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2022 World Cup

Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Australia won a World Cup game for only the third time in their history with a dogged 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday to revive their last-16 hopes. Striker Mitch Duke scored the only goal of a tight game with a clever header in the first…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Australia and Tunisia both made one change for their World Cup Group D clash on Saturday with no place in the starting line-ups for Socceroos midfielder Ajdin Hrustic or feted Tunisian striker Wahbi Khazri. Australia coach Graham Arnold had flagged his change on Friday with Fran…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Argentina will seek to save their World Cup skins in Qatar on Saturday when Lionel Messi and his teammates face Mexico in a match they cannot afford to lose. A stunning 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia has left Argentina, who arrived in Doha on a 36-match…
Staff Reporter. Disappointed Qatar fans criticised their team after a second successive defeat eliminatedthe hosts from the World Cup on Friday when Ecuador's draw with Netherlands ensured that they could not progress. Qatar lost the opening game of the tournament 2-0 to Ecuador on Sunday, and though their performance was…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - England suffered a sobering reality check as they were outplayed for long periods by a youthful United States side in a tense 0-0 draw in their second World Cup Group B game on Friday. A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday sent fans' hopes soaring but…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Ecuador's "Superman" captain Enner Valencia led a feisty fightback on Friday as the South Americans drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Group A to keep both teams in the running for the last 16 while ending hosts Qatar's chances of qualifying. Valencia, 33, tapped in his…
By Mitch Phillips. Brazil duo Neymar and Danilo will miss their country's remaining two World Cup group games and face a fight to be fit for the knockout stage after sustaining injuries in Thursday's 2-0 win over Serbia, a source close to the team told Reuters on Friday. Brazil top…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Iran claimed a famous 2-0 victory over 10-man Wales on Friday as Carlos Queiroz's men scored two goals deep into added time to keep their World Cup campaign alive. The Iran players, who sang the national anthem before kick-off, sent their thousands of supporters at the…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Host nation Qatar are perilously close to crashing out of the World Cup after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat by Senegal at the Al Thumama Stadium on Friday, despite Mohammed Muntari netting a first-ever World Cup finals goal for the Qataris. A win or a…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Brazil were sweating on the fitness of Neymar on Friday after their talisman sprained his ankle in the World Cup win over Serbia. The forward suffered the injury in a collision with Nikola Milenkovic during the second half of the 2-0 win in Qatar on Thursday…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - England head into their second match of the World Cup against the United States on Friday knowing victory would secure a place in the last 16, while the Netherlands could also qualify for the knockout phase. Gareth Southgate's men kicked off their campaign with a 6-2…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - It was not supposed to be this way. Before the World Cup started, hopes were high in Argentina that Lionel Messi was set for a glorious swansong. The diminutive superstar with magic in his boots insisted he was in fine shape physically ahead of what he…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - A second-half brace by Richarlison, including a stunning overhead scissor kick, gave tournament favourites Brazil a 2-0 win over Serbia in their opening World Cup game at the Lusail Stadium on Thursday. The record five-time winners had toiled at times in the first half but improved…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Neymar leads an attack-minded Brazil side in their opening Group G game at the World Cup against Serbia at Doha's Lusail Stadium on Thursday. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar, the world's most expensive player, comes into his third World Cup needing just two more goals to equal…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off his bitter split with Manchester United to claim yet another record as he became the first player to score in five World Cups with a penalty to help steer his side to a nervy 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.…
Staff Reporter. Kingsley Coman has left France's training session on Thursday, two days before the defending champions face Denmark in Group D of the World Cup in Qatar. The forward walked off the pitch with no apparent injury in a session that was attended by all players, including Raphael Varane…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Uruguay faltered in their World Cup opener against a lively and energetic South Korea after they were held to a 0-0 draw on Thursday in a contest where both teams struggled to find the clinical edge despite plenty of attacking quality on show. Clear-cut chances were…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Switzerland edged past Cameroon 1-0 courtesy of a goal against the run of play by Cameroon-born Breel Embolo on Thursday for an opening win in World Cup Group G. Embolo, born in Yaounde but raised in Basle, struck three minutes after the restart from a Xherdan…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Brazil begin their bid to win a sixth World Cup on Thursday when they take on Serbia, while Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to put his acrimonious departure from Manchester United behind him as Portugal enter the fray against Ghana. Brazil will be wary of a dangerous…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Michy Batshuayi's first-half goal proved enough for a below-par Belgium to squeeze to a 1-0 win over a Canada side playing their first World Cup match for 36 years on Wednesday. Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Alphonso Davies' early penalty and Batshuayi opened the scoring against…
Staff Reporter. Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday, their biggest ever winning margin at a World Cup, helped by two goals by Ferran Torres and strikes by five other players to send a resounding message to the rest of the teams in Qatar. Spain were mindful of the shock…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Japan stunned Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, punishing the four-time champions for not taking their chances after they dominated the first half. The German team covered their mouths for the team photo before the match in a powerful protest against Fifa's decision…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Morocco held Croatia to a 0-0 draw in their opening game of the World Cup on Wednesday, producing a spirited display against the 2018 runners-up led by Luka Modric. Backed by Qatar's large Moroccan community at the Al Bayt Stadium, the Atlas Lions followed up north…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Olivier Giroud became France's joint all-time top scorer when his double helped the holders start the defence of their World Cup title in style with a 4-1 comeback Group D win against Australia on Tuesday. Giroud found the net before and after the break to take…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Poland skipper Robert Lewandowski failed to break his World Cup duck when he saw a second-half penalty saved in a goalless but entertaining draw with Mexico in their opening Group C game at Stadium 974 on Tuesday. Lewandowski earned the penalty after a VAR check 11…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Tunisia held Denmark to a goalless draw in their World Cup opener on Tuesday, kicking off their Group D campaign with a strong performance against one of the pre-tournament dark horses. Tunisia have never reached the World Cup knockouts in five previous attempts but Jalel Kadri's…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - The 25-year-old, who hasn't scored since joining Sevilla on loan from French side Nice, got the nod and will line up in front of playmaker Christian Eriksen, who is making his first appearance at a major finals since suffering a heart attack on the field against…
By Andrew Cawthorne and Shady Amir. Unheralded Saudi Arabia notched one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina thanks to a scintillating second half come back. On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Lionel Messi will embark on Tuesday on what will surely be his last chance to win the World Cup, with Argentina and holders France both in action in Qatar. After England thumped Iran 6-2 to showcase their title credentials, day three of one of the most…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Gareth Bale rescued Wales with a late penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw with the United States in their World Cup Group B clash on Monday in Qatar. Welsh skipper Bale lashed home an 82nd-minute spot kick after earning the penalty moments earlier when defender Walker…
Staff Reporter. Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he was physically ready for the World Cup in Qatar and that it will be a special occasion as his side are one of the favourites in what is likely to be his last appearance in the global tournament. "I feel very good…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Netherlands scored twice in the final minutes through Cody Gakpo and substitute Davy Klaassen to beat Senegal 2-0 in their World Cup Group A match at Al Thumama Stadium on Monday. The Dutch, who missed out on the 2018 World Cup, looked to be heading for…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - England got their World Cup campaign off to a flying start as they rattled in the goals past a shell-shocked Iran and cruised to an impressive 6-2 Group B victory on Monday in a timely return to form for Gareth Southgate's side. England came into the…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Nothing is going to disrupt France in their opening World Cup game against Australia - not Karim Benzema's absence, and especially not the 'One Love' armband row in Qatar, captain Hugo Lloris said on Monday. The defending champions start their campaign in Group D on Tuesday,…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Ecuador eased past World Cup debutants Qatar 2-0 on Sunday with two goals from veteran striker Enner Valencia in a first opening game defeat for a host nation in the tournament's history. Ecuador's all-time top scorer, nicknamed "Superman" at home, scored an early penalty and added…
Staff Reporter. The 2022 World Cup kicked off on Sunday with a visually striking opening ceremony at Al-Bayt Stadium ahead of the tournament's first match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador that is currently underway. American actor Freeman featured in the festivities alongside Qatari YouTuber Ghanim Al-Muftah. South Korean pop star…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - As the Netherlands return to the World Cup after missing out in 2018, they will be led by Virgil van Dijk, who has grown into one of the game's best defenders. Runners-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010, the Netherlands came within a penalty shootout of reaching…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Fifa president Gianni Infantino blasted the "hypocrisy" of Western critics of Qatar's human rights record on Saturday, making a passionate defence of the World Cup in the Gulf state on the eve of the kick-off. The build-up to the tournament has been dominated by concerns over…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - VAR offside decisions will be quicker and more accurate at the World Cup after the introduction of new technology developed by FIFA over the last three years, referees chief Pierluigi Collina said on Friday. The "semi-automatic offside technology" will rule on even the tightest offside decisions…
Staff Reporter. Senegal star Sadio Mane has lost his race to be fit for the 2022 World Cup and has been withdrawn from their squad, the country's football federation announced on Thursday. His club Bayern Munich added later that the 30-year-old, who was voted second in the Ballon d'Or last…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Hansi Flick's Germany squad are in Oman ahead of their final preparation match before the World Cup in Qatar. The German coach shares his nation's preparations, and the World Cup as a whole. Flick sat down with the Bundesliga media, discussing a variety of topics including managing…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Cristiano Ronaldo's explosive interview has not been a distraction in the changing room as they prepare for a friendly against Nigeria in Lisbon on Thursday, the team's last match before they travel to Qatar for the World Cup. Asked if Ronaldo's…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Superstar Lionel Messi warmed up for the World Cup with a goal in an easy Argentina victory on Wednesday while reigning champions France touched down in Qatar. Messi, 35, has a sackful of trophies but the tournament in Qatar is likely to be his final chance…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was due to jet into Qatar on Wednesday hoping to crown his glorious career by lifting the World Cup trophy as defending champions France also prepared to join the party. Messi, 35, has a sackful of trophies but the tournament in Qatar…
Staff Reporter. France forward Christopher Nkunku will miss the World Cup after suffering an injury in training on Tuesday, the French federation (FFF) said. The RB Leipzig forward left Tuesday's training session early with a left knee injury. A video circulating on social media showed Nkunku clash with team mate…
Staff Reporter. England and the Netherlands were set to become the first World Cup heavyweights to arrive in Qatar on Tuesday as Fifa president Gianni Infantino again urged teams to focus on the football. The pleas from football's world governing body have fallen on deaf ears in some countries as…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Senegal forward Sadio Mane will miss the "first games" of the World Cup in Qatar due to injury, a Senegal soccer federation official was quoted as saying by local media on Tuesday. The 30-year-old striker was named last week in Senegal's 26-man squad for the World…
Staff Reporter. Iran's players are free to join in the protests sweeping their country over women's rights while they are playing at the World Cup in Qatar but must do so within the rules of the tournament, national team coach Carlos Queiroz said on Tuesday. The rights activist HRANA news…
Staff Reporter. Lionel Messi holds the record for games played among all currently active players. If Argentina were to reach the World Cup final in Qatar, Messi could set a new mark for the most ever matches at the global showpiece competition. Messi currently has 19 appearances over four World…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Neymar and Marquinhos arrived late for the first day of World Cup training on Monday due to problems with their flight from Paris to Turin where Brazil are holding a five-day camp before flying to Doha. All 26 players in the squad were due to report…
Staff Reporter. QATAR's World Cup will see the most famous names in world football face off against each other over November and December. However, there are set to be many noticeable absences as the tournaments approaches. Here is a full list of absentees from Qatar, which Fullview will keep updated…
Staff Reporter. Kamal Sowah's form for Club Brugge in the Champions League has won him a World Cup call-up for Ghana after the uncapped striker was on Monday included in the country’s squad for Qatar. The 22-year-old was a surprise selection as coach Otto Addo named his 26-man squad for…
Staff Reporter. Paris St-Germain's Lionel Messi will play in his fifth World Cup finals as part of an Argentina squad that includes five Premier League players. Head coach Lionel Scaloni has combined veterans like Messi, 35, and Angel di Maria, 34, with younger players such as Manchester City forward Julian…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Sadio Mane has been named in Senegal's squad for the World Cup in Qatar despite suffering an injury playing for Bayern Munich on Tuesday. The 30-year-old striker, whose decisive penalty kicks won both the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification for his country this…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder Mario Götze has been included in Germany's squad for this month's FIFA World Cup, while Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen strikers Youssoufa Moukoko and Niclas Füllkrug earned their first call-ups. Götze famously scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Brazil great Pele backed the team to live up to their billing as World Cup favourites and capture a record-extending sixth title in Qatar, saying he has full confidence in the 26-man squad selected by head coach Tite. Sharing his thoughts on Instagram alongside a picture…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Wales manager Rob Page called up the experienced Gareth Bale and Joe Allen despite fitness concerns as he announced the country's first World Cup squad in 64 years on Wednesday. Bale, Wales's all-time top scorer with 40 goals in 108 internationals, admitted he was still not…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Cameroon left out long-serving centre back Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui from their squad for the World Cup in a shock omission as coach Rigobert Song named his 26-man selection for Qatar on Wednesday. The coach also surprisingly included two home-based players -- Souaibou Marou and Jerome Ngom --…
Staff Reporter. Olivier Giroud was named in France's provisional squad for the Qatar World Cup as coach Didier Deschamps unveiled a 25-man group on Wednesday amid injury concerns for the defending champions. The experienced striker, recalled in March after a nine-month hiatus following the team's early Euro 2021 exit, has…
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