World Cup 2022: a boycott, really?

More than 12 million viewers watched the French team’s first match against Australia on Tuesday 22 November. Either the best audience of the year for TF1. Enough to give food for thought to the anti-boycott of the World Cup in Qatar, so criticized in terms of human rights and for its ecological nonsense.

However, the figures must be analysed. In 2018, in Russia, the first match of the Blues, again against the Australian Socceroos, had gathered 12.59 million viewers. An equivalent score in number of viewers but much more powerful in market share (69% in 2018, against 48.1% in 2022), the most convincing element of comparison given the different boxes of the two programs and the different broadcast period.

Analyze over the long term

“You have to be careful when comparing slots that are not the same”, recalls in this regard Nicolas Hourcade, sociologist specializing in supporterism. “The 2022 figures are certainly inflated because new comparators come into play, such as people watching matches in bars”, explains the specialist. The measurement of audiences away from home (secondary residence, hotels, bars, airports, train, bus, etc.) was implemented by Médiamétrie in 2020, so the comparison with previous World Cups is biased.

“People can be disgusted by the conditions in which the competition is taking place and will not follow it continuously, but reserve the important matches for themselves. » Thus, according to Nicolas Hourcade, it will be interesting to analyze the figures for the final round, with the knockout matches, to see if a quarter or a semi-final where the Blues do not play corresponds to usual audiences or not.



World Cup 2022: Cameroon, for the image and for the president

Will he be in the locker room at the Al-Janoub stadium just before kick-off, motivating his troops with one of those fiery speeches he has made a specialty of in recent months? Or will he suddenly be discreet, contrary to his habits, he the former star player and new president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) Samuel Eto’o, at a time when his Lions indomitable must roar from the decisive start of their World Cup against Switzerland, Thursday, November 24?

The question is not neutral for the national team of Cameroon, which, in Qatar, will evolve more than ever under the gaze and the pressure of the former star striker of FC Barcelona and Inter Milan, always prowling in the “den”, the nickname of the base of the Lions wherever they are. The management of the team makes no secret of this. Sent to a press conference on Monday, November 21 in place of coach Rigobert Song, his deputy Sébastien Migné defined the roadmap as follows: “Trying to give the best image possible (…) hoping to satisfy the demands of our president. »

“Bring the trophy home”

And they are high, these requirements. Nothing less than “bring the trophy home”, hammers Samuel Eto’o on all tones. Since his arrival at the head of Fecafoot in December 2021, the leader has only one idea in mind: to remake Cameroon a leading nation in world football, and to put an end to these regular poor performances where Lions with spoiled teeth bite into the void, drooling on their past glory.

Since its exciting historic quarter-final in 1990, Cameroon has certainly celebrated its ninth participation in the World Cup in Qatar, a record for a country on the African continent, but its last outings in 2010 and 2014 (the team was absent in 2018) leave a taste bitterness of chained defeats (six in total). These disillusions, Samuel Eto’o knows them for having lived them, like that of 2002 (elimination in the first round after a victory and a draw), even more acute for him because, “with an incredible team then, we were not convinced enough that we could win”, he often repeats. Hence the objective he sets today, even if it means overdoing it.

Ways of a blaster

It’s in his nature anyway. He arrived at the head of Fecafoot with the manners of a blaster. Outside the old executives, make way for new men. His. Samuel Eto’o changed all the coaches of the youth selections, and of course chose the leader of the national team, Cameroonian and not foreign as usual: the former most capped player of the Lions (137 caps ) Rigobert Song, one of his faithful supporters during the conquest of federal power.

He then applied himself to finding funds to relaunch the national championship, bloodless, prior to the essential increase in the level of local players. He focused on reviving his institution, which was in bad financial shape. “With me, no eight-month salary arrears, no more bonus problems,” he boasted at the beginning of November in an interview of more than two hours with the Cameroonian private channel Canal 2 International.

The coach in the hot seat

The Eto’o revolution? She doesn’t please everyone. His decision in August 2022 to break a contract running until the end of 2023 with the equipment manufacturer Le Coq sportif to prefer the American company One All Sports, an unknown brand in football and linked to motor racing, has raised many questions. His regular outings in the Lions locker room, always filmed by federal cameras, question Rigobert Song’s freedom in his choices.

On this chapter, the non-selection of Michael Ngadeu, decisive passer on the qualifying goal at the World Cup in Algeria in March 2022 (2-1), continues to cause ink to flow. The player had criticized certain talkative interventions by Samuel Eto’o. His place in the team had however been guaranteed by Rigobert Song.

The coach himself is also in the hot seat, as the last matches of the Lions seem worrying. In order, two defeats against Uzbekistan and South Korea, and two draws against Jamaica and Panama. In a raised group including Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia, Cameroon will have to surpass themselves to access the rest of the competition. “We are a united group and we have a lot of desire”, assures striker Éric Choupo-Moting. Certainly. The president is now waiting for something concrete.



World Cup 2022: Canadian football in full learning

Little known to the general public, Canadian football nevertheless climbs the ranks from year to year. “With three Canadian teams present in Major League Soccer (the main professional soccer league in North America, editor’s note)we feel that the development of football is booming,” exults Jean-François Téotonio, sports journalist at the French-language daily The Press. It is driven by this positive momentum that the Canadian national team is preparing to start the second World Cup in its history, against Belgium, Wednesday November 23 at 8 p.m.

“The soccer academy has invested, and now we have a pool of interesting young players, book Jean-François Téotonio. At CF Montreal (Canadian elite club, Editor’s note)for example,they hired a sporting director who wanted to completely rethink the club’s philosophy. As a result, it’s a safe bet that we will soon have quite interesting new generations. »

A lack of “football culture”

“If the king sport remains hockeythe number of young football graduates today is higher in our country”, explains for his part Marc Cassivi, journalist and author of My world cups (1). And for good reason, hockey requires significant equipment and financial means where football remains accessible to all.

“Investments have multiplied in recent years. The gymnasiums where young people played football in the winter have given way to football stadiums with synthetic turf,” continues the enthusiast. But the latter points to a paradox: “When I go to the stadium, I see an incredible excitement, but I always come across someone explaining the rules to their neighbour. We lack what is called “football culture”. »

Alphonso Davies, left piston of Bayern Munich, Jonathan David at the forefront of the Lille attack or Atiba Hutchinson, defensive midfielder of Besiktas (one of the great teams of Istanbul), are all names that have recently shone in Europe, giving a spotlight on the Canadian breeding ground. “It contributes to growth, that’s obvious”, believes Jean-François Téotonio. “Before, our rare players who played in Europe were substitutes or luxury supports. Now there are also superstars,” abounds Marc Cassivi.

A test before 2026

What ambition for the competition in Qatar? We will call it reasonable. “With a group made up of Morocco, Belgium and Croatia, you have to be realistic: if we go to eighth, it’s a semi-miracle, having fun Jean-François Téotonio. SIf we put even one goal, it would already be great! »

But the goal goes beyond 2022. In four years, Canada will be one of the host countries, along with the United States and Mexico. “We go to Qatar to learn, observe, acquire the science of football that we lack”, explains Marc Cassivi. During an interview for the newspaper The PressCanada’s coach, Britain’s John Herdman, recalled his mission: “Be ready in 2026.”

If the development of men’s football has been visible in recent years, there is still room for improvement. In Qatar, she will be the only selection not to have a new jersey. “A lack of anticipation from the federation”, argues Jean-François Téotonio.

First emulations, first controversies

Four years is also the time left to settle a financial dispute which is hampering the good development of football. The Canadian federation (Canada Soccer) and its national men’s team were cold in June 2022 due to compensation and transparency issues. Dissatisfied with the salary conditions offered, the internationals then opted for a strike.

They were asking for fair terms with the women’s national team in terms of game-related revenue or percentage of winnings at World Cups. “The relationship has been strained for years. Canada Soccer disrespects our team and undermines our efforts to raise standards and advance soccer in Canada,” the players had thus declared, last June, in a press release.

In a country where football has long been worn by women, the men’s selection is meeting with increasingly popular success, at the same time as it experiences its first areas of turbulence. Undoubtedly proof of a mutation in progress.


Canada-Belgium, a very unbalanced opposition

In business since 1912Canada’s team ranks 41st in the FIFA rankings. His opponent of the day, Belgium, semi-finalist of the Russian World Cup in 2018, ranks 2nd.

The Canadian “Canucks” have only encountered the Red Devils once. In 1989, Belgium won this friendly match (2-0).

It is only the second participation of Canada at a World Cup, after that of 1986. In Mexico, Canada had been eliminated in the first round, without garnering points in the group stage. The country had notably met France and lost (1-0).



World Cup 2022: matches and results for Wednesday November 23

► Morocco holds in check the Croatian vice-world champions (0-0)

Slow beginnings. The Croatian vice-world champions and their leader Luka Modric did not shine for their entry into the running at the 2022 World Cup by conceding a sad and tasteless draw against Morocco (0-0), Wednesday at the Al-Bayt stadium.

We were entitled to expect much more from the checkered selection, four years after a Russian campaign only stopped in the final by France. Is it a lack of renewal for a team that always relies on the same framework?

Still, the formation of Zlatko Dalic appeared uninspired and without genius, unable to seriously shake up “Atlas Lions” solid, if not brilliant.

► The Japanese achieve the feat against Germany (2-1)

Germany, four-time world champion, missed its entry into the World Cup 2022 on Wednesday by losing 2-1 against a valiant team from Japan, in the first match of group E at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha. After Argentina’s defeat on Tuesday against Saudi Arabia, this is the second big surprise of the World Cup in Qatar.

Ahead of the encounter, the German players had ostensibly put their hands over their mouths in the team photo in an apparent protest at threats of sporting sanctions from Fifa to prevent the wearing of armbands ” One Love “ in Qatar.

The seven European federations, including Germany, which had planned to wear a colored armband ” One Love “ against discrimination, gave up on Monday in the face of the threat of “sporting penalties” by Fifa, which did not specify them. This threat has been widely criticized in Germany where many voices have been raised calling on Mannschaft players to defy it.

► Spain, conqueror, sweeps Costa Rica 7-0

Spain, unlike Germany surprised shortly before by Japan in Group E of the 2022 World Cup, did not tremble against Costa Rica, which they swept 7-0 with a brace from Ferran Torres, at the stadium al-Thumama in Doha.

The Spaniards, who were already leading 3-0 on the half hour, confirmed their status as a serious candidate for the supreme title. This attractive Roja, at the top of the group after her display in front of the admittedly very weak Costa Ricans, will face Germany in their next match, Sunday 27 (at 8:00 p.m.).

► Belgium – Canada

For the last match of the day, Belgium will face Canada. On the one hand, the Red Devils had reached the semi-final in 2018, losing to France, and hope to go at least as far in the competition this year. They will be led by Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City player Kevin de Bruyne.

The stakes for Canada are more modest: the current selection could make history by scoring the first goal of the “Canucks” in the World Cup. This is only the second time the North Americans have taken part in the competition. Their first attempt, in 1986, ended in a first-round elimination. The 2022 team is stronger, however, with the presence of Alphonso Davies, who plays for Bayern Munich.



World Cup 2022: who are the top scorers in the selection?

One step away from becoming the most prolific French scorer in national team history. By scoring twice during Les Bleus’ victorious entry into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (4-1 victory against Australia), Olivier Giroud joined Thierry Henry at the top of the ranking of the top scorers of the France team (51 goals).

If the AC Milan striker were to score an additional goal in the blue jersey, he would become the top scorer in the history of the France team. In the process, Olivier Giroud (115 caps) would take 50th place in the ranking of top scorers in the national team, all nations combined. He would then be tied with the Dane Poul Nielsen (52 goals in 38 games between 1910 and 1925), just behind the Englishman Wayne Rooney (49th with 53 goals).

Cristiano Ronaldo far ahead

In first place, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (37) seems untouchable for the moment. Author of 117 goals in 191 games since 2003, the striker who has just left Manchester United has a 27-goal lead over his main rival, Lionel Messi (3rd). The latter, aged 35, is playing his last World Cup with Argentina and does not seem able to catch up with him.

Three men retired for more than fifteen years complete the first five steps of the ranking: the Iranian Ali Daei (2nd, 109 goals), the Malaysian Mokhtar Dahari (4th, 85 goals) and the Hungarian player Ferenc Puskás (5th, 84 goals). The player who gave his name to the award for the most beautiful goal of the year was caught last June by Indian striker Sunil Chhetri, himself closely followed by Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates, 80 goals).

The World Cup, an opportunity for several players

All these players surpass in number of achievements the Brazilian legend Pelé (8th). The most prolific striker in the history of football, author of more than 1,200 club and selection goals, has scored “only” 77 times during his international career.

He should even be overtaken by his compatriot Neymar (11th), who is only two short lengths from the Santos icon. Brazil is also the country best represented in the top 50 international scorers, with also Ronaldo (30th, 62 goals) and Romario (41st, 55 goals).

Several players also hope to take advantage of the 2022 World Cup in order to increase their counter. This is the case of the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani (34th, 58 goals) and his compatriot and teammate at the forefront of Albiceleste Luis Suárez (18th, 68 goals). The latter could overtake FC Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski (16th, 69 goals), who is also competing with Poland. Finally the Belgian Romero Lukaku (24th) should take advantage of the World Cup to bring his total goals above 65.



World Cup 2022: results and summaries of the matches of Tuesday November 22

► Sensation in Doha, Argentina beaten by Saudi Arabia (2-1)

Earthquake in Lusail! Lionel Messi’s Argentina, among the favorites for this 2022 World Cup, was humiliated in their first match by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in Doha (1-2) for what is one of the biggest sensations in history. of the World Cup. “It’s a very hard blow”released Lionel Messi while Argentina and its supporters already saw themselves lifting the trophy.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or quickly opened the scoring from the penalty spot (10th) but in the second half, strikers Saleh Al-Shehri (48th) and Salem Al-Dawsari (53rd) gave the advantage to the Saudis in this first match of the Group C of the 2022 World Cup.

“We didn’t expect to start this way. We thought we started well, with three points, as we said before the match. It would have brought us peace of mind.”added the Argentine genius who disputes what will be ” surely “ his last World Cup.

“It’s a memorable victory, it will go down in history”, savored Hervé Renard, the French coach of the Saudi team. This result is indeed one of the greatest exploits of this competition, with, among others, United States-England (1-0) in 1950, North Korea-Italy (1-0) in 1966, Algeria-FRG (2-1) in 1982, Senegal-France (1-0) in 2002, South Korea-Italy (2-1) in 2002, and South Korea-Germany (2-0) in 2018. he explosion of joy from the Saudis at the final whistle, one imagines that they too had not dreamed of such a feat.

► Draw 0-0 between Tunisia and Denmark, next opponents of France

Denmark and Tunisia, the next opponents of the French world champions in Group D of the 2022 World Cup, drew (0-0) on Tuesday at the Education City stadium in Al Rayyan.

Jostled by the Carthage Eagles in the first period, the Danes imposed their game in the second, without however managing to win, despite a goal scored by Andreas Skov Olsen, disallowed for an offside position.

► Mexico and Poland neutralize each other, Lewandoswki misses a penalty

Mexico and Poland left back to back (0-0) after an unexciting match for their entry into the World Cup at Stade 974 in Doha.

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Poland star striker Robert Lewandowski failed to convert a penalty he had caused after a foul was cleared by VAR, his shot being blocked by experienced Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (58th) .

Both teams sit in second place in Group C, behind Saudi Arabia.

► France – Australia, successful entry for the Blues

After a failed start to the match, and a goal conceded in the 9th minute, the France team quickly got back on track before finally winning easily against Australia. Didier Deschamps’ men conceded an early goal when Goodwin found himself alone in the area, forgotten by Benjamin Pavard. He easily deceived Hugo Lloris (1-0, 9th).

After coming to their senses, the Blues equalized through Rabiot (27th), before taking the lead through Olivier Giroud (32nd). After the break, they worsened the mark thanks to Kylian Mbappé (68th) then Giroud again. This first victory allows the French team to take the lead in group D alone.

Defender Lucas Hernandez, injured in a knee, is forced to forfeit for the future. Affected in the cruciate ligaments of the right knee, the player of Bayern Munich aged 26 cannot be replaced in the group of Didier Deschamps.



2022 World Cup: reactive Blues win easily against Australia

Ignition delay. If we had to be picky, it is in these terms that we would describe the victory of the Blues against the Australian Socceroos, this Tuesday, November 22, for their first match in Qatar. Didier Deschamps’ team, surprised at the start, took a good twenty minutes to enter their World Cup, before reassuring themselves and showing their talent to finally win (4-1).

Enterprising from the first minutes, the Australians, taking advantage of a faulty Benjamin Pavard in marking, scored their first goal in the 9th minute, through Craig Goodwin. A goal full of realism in front of a helpless Hugo Lloris. In the process, the side Lucas Hernandez leaves on injury, replaced by his brother Theo.

The French defense, weakened in the absence of its manager, Raphaël Varane, will therefore have yielded very quickly. The unprecedented duo of central defenders Konaté-Upamecano, lacking in automation, will have taken a good quarter of an hour before getting back in the saddle, like the rest of the team.

Rabiot and Giroud turn things around

The equalizer came from a long cross from Théo Hernandez headed by Adrien Rabiot (27th minute), before Olivier Giroud, so far transparent, restored the advantage to the Blues, on a decisive pass from this even Rabiot, five minutes later (32nd).

Remobilized, the men of Didier Deschamps no longer left the opposing half of the field in the first half and continued to press the Socceroos. Great unknown at the time of starting, the control of the midfield was to the advantage of the Blues. The Rabiot-Tchouaméni-Griezmann trio, unprecedented, answered many questions, being very clean technically and efficient in the recovery. The Blues, however, concluded this contrasting first half with a final scare: in added time, the Australian, Jackson Irvine saw his shot crash into the right upright of Hugo Lloris.

A more controlled second act

In the second half, the Blues initially contented themselves with spinning the ball, ignoring efforts to knock out the opponent, before Kylian Mbappé’s repeated accelerations ended up making the Australian net vibrate. The one on whom a lot of hopes rested in attack, after the package of the Golden Ball Karim Benzema, assumed his role by playing his speed to destabilize the opposing defense. It was on an uncrossed header at six meters, on a cross from Ousmane Dembélé, that he was first rewarded. (68th minute).

Three minutes later, Olivier Giroud dashed the last Australian hopes by scoring a brace, with an unstoppable header, on a cross from Mbappé. The AC Milan striker scored his 51st goal with France and thus joined Thierry Henry at the top of the ranking of tricolor scorers.

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Despite a failed start to the match, the French internationals were able to raise the bar to win by three goals. Faced with a tougher opponent, the team of Didier Deschamps will however have to raise their level of play. Next test against Denmark, opponent who has often foiled the Blues, from this Saturday, November 26th. The Blues will aim for a qualification for the 8th finals.



2022 World Cup: Australia, a very political outsider

First opponents of the Blues this Tuesday, November 22, the Australian “Socceroos” are not among the favorites of the World Cup. But as early as last October, their stand against Qatar shed light on this little-known team.

Far behind rugby and its local variant, Australian football, the round ball sport, locally called soccer, did not experience a strong rise in Australia. Few international players have broken into the major European championships.

Tim Cahill, living legend and top scorer of the selection, had remarkable passages in England, like attackers Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell. Too few, however, to consider the land of Oz as a breeding ground for great talent.

“The suffering of migrant workers cannot be ignored”

Several young binational players are also reluctant to accept a national team selection, for fear of definitively giving up a more attractive offer from their second country. For the World Cup in Qatar, coach Graham Arnold recently received a refusal from young Cristian Volpato (19), author of a promising start to the season with his club AS Roma. The midfielder hopes to one day join the ranks of the Squadra Azzurra, the Italian selection.

It is in the non-sporting field that Australia, 38e world nation in the FIFA rankings, stood out by becoming the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup to openly criticize Qatar. “We recognize the significant progress and legislative reforms that have taken place in Qatar in recent years, said the Australian federation last October. However, we have also learned that the tournament has been associated with the suffering of migrant workers and their families and this cannot be ignored. »

Players will no longer speak during the competition

The press release was accompanied by a video in which appear sixteen players of the selection. “For the past two years, we have been dedicated to understanding and getting to know the situation in Qatar better,” explain them there. “We are not experts but we have listened to groups such as Amnesty, Fifa and, more importantly, foreign workers in Qatar,” they continue, deploring the working conditions of the workers.

While there are several thousand deaths on World Cup construction sites, Australia can boast of having been the first to speak out, before being followed by others, such as the United States. United or Denmark. On the other hand, on their arrival in Doha, Monday, November 14, the Australians made it known that they would no longer speak on the subject.



2022 World Cup: players’ timid initiatives in support of human rights

The day after the start of the controversial FIFA World Cup in Qatar, several European teams announced on Monday, November 21, that they were giving up wearing a “One Love” armband adorned with a multicolored heart. A sign that was intended to support LGBT + people and other minorities whose rights are not recognized in the emirate.

The initiative proposed by the Dutch federation at the beginning of September will therefore not be followed. A setback that comes after Fifa forbade them, Sunday, November 19, preferring to the multicolored armband slogans like “Football unites the world », “save the planet” or “protect the children”.

A ” Good choice “ according to Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation (FFF), whose players had initially planned to wear the armband before backtracking. Hugo Lloris, the tricolor captain, again assured Monday that he would follow the recommendation of the international federation, preferring ” stay “ in his ” frame “, “that of player and competitor”.

Yellow card

Several team captains, including that of England which begins its competition against Iran on Monday, Harry Kane, or the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, had however reaffirmed Monday morning their desire to display this symbol of inclusion and of diversity. The captain of the German team, Manuel Neuer, had even assured to be “willing to pay fines”, financial sanctions having been brandished by Fifa.

This was without counting the announcement of sporting sanctions. Captains who wear the armband would be penalized with a yellow card, threatened the institution that governs world football. A measure that decided the seven refractory to give up.

“As national federations, we cannot ask our players to risk sporting sanctions, including yellow cardswrote the federations of the seven countries in a joint press release published on Monday. We were ready to pay fines (…) but we cannot put our players in the situation where they could be warned, or even have to leave the field. »

FIFA assured that its official armbands would be flocked with the message “No to discrimination”its president Gianni Infantino assuring that ” Everyone is welcome “ in the country.

Jerseys sold at auction

Other teams have carried out their own “initiatives” to support minorities or immigrant workers, on the margins. The German team, for example, made the trip to Qatar with a plane bearing the slogan “Diversity wins”. On the American side, the Football Federation has replaced the colors of its logo with those of the rainbow, in support of LGBT + people whose rights are violated in Qatar.

In the Netherlands, the jerseys of players worn during the World Cup will be auctioned off and the proceeds will be used to help the families of migrant workers who died on stadium construction sites. As for Denmark, the leaders have given up sending an official representation of the government or the royal family to Qatar. The Danish players wanted to go further, wearing a flocked jersey with the inscription “human rights for all” but Fifa rejected their request.

Failing to defend the “One Love” armband, the Blues have committed themselves to “support NGOs that work for the protection of human rights”. They will feed, for an unspecified amount, the Génération 2018 endowment fund created by the world champions in order to finance social actions.



World Cup 2022: matches and results for Monday November 21

► England – Iran: 6-2, a successful entry into the running for the semi-finalist of the 2018 World Cup

England, semi-finalist of the World Cup-2018 and finalist of Euro-2020, made a success of its entry into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by outclassing Iran 6-2 in group B, Monday, November 21 at the stadium Khalifa of Doha.

Faced with the Iranians who quickly had to do without their titular goalkeeper, hit in the face, the English took over thanks to goals from their young nuggets Jude Bellingham, 19 (35th) and Bukayo Saka, 21 (43rd, 62nd ), and the more experienced Raheem Sterling, (45+1), Marcus Rashford (71st) and Jack Grealish (90th). Iran reduced the score thanks to a double from Mehdi Taremi (65th, 90 + 13 sp)

The eleven Iranian players refrained from singing their national anthem before the kick-off of their first match of the World Cup-2022 against England, Monday in Doha. During the week, their captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh had explained that the players would decide “collectively” whether or not to sing the national anthem as a sign of support for the victims of the harshly repressed demonstrations in their country.

On the English side, captain Harry Kane has given up wearing the inclusive colored armband One Love, the seven federations which intended to do so having backtracked on Monday, faced with the threat of sports sanctions from Fifa. The English however knelt down as they usually do to denounce all forms of discrimination.

► Netherlands – Senegal: 2-0, a snatch victory

The Netherlands managed to win against Senegal after a game closer than expected. Cody Gakpo opened the scoring with a header in the 84th minute, before Davy Klaassen doubled the lead after stoppage time in the 90th + 9.

Prior to that, the two Group A favorites had overall looked like a not-to-lose game rather than a must-win.

This match was the first between the two teams in all competitions. Holland, which never lost its first match in the World Cup (6 wins and 2 draws), honored the tradition and broke the good Senegalese series (two wins in their opening matches in the World Cup).

► United States – Wales, a match that promises to be balanced

For the last match of the day, the United States (16th in the FIFA rankings) will face Wales (19th) in a game that promises to be balanced. The American selection did not qualify in 2018 to everyone’s surprise.

The Welsh will be led by their superstar, Gareth Bale, former Real Madrid player and champion in the American football league this year. For their part, the United States can count on players who have proven themselves in Europe, such as Weston McKennie with Juventus or Christian Pulisic with Chelsea.