During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, men’s national teams from the member associations of FIFA will compete.
Croatia beat North Americans 4-1
Despite a mediocre start, Croatia managed to win 4-1 against North Americans in their first game of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Sunday. Luka Modric, who was part of Croatia’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, and Ivan Perisic were central to the match’s success.
Ivan Perisic swept a ball into the box from the left wing and Andrej Kramaric took a great touch to get closer to the goal. In the end, Kramaric tapped the ball home from a tight angle.
The match was also notable for a goal by Alphonso Davies. Having not scored in over three decades, Davies scored his first goal in the World Cup. He headed home a Tajon Buchanan cross in the first eight minutes.
Kramaric scored his second in the second half, sealing Croatia’s victory. He rounded the Canadian goalkeeper with a deft touch and flashed past him to the far post.
Argentina make changes to fifa rainbow armband rule
Earlier this week, FIFA threatened to ban players from wearing rainbow armbands in support of the LGBTQ+ community. This has left many national football teams with no option but to cancel plans to wear such armbands.
FIFA reportedly told players that they could be issued yellow cards for wearing armbands. The rainbow armbands are a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community’s fight against discrimination. The armbands are a part of the broader “One Love” campaign, a campaign which was designed to send a message to Qatar over its stance on gay rights.
FIFA has said that the yellow card sanctions were communicated prior to the 48-hour deadline. FIFA also said that captains of European teams would not be allowed to wear the armbands on the field of play. However, FIFA has stated that captains of all 32 national teams can wear the armbands.
Match between Mexico and Canada
Despite the fact that Mexico and Canada are trending in opposite directions, they are still tied in the standings of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Mexico has lost three of their last four matches, while Canada has won two of its last three. Both teams are hoping to move up to the top two in the standings.
Mexico is second only to USA in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying standings. Despite a two-match winless streak, Mexico is also second in the goal differential ranking. However, Mexico has only managed three wins against Canada in all competitions.
Canada won 13 of its first 17 matches in the qualifiers, a result that has seen it sit atop the Octagonal table with a record of 23 goals scored and 13 goals conceded. Despite the fact that Canada has only qualified for the World Cup once, it has been a strong start to the qualifiers.
Match between Serbia and Kosovo
Despite the political and military backing from Nato and Russia, tensions between Serbia and Kosovo remain high. The two former Yugoslav provinces have clashed in previous Balkan wars, and the current row has threatened to reignite tensions.
The Kosovo football federation has called on FIFA to take action against the Serbian football team. They have alleged that the Serbian dressing room in Qatar displayed a flag that contained hateful messages against Kosovo. The image of the flag and the locker room banner showed the outline of Kosovo and was filled in with the Serbian national flag. The eagle from the Albanian flag was also referenced in the gesture.
FIFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian football federation. The disciplinary code prohibits offensive language and gestures, as well as using sports events for non-sporting demonstrations.
Match between Morocco beat Belgium
Defeat for Belgium against Morocco at FIFA World Cup 2022 would have left Roberto Martinez’s team in danger of being eliminated from the group stage. It would also have denied Morocco a place in the Round of 16 phase of the tournament.
The Atlas Lions are set to be motivated by their poor performance against Belgium. They need just one point to qualify for the knockout phase, and will play Croatia in the last group game.
In the first half, Morocco threatened with a goal that was disallowed due to offside against Romain Saiss. But they managed to break through when Abdelhamid Sabiri scored on his own free kick. It was the first direct free kick goal for Morocco at the World Cup.
In the second half, Morocco outfoxed Belgium with goals from Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal. In the added time, Aboukhlal scored a clincher. Morocco’s win means they have earned four points from two matches.