Bookings, bets, Mexico misery and Poland’s PM on phone – the finale to Group C

Find us a more dramatic finale to a World Cup group — we dare you. The last 30 minutes of Group C in Qatar, played simultaneously in two stadiums on Wednesday, will take some beating. Argentina, despite Lionel Messi having a penalty saved last night and that shock loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening … Read more

USA 1-0 Iran: Pulisic goal seals place in World Cup last 16, dominant Dest and focus on the wings

As is often the case for the US, up popped Christian Pulisic when it really mattered to keep their World Cup journey alive. The Chelsea forward scored late in the first half from close range after a fine move involving Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest. Iran improved after the break but failed to really test … Read more

England 3 Wales 0: Rashford at the double, Foden takes chance, has Bale bowed out?

Two goals in a minute from Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden helped England end Wales’ resistance to top Group B and set up a round-of-16 date with Senegal. After a dour first half, England were brought to life when Rashford scored a sublime free kick before Foden finished at the far post from Harry Kane’s … Read more

Female Iran fans fear state ‘spotters’ are spying on them at World Cup games

The woman was becoming hysterical, standing outside the Khalifa International Stadium and sobbing. She is Iranian and, although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognized somebody who does: a man she believed was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during England’s 6-2 … Read more

Female Iran fans fear state ‘spotters’ are spying on them at World Cup games

The woman was becoming hysterical, standing outside the Khalifa International Stadium and sobbing. She is Iranian and, although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognized somebody who does: a man she believed was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during England’s 6-2 … Read more

Iran is calling for the US to be thrown out of the World Cup after flag change

Ahmad Nourollahi of Iran in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Richard Sellers | Getty Images Sports | Getty Images Iranian state media is calling for the US World Cup soccer team to be … Read more

Chinese government TV censors World Cup to avoid showing maskless fans as Covid protests rage

Chinese football fans have been streaming a censored feed of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as politicians desperately try to stop images of large, unmasked crowds reaching the local population as protests rage against harsh Covid measures. FIFA has tightly controlled the vision shown from the World Cup and every nation gets the same … Read more

France 2-1 Denmark: Unstoppable Kylian Mbappe fires World Cup holders into last-16 with superb brace

Lionel Messi is struggling for survival at the World Cup, Neymar is at the center of another injury scare and Cristiano Ronaldo does not even have a club to call his own. The old order is rapidly fading and as the battle for the succession quickens, Kylian Mbappe is leading the charge of the pursuers. … Read more

France 2-1 Denmark: Sparkling Dembele and why this is Mbappe’s tournament for the taking

Denmark have been France’s bogey team in recent years, but Kylian Mbappe had other ideas in their World Cup clash at Stadium 974, scoring twice to secure a 2-1 victory that makes it two wins from two for the reigning champions. Denmark had beaten France twice in 2022 and looked to be on course for … Read more