Strikes by Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez earned Argentina a 2-0 win over Mexico in a pulsating ambiance at Lusail Stadium on Saturday and acquired the South American crew’s World Cup marketing campaign up and operating.
Surprised 2-1 by Saudi Arabia of their opening Group C match, Argentina knew defeat would ship them out of the event, however they began poorly, struggling to deal with Mexico’s excessive press as Messi was denied time and house to function.
Argentina’s captain was nameless within the first half, and his sole contribution of be aware was a header that ballooned over the bar as his crew did not carve out a superb likelihood.
However picked out by Angel Di Maria simply outdoors the Mexico field within the sixty fourth minute, Messi drove a low shot via a crowd of defenders into the nook. Fernandez adopted it up within the 87th minute with a beautiful curling effort to safe the win.
The victory took Argentina as much as second place on three factors, one level behind leaders Poland, who they’ll play of their final group match.
Australia defeated Tunisia 1-0 of their second World Cup match, with Mitchell Duke’s header early within the first half conserving the Socceroos’ hopes of qualification alive within the extremely aggressive conflict.
It was Australia’s first World Cup victory in 12 years and with it, they transfer as much as second in Group D behind reigning champions France.
Striker Duke scored halfway by means of the primary half with a glancing header previous keeper Aymen Dahmen to provide Australia the lead, whereas Tunisia’s greatest probability got here when skipper Youssef Msakni shot simply vast.
The victory, solely the third for Australia in six visits to the World Cup, was the right response to their 4-1 drubbing by the hands of France on Tuesday.
Tunisia made clear their intentions from the beginning, ranging 5 defenders and two holding midfielders throughout the pitch and alluring the Australians to attempt to break them down.
Australia had some success getting the ball down the flanks however the remaining ball into the realm not often received wherever close to a blue shirt because the Tunisian defenders wrapped up the Socceroos’ forwards.
Craig Goodwin’s cross from the left appeared to be heading the identical means till it took a hefty deflection off a Tunisian defender and looped to Duke, who nodded it into the far proper nook of the online.
The objective was the primary conceded by Tunisia in opposition to any staff barring Brazil of their final 11 matches and compelled the Tunisians out of their defensive shell.
They introduced on the squad’s high scorer, Wahbi Khazri, within the second half as they upped the tempo in the hunt for an equaliser, however the Australian defence stood agency with goalkeeper and skipper Mat Ryan a relaxing presence on the again.
The victory snapped Australia’s seven-match winless run at World Cups since they final picked up three factors in a victory over Serbia in 2010.
World Cup host nation Qatar has been eradicated from the match, lower than every week after it launched the primary model of soccer’s greatest occasion within the Center East.
On day six of the World Cup, Qatar misplaced 3-1 to Senegal in its second straight defeat on the match. Its exit was confirmed a number of hours later when Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 within the different Group A sport.
That left Qatar on the backside of Group A with no probability of progressing.
South Africa had been the one different residence group to fail to make it out of the group stage in 2010.
“For those who anticipated us to go very far on this match, then it is going to be a disappointment,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez stated earlier than his group was formally out. “Our aim was to be aggressive.”
In different day-six fixtures, Iran scored a spectacular 2-0 win over Wales in stoppage time and america group pissed off England in a 0-0 draw for its second consecutive draw within the World Cup.
Here’s a fast information recapping all it’s essential to know from Day 6 – Friday, November 25, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Senegal 3, Qatar 1
With World Cup futures on the road, the footballing stakes might hardly have been larger for hosts Qatar and African champions Senegal.
Qatar’s opening-night nerves have been nowhere to be seen as they shortly acquired to grips with Senegal and will have had a penalty when Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif, however Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved away their pleas and the VAR (video-assisted referee) didn’t intervene.
With Qatar defending properly, it was going to take both a second of magic or a catastrophic mistake for Senegal to interrupt the impasse. Sadly for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi, it turned out to be the latter.
His try to clear a routine low cross into the field by Senegal’s Krepin Diatta went disastrously mistaken as he fluffed his clearance, permitting Boulaye Dia to pounce and rattle residence the opening aim simply earlier than the break.
It acquired worse for Qatar early within the second half, with Famara Diedhiou doubling Senegal’s benefit with an excellent glancing header from an Ismail Jakobs nook within the forty eighth minute.
It was a cue for the house group to play their greatest soccer of the match up to now.
Mohammed Muntari decreased the deficit within the 78th minute with a first-ever aim for Qatar at a World Cup however Senegal have been unruffled as they continued to out-muscle their opponents in midfield.
Six minutes after Muntari’s strike, Bamba Dieng swept residence a cross from fellow substitute Iliman Ndiaye for the African facet’s third aim of the match.
That consigned Qatar to the underside of Group A with no factors, whereas Netherlands and Ecuador have 4 factors and the Senegalese three.
Qatar’s hopes of progressing are actually over.
Even a win of their last sport towards three-time World Cup finalists Netherlands won’t be sufficient to see them progress.
Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1
It was Enner Valencia’s third aim of the match that helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Dutch in Group A, thereby sealing Qatar’s destiny.
Netherlands took the lead early on within the sport with Cody Gakpo placing them forward with a fast strike within the sixth minute.
However after that, Ecuador dominated.
After having the obvious equaliser overturned by VAR simply earlier than the half, Valencia leveled the match within the forty ninth minute.
Iran 2, Wales 0
Iran recovered from their thrashing by England with an outstanding 2-0 win over Wales, leaving their World Cup future in their very own palms.
Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the goalless impasse within the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored within the one hundred and first towards a 10-man Welsh squad, which misplaced goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to a crimson card within the 86th minute.
Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his excessive problem towards Iran’s Mehdi Taremi however the referee confirmed him the crimson card after a VAR verify.
With three factors going into Tuesday’s sport towards america, Iran has a shot at advancing to the World Cup knockout levels for the primary time.
Cheshmi stated it was “the solidarity between the group members” that helped them win the sport.
The end result leaves Wales’s probabilities of reaching the final 16 hanging by a thread. It’ll face a troublesome problem in England on Tuesday.
“We need to end the competitors on a excessive, it’s out of our palms with reference to going by, however we need to end with a superb efficiency and a win,” Wales coach Rob Web page stated.
USA 0, England 0
England suffered a sobering actuality verify as they have been outplayed for lengthy intervals by a youthful US facet in a tense 0-0 draw of their second World Cup Group B sport.
A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday had despatched England followers’ hopes hovering however Gareth Southgate’s facet have been lucky to not endure a repeat of their 1950 World Cup calamity towards the Individuals.
They’ll nonetheless qualify for the final 16 in the event that they keep away from a heavy defeat by Wales of their last group sport however they have been greeted with boos on the last whistle and can want an enormous enchancment if they’re to have a deep run.
The US produced a high-tempo show however could stay to rue not placing away an England facet caught in second gear, though they are going to attain the final 16 in the event that they beat Iran.
“A draw’s not the worst factor however I felt for stretches of the sport we confirmed dominance,” stated Christian Pulisic, considered one of 5 England-based gamers within the US beginning line-up.
Whereas the outcome, and efficiency, was desperately disappointing for England, it tops the group on 4 factors and stay within the field seat to achieve the final 16.
Iran, who snatched a late win over Wales, have three factors with USA on two factors and Wales on one.
All potentialities are nonetheless open within the group subsequent Tuesday.