a piece of blue sky

Everyone is looking for their left side

French Eduardo Camavinga during a training session with the France team, at the Jassim-bin-Hamad stadium, in Doha, on November 24, 2022.

In 2010, Patrice Evra hunted ” the mole “ in Knysna and never found it anywhere else. Twelve years after the South African fiasco and in a completely different context, the Blues are looking for a cover for Théo Hernandez, the only professional left-back since his brother Théo’s injury. On Wednesday, Dayot Upamecano had thrown away the names of Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembélé, but everything smells like a bet between teammates. Just listen to Dembélé’s reaction.

This Thursday, Matteo Guendouzi released another clue, this time more credible. The Marseillaises have “betrayed” the secret of the game played behind closed doors by the substitutes the day before against a local team. “Cama played that role, because few players can be in this position and we don’t have many lefties. He was very good, he scored a magnificent goal by the way ”, indicates the former Arsenal. “Cama” is Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid midfielder.

hot in front

England – United States

The English celebrate their sixth goal in their win against Iran on Monday (November 21) at the Khalifa International Stadium.

After a demonstration and a festival of opening goals against Iran (6-2) on Monday, England will try to validate their ticket for the round of 16 this Friday. The Three Lions face the United States, a priori the most dangerous rival in Group B of which they are favourites, at 8:00 p.m. at the Al-Bayt stadium. And Gareth Southgate’s men should be able to count on their captain and striker Harry Kane, the victim of a tough tackle against Iran and uncertain weather for the match. What animates a game that promises to be explosive against a vengeful USA, disappointed with the result of their first round (1-1 against Wales) and that will have to catch up to aspire to go far.

Before this key game, the Netherlands will also try to qualify for the final phase. Moderately convincing against Senegal, the Dutch had to wait the last fifteen minutes to win (2-0) and they will have to be wary of Ecuador, whom they will face at 5:00 p.m.

full throttle

Richarlison tries, Neymar winces

Brazil had a shared evening. If the Seleçao are worried about Neymar’s sprained ankle, they nevertheless managed to enter the tournament by defeating Serbia (2-0). Richarlison will keep happy memories of his first World Cup match. The Tottenham striker forced the Serbian lock first by being well placed to receive a cross from Vinicius Jr (62me).

Also read: World Cup 2022: winner of Serbia, Brazil worried about Neymar, victim of a sprained ankle

It is especially his second goal that will be spinning in his head. Still served by the madridista, he chained a beautiful control with an acrobatic recovery that deceived Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (73me), the Serbian goalkeeper. Undoubtedly the best goal of the competition so far.

quicksand

“The performance of other Arab countries makes us a little envious”

Forward Ismail Mohammad summed up the feeling of the Qatari team this Thursday. On Friday, Al Annabi (“Les Bordeaux”) will play their second game against Senegal at 2:00 p.m. And after a lackluster performance against Ecuador in the first game (lost 2-0), the host country hopes to show its true level.

“Our team is capable of winning if it has the spirit, the determination and the perseverance and if it is inspired by the Arab teams that achieved good results in their first match”, said the coach Félix Sánchez at a press conference. A reference to theSaudi Arabia, which created the sensation against Argentinaand in Morocco, which hooked Croatia, outgoing finalist (0-0), the same as Tunisia against Denmark (0-0)

A fratricidal objective

The reaction of the Swiss Breel Embolo after his goal against Cameroon, on Thursday, November 24 at the Al-Janoub stadium.

As a symbol, it was he who allowed Switzerland to get out of the Cameroonian trap by scoring the only goal of the match. However, after seeing his shot go into the opposing cages, Breel Embolo barely reacted, standing still, hands in the air, almost regretful. And for good reason: the 25-year-old striker, who came to Switzerland at the age of four, was born… in Cameroon. “If I score, I’ll try not to celebrate it,” He had also specified before this particular game for him, perhaps feeling the wink of fate arrive. Word kept.

water in gas

Iranian footballer Voria Ghafouri arrested

Voria Ghafouri, April 27, 2021, in Jeddah.

The footballer Voria Ghafouri, famous in Iran -but not selected in the national team-, was arrested this Thursday by the authorities of the Islamic Republic, accused of having “He insulted and stained the reputation of the team and for having made propaganda” against the state, according to the Iranian news agency Fars. His mistake? Post a photo on Instagram in a traditional Kurdish dress.

Also read: Russia World Cup 2022: Iranians are silent at the time of their anthem, in support of the victims of the demonstrations

An arrest that takes place while Tehran has repressed for two months the demonstrations caused by the death of Mahsa Amini in prison for having worn the veil incorrectly. A repression against which the Iranian players had risen.

Grain of sand

5

You can be unemployed and write the history of the World Cup. Two days after his divorce from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score a goal in five different editions of the World Cup: 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and now 2022. Against Ghana (3-2), Thursday, CR7 He scored his eighth goal (in 18 games) in the World Cup finals by opening the scoring from the penalty spot. He does it better than Lionel Messi, Pelé, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.

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