A patch of blue sky
Everyone is looking for their left-back
In 2010, Patrice Evra hunted ” the mole “ in Knysna and without ever having found it elsewhere. Twelve years after the South African fiasco and in a completely different context, the Blues are looking for a lining for Théo Hernandez, the only professional left-back since the injury of his brother Théo. On Wednesday, Dayot Upamecano had thrown out the names of Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembélé, but it all smacked of a bet between colleagues. Just listen to Dembélé’s reaction.
This Thursday, Matteo Guendouzi dropped another track, more credible this time. The Marseillais has “betrayed” the secret of the match played behind closed doors by the substitutes the day before against a local team. “Cama played this role, because few players can be in this position and we don’t have many left-handers. He was very good, he scored a magnificent goal by the way,” indicates the former Arsenal. “Cama” is Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid midfielder.
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hot in front
England – United States
After a demonstration and a festival of opening goals against Iran (6-2) on Monday, England will try to validate their ticket for the knockout stages this Friday. The Three Lions face the United States, a priori the most dangerous opponent of Group B of which they are favorites, at 8 p.m. at the Al-Bayt stadium. And Gareth Southgate’s men should be able to count on their captain and striker Harry Kane, victim of a heavy tackle against Iran and uncertain weather for the meeting. What spice up a match which promises to be explosive against a vengeful Team USA, disappointed with the result of its first round (1-1 against Wales) and which will have to catch up to hope to go far.
Before this key match, the Netherlands will also try to qualify for the final phase. Moderately convincing against Senegal, the Dutch had to wait the last fifteen minutes to win (2-0) and will have to be wary of Ecuador, whom they will face at 5 p.m.
Richarlison treats, Neymar grimaces
Brazil had a shared evening. If the Seleçao is worried about the sprained ankle suffered by Neymar, it nevertheless managed to enter the tournament by defeating Serbia (2-0). Richarlison will keep happy memories of his first World Cup match. The Tottenham striker first forced the Serbian lock by being well placed at the reception of a cross from Vinicius Jr (62e).
It is especially his second goal that will circle in his head. Still served by the Real Madrid player, he chained a nice control with an acrobatic recovery that deceived Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (73e), the goalkeeper of Serbia. Certainly the best goal of the competition so far.
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“The performance of other Arab countries makes us a little jealous”
Striker Ismaeel Mohammad summed up the feeling of the Qatari team on Thursday. On Friday, the Al Annabi (“Les Bordeaux”) will play their second match against Senegal at 2 p.m. And after a lackluster performance against Ecuador in the opener (lost 2-0), the host country hopes to show its true level.
“Our team is capable of winning if it has the spirit, the determination and the perseverance and if it takes inspiration from the Arab selections who achieved good results in their first game”, told coach Félix Sanchez at a press conference. A reference to Saudi Arabia, which created the sensation against Argentina, and Morocco, which hooked Croatia, outgoing finalist (0-0), just like Tunisia against Denmark (0-0)
A fratricidal goal
As a symbol, it was he who allowed Switzerland to get out of the Cameroonian trap by scoring the only goal of the game. However, after seeing his shot go into the opposing cages, Breel Embolo barely reacted, staying put, hands in the air, almost sorry. And for good reason: the 25-year-old striker, who arrived in Switzerland at the age of four, was born… in Cameroon. “If I score, I will try not to celebrate”, he had also specified before this particular match for him, perhaps feeling the wink of fate arriving. Word kept.
water in the gas
Iranian footballer Voria Ghafouri arrested
The footballer Voria Ghafouri, famous in Iran – but not selected in the national team -, was arrested this Thursday by the authorities of the Islamic Republic, accused of having “insulted and tarnished the reputation of the team and for having engaged in propaganda” against the state, according to the Iranian news agency Fars. His wrong? Posting a photo on Instagram wearing traditional Kurdish dress.
An arrest which takes place while Tehran has been repressing for two months demonstrations caused by the death of Mahsa Amini in prison for having worn her veil incorrectly. A repression against which the Iranian players had risen.
Grain of sand
You can be unemployed and write the history of the World Cup. Two days after his divorce from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score a goal in five different editions of the World Cup: 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and now 2022. Against Ghana (3-2), Thursday, CR7 scored his eighth goal (in 18 games) in the final phase of the World Cup by opening the scoring from the penalty spot. He does better than Lionel Messi, Pelé, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.
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Source: Le Monde