Qatar World Cup: Saudi Arabia take a shock 2-1 lead over Argentina

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (11 CET)

  • Saudi Arabia take a shock second-half lead in opposition to Argentina.
  • Targets from Al Shehri and Al Dawsari put them 2-1 up with half-hour to play.
  • Lionel Messi had given Argentina the lead with a first-half penalty.


Denmark vs Tunisia (14 CET)

Denmark is the favorite in what’s promising to be an entertaining match. They proved their high quality at Euro 2020, shedding out to England within the semi-finals in additional time, and displaying additional superiority within the UEFA Nations League matches, beating the likes of France.

Tunisia is to not be taken frivolously, nonetheless, having received the Kirin Cup earlier this summer season, beating Japan within the remaining, whereas additionally they performed nicely of their final pleasant within the run-up to the Qatar event, profitable over Iran with 2:0 in an assured show.

The return of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen — who collapsed and needed to obtain CPR throughout a Euro 2020 sport in opposition to Finland — to a significant event will certainly encourage the Danes additional.

Mexico vs Poland (17 CET)

Mexico shall be taking part in in a seventh successive World Cup, with every of these campaigns having come to an finish within the spherical of 16 phases.

Their first process at this 12 months’s event shall be to blunt the specter of Poland talisman Robert Lewandowski, who shall be seeking to rating his first aim at a World Cup when the groups meet at Stadium 974 in Doha for what’s believed to be a really shut match-up.

The Barcelona striker is a world-class risk, nonetheless, having scored 9 objectives with 4 assists within the qualifiers, and his 13 direct-goal involvements had been twice as many as any teammate.

France vs Australia (20 CET)

Similar to on the 2018 World Cup — which France ultimately received — Les Bleus will kick off their group stage with a sport in opposition to Australia. The “no star” Socceroos are promising to not be a pushover, having loved an excellent run of kind as of late.

In the meantime, the always-expectant French followers are hopeful that the current damage woes which have dominated out the likes of Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante won’t show to be decisive of their path to repeat glory.

France is the world’s third most-valuable crew, estimated to €1.34 billion for its squad. Paris St Germain ahead Kylian Mbappe, who was one of many 2018 event’s breakout stars, is their high participant with a price of 185 million euros.

What occurred on the World Cup on Monday?

England thumped Iran 6-2 following two objectives from Arsenal winger Bakayo Saka and one from Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, Chelsea ahead Raheem Sterling, Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford, and Manchester Metropolis’s Jack Grealish.

Iran’s Mehdi Taremi, a striker for Porto, scored two objectives, whereas goalkeeper Beyranvand was taken off after struggling a head damage. His alternative then conceded three first-half objectives.

The Netherlands got here out on high 2-0 in opposition to Senegal with two late second-half objectives from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen, who scored deep into stoppage time. Each groups are with out their key gamers for the event, Memphis Depay and Sadio Mane.

USA and Wales tied 1-1. The previous obtained a aim from by Lille winger Timothy Weah within the first half, and the latter noticed one scored by veteran striker and Los Angeles FC participant Gareth Bale within the penalties.

What are the important thing speaking factors thus far?

The Iran crew declined to sing the nation’s nationwide anthem earlier than kick-off, in a gesture seen as a present of assist for the anti-government protest motion at dwelling, which has been severely repressed by the authorities.

England was amongst seven European groups — together with Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark — to say their captains wouldn’t be carrying “One Love” armbands to indicate assist for the LGBT neighborhood after FIFA threatened to difficulty yellow playing cards to any participant carrying one in Qatar, the place homosexuality stays unlawful.

Nationwide soccer associations stated they had been “pissed off” by the “unprecedented” motion by FIFA, saying in a joint assertion “we will not put our gamers able the place they might face sporting sanctions together with bookings”.

Wales has made its first World Cup look in 64 years. With a inhabitants of simply over three million, Wales is the smallest FIFA member nation to qualify for this 12 months’s World Cup — host Qatar obtained an automated berth.

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