Welcome to Sportstar’s Day 6 build-up for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Four matches - Wales vs Iran, Qatar vs Senegal, Netherlands vs Ecuador and England vs USA - were played today.
DAY 6: QATAR 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
England and the United States of America played a goalless draw in their second Group B match of the FIFA World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Friday... READ MORE ON THIS HERE.
Neymar, Danilo out of Brazil’s FIFA World Cup group stage matches
Brazilian duo Neymar and Danilo will miss Brazil’s remaining World Cup group games against Switzerland and Cameroon after sustaining ankle injuries in Thursday’s opening 2-0 victory over Serbia, the team’s doctor said on Friday. REPORT
Senegal wins 2-0 to put Qatar on brink of FIFA World Cup exit
Senegal pushed Qatar to the brink of a group stage exit, after it clinched a 2-1 win, with goals from both halves, on Friday at the AL Thumama Stadium, Doha. REPORT
Muntari scores Qatar’s first-ever goal in FIFA World Cup
Mohammed Muntari scored Qatar’s first-ever World Cup goal during its second Group A match against Senegal, which the host nation lost 1-3, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Friday. READ
Senegal vs Qatar
Senegal vs Qatar kicks off as both sides look for their first win of the tournament. LIVE BLOG
IRAN BEATS WALES
Rouzbeh Cheshmi slotted home deep 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
Follow the Wales vs Iran Group B match LIVE
Enrique: ‘Happy with players having sex before match’
Spain manager Luis Enrique has said he is happy for his players to have sex before a match in FIFA World Cup 2022 as long as they are not indulging in an orgy - READ
PODCAST: Ronaldo brushes off controversy with records, Richarlison’s screamer for Brazil: FIFA World Cup 2022 talking points
Cristiano Ronaldo, featuring in the World Cup without a club contract for the first time in his career, brought the focus back to his skills on the pitch with a strong opening performance against Ghana, while Richarlison scored what is easily the goal of the tournament (so far at least) to help Brazil cruise past Serbia. Switzerland got past Cameroon with a 1-0 win while South Korea and Uruguay played out a frustrating goalless draw.
Neeladri Bhattacharjee, Abhishek Saini, and Nihit Sachdeva look at the ups and downs of the Day 4 of the FIFA World Cup 2022 .
England wary of FIFA World Cup upset against US
England scored six goals in its opening World Cup game against Iran, but it was the two it conceded that concern coach Gareth Southgate and provide hope for the United States.
“By the end we looked sloppy,” said Southgate of the 6-2 win over Iran on Monday. He also warned the US would be coming “full-throttle” in Friday’s Group B match.
The tournament has already produced some shocking results, including Saudi Arabia’s win against Argentina and Japan’s upset over Germany.
A win for the US over England would not be on the scale of Saudi Arabia’s win — but Gregg Berhalter’s team is undoubtedly the underdog against one of the tournament favourites - PREVIEW.
Netherlands looks to seal Last 16 berth
The Netherlands will look for a win over Ecuador to seal its berth in the Last 16 on Friday. Louis van Gaal’s Dutch team, however, has to wait for the result of the Qatar-Senegal match. If the match ends a in a draw and Netherlands beats Ecuador, the Dutch side will be through to the pre-quarterfinals.
- ⦿Netherlands vs Ecuador, Live streaming info, FIFA World Cup: Preview, head to head, form, predicted XI
The Oranje edged to a 2-0 success against the African champions in their first outing with late goals from in-form youngster Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.
The Netherlands, three-time runners-up, are playing at the World Cup for the first time since finishing third under Van Gaal in 2014.
Gareth Southgate ignores Gregg Berhalter’s social media message
Friendship only goes so far when buddies become rivals in sports.
USA coach Gregg Berhalter considers himself as a friend to England counterpart Gareth Southgate, but communication between the two has been cut off recently with both leading teams at the FIFA World Cup - REPORT.
Host Qatar must conquer nerves before Senegal
There’s a good chance the World Cup will go from bad to worse for the Qatar team if the players don’t conquer their nerves when they face African champion Senegal in their second group match.
“We usually say that you learn from mistakes.” Qatar’s Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said on Thursday. “Let’s hope that we’ve freed ourselves from all this pressure or tension that was there on the first day.”
The Qataris are already the first hosts to lose the opening game of a World Cup after they were overwhelmed by their nation’s biggest sporting occasion in a 2-0 Group A defeat to Ecuador on Sunday - PREVIEW.
Top 5 goals of Round 1 in FIFA World Cup 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has seen some of the most stunning goals. Here are our top five picks at the end of round one.
Iran will likely have backup keeper against Wales
With goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand likely sidelined after a scary injury in Iran’s World Cup opener, backup Hossein Hosseini has a tall task against Wales and star Gareth Bale.
Iran, in last place in Group B after a 6-2 loss to England, faces Wales on Friday at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium - PREVIEW.
Otto Addo calls Ronaldo’s goal “a special gift” from referee
Ghana coach Otto Addo criticised the American referee Ismail Elfath who awarded the penalty that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo’s record goal at the FIFA World Cup, calling it “a special gift.” Ronaldo won and converted the second-half penalty, making him the first male player to score in five World Cups. Portugal went on to beat Ghana 3-2 on Thursday - REPORT.
Brazil forward Neymar suffers ankle injury vs Serbia, to undergo scan
Despite an emphatic victory in its opening World Cup game against Serbia, Brazil was left to worry about the fitness of Neymar, who was substituted with 11 minutes left to play.
Though coach Tite allayed fears of the attacker missing out the next game against Switzerland on November 28, the team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar was a little less committal - REPORT.
DAY 5 RECAP
As we build up to today’s fixtures, here’s a quick recap of how Day 5 panned out at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scored the only goal against Cameroon - the country of his birth - in a hard-fought World Cup Group G opener - REPORT
Nothing could separate Uruguay and South Korea in their World Cup opener in Group H despite plenty of attacking quality on show in Qatar - REPORT
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score at five FIFA World Cups as Portugal began its campaign with a thrilling victory over Ghana - REPORT
Richarlison scored two goals, the second with a spectacular acrobatic kick, to help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 Thursday at the World Cup - REPORT