The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is rapidly nearing its conclusion, as the first round of knockout matches have already been played. But who will win the fight for the semis? as we wait for another round of human emotions on both sides of the coin? Who will enjoy ecstasy while others face agony? The knockouts were much more predictable than the group stage fixtures, but that doesn't mean that there weren't any surprises in store for us. We saw a stubborn Australia play their hearts out against Argentina, who only managed to scrape past them 2-1, courtesy of Messi's magic. A last-minute save from Emiliano Martinez saved the Albiceleste from the grueling thirty minutes of extra time and possible penalties. Last night, we saw the first major shock in the knockouts as Morocco held Spain for 120 minutes before Yassine Bounou's heroics in the shootout ensured that the Atlas Lions reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their history. We also witnessed heartbreak as The Samurai Blue's magical run was ended by last year's finalists Croatia, as another goalkeeper, this time Dominik Livakovic, proved himself to be a national hero. But with all of the Round of 16 fixtures done and dusted, we now move on to the quarterfinals. Each team is now potentially 3 games away from ascending into the annals of history and having their name written in gold. Read More: Can Brazil Win the FIFA World Cup for the 6th Time? Croatia vs Brazil Brazil and Croatia greet us in the first quarterfinal as the Samba Stars look to continue their mission hexa. Croatia, on the other hand, will try to outdo Russia by winning their first ever title.Two teams head into this quarterfinal with vastly different Round of 16 performances. Croatia broke Japanese hearts on penalties to go through after they came from behind in the second half. Brazil, on the other hand, demolished South Korea 4-1, with starman Neymar coming close to Pele's all-time record for Brazil. The Brazilians will be coming into the contest with heaps of confidence, while Croatia will be a little shaky after their 120-minute draw against a stubborn Japan. With the form that the Brazilian attackers are in, especially Vinicius Junior and Richarlison, you'd be hard-pressed not to back them in this contest. As for Croatia, their key advantage should be their exceptional midfield. Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Marcelo Brozovic need to be at their best in order to get the better of the Samba midfield. But all in all, the Brazilians should get the victory in what should be a tight contest. Winner: Brazil Read More: Goncalo Ramos scores first hat-trick of Qatar 2022 as Portugal breeze past Switzerland 6-1 to reach QF Netherlands vs Argentina An all-time World Cup classic awaits us in the second quarterfinal as Argentina take on the Netherlands.Argentina progressed after a nervy encounter with Australia, where Lionel Messi gave one of the performances of the tournament to ensure a 2-1 victory for the Albiceleste.The Netherlands had a fairly easier affair than their counterparts as they strolled past the USA 3-1, courtesy of a wonderful performance from Denzel Dumfries.Both Memphis Depay and Cody Gakpo are in red-hot form in attack, and with Frenkie de Jong having a good tournament as well, the Dutch look a dangerous prospect for the Argentinians.Lionel Messi and co. will have another grueling encounter on their hands as they strive towards the promised land of the FIFA World Cup.This matchup has always provided a great viewing experience, and the last match between them saw Argentina win on penalties. Expect the same to happen this time. Winner: Argentina Read More: Spain's Qatar World Cup run ends after penalty shootout heartbreak Morocco vs Portugal Morocco served up the first surprise of the knockout stages when they beat Spain on penalties. Portugal were impressive as well, to say the least, handing an absolute spanking to the Swiss, beating them 6-1 courtesy of a Goncalo Ramos hat trick. Morocco held Spain on for 120 minutes in a dogged defensive performance, and in the end, Yassine Bounou proved himself to be a national hero as he saved three penalties to cause another upset in this surprise World Cup. Portugal was the most impressive team in the Round of 16 after fielding a Ronaldo-less XI. Goncalo Ramos' hat trick meant that they demolished Switzerland 6-1 in a very one-sided encounter. Morocco's underdog aura will give them a massive boost that just might be enough to make them the first African nation to reach the semi-finals. But if they do achieve that, they'll have to do it on the back of their highly impressive defense. Winner: Morocco Read More: Will Deepika Padukone unveil FIFA World Cup trophy at the finals? France vs England In the fourth and final quarterfinal, France and England, two of the most expensive squads in Qatar 2022, will face off, and one of them will have to give up on their dream of bringing it home.Le Bleu will look to retain their crown on the back of Kylian Mbappe's undeniable class. The PSG man has been the man of the tournament so far, scoring five goals already. France beat a tough Poland team 3-1 to qualify for the quarterfinals with a very impressive performance. England were magnificent in their match against Senegal as well. Their incredible all-round performance made sure they got the job done against the Lions of Teranga easily, winning 3-0.A match between the heavyweights will be highly exciting, as no team will leave no stone unturned in order to take one step closer to the elusive trophy. A full fit Kyle Walker could finally be the defender to stop Kylian Mbappe as Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, and Harry Kane pit their best against the French defense. Harry Maguire and John Stones will have to do their best to stand any chance against the ruthless French attack. In the middle of the park, England just about edges the French with no significant injuries and proper quality all over the pitch and in all roles. England could just about get the win, but honestly, this is going to be one unpredictable encounter. Winner: England Read More: Qatar World Cup: Brazil thump South Korea 4-1 and advance to quarterfinals Verdict Matchups of the highest caliber await us in the quarterfinals as the magic of the Qatar World Cup nears its final stages. New heavyweights, old classics, and underdogs This round has it all, and each and every contest promises to be filled with blood, sweat, and tears. In the end, two emotions will remain and prevail. Unlimited joy and unbearable sadness await, and the matches will be even tougher than the previous round. The football world now waits to see which teams make it to the last four.
Despite a poor performance by the top and middle orders, Mehidy Hasan Miraz's maiden ODI hundred and Mahmudullah Riyad's effective knock guided Bangladesh to an impressive total of 271 runs in the second ODI against India in the three-match series in Mirpur. While Mahmudullah fell for 77, Miraz was not out, scoring 100* off 83 balls—his best innings in the format—with 8 fours and 4 sixes. After Bangladesh lost six wickets for 69 runs within 18 overs, Miraz and Mahamudullah staged a remarkable partnership of 148 runs off 165 balls, propelling team Bangladesh to a challenging total of 260 runs. Their invaluable contribution gave Bangladesh a realistic chance of winning the match. Read more: Bangladesh win toss, batting first in 2nd ODI vs India Before Miraz and Mahamudullah's heroics, Mohammad Siraj and Umran Malik gave Bangladesh a difficult start to the innings after they elected to bat first. Thanks to their efforts with the ball, Bangladesh found themselves in a very precarious situation, requiring an unlikely recovery to set a decent total. Siraj put Bangladesh under pressure early on by taking the wickets of Anamul Haque Bijoy and Liton Das in quick succession. Umran then delivered a lethal 151 kmph fast ball, which Najmul Hossain Shanto failed to connect with, resulting in his off-stump being destroyed. Washington Sundar then compounded Bangladesh's misery by taking the wickets of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Afif Hossain, with the latter going for a golden duck. This triple-strike gave India a huge advantage and left Bangladesh on the back foot. When Bangladesh seemed to be heading for a disastrous collapse, Miraz and Mahmudullah combined forces and rescued their team from the cliff edge. They put on an impressive partnership of 148 runs until Umran bowled a short-pitched delivery, which Mahmudullah failed to connect properly with and plucked a dolly to the wicket-keeper. Read more: 2nd ODI: Bangladesh struggle against dominant Indian bowlers Mahmudullah eventually closed off the innings with 77 off 96 balls, featuring seven boundaries, despite his poor form in the first match, leading to many questions being asked of him. Nevertheless, Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo showed faith in his batter's abilities, believing that Mahmudullah could deliver when it mattered most. Miraz continues to amaze the fans with his batting ability. He was the hero of Bangladesh in the first match that Bangladesh won from a lost position, and now he saved the Tigers from a batting collapse that looked inevitable at one point. Mehidy Hasan Miraz was most aggressive against Indian bowling in the last five overs, when Bangladesh scored more than 60 runs at an average of more than 11. Miraz managed to reach his first One-Day International century thanks to his attacking display, and Bangladesh got a total of 271 to challenge a strong Indian batting lineup. For India, Washington bagged three wickets, while Siraj and Umran shared four wickets between them.
Brazil has been an international powerhouse in football for decades. The country has won the World Cup an astonishing five times, with the last victory attained in 2002. The Brazilian national team, known as 'The Selecao,' is now looking to make history by becoming the first nation to win the tournament six times. The team is determined to mission Hexa and bring the trophy back to Brazil. Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2022 team has been reinforced by some of the world's best players and will be looking to reclaim their place atop the world of football. Now the question is, can Brazil win the World Cup for the sixth time? Brazil's World Cup 2022 performance so far Brazil's group stage performance was not satisfactory for the fans as they lost the last group stage match against Cameroon. However, it was unexpected as the lineup contained the expensive and best young players of the team. But, whether it was a win or loss, that match for Brazil was about checking their bench strength. With the last sixteen already confirmed, some players needed a rest as well. All in all, Tite has walked the path of change in the starting eleven. Nine changes from the previous match. 39-year-old Dani Alves led the field with the youngest attack in 6 decades. So, apparently, Brazil was not bothered with that match, which we have understood in the round of 16 games against South Korea. The 4-1 victory over South Korea proved their excellency and showed that Brazil is one of the top contenders for the World Cup 2022. In their other two matches against Serbia and Switzerland, Brazil got the easy win. Read More: Argentina or Brazil: Which team's prospects look better in Qatar World Cup? With their massive success against South Korea, Brazilian footballers are sending a message to the world that they are serious about reclaiming their place in the global football landscape. Brazil's road to final, will it be smooth? The Seleçao Canarinho are only two matches away from the final. They will face Croatia in the quarter-finals. Overall, both teams faced each other four times, Brazil won 3 matches, and 1 match was drawn. The two countries have met twice in World Cup. This will be the third time. Selecao left the field with 100% victory in the previous two times. Although Brazil is ahead in terms of statistics and power, one incident after another has made this World Cup exciting. Croatia defeated Japan in a tiebreaker in the other pre-quarterfinal on Monday. Japan went ahead by scoring first. Croatia leveled the score in the second half. As the result of the game was 1-1 at the scheduled time, the match went to extra time. There was no goal either. Finally, Croatia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup after defeating Japan in a tiebreaker. Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved Japan's three penalties in the tiebreaker. So, it seems finding a gap in Livakovic's goalpost will be a bit difficult for Brazil. Read More: Brazil Team Analysis for 2022 World Cup in Qatar However, Brazil has a world-class team this year, and Neymar is back from injury. This is the biggest strength for Brazil. But Brazil can do well without Neymar too. They have Richarlison, Casemiro and Vinícius Júnior. So, Brazil has a great chance of winning the quarter-final. After that, they will face either Argentina or Netherlands in the semifinal. And considering the performance of these two teams in the Qatar World Cup, Brazil will be ahead too. Which Brazilian players may shine in the next rounds? While Brazil has a strong defense, the midfield and attacking are also incredible. However, goal scorers are the one who takes the team to the next round. And as per the performance, Richarlison, Casemiro, and Vinícius Júnior are at the peak of their career for the national team. And obviously, Neymar is there too. Neymar Injuries and Neymar are like two sides of a coin. The depth of their relationship is really evident on the World Cup stage. The Brazilian star striker left the field at the end of the match with an ankle injury during the match against Serbia and missed the group stage. Neymar is back in the team and scored his first goal at Qatar World Cup. He had a player rating of 8 in that match. Apparently, Neymar will be a performance booster for the team in the next matches. Read More: Will Deepika Padukone unveil FIFA World Cup trophy at the finals? Richarlison He already scored three goals in this World Cup, with a double goal in the first match against Serbia. While Neymar was playing his regular game against Serbia, Richarlison stole the limelight with a pair of goals. Especially the crowd-pleasing aesthetic bicycling shot goal sticks like magic in the eyes of football lovers. His rating was 9 in that match. Richarlison's goal against South Korea was also eye-soothing. While he was surrounded by the defenders, Richarlison danced the ball four times on his head. After that, he beat two defenders and scored. So, he will be a trump card for Brazil in upcoming matches. Vinicius Junior Vinicius Jr. has been shining under Zinedine Zidane in Real Madrid. But he couldn't score. Italy's legendary coach, Carlo Ancelotti, returned to Real Madrid's dugout and changed Vini's playing style. Now he has become one of the key players for Brazil at the Qatar World Cup. He was one of the top players against Serbia and Switzerland in the group stage. But missed the goal. He got a goal against South Korea. However, he also got several chances in that match. Vini's rating was 9 against South Korea. Vini was in great form at Real Madrid. Played an outstanding role in winning La Liga Champions League. Then Brazil coach Tite talked to Carlo Ancelotti about Vinicius. How was he playing Vini? What was the strategy so that he gets the same Vini in the Brazil jersey. And it seems it worked out perfectly! Read More: Which Countries have Won FIFA Football World Cup Trophy? Final words Brazil has won the World Cup five times, the most of any country. Still, the team that did not win the World Cup in 1982 is regarded as the best team in Brazil. However, experts think the 2022 World Cup team is almost equivalent to 1982's team, and they are proving it too. The whole team is in great form, and there are a bunch of energetic players available on the bench too. So, apparently, Brazil seems to be unstoppable and has a great possibility to complete their mission Hexa in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Bangladesh are suffering a batting collapse, losing 6 wickets for just 69 runs, in 18 overs while batting first in the second ODI against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (December 07, 2022). Mohammad Siraj bagged two wickets, while Umran Malik took one and Washington Sundar got the crucial breakthrough by removing Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Afif Hossain who scored a duck. Anamul Haque Bijoy was the first one to fall, as he was trapped LBW by Mohammad Siraj after facing a series of fuller deliveries, hitting two boundaries and scoring 11 off 9 balls. Read: Bangladesh win toss, batting first in 2nd ODI vs India Mohammad Siraj scalped the wicket of Bangladesh captain Liton Das with a well-executed good length inswinger, smashing his middle stumps. Liton made 7 runs off 23 balls, failing to get into a rhythm in the middle. Umran Malik sent Bangladesh into further turmoil as he removed Najmul Hossain Shanto with a 151 kmph fast delivery. Shanto might have anticipated a short delivery, yet it was not to be as he went for a drive to the cover unsuccessfully, losing his off-stump in the process. Bangladesh had come into the second match of the series looking to win it and take the lead, after narrowly winning the first game against India on December 06, 2022 by one wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. However, this batting collapse might bring a result that the Bangladeshi fans at Mirpur are not expecting at all. Read: BAN vs IND: Tigers eye second consecutive win
New Zealand women's team comfortably won a 20-over match against Bangladesh by a margin of 63 runs in a one-sided encounter in Dunedin. Sophie Amelia Kerr made the difference with an impressive innings of 48 off 31 balls, laced with five boundaries and scoring at an astonishing strike rate of 154.83. Captain Sophie Devine was the second-best batter for New Zealand scoring 47 off 33 balls with seven boundaries. But Suzie Bates (9), Lauren Down (6), Maddy Green (11) and Rebecca Burns (0) all failed to reach a double-digit for New Zealand Women. For Bangladesh, Marufa Akter, Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Fariha Trisna and Rabeya Khan were successful with the ball, as they shared the five wickets between them while two were trapped in run-out. Bangladesh women put up a tricky target, but their batting line-up couldn’t fire and they crumbled to 89/7 in 20 overs with Rumana Ahmed’s 25 being the top-scorer. Lea Tahuhu claimed 3/13 in her four overs, being the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand women. With this win, New Zealand completed a clean sweep over Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series. These teams will now lock horns in a three-match ODI series on December 11, 14 and 17 at Wellington, Napier, and Hamilton, respectively.
Bangladesh have won the toss and opted to bat first in the second ODI of the three-match series against India on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh won the first match of the series, riding on a Herculean effort from Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the 10th wicket stand shared with Mustafizur Rahman. Read: BAN vs IND: Tigers eye second consecutive win Bangladesh bolstered their playing XI by adding Nasum Ahmed as a replacement for Hasan Mahmud, while India made two changes, introducing Umran Malik and Axar Patel in place of Shahbaz Ahmed and Kuldeep Sen. Bangladesh came into this match aiming to win the series, having previously won the initial match and gained an advantage in the series. The Tigers had previously won the 2015 bilateral ODI series against India which was also held in Bangladesh. And, India will surely give their all to make a return to the series. Read: Tigers eye to seal the series vs India Bangladesh (Playing XI): Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das(c), Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik
Goncalo Ramos scores first hat-trick of Qatar 2022 as Portugal breeze past Switzerland 6-1 to reach QF
Goncalo Ramos scored the first hat-trick of Qatar 2022 in Portugal's Round of 16 fixture against Switzerland and helped his team win the match 6-1. With this victory, Portugal have booked their place in the quarterfinals. Switzerland's World Cup journey, on the other hand, have ended in a disappointing manner. FIFA World Cup 2022 match report: Portugal vs Switzerland Putting Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, Portugal started the match with a 4-3-3 formation. In place of Ronaldo, Goncalo Ramos started along with Joao Felix, and what a great decision it turned out to be by coach Fernando Santos. Portugal only had to wait 17 minutes to get their first goal of the night as Ramos opened the scoring for them. 16 minutes later, veteran Pepe doubled the lead for Portugal with a header from close range into the top left corner. Read More: Spain's Qatar World Cup run ends after penalty shootout heartbreak Switzerland's game plan halted dramatically after conceding two early goals in the first half. They devised a 3-1-4-2 system with the goal of controlling the midfield with a crowded midfield. But that didn't work out at all, as they continued to concede goals in the second half. Goncalo Ramos made the scoreline 3-0 in the 51st minute, and four minutes later Raphael Guerreiro scored the fourth for Portugal. Within three minutes, Switzerland got one back thanks to Manuel Akanji's goal, but by that time it was all but over for them. Portugal's rampage against Switzerland continued when Goncalo Ramos completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute with a right-footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner. The Swiss campaign was completely disorganized, with no idea what to do to prevent this against Portugal. Rafael Leao made it even sour for the Swiss side when he scored the sixth one in the 92nd minute, making the final scoreline 6-1. Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench in the second half and scored, but his goal was disallowed due to an offside trap. Read More: Will Deepika Padukone unveil FIFA World Cup trophy at the finals? Aftermath This World Cup saw the first hat-trick in the last match of the Round of 16, as Portugal's Goncalo Ramos achieved it against Switzerland. Portugal will face off against a rejuvinated Moroccan team on Saturday, December 10, in their quarterfinal match of the Qatar World Cup. The Portuguese side's dominant victory over Switzerland will boost their confidence heading into the next knockout match.
Hours before Japan and South Korea endured painful second-round exits from the World Cup in Qatar, continental soccer rival Saudi Arabia had plenty to celebrate. The All India Football Federation’s decision to pull out of the race to host the 2027 Asian Cup, announced while all the football focus in East Asia was centered on Japan and South Korea’s knockout games on Monday, left Saudi Arabia as the only candidate to host the continental championship. South Korea, which lost 4-1 to Brazil, and Japan, edged by Croatia after a penalty shootout, progressed further in the World Cup than either Qatar or Saudi Arabia. Off the field, though, the power in Asian soccer moved toward the west side of the continent. Saudi Arabia is set to be officially confirmed as 2027 host in February when the Asian Football Confederation meets in Bahrain. It will be the first time that the country has staged the continental competition and could also lead to a future World Cup bid. Read more: Qatar World Cup: Are Brazil and Japan favourites to meet in quarterfinals? “People forget that Saudi Arabia has hosted many international events including the 1989 World Youth Cup and three editions of the Confederations Cup,” Hafez Al-Medlej, a former member of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation and the AFC, told domestic media. “The 2027 Asian Cup will be one of the most successful Asian competitions given Saudi Arabia’s ability to host sporting events and this will show that the country will be able to host the World Cup in the coming years.” While the teams from East Asia have traditionally performed better at soccer’s marquee tournament — South Korea’s run to the World Cup semifinals when it co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan remains the best performance by an Asian team — West Asia has kept making strides in the running of the sport. The United Arab Emirates hosted the 2019 Asian Cup and Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa is set to be named as AFC president for a third term in February. Qatar beat off a challenge from South Korea in October to host the 2023 Asian Cup, using the facilities created for the World Cup. The Korea Football Association responded to that decision in October with a statement that highlighted some of Qatar’s lobbying. “Qatar has promised huge financial support, such as the participation of additional sponsors by its own companies in the AFC, which is currently suffering from a loss due to COVID-19, a large-scale broadcasting rights contract with its own broadcasting company, and support for operating expenses of the Asian Cup,” the KFA said in the statement. Saudi Arabia has never hosted the Asian Cup, which it has won three times since the inaugural event in 1956. The most recent title was in 1996. Hosting the 2027 edition shaped to be a blockbuster contest when the Saudis, Qatar, Iran, India and Uzbekistan initially submitted bids more than two years ago. India’s football federation said the Asian Cup in 2027 didn’t fit its strategic priorities. Read more: Qatar World Cup: Who are likely to advance to the quarterfinals? “India has always been a wonderful and efficient host to big tournaments, which was amply demonstrated in the recently concluded FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup,” AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey said in a statetment. “However, the Executive Committee has decided that the overall strategy of the federation currently remains on focusing on the fundamental goals to strengthen our football at every level from grassroots to youth development.” World Cup host Qatar was awarded the 2023 edition of the Asian Cup after China handed back its hosting rights, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. That tournament is expected to be pushed back to January 2024. The Korean Football Association said in October that it would take time to reflect on its failure to win the Asian Cup bid, saying it “will do more research and practice on measures to strengthen international competitiveness and soccer diplomacy in the future.” In the short-term however, as Japan and South Korea leave Doha, they know they will soon return.
Cameroon soccer federation president and former star player Samuel Eto’o apologized for kicking a man to the ground in what he called a “violent altercation” outside a World Cup stadium early Tuesday. Eto’o had paused to pose for photos with fans near Stadium 974 after Brazil beat South Korea 4-1. Footage circulating on social media showed him then reacting to comments by a man holding a camera. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward was initially held back by people in his entourage, but he then got clear and appeared to aim a kick at the man, who fell backwards to the ground. “I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter,” Eto’o wrote in statements posted in French and English on his Twitter account, citing a months-long campaign by that country’s fans against Cameroon since their World Cup playoff in March. “I would like to apologize for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality,” said Eto’o, who has represented Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee as a Global Legacy Ambassador since 2019. The man, Algerian social media personality Said Mamouni, later published a video on YouTube saying he was the person who was attacked, and that he was at a Qatari police station to file a complaint against Eto’o. “Samuel had a fight with me. He hit me, and the one accompanying him pushed me. I’m here to lodge a complaint and he also smashed my camera,” Mamouni said. He said that Eto’o became violent after Mamouni asked him whether he had bribed Gambian referee Bakary Gassama in a controversial World Cup qualifying game between Cameroon and Algeria. Cameroon won the second leg 2-1 in the final moments of the match and qualified for the World Cup on the away goals rule. Read more: World Cup 2022: Aboubakar saves Cameroon in 3-3 tie with Serbia Algeria’s soccer federation filed a complaint with FIFA, soccer’s governing body, demanding a replay of the match because of what it deemed were referring errors made by Gassama. FIFA dismissed the complaint. But Algeria’s grievance also carried over to the Cameroon team’s first official news conference in Qatar, one day before playing Switzerland. An Algerian reporter’s question to Cameroon coach Rigobert Song about having “bought qualification” wasn’t answered. Eto’o has been in Qatar as head of the delegation from Cameroon, which was eliminated in the group stage last week. “I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence,” he wrote Tuesday. ”I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters.” Eto’o is part of the FIFA Legends program that uses former players to promote soccer and it was unclear in what capacity Eto’o attended the game Monday night. Qatari organizers of the World Cup said Eto’o hadn’t been their guest at the game. FIFA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the Cameroon federation didn’t immediately answer phone calls or respond to messages seeking comment. Read more: Inter signs Mkhitaryan and Onana in busy few days Qatar’s government did not immediately respond to questions about the incident. Eto’o played at four World Cups for Cameroon between 1998 and 2014, and was elected to lead its soccer federation one year ago. He called on Algerian soccer officials “to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs.” “To Fennecs’ fans,” he said, noting the Algeria team’s nickname, “I wish that they find peace and manage to overcome the disappointment of a painful defeat, now behind us.”
Morocco have progressed to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their history after beating Spain on penalties 3-0. On the other hand, La Roja's Qatar World Cup run have ended with this defeat.As always, the game was dominated by Spain, with 77% possession and 1019 passes to Morocco's 304. But the stubborn Moroccan defense only allowed a single shot on target from La Roja. Read More: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Day 17: Portugal, Spain early favourites to advance to quarterfinalsSpanish goalkeeper Unai Simon was tested on occasion by the Moroccan players as well, but in the end neither defense conceded any goals.Extra time passed quickly, as Pablo Sarabia hit the crossbar in the dying minutes. Morocco took the first penalty and converted, as their goalkeeper Bono saved three out of three. Key Performances Bono: The hero of the match, the Sevilla goalkeeper, saved three penalties to win the match for his nation. Dani Olmo: The RB Leipzig playmaker was on hand once again as he was one of the bright sparks of the Spanish side. Read More: Will Deepika Padukone unveil FIFA World Cup trophy at the finals? Aftermath Morocco have advanced to the quarterfinals as Africa's sole representative, and will now await the winner of the match between Portugal and Switzerland.Spain have been knocked out once again from the World Cup through a penalty shootout, a repeat of their performance in Russia 2018, where they lost to the hosts.