World Cup: Lazy England frustrated in US it. stalemate
England crashed back to earth on Friday evening as they played out a goalless draw against the USA in Group B to leave them still needing a result against Wales in their final group game. The Three Lions’ performance could not have been more of a contrast to their opening match against Iran, where they showed fluid movement, a clinical eye for goal and a fearlessness in attack. Last night was the opposite, Gareth Southgate’s men lost control of midfield, looked sluggish throughout and struggled against a team they would have expected to dominate.
It was only luck – and a brilliant defensive performance from Harry Maguire – that saw England leave the game with a point. USA’s talisman Christian Pulisic rattled the woodwork in their closest attempt at goal but it will be frustrating for Southgate to see how easily the US can be beaten. it. Piled pressure on England’s final third. The performance was so poor that England were booed off the field at the end of the game and now need a result against Wales to qualify.
Unnecessary pressure was heaped on the manager’s shoulders due to the draw and it didn’t help that he decided to keep Phil Foden on the bench when the game was crying out for more creativity. Southgate knows he will be judged on results and if England travel through Wales on Tuesday, the result will be but another blip in the record.
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Wales football fan who traveled to World Cup with son dies in Qatar
A Welsh football fan who flew to Qatar to watch the World Cup with his son has died.
The man, named by the Welsh FA as Kevin Davies, is understood to have been in Doha with his son and friends but was taken ill and died of natural causes on Friday.
The Wales Football Supporters Association Fan Embassy wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately we lost one of the Red Walls yesterday in Qatar, our sincere condolences go out to his son here in Doha and his family back in Wales. May he rest in peace.”
Sports staffNovember 26, 2022 1:15 p.m
Gareth Southgate still unsure whether to stick or rotate across England midfield
If the introduction of Jordan Henderson with 20 minutes to go of England’s deeply disappointing goalless draw with the USA was not the turning point Gareth Southgate clearly hoped it would be, this is still evidence.
After watching more than an hour of his side reverting to the type seen so often in the last 16 months since the heroics of Euro 2020, the manager has seen enough. We all have.
If the opening victory over Iran was about a young side embracing a freedom of expression, an opportunity to show their class, this was almost the opposite, the carefree team of just five days ago suddenly and so visibly burdened once more.
While this is sometimes understandable in major tournament football, where results matter far more than how you achieve them, much of that can be traced back to a midfield here that simply could not take control and stamp its authority on a game that was very much There for him.
Michael JonesNovember 26, 2022 1:01 p.m
Americans are in love with football and we should all be worried
Watching Americans fall in love with football is like watching the fires of Mount Doom light up the dark sky over Mordor. Here in this New York bar, described by some online listicles as “the best soccer venue in the city,” I’m Gandalf looking at a pulsating orange glow in the distance with foreboding—a silent witness to the rise of a power that, once Unleashed, will be almost impossible to stop.
It’s no secret that the United States is a country that takes sports very seriously, but it’s hard to describe to people who don’t live here how deeply embedded it is in the culture. From a very early age, through high school and college, Americans were raised on a diet of several at a time. Their sporting prowess is not immediately obvious to us from the outside because they are mostly happy to play games that no one else does. But football, the most popular sport in the world, has been winning American hearts and minds at a rapid pace Over the past decade.
When I watched England take on the US it. In the group stage of the World Cup, surrounded by American football fans, I paused to wonder: what happens when this nation of sports fanatics finally starts to take the sport seriously?
Michael JonesNovember 26, 2022 12:50 p.m
Eden Hazard demands more protection from World Cup referee
Belgium winger Hazard was the second-most fouled player in the tournament after the first round of matches, behind Brazil star Neymar.
“I always say if there’s a foul on me, it means I have the ball, so it’s a good sign, it’s part of my game,” said the 31-year-old.
Michael JonesNovember 26, 2022 12:39 p.m
Qatar’s World Cup streaming service blocked in Saudi Arabia
A Qatar-based broadcaster is in talks with FIFA after its World Cup streaming service was blocked in Saudi Arabia by the country’s government.
The broadcaster, Bein Sports, holds the rights to the World Cup matches in Saudi Arabia and will screen 22 of them free to air there.
However, the remaining 42 can only be watched through its streaming service, which has been blocked in Saudi Arabia since an hour before the opening ceremony last Sunday.
Carl MatchettNovember 26, 2022 12:28 p.m
Argentina aim to ‘turn the page’ after shock opening chapter of World Cup
As Lionel Messi went down for breakfast in the morning after the “nightmare” before, he immediately realized that the Argentine squad needed a meeting. The captain told them they needed to “turn the page” on the shock defeat to Saudi Arabia, but felt a little more needed to be done to change the atmosphere.
It was decided to open their Qatar University camp and let the players’ families. They stayed for over five hours, and it was said to be “great for the team”.
There was already a considerable difference from 24 hours before, when the dressing room was described by many figures as “a horror”.
If this all seems like an old-fashioned overemphasis on the mentality of the Argentina squad, that’s because it remains a very present problem. They have probably been the national team most affected by mood than any other in the last decade. When things are going well, as they have been in this 36-straight run, this team can be electric; Flying. When there is a setback, as started with the first offside against Saudi Arabia, it comes to them.
It is said that they are never once behind in this long run. There is even more evidence that, once Salem Aldawsari scored for Saudi Arabia to continue, Argentina barely mustered a chance.
Miguel Delaney in Doha, on the new challenge that Argentina faces:
Carl MatchettNovember 26, 2022 12:12 p.m
Kieran Trippier understands England fans’ frustration but insists USA draw was ‘good point’
Kieran Trippier understands why England fans booed the team after their goalless draw with the United States, but insists they will be ready for a “fight” against Wales.
Gareth Southgate’s side are still firm favorites to progress to the round of 16, but a lackluster display, with just one meaningful shot on target, left supporters unhappy and boos were heard at the Al Bayt Stadium at full-time.
“Obviously, the fans want to see goals and win matches,” Trippier said when asked about the mixed reaction. “But all I can say to that is that the boys’ commitment is there, we give 100 per cent in every game.
“Of course we understand the frustration because we didn’t win the game but we gave everything, a point is a good result.”
Carl Matchett26 November 2022 11:58
Huge fire breaks out in Qatar near World Cup fan village
A breaking story in Qatar:
A huge fire broke out in the city of Lusail in Qatar, with thick plumes of black smoke rising into the sky near one of the flag villages of the World Cup.
More updates to follow here:
Carl Matchett26 November 2022 11:42
All hope is not lost for Robert Page’s side, who face England in the final game.
Wales must therefore leapfrog Iran, on three points, and the USA, third on two points, or face an early trip home.
Here are all the permutations required for the home nations to reach the knockout stages:
Carl MatchettNovember 26, 2022 11:30 am
David Seaman praises the England team’s show of support for inclusivity at the World Cup
David Seaman has praised England’s show of support for inclusivity at the World Cup as “quite right”.
The former England goalkeeper praised the team while speaking about the controversies at this year’s competition in Qatar from the FIFA Fan Zone in Tottenham Court Road, central London, on Friday evening.
England took a knee just before kick-off to protest inequality, having also made the gesture in their first match against Iran on Monday.
Speaking to the PA news agency during the game, Seaman said: “It’s quite right. The more awareness that is there, the better it is. We have shown as a group that we can support things like this.
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Carl Matchett26 November 2022 11:14