Welcome to Sportstar’s Day 7 highlights for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Four matches - Tunisia vs Australia, Poland vs Saudi Arabia, France vs Denmark and Argentina vs Mexico - were played today.
DAY 7: QATAR 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
Argentina vs Mexico : Messi magic steers Albiceleste to first FIFA World Cup 2022 victory
Argentina saw Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez score as the Albiceleste got its first win in the FIFA World Cup 2022, against Mexico on Sunday.
Messi was involved in both the goals, scoring and assisting one, at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
France vs Denmark -
France breaks the Champion’s curse
France became the first defending World Cup winner to qualify for the round of 16 since Brazil in 2006, in the FIFA World Cup 2022, after it beat Denmark at the Stadium 974 in Qatar, on Saturday.
Kylian Mbappe scored twice to send champion France into the last 16 of the World Cup as it beat Denmark 2-1 in its Group D clash at the 974 Stadium on Saturday, making it first side to qualify for the knockout stage. (MATCH REPORT)
Follow the match live here: FRA 0-0 DEN Live Score, updates
Denmark’s Delaney ruled out of the World Cup
Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney is out of the World Cup after picking up a knee injury during his team’s opening goalless draw with Tunisia, the country’s FA announced on Wednesday.
“We’ll miss him, both on and off the pitch,” said coach Kasper Hjulmand in a statement.
“Our other players are ready and we have a strong squad for the coming matches.”
Delaney, who plays his club football with Sevilla in Spain, will miss Denmark’s remaining Group D fixtures against world champions France and Australia.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia
Poland overcame a resolute Saudi Arabia to secure a 1-0 win, which moved it to the top of Group C, at the Education City Stadium on Saturday. ( MATCH REPORT)
Australia vs Tunisia
A Mitch Duke header gave Australia its first World Cup victory in 12 years with a 1-0 win over Tunisia in a hard-fought contest on Saturday that kept alive its hopes of progressing from Group D. ( MATCH REPORT)
After crash landing, Argentina goes into must-win clash against Mexico
Bottom of the table and no longer a favourite, Argentina’s life has dramatically changed since those five fateful second half minutes. The grudging appreciations about a 36-match unbeaten run have made way to murmurs of becoming the first top team to get knocked out of Qatar 2022. A loss here would be the end.
A goalless draw in the other Group C game, however, has left its qualification still away from the realms of probability. The motivation is not lacking and there’s a desire to reconstruct and offer some joy a day after omnipresent Diego Maradona’s second death anniversary - PREVIEW.
Gregg Berhalter: USA vs Iran will be hotly contested game
Much-awaited Iran vs USA FIFA World Cup 2022 match is scheduled for November 30 kick-off. After holding England to a goalless draw on Friday night, the USA coach Gregg Berhalter faced tricky questions about the game against Iran, which is fresh from a clinical 2-0 win over Wales.
Berhalter described the match as the “first knockout game” of the Qatar World Cup - REPORT.
Van Dijk insists best is to come from the Netherlands
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk insisted his side will improve at the FIFA World Cup after a blunt attacking performance on Friday in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador that left them waiting to secure a place in the last 16.
“Of course, that is pretty obvious,” Van Dijk said when asked if the Dutch needed to do better after the draw at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium which nevertheless extended their unbeaten run to 17 games - REPORT.
Gareth Southgate: Fans booing England will not affect my players
Gareth Southgate, the England manager, said fans booing his side will not affect his players. He is determined not to let his players be influenced by “external noise” as England looks to end its 56-year-long wait for World Cup glory - REPORT.
Lionel Messi pays tribute to Diego Maradona, criticised by legend’s son
Football icon Lionel Messi paid homage to former Argentina coach Diego Maradona on his second death anniversary on November 25. Messi’s tribute came at a time when Maradona’s son Diego Sinagra criticised the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner after a shock 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening game at the FIFA World Cup 2022 - REPORT.
France faces Denmark with eye on sealing Last-16 berth
Olivier Giroud will bid to become France’s all-time top scorer when it faces Denmark in Group D at the FIFA World Cup on Saturday, with ‘Les Blues’ looking for a victory that will take it into the round of 16 with a game to spare in Qatar.
Target man Giroud is level with Thierry Henry on 51 goals after scoring twice in the 4-1 win against Australia on Tuesday.
“Titi, I’m coming for you,” Giroud joked after the Australia game, during which he benefited from the impressive work of Kylian Mbappe.
Lewandowski’s Poland looks for first win against high-flying Saudi Arabia
Robert Lewandowski’s Poland will be up against a high-flying Saudi Arabia in a Group C clash at the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the Education City stadium on Friday.
- ⦿Poland vs Saudi Arabia, FIFA World Cup live streaming info: When and where to watch, schedule, stats, predicted 11
Saudi Arabia coming at the back of a massive 2-1 win against Argentina will have momentum riding towards it and will hope replicate the kind of performance that it displayed against Lionel Messi’s side.
Going into the game, the focus will be on Saudi’s Salem Al Dawsari, who provided his side with the much-deserved winning goal against La Albiceleste, with a stunning solo goal in the 53rd minute of the game.
FIFA World Cup: Arab fan support key for Tunisia vs Australia at Qatar WC
Expect “TUN-is, TUN-is, TUN-is” chants to reverberate around the Al Janoub stadium as Tunisia enjoys overwhelming home-like support when it takes on Australia in each team’s second match at the World Cup on Saturday.
- ⦿Australia vs Tunisia, Live streaming info, FIFA World Cup: Preview, head to head, form, predicted XI
One of the four Arab teams at the first World Cup in the Middle East, Tunisia had arguably the loudest set of fans in the first round of games when it held European Championship semifinalist Denmark to a 0-0 draw.
And the support isn’t just from Tunisians. Fans waving Palestinian flags have been following Tunisia, and there are also supporters of the squad from Egypt and Algeria - READ FULL STORY.
Where can you watch the matches in India?
All matches of FIFA World Cup will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. The tournament will be live streamed on JioCinema on Android and well as iOS.
IRAN vs WALES
Roozbeh Cheshmi struck against Wales from 20 yards nine minutes into stoppage time, before Ramin Rezaeian finished off a counter-attack to seal victory for Iran, which has renewed hope of reaching the knockout stages for the first time in its history - REPORT
SENEGAL vs QATAR
Qatar fought hard before Senegal condemned it to a second straight defeat - and subsequently the host became the first country knocked out of the competition after the Netherlands drew 1-1 against Ecuador - REPORT
NETHERLANDS vs ECUADOR
Enner Valencia scored his third goal of the World Cup before being taken off on a stretcher as Ecuador drew with the Netherlands to leave Group A wide open - REPORT
ENGLAND vs USA
England struggled to a goalless draw against the United States to miss the chance to seal qualification for the World Cup knockout stage - REPORT