Wed. Nov 23rd, 2022

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Despite not shying away from confrontation and choosing his team based on what would make him popular in the Real Madrid hierarchy, Luis Enrique spared himself a lot of grief by bringing Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio to this Earth. Glass. At Euro 2020, he chose a squad that did not include a single Madrid player, a first for Spain in a major tournament.

Although some were thwarted, most notably by the injury of Sergio Ramos, many of Madrid’s cheerleaders conspired and accused the coach of being biased in favor of Barcelona. Carvajal later told Marca: “When I heard this view, it’s… [he] No matter what team they play for, he tries to invite people he thinks will help him with whatever he wants.” Not that it makes a huge difference.

Luis Enrique avoided repeating it in Qatar, although it pales in comparison to the controversy at a tournament grappling with a number of extremely serious issues. Carvajal is probably the first choice for the right-back, while Asensio should take minutes from the bench. Aries remains a polarizing figure when he returns home. classical He was the opposite of Luís Figo, who moved from Madrid to Barcelona as a player in 1996. He became a folk hero in Catalonia and then moved Barça to three pointers as a coach. Given how many people look through the prism of the Spanish national team classicaldecisions inevitably come under microscopic scrutiny.

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Luis Enrique took eight Barça players out of seven to Qatar after replacing the injured José Gayà with Alejandro Balde. The disparity is partly explained by the fact that Barça has 12 senior players eligible for Spain while Madrid has seven. Of the seven teams, only Carvajal and Asensio have made 15 or more appearances in all competitions this season.

Then again, given the importance of outside players classical The duo – especially Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Atlético Madrid’s Álvaro Morata and Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón – Luis Enrique needs to think more important than which of his arch rivals is best represented. Life is definitely easier when the two sides of La Liga’s endless war declare a temporary truce, but for the national team to be successful in Qatar, they will need 16 players who have not played for any of Luis Enrique’s former clubs.

talking points

You don’t dream of all this extra time
Sean Ingle in Doha has put pressure on Fifa as to why we’re seeing such long extra time added to matches. They confirmed that there is a new directive to ensure that all “unnatural lost time” is added at the end of each circuit. In Qatar, he asked officials to more accurately track when a game was stopped due to goal celebrations, wasted time, video assistant referee decisions, substitutions, penalties and red cards, even if it means extending a match by minutes. England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday lasted a record-breaking 117 minutes, while Argentina endured 111 defeats against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. With just five minutes added to the end of Denmark’s draw with Tunisia, a sense of relief was felt.

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While Saudi Arabia has struggled in recent tournaments, they qualified to the last 16 by beating Morocco and Belgium in the group stages in their debut match at the 1994 World Cup, so they are no strangers to victory. But beating Argentina is definitely one of the biggest World Cup shocks of all time. The US baffling of Britain in 1950 is often quoted, but while this is a highly anglocentric view, it’s almost certainly a fabrication that the Fleet Street papers scored 0-1 on the wires and assumed it must have been a typo for 10-1. backed by the story. Senegal, which beat France 1-0 in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup, is often cited as an example – but this should perhaps be tempered by the fact that a French team in disarray managed to finish last in Group A with their only team. Points after a 0-0 draw with Uruguay. Saudi Arabia has declared Wednesday a national holiday as a result of the victory, no matter what rank it takes.

‘Messi, where are you?’: Saudi fans celebrate shock win over Argentina – video

Incidents involving Welsh Football Association staff and Welsh fans in rainbow-coloured bucket hats, which were confiscated prior to the Group B opening against the USA, are being urgently investigated by the authorities. FIFA and the Qataris held discussions on the matter on Tuesday, reminding FIFA hosts that everyone is welcome and rainbow flags are allowed before the tournament. The Brazilian state flag of Pernambuco was also against the ban. It has a rainbow-like device, and Brazilian journalist Victor Pereira filmed security guards trying to confiscate the device.

Throw a pegar on the Pernambuco band, don’t jog and jog. Some challenges to interview and face a situation.

Videos you make fizeram with a bandeira fui OBRIGADO you registered or deleted!

— Victor Pereira (@ovictorpereira) 22 November 2022

Reactions to the armband edict in Germany became even tougher. Major grocery chain Rewe shelved its advertising campaign with the German Football Association after a crackdown on players wearing OneLove armbands to promote diversity. Rewe’s move made him the first sponsor to act after FIFA threatened to give a yellow card to any player wearing multicolored armbands at the World Cup.

Players in Iran who refused to sing their national anthem on Monday seemed more risky. While Iran’s heavily censored media made little mention of the team’s failure to sing the national anthem, Tehran’s mayor, Mehdi Chamran, said on Tuesday, “We will never allow anyone to insult our anthem and flag,” and a restaurant in Tehran whose Instagram page in support of Britain was shut down by the authorities. sealed.

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Argentine media was understandably unimpressed. La Albiceleste. Daniel Lagares wrote that the team lost for Clarín because they “played poorly, underestimated the game and were unlucky”. “Messi must have played one of the weakest games in his long career with the national team,” Lagares said, complaining that “there is no plan B that is aggravated by very poor individual performances”. Football writer Diego Macias described the result as a “hammer blow” and said, “Argentina lost much more than a match against Saudi Arabia. They forgot the principles of football in the locker room and started the World Cup in the worst way possible.”

Lionel Messi looks upset after Saudi Arabia's second goal.
Lionel Messi looks upset after Saudi Arabia’s second goal. Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

The Danish press wasn’t too thrilled about their opening, either. Tabloid BT described their draw with Tunisia as “close to being a real disaster”, complaining that “the first half was the worst 45 Danish minutes under Kasper Hjulmand” and “Was it hot? Qatar was all the fuss about OneLove and armbands stuffing heads with the wrong stuff” Or was it just a Danish national team that couldn’t handle the insane pressure placed on Danish kids by 30,000 passionate Tunisians?”

The internet is reacting

As Argentina mourns its shock defeat, the outcome has been good for Brazil fans. A reworked version of the Argentine tribal flag with the yellow sun in the middle crying uncontrollably went viral on social media.

On Monday, US winger Tim Weah became the first player to find the back of the net against Wales in a World Cup game since 1958, when a 17-year-old novice named Pelé knocked the Dragons out of the quarterfinals. George Weah, the only African to win Fifa’s World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or, serving as Liberia’s president, played the proud father role after he managed to score in a tournament his son never had. chance to play.

today’s matches

Morocco v Croatia (Group F, 10:00 GMT, ITV1) There is an ominous momentum behind Croatia, which tops the Nations League group stage in September, with a draw and a win against France, as well as two wins against Denmark. Defeated finalists in Russia are playing this game with five consecutive wins. Boasting one of Europe’s most dynamic defenders at Achraf Hakimi and a volatile creative master at Hakim Ziyech, Morocco will be formidable opponents. They will have to suppress the enduring genius of Luka Modric, who is still Croatia’s 37-year-old leading man.

Germany v Japan (Group E, 13:00 GMT, ITV1) After limping through Russia 2018 and Euro 2020, Germany is looking for ways to regain its pride in Qatar. Joachim Löw went to the great coaching conference in the sky and was replaced by his former assistant Hansi Flick. Germany lost just once in 16 games under Flick – a shocking 1-0 loss to Hungary in the Nations League – but it was oddly inconsistent. Meanwhile, Japan has Premier League players past and present such as Takehiro Tomiyasu, Takumi Minamino, and Maya Yoshida. In the last friendly match, they lost 2-1 to Canada.

Thomas Müller reaches for the ball in Germany practice
Thomas Müller reaches for the ball during practice for Germany. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Spain – Costa Rica (Group E, 16:00 GMT, ITV1) With Spain inevitably among Qatar’s favourites, there is a question mark as to whether his high-risk style under Luis Enrique will work. They come in strong form, but their 2-1 defeat to Switzerland in the Nations League in September shows gaps in their armor. Costa Rica, which relies on Luis Fernando Suárez’s tough defense, is unlikely to create a goal fest.

Belgium v ​​Canada (Group F, 19:00 GMT, BBC One) Belgium has spent most of the last decade getting tips for great stuff, but to show that, Russia only took third place in 2018. They might not be too enthusiastic this time around as Eden Hazard was walking on water and Romelu Lukaku was battling a thigh injury that would have knocked him out of this match, but Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne are game-changers. Their defense was a troubling weakness under Roberto Martínez. Canada can cause serious problems with the excellent young players in Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies.

player to watch

Junya Ito Prominent under the rule of Hajime Moriyasu, Ito is Japan’s main offensive point of departure. A winger blessed with the pace of a sprinter and a dancer’s feet, instantly recognizable by his messy blonde hair, he’s had success in Reims in Ligue 1 this season and could be a handful for Germany.

Japanese winger Junya Ito trains
Japanese winger Junya Ito attends a training session. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

And finally …

Yesterday we talked about England’s Jack Grealish dedicating his goal celebration to an 11-year-old fan with cerebral palsy he met, and he promised to do a wavy arm dance the next time he scores. The boy in question, Finlay Fisher, told media on Tuesday morning that he nearly missed the England game as he was in A&E with a leg injury, but came home 10 minutes before kick-off. Seeing Grealish dancing, she said: “It feels like a dream come true, I can’t tell you how happy I am. I still haven’t gotten over it.”