are “tough for opponents to grasp”.

“Tactically, we now have change into a staff the place it wouldn’t look unusual if any of us had been taking part in in any place,” he mentioned.

“I believe we’ve change into laborious for our opponents to analyse, nearly like a chameleon.”

Japan needed to dig deep to remain within the sport in opposition to the Germans, getting back from 1-0 right down to win with objectives from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

The outcome places Japan within the driving seat to assert a spot within the knock-out spherical however that won’t be sufficient to fulfill their ambitions.

“It was an enormous outcome for Japanese soccer however we haven’t modified historical past but,” mentioned Doan.

“Our minimal goal is to succeed in the quarter-finals and that’s what we’ve been speaking about as a staff.”

7.10AM: VAN GAAL HUGS SENEGAL JOURNO AFTER PRESSER

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal fulfilled a journalist’s want for a hug throughout a heartwarming press convention second on the World Cup.

A Senegalese journalist, reportedly Papa Mahmoud Gueye, advised the legendary coach at a [press convention: “I’m a younger journalist. I don’t have a query for you. I simply wish to inform you I’m an enormous fan of you.”

van Gaal reportedly advised the journalist: “I wish to offer you an enormous hug. As a result of I like that you simply say this and I imply it significantly. That doesn’t occur usually. “So we’ll give one another an enormous hug afterwards.”

And he didn’t disappoint, with the pair catching up and embracing on the finish of the press convention.

MORNING UPDATE: RONALDO STUNNED BY STOLEN CELEBRATION

Cristiano Ronaldo was left surprised after a Ghanian participant stole his iconic ‘Siu’ celebration throughout their Group H match on Friday.

Ronaldo was visibly stunned on the Portuguese bench after Osman Bukari celebrated his 89th-minute purpose in trademark Ronaldo model.

“That Ghana participant who did the siu is my new favorite participant,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

One other supporter mentioned he was “captivated by the ballsiness of it”, whereas one mentioned Bukari was “the brand new president of Ghana now”.

No matter you suppose, it’s clear Ronaldo was unimpressed.

The Portugal legend opened the scoring in a wild second half after 65 minutes from the penalty spot.

Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana eight minutes later, however Joao Felix and Rafael Leao’s objectives ensured Bukari’s strike was solely comfort for Ghana.

6.45AM: AFC CHIEF DISMISSES QATAR CONCERNS

The pinnacle of the Asian Soccer Confederation on Thursday disregarded criticism over World Cup host Qatar’s human rights file, as a substitute lavishing reward on the Gulf nation’s organisation of the event.

Qatar has come underneath growing scrutiny over its rights file, notably its remedy of migrant labourers, girls and the LGBTQ neighborhood, since successful the bid to host soccer’s high event.

AFC chief Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling household, on Thursday appeared to launch a pointy assault on Qatar’s critics in remarks to journalists, evoking the Arabic proverb “the canine bark however the caravan strikes on”.

Although he made no specific point out of the primary a part of the proverb, his remark appeared to dismiss the criticism of Qatar as “barking”, while praising the nation’s efficiency in internet hosting the occasion.

“The organisation is luminous, the atmosphere is constructive,” he mentioned.

“Our (Qatari) brothers didn’t fail in delivering the amenities and stadiums and I consider it will likely be one of the crucial profitable tournaments.”

Qatar has repeatedly accused its critics of “double requirements” and even “racism”, pointing to their latest reforms of labour legal guidelines as indicators of enchancment.

The newest run-in over rights criticism got here Wednesday when German gamers lined their mouths in a protest in opposition to FIFA’s determination to ban rainbow-themed armbands at this 12 months’s World Cup.

6AM: LEGEND’S MESSAGE TO TOURNAMENT FAVOURITE

Soccer legend Pele gave Brazil a digital pre-match pep discuss Thursday because the nationwide staff ready to make their World Cup debut, telling them: “Convey this trophy residence.”

Because the five-time champions ready to take the pitch for his or her opening match in opposition to Serbia, the 82-year-old icon posted a sequence of images of his previous World Cup glories on Instagram, telling Neymar and his teammates: “At the moment we begin writing a brand new story.”

“We shall be greater than 200 million hearts beating as one, vibrating with every achievement of our ‘Selecao,’” wrote Pele, the one participant in historical past to win three World Cups.

“We should respect and play every match with the main focus of a remaining. It is very important play fantastically, sure, however it is usually important to go away every little thing on the pitch,” he wrote.

“I ship these footage to encourage you guys… I’m sending all constructive energies to you. I’m positive we’ll have a cheerful ending. God bless you. Convey this trophy residence.” Thought of by many the best footballer of all time, Pele has had a sequence of well being issues lately, however stays energetic on social media.

Brazil is in motion from 6am (AEDT) in its event opener in opposition to Serbia.

5AM UPDATE: FANS HIT OUT AT QATAR ‘FUN POLICE’

Qatar officers have sparked fury after pulling the plug on pre-noon events forward of Wales’ crunch match with Iran.

The World Cup hosts imposed a final minute ban on early ingesting, stifling Welsh plans for a boozy pre-game bash.

Round 1,200 Wales followers packed-out pre and publish sport events for his or her USA match on the InterContinental resort in Doha on Monday night time.

And supporters anticipated one other jamboree once they reunite for the Iran conflict on Friday.

However their festivities have been cancelled with simply 24 hours discover – after Qatari officers banned booze earlier than noon.

The information will have an effect on Australian supporters with related plans because the Socceroos’ conflict with Tunisia is scheduled for 1pm native time.

Welsh supporter Peter Humphreys, 61, mentioned: “The enjoyable police have struck once more – however it’s hardly shocking.

“If they’ll ban Budweiser for the event then what probability do just a few plucky Taffs have of getting a drink earlier than the sport?

“Happily we’re in a position to make our personal ambiance however it could be good to have had a beer to settle the nerves.”

Peter revealed he paid £79 for the pre-game celebration ticket which included 5 pints of beer and a curry – however he’ll now solely have the ability to switch it to an after-match celebration as a substitute.

Organiser Leigh James of followers’ charity Gol Cymru advised ticketholders: “The resort have been in discussions with the Qatari authorities in a single day and sadly, as it’s with Qatar, a change has been imposed and we are able to now not serve alcohol earlier than noon Friday.”

Paul Corkrey, from the Wales Soccer Supporters’ Affiliation mentioned he was “dissatisfied” by Qatar’s determination to make the change.

He mentioned: “There’s one factor about it – they’re constant, they persistently change the foundations.

“There’s not loads we are able to do, actually, simply say that we’re dissatisfied actually.

“A variety of followers are by themselves, in ones or twos, they usually go to those issues for firm and be with their associates or to fulfill new individuals.

“It’s such a disgrace because the amenities, the place, the climate, the very fact you’ll be able to see three or 4 video games in a day is constructive. However they preserve doing detrimental issues at times.”

12.05AM TRUTH BEHIND SWISS STAR’S NON-CELEBRATION

Breel Embolo scored in opposition to the nation of his beginning as Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0 to make a successful begin to their World Cup marketing campaign on Thursday.

Embolo struck three minutes into the second half at Al Janoub Stadium as Switzerland secured an important three factors in a gaggle that features event favourites Brazil and Serbia.

Cameroon have now misplaced their final eight World Cup matches going again to 2002. Roger Milla was offered with an award earlier than kick-off because the oldest goalscorer in World Cup historical past, a reminder of previous glories for Cameroon who’ve received only one sport since reaching the quarter-finals 32 years in the past.

Cameroon coach Rigobert Tune, who performed at 4 World Cups together with with a 42-year-old Milla in 1994, opted for the in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to steer the assault instead of common captain Vincent Aboubakar.

African groups had made an encouraging begin in Qatar in any case 5 did not get previous the group stage in 2018, however Cameroon will remorse not making extra of a primary half they managed.

Bryan Mbeumo fired at Yann Sommer after an excellent ball by way of from Martin Hongla earlier than Karl Toko Ekambi lashed over the rebound.

Sommer then received down low to avoid wasting from Choupo-Moting after he pinched the ball away from Manuel Akanji, though a questionable foul was given in opposition to the Bayern Munich striker.

Silvan Widmer made an important problem to cease Toko Ekambi handing over a cross from Collins Fai and Sommer pushed away a weak effort by Hongla.

Akanji glanced large at a nook as Cameroon switched off on the stroke of halftime however there was no such escape once they had been once more caught napping in the beginning the second half.

Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler labored the ball out large on the proper to Xherdan Shaqiri whose low cross into the world was swept residence by an unmarked Embolo, who selected to not rejoice in opposition to his beginning nation.

Choupo-Moting neatly weaved his well beyond a few defenders within the field however couldn’t beat Sommer from a decent angle.

Andre Onana stored Cameroon within the sport with a superb cease to disclaim Ruben Vargas who discovered himself fully free in an nearly carbon copy of Embolo’s purpose.

Solely a determined block prevented Haris Seferovic from including a late second. Tune mentioned the rankings meant nothing coming into the event, however Cameroon’s eighth World Cup look dangers being temporary with video games to return in opposition to Serbia and Brazil

Initially revealed as World Cup 2022 outcomes, scores, schedule: Protests, harm, beer bans dominate first-week headlines