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World Cup 2022: matches and results for Thursday November 24



► Switzerland wins against Cameroon 1 to 0 thanks to Embolo

Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 thanks to a goal from Breel Embolo for their entry into the World Cup-2022 on Thursday in Doha, and took the lead in group G before the Brazil-Serbia match in the evening.

Embolo remained impassive after his goal, scored after returning from the locker room. The striker, a native of Yaoundé, had announced before the match that he would try not to celebrate if he scored with the “Nati” against his native country with which he has kept very strong ties.

► Uruguay and South Korea back to back (0-0)

Uruguay and South Korea, despite the pedigree of their respective attackers, did not find the opening (0-0) after a balanced and lively match in which the defenders took the upper hand on Thursday at Doha in Group H of the 2022 World Cup.

If the former Bordeaux player Hwang Ui-jo wasted a great opportunity in the box (34th), it was Celeste who proved to be the most dangerous, Godin (34th) and Valverde (90th) touching the posts while Suarez , replaced by Cavani (64th), and Son were little in sight.

► Portugal beats Ghana 3-2, Cristiano Ronaldo historic goalscorer

Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 to enter the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (Group H), thanks in particular to a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the first player to score at five different World Cups on Thursday. at Stadium 974, Doha.

The 37-year-old Portuguese star, without a club since breaking his contract by mutual agreement with Manchester United, made World Cup history by converting a penalty (65th). The Ghanaian Andre Ayew equalized (73rd), but Joao Felix (78th) then Rafael Leao (80th) revived the Portuguese, who however trembled at the end of the match after the goal of Osman Bukari (89th).

► Brazil – Serbia

For the last game of the day, Neymar’s Brazil will face Serbia at 8 p.m. French time. Defeated in the quarter-finals in 2018, the Brazilian “Seleção”, the most successful in the history of the World Cup, will try this year to win their sixth world title.

For that, it would be better that their entry into the running against Serbia, 21st in the Fifa ranking, is successful, at the risk of finding themselves back against the wall against Switzerland and Cameroon in the following matches.

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Martin Fourcade at the IOC, Kevin Rolland in the final… The Olympic Games recap of Thursday February 17



► Martin Fourcade elected to the IOC

Former French biathlete Martin Fourcade has been elected to the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the IOC announced Thursday (February 17th) in Beijing. He joins this commission for eight years, whose mission is “to represent the athletes and support them, both on and off the competition field”.

TO READ. Beijing Olympics: Martin Fourcade elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission

The five-time Olympic champion and 13-time world champion said to himself ” happy ” and “honoured” of his designation. Among its objectives,it will be necessary “addressing environmental issues” and “also be in contact with athletes to understand their needs, their sensitivities”.

► Shiffrin KO in the combined, Miradoli can harbor regrets

The American skier probably had her worst Olympic Games. Huge favorite of the combined, author of a good performance during the descent (5th place), Mikaela Shiffrin fell a few seconds after starting the slalom, forcing her to retire. She thus left Beijing without an individual medal.

Frenchwoman Romane Miradoli was not much luckier. While she was 18 hundredths of a second ahead of Ester Ledecka in second qualifying, she straddled a gate close to the finish, letting a possible place on the podium slip away. Swiss Michelle Gisin won the combined.

► Kevin Rolland qualified for the half-pipe finals

Three years after a terrible fall that could have cost him his life, the 32-year-old freestyle skier and flag bearer of the French delegation wanted to end his Olympic career with a half-pipe final, knowing his slim chances of a podium . It’s done, after his narrow qualification.

→ PORTRAIT. Beijing Olympics: Kevin Rolland, the survivor, has “nothing to lose, everything to prove”

After a very average first run (65.25 points), Kevin Rolland raised his level during the second run (75.25 points), to finish in tenth place and ensure his presence in the final, which will take place on Saturday. American Aaron Blunck (92 points) dominated qualifying.

► Fifth place in France in the Nordic combined

They were ranked fifth before the 4×5 km relay, thanks to a good ski jumping event. But the podium was already too far for Matteo Baud, Gaël Blondeau, Antoine Gérard and Laurent Muhlethaler: the French did not manage to catch up on the lead. A result which however represents a good performance for the Habs, which we did not expect at this level.

► In hockey, Canada regains the title from the North American neighbor

After losing to the United States four years ago, Canadian hockey players got their revenge on Thursday, beating their neighbors 3-2. This is the 5th time that the country has with the maple leaf wins the Olympic Tournament.

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► Kamila Valieva gives in under pressure

The 15-year-old Russian has not been able to bear the pressure accumulated on her shoulders for several days. Yet well ahead when approaching the free skating event, the child prodigy, suspected of doping, missed several figures during his program and ended in tears on the track. She fell to fourth place, at the foot of the podium, and therefore found herself deprived of a medal.

→ ANALYSIS. Beijing Olympics: behind the Russian skater Kamila Valieva, a champion factory with shady methods

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The program for Friday, February 18

2:30 a.m., women’s halfpipe final. From 4:40 a.m., men’s ski cross. 9:30 a.m., men’s speed skating final. 10 hours, men’s mass-start final: Quentin Fillon Maillet, Émilien Jacquelin, Simon Desthieux, Fabien Claude. From 12:55 p.m. women’s two-man bobsleigh.

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A day without a medal, Alexis Pinturault got scared… The recap of the Olympic Games on Thursday February 10



► Alexis Pinturault avoids the worst

Olympic combined champion in PyeongChang, Alexis Pinturault remained very far from the medal, Thursday, February 10. After a failed descent that left him two seconds behind the best, he tried everything in the slalom (the second part of this event), but fell on the slope.

→ PORTRAIT. Alpine skiing: His Majesty Alexis Pinturault

Very affected by this severe poor performance, which deprives the French camp of a medal within reach, the skier from Courchevel burst into tears after the race. His emotion far exceeded this fall: since the start of the season, the winner of the general classification of the World Cup in 2021, the third Frenchman in history after Jean-Claude Killy and Luc Alphand to have achieved this feat, has not only the shadow of himself. Serious shoulder pain following his fall, which was ultimately inconsequential, raised fears of a withdrawal for the next three races, where he can still catch up: the giant on Sunday 13, the slalom on Wednesday 16 and the mixed slalom by teams Saturday 19. Nothing is lost.

► Merlin Surget will have to console himself with mixed snowboarding

On this disappointing day for French skiing, it should be noted that the French men’s snowboardcross team will return without a medal for the first time since 2006. The best of the three French entries, Merlin Surget, had to settle for fifth place, far from expected podium.

It is he who will accompany his compatriot and silver medalist Chloé Trespeuch on Saturday February 12, for the mixed event, for the first time on the program of the Olympic Games. The other French duo will be made up of Julia Pereira de Sousa and Loan Bozzolo.

► Olympic champion from father to son

The Olympic champion in alpine combined (springboard plus cross-country skiing) should not have been there. Dismissed from the Austrian team last season, Johannes Strolz had to go through participation in a European Cup race to finally snatch his ticket to Beijing.

This story would be relatively banal if he hadn’t climbed to the highest step of the Olympic podium, which his father had himself climbed in 1988 at the Calgary Games. “When I think of all the photos and my dad’s gold medal, it’s hard not to cry. It’s just a dream come true.” confided the young man.

► Where we talk again about Russian doping

For days, the presentation of medals for the team figure skating competition, disputed on Monday 7, has been postponed, officially for legal reasons. Many sources, including in the Russian press, argue that this pitfall of law actually masks a suspicion of doping concerning the young Russian Kamila Valieva, 15, who had enchanted the judges during the competition.

Beyond the particular case of this athlete and her team, who would be disqualified in the event of confirmation, the scandal would be enormous. The young girl is participating in the Games under neutral colors, her country being officially suspended from the Games due to a massive doping affair in Sochi in 2014.

► Friday’s program

Four French women at the start of the super-G, from 4 a.m. Bib number 6, Tessa Worley will start towards the end, in the pack of favorites. After two days of interruption, the biathlon resumes its rights at 7 a.m. with the women’s sprint. Short distances are not a specialty of the French, rather comfortable on long courses. But why not an anthology race by Anaïs Bescond, who almost achieved a feat in the Sochi sprint (5and) in 2014 ? Silver medalist in the individual 15 km, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet can also create a surprise, especially since she has already been on the sprint podium at the world championships.

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