Soccer said the decision to use an Iranian flag stripped of the country’s official emblem and two lines of Islamic script in posts on Twitter and Instagram was intentional, and meant to show support for the women of Iran — a nod to protests that have roiled Iran at home and followed its team to the World Cup in Qatar.
After a 2-0 loss to Argentina on Saturday night, Mexico sits in last place in its four-team group. Its streak of advancing to the knockout stage in seven straight World Cups is dangerously close to ending. In order to keep it going, Mexico will have to beat Saudi Arabia — by a lot — and pray for some help. “We still have some hope and we have faith and we have to work, ” forward Hirving Lozano said in Spanish on Saturday night after the loss to Argentina. “Even if there’s a 1 percent chance, we’ll try.
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”The biggest problem for Mexico so far this tournament has been what it will need the most on Wednesday against Saudi Arabia: goals. Mexico has scored none. In two games, it has attempted 15 shots. Only five have been on target. Against Argentina, Mexico focused more on defense and control, while hoping to get the ball up the field quickly on transition. While the strategy held Argentina and Lionel Messi scoreless in the first half, it unraveled at times in the second half. “Hurt, ” forward Henry Martin said of the team’s mood. “We deserved more. We had a great game, in the first half, they didn’t score. The first goal was the only chance they had. ”Asked after the game what message he had for fans who might be angry at the team’s performances at the World Cup, Gerardo Martino, Mexico’s Argentine coach, bristled at the question.
Belgium played as if the match were a quaint Sunday league game while the Atlas Lions of Morocco showed an energy and directness that Belgium could not cope with. The victory was Morocco’s first at the World Cup since 1998, and it will need just a draw in its final game to advance to the knockout phase. 27, 2022, 4:41 a. ET Japan Costa Rica Keysher Fuller (81’) Costa Rica made the most of its first shot on goal in this World Cup, scoring on it to beat Japan, 1-0.
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Here’s what to know:At no point in the game did Costa Rica look like it was going to score a goal. Until it did. Japan had more shots, 14, versus Costa Rica’s four, and possessed the ball for 47 percent of the game. Costa Rica held on to the ball for just 38 percent of the match. Japan might have been doomed from the start, when its manager, Hajime Moriyasu, rejiggered the starters against Costa Rica, putting Takuma Asano, who scored the game winner against Germany, on the bench. Moriyasu brought Asano in to start the second half, sparking a relentless assault on Costa Rica’s goal. The Blue Samurais then took control of the game after a very dull first half from both teams. Japan had one of its best chances in the 70th minute when Costa Rica’s Francisco Calvo fouled a Japanese player right outside the penalty box, earning Japan a free kick.
Canada vs Morocco preview: Analysis, team news and moreCanada will be hoping to sign off from the 2022 World Cup in style when they face Morocco in their final Group F game on Thursday, December 1. The game will be played at Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha. Raphael Claus will referee the match. It will be the Brazilian’s second game at the tournament after he was in charge of England’s 6-2 win against Iran in the first round of fixtures. What time is Canada vs Morocco? The match kicks off at 6pm local time which means it will start at 3pm in the UK and the coverage will be shown on the BBC.
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In the US, FS1 and Telemundo will be showing the match and kick off is at 10am EST and 7am PT. The Canadian broadcasters showing the game include CTV, TSN and RDS. Morocco works on Western European Summer Time (WEST) so kick off there will be at 4pm. Team newsUnfortunately for John Herdman, very little rests on his team selection in this one. He has a fully-fit squad to choose from but he may choose to make some changes, bringing in some fringe players for the regular starters who have played in both games so far.
Atiba Hutchinson might be one of the casualties in that scenario at the ripe old age of 39. It’s less simple for Walid Regragui as he has a few injury issues to consider. Yassine Bounou came out for the national anthem in Morocco’s last game but it was Munir Mohamed who ending up keeping a clean sheet against Belgium as the first-choice goalkeeper felt dizzy, according to his manager. There are question marks over the fitness of full-back pair Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazraoui. The former was withdrawn early in the last game but he should be fit for the last game of the group stage. Predicted line-upsCanada (3-4-3): Borjan, Johnston, Vitoria, Miller; Laryea, Kone, Eustaquio, Davies; Buchanan, David, Hoilett. Morocco (4-3-3): Bounou, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Amallah, Ounahi; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.
A horrible failed trap by Kamal Miller let two Croatians alone in on goal, allowing Lovro Majer to score the fourth in stoppage time. Canada’s defense made a handful of errors, poor clearances and nonexistent closeouts, but the loss mostly did not come from individual mistakes. Canada was game and energetic but just was not as talented as Croatia’s attack and was outgunned all game. 27, 2022, 10:18 a. Glyn Kirk/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesEntering the World Cup, there were many questions about the Mexican national team. How good was the squad, really? Was its coach making the right calls? Was this all going to end in bitter disappointment again? Two games into the tournament and the answer feels clear.
Daichi Kamada missed his attempt. Both teams have to worry about how aggressively they can play in their final match, after they both racked up three yellow cards on Sunday. It’s especially troubling for Costa Rica, whose two strikers, Joel Campbell and Anthony Contreras, have one each. 27, 2022, 4:27 a. Juan Mabromata/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesLUSAIL, Qatar — As he wrapped Enzo Fernández tightly in his arms, Lionel Messi could not help it. His Argentina teammates were screaming, full pelt, toward them. At their back, the stands were melting into a writhing, bubbling soup of sky blue and white. Messi saw it all, and, for the first time in what has felt like a long time, he smiled. For someone who has spent the better part of two decades delivering moments of rare, soaring pleasure to millions of people on a weekly basis, Messi looks happy surprisingly infrequently. He tends, most of the time, toward the serious.
Insipid. Turgid. Uninspired. Ponderous. Sluggish. It should be impossible for a side featuring Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel — even the well-aged version of these players — to look so toothless in attack, even as they generated plenty of wasted chances. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ReutersBut Morocco understood the game plan and executed it well. It defended deeply and looked for Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi on the break. It took advantage of its set piece opportunities, momentarily taking the lead in first-half stoppage time through a Ziyech free kick before a Moroccan player was ruled offside.
”Against Saudi Arabia, Martino suggested, there would be more changes to Mexico’s lineup and tactics, because “we need to score at least three goals” in hopes of advancing. 27, 2022, 7:39 a. ET 0 Belgium 2 Morocco Abdelhamid Sabiri’s inspired free kick from a narrow angle, when most other players would have opted for a cross instead of a shot, gave Morocco the surprise lead, and Zakaria Aboukhlal’s chip from a cutback pass sealed the 2-0 victory over Belgium in stoppage time. The vicious English tabloids will have a field day with Belgium’s performance and with their thesaurus.
The victory revives its slim chances of advancing to the next round, puts Japan in the very difficult spot of needing to beat Spain to continue and offers Germany a lifeline. Japan had controlled the game until the 81st minute, when it gave the ball away to Keysher Fuller, who fired a shot past the fingers of Shuichi Gonda and into the upper right corner of the net. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe result stunned Japan and ended the momentum it was riding after its upset of Germany last week. Japan will need to beat Spain, one of the tournament’s favorites, later this week to advance. The Costa Ricans also did the Germans a huge favor. It cannot be eliminated with a tie or even a loss against Spain and can even win the group with victories in its next two games.
The story so farCanada really shouldn’t be in a position where they are already out of the World Cup heading into the final group game. Granted, they were totally outplayed by Croatia in their last game but they were brilliant against Belgium and came away empty handed from a game they should have won. When Alphonso Davies scored inside two minutes in the last game, a nation started to dream of a World Cup victory but they were soon brought crashing back down to earth as they conceded four goals without reply, crashing out in the process.
He said that he knows his team has struggled with consistently on offense. In its scoreless draw with Poland, he pointed out, Mexico mostly dominated the game but couldn’t quite finish its chances near the goal. Against Argentina, he said Mexico tried a different tactic — and didn’t expect many scoring chances — but failed in its final passes when attacking. As for the fans, Martino said to reporters: “It depends on your view. If you have a view of 60 or 30 minutes? If you tell them about 30 minutes, people will stay mad. If you tell them about 60, probably not as much.
But it said it had deleted the two posts after a series of internal discussions on Sunday and would use Iran’s official flag moving forward. The US. players and their coach, Gregg Berhalter, were not involved in the decision to use the incorrect flag or to remove it, the spokesman said. 27, 2022, 2:16 p. Kenzo Tribouillard/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesRiots erupted in the heart of Brussels and several other Belgian cities on Sunday after Belgium was upset by Morocco, 2-0, at the World Cup. Video footage shared online showed crowds overturning and setting ablaze a car in Brussels, the Belgian capital. Local reports said rioters also set fire to electric scooters and threw bricks at other vehicles.
They can finish top of Group F by bettering Croatia’s result or by overturning the goal difference deficit. PredictionMorocco to beat Canada. Canada to win: 34 per cent. Morocco to win: 38 per cent. Draw: 28 per cent. All of our predictions for the 2022 World Cup are powered by Nielsen’s Gracenote, who have used a proprietary football ranking system to estimate the chances of different results for every possible match through extensive simulations, to assess the chances for each team to reach different stages of the tournament. Wider readingAs Canada’s World Cup campaign is over prematurely, focus has already switched to the next tournaments, including the 2026 World Cup hosted in North America.
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