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.



Clément Noël in gold, disappointment for the biathletes… The Olympic recap of Wednesday February 16

► Clément Noël wins the slalom

The French skier beat the Austrian Johannes Strolz and the Norwegian world champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag, thus winning the thirteenth tricolor medal in the Beijing Games. Sixth in the first run, the Vosgien set the fastest time on the second course to win his first Olympic medal.

→ PORTRAIT. Beijing Olympics: Clément Noël, the quiet passion

At 24, Clément Noël thus becomes the first Frenchman to win gold in alpine skiing at the Olympics since Antoine Dénériaz, winner of the downhill in 2006. Pierre Vidal (consecrated in 2002), Jean-Claude Killy (1968) and the sisters Christine (1964) and Marielle Goitschel (1968).

► The Pinturault disappointment

Fifth in the giant on Tuesday February 8, eleventh in the super-G on Sunday, Alexis Pinturault finished today in 16th place in the slalom. Hampered by a shoulder injury, the result of a fall during the combined last week, the Savoyard will return to France without an individual medal, a first in his career.

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

The French record holder for World Cup victories will nevertheless have a chance to stand on the podium in the mixed team event on Saturday.

► No medal for female biathletes

Weighed down by too many shooting errors, the French women finished in a disappointing tenth place in the relay, far from their goal after their third place four years ago.

→ READ. Beijing Olympics: biathlete Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet also wins silver

The Swedish team became Olympic champion for the first time in its history, ahead of Russia. Norway, led by the triple titled Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, fails at the foot of the podium.

► The French sprint at half mast

On the men’s side, Richard Jouve and Hugo Lapalus finished seventh in the cross-country ski sprint. The gap was too big to be filled, after the many efforts made on the previous laps.

The Norwegian pair Johannes Klæbo-Erik Valnes won the gold medal ahead of Finland and Russia. Disappointment also among the women: Mélissa Gal and Léna Quintin finished last in the sprint event.

► The program for Tuesday, February 15

From 3:15 a.m., the women’s downhill in the alpine combined. In the running, the French Laura Gauché and Romane Miradoli. At 5:10 a.m., start of the women’s hockey final between the United States and Canada. At 7 O’clock, women’s alpine combined slalom. AT 8 hours, women’s skicross final. At 9 o’clock, men’s ski jumping, team large hill 4 x 5 km. Four Frenchmen engaged: Matteo Baud, Gaël Blondeau, Antoine Gérard and Laurent Muhlethaler.



Quintuple of silver, decline in the medal table… The Olympic recap of Wednesday February 9

► Chloé Trespeuch, worthy heiress of the French snowboard school

Eight years after her bronze medal obtained in 2014 in Sochi, the Savoyard Chloé Trespeuch climbed a step on the podium, Wednesday, February 9. Second behind the American Lindsey Jacobellis, three ranks ahead of her compatriot Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (5th), the snowboarder confirms the reputation of her discipline, the biggest provider of medals for the French selection since the discipline was introduced in 1998 at the Nagano Games.

→ PORTRAIT. Chloé Trespeuch, two medals and convictions

Since its appearance at the Turin Olympics in 2006, snowboardcross, which took over from parallel slalom, has always brought a medal to France.

► Slight decline in the medal table

Tenth Tuesday, February 8, France lost a place in the medal table. Her gold medal and her five silver medals obtained after five days of competition rank her 11th on Wednesday 9, between the United States and Canada.

France is aiming for a place in the top ten at the end of these Games, with a harvest at least equal to that of PyeongChang (15 medals). The first three places in the table are occupied by Germany, followed by Norway and Sweden.

► Curtain down for the French women’s slalom

For her last Olympic appearance at 33, Nastasia Noens finished in a modest 19th place, but consistent with her level in recent years. Seventh in Sochi, the Niçoise has long carried the hopes of French slalom alone, orphan of good skiers for years.

She was the only qualified Frenchwoman, while each nation can field up to four representatives. The race was won by Slovak Petra Vlhova, who won her first Olympic title. The big star of the stakes, the American Mikaela Shiffrin, fell from the first gates after also falling in giant.

► An athlete dad in a hurry to get home

American biathlete Leif Nordgren easily consoled himself for his 87th place in the 20 km in biathlon, a very unusual rank for this runner who had an excuse: the night before the race, he had witnessed the birth of his wife by video. whom he has not seen since mid-November due to health restrictions. After the race he said “can’t wait to finish the Olympics to go home (him) “.

► Thursday’s program

The serious things begin for Alexis Pinturault, already three times medalist at the Games, bronze in giant at Sochi 2014 and bronze and silver in giant and combined at PyeongChang 2018. All that is missing is gold for the Courchevel skier who will start at 3:30 a.m. for the downhill, before taking the start at 7:15 a.m. for the slalom (the ranking is established by adding the two times).

We will also closely follow the course of Merlin Surget in snowboardcross (qualifications from 3:15 a.m., final around 8:15 a.m.). The Haut-Savoyard remains on a 2and place in the World Cup. Barring a major accident, he will accompany the Olympic vice-champion Chloé Trespeuch, Saturday 12, during the mixed snowboarding event, included for the first time in the program of the Olympic Games.