Hi there! Welcome to Sportstar’s live updates from Day 10 of FIFA World Cup action. But before we get the ball rolling with today’s matches, as has been our norm, here’s the recap of how Day 9 panned out.
QATAR WORLD CUP DAY 10 UPDATES
Wales vs England
Rashford inspires England to 3-0 win over Wales; Three Lions into Round of 16
A Marcus Rashford brace, including a stunning freekick, helped England to a thumping 3-0 win over Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium on Wednesday.
The win secured its progression to the Round of 16 and resigned Wales to an exit from the tournament.
By virtue of finishing first in Group A, England will face Senegal in the Round of 16, which finished second in the Group A table after securing six points.
Iran vs USA
The United States of America clinched a 1-0 win against Iran in its last group stage match to ensure qualification to the FIFA World Cup Round of 16.
Christian Pulisic’s goal was enough for the Stars and Stripes to secure the win and they will face the Netherlands in the Round of 16 stage.
In the other Group B match, England beat Wales 3-0 to finish as group-topper and will face Senegal in the Round of 16 stages.
Frenkie de Jong scored the second goal for Netherlands against Qatar, with Louis Van Gaal’s men almost sensing its confrimed spot in the final 16. And the fans at the Al Bayt Stadium continue to rejoice in what is looking like a very good return for the Dutch in the FIFA World Cup.
Cody Gakpo became the first player in the Netherlands’ history to score in its first three games of a World Cup tournament.
Gakpo is only the second player to score the first goal of the match three times in the same group stage of a World Cup (1st and 2nd included), after Italy’s Alessandro Altobelli in Mexico 1986.
Netherlands vs Qatar
Ecuador vs Senegal
Who is the referee for USA vs Iran clash?
Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz will be in charge of the proceedings tonight when he officiates the USA vs Iran FIFA World Cup Group B game at the Al Thumama Stadium. Lahoz officiated the Qatar vs Senegal match on November 25, when the latter took three points with a 3-1 win. Who is he?
England looks for win against Wales after draw against the USA
The odds are heavily stacked against Wales reaching the last 16 ahead of its so-called Battle of Britain against England on Tuesday but if it is to fly home early it will want to do so with pride restored.
Wales has waited 64 long years to qualify for a World Cup but after conceding two goals to Iran deep into stoppage on Friday it looks like being only a brief stay in Middle East.
That late defeat left Wales crestfallen and at the bottom of group B and needing to beat England for only the 14th time in 104 meetings, a rivalry dating back to 1879.
US, Iran face off in World Cup showdown
The United States and Iran meet in a politically charged winner-takes-all World Cup clash on Tuesday as England aim to reach the last 16 as group winners with victory over Wales.
Ever since the draw for the tournament was made in April, the Group B game between the US and Iran has stood out as one of the highlights of the first phase in Qatar.
Even with little riding on the result, the game at Thumama Stadium would have been loaded with political overtones, only the third meeting on a football field of two nations who share more than 40 years of ideological enmity.
Gareth Southgate worried about weight of expectation on Phil Foden
England coach Gareth Southgate is worried about the weight of expectations imposed on his 22-year-old midfielder Phil Foden by fans and media.
There has been a huge public demand for the Manchester City player to start in England’s final Group B game against Wales on Tuesday after he did not play against the USA in a goalless draw. So far, Foden made just one appearance in the Qatar World Cup in England’s 6-2 win over Iran as a substitute - REPORT.
Bruno Fernandes: Ronaldo could have scored my first goal
Portugal, on Monday, became the third team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 pre-quarterfinals. Fernando Santos’ team defeated Uruguaya 2-0, courtesy of a brace by Bruno Fernandes.
After the empathic victory, midfielder Fernandes said his first goal - which came from a cross outside the area on the left - might have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, who, in fact, burst into celebration, claiming the goal as Portugal took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute - REPORT.
FIFA World Cup: Ecuador frets over Valencia ahead of Senegal at Qatar WC
Enner Valencia has scored Ecuador’s last six World Cup goals so there’s no understating how worried his country is after he was carried off the field on a stretcher against the Netherlands.
- ⦿Ecuador vs Senegal LIVE streaming info, FIFA World Cup: When, where to watch, Preview; Predicted XI, Head-to-head
Ecuador hopes that the 33-year-old striker’s troublesome knees are OK for a decisive final group match against Senegal on Tuesday. He hurt his right knee against the Netherlands after spraining his left knee in the first game against Qatar.
He was up and walking a little while after that stretcher ride with an ice pack strapped to his right leg PREVIEW.
Netherlands under Van Gaal on cusp of advancing at Qatar WC
The Netherlands is on the verge of reaching the knockout stage at the World Cup and an overwhelming favorite in its final Group A match on Tuesday against host nation Qatar.
- ⦿Netherlands vs Qatar, World Cup 2022 live streaming info: Schedule, when and where to watch, stats, predicted 11
If the Dutch advance it will put more focus on 71-year-old coach Louis van Gaal, who stepped out of retirement just over a year ago to take over the national team while being treated for aggressive prostate cancer.
Host nation Qatar has lost its first two matches and already missed its chance to move on from the group stage - PREVIEW.
FIFA World Cup: Why are final group-stage matches happening at the same time?
With the Qatar World Cup entering its final round of group games, there will be changes in timings of the matches. From November 29, matches of the same group will be played simultaneously instead of at different times as in the first and second rounds of group matches, but why? Find out the reason(s) here.
DAY 9 RECAP
Cameroon kept its hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 alive as it fought back from two goals down to draw a six-goal thriller with Serbia in Group G - REPORT
Mohammed Kudus netted twice as Ghana edged out South Korea 3-2 in a dramatic and fluctuating World Cup Group H game on Monday to stay in contention for the next round - REPORT
Casemiro scored a stunning winner as five-time champion Brazil edged past Switzerland to reach the World Cup knockout stage - REPORT
Portugal secured its place in the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over Uruguay in a scrappy encounter at Lusail Stadium - REPORT