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FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 11 Highlights, November 30: Argentina look to defeat Poland while Denmark and Australia duke it out.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: November 30, 2022 20:12 IST
The players of Iran, left, and the United States, right, stand during the national anthems before the start of the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

World Cup 2022 Highlights: Argentina will be back in action as Lionel Messi’s team look to down a game against Poland and make their way to the Round of 16. At the same time, another Group C clash will be playing out with Saudi Arabia taking on Mexico to guarantee their spot in the next round. Both matches will take place at 12.30 AM IST.

In the 8.30 PM kick-offs, Tunisia will take on a France team which has already secured its spot in the next round while Denmark and Australia clash with each other to be the second team to qualify from the group.

On Tuesday, England defeated Wales and USA scraped past Iran to book their berths in the next round from Group B. Coming to Group A, the Netherlands was not really troubled by Qatar, winning 2-0 to finish on top of the group while Senegal was eliminated Ecuador after winning 2-1 in their match.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 11, Highlights: France will take on Tunisia; Denmark will be up against Australia, Saudi Arabia will face Mexico, and Argentina will lock horns against Poland.

18:15 (IST)30 Nov 2022
WHAT CHANGES HAS QATAR IMPLEMENTED TO ITS LABOUR LAWS?

* Qatar has changed its labour laws to dismantle much of its "kafala" sponsorship system, absolving workers of the need to get the permission of the employer who sponsored their visa in order to change jobs or leave the country.
* It has also increased the minimum wage by 25% to 1,000 Qatari riyals ($274.65) a month, and applied it to all workers rather than Qataris only.
* Qatar has set up an insurance fund to help migrants that have been cheated of their wages.  - Reuters

HOW HAVE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONS ADDRESSED THE ISSUE?
* The football associations of 10 European countries, including England and Germany, wrote an open letter to FIFA ahead of the World Cup calling on the world governing body to take action to improve the rights of migrant workers in Qatar.
* A group of 11 European football associations met with FIFA earlier this month, saying that the governing body had confirmed support for a permanent ILO office in Doha that would support and advise migrant workers.
* In September, England's FA said families of migrant workers in Qatar who were injured or killed while constructing the infrastructure for this year's World Cup should be compensated.
* The shirts worn by the Netherlands team during the World Cup will be auctioned to support migrant workers in Qatar, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said this month.
* The Netherlands team said they will also take time during their stay in Qatar to talk to migrants who helped build the stadiums for the World Cup.  - Reuters

18:06 (IST)30 Nov 2022
HOW MANY MIGRANT WORKERS HAVE DIED IN QATAR?

* Britain's Guardian reported last year that at least 6,500 migrant workers -- many of them working on World Cup projects -- had died in Qatar since it won the right to stage the World Cup, according to the paper's calculations from official records.

* In response, Qatar said that the number of deaths was proportionate to the size of the migrant workforce, and included many non-manual workers, adding that every life lost was a tragedy. * Max Tunon, head of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Qatar office, cautioned that Qatar worker death data is frequently reported without necessary nuance.

* 'The (Guardian's) number includes all deaths in the migrant population ... without differentiation between migrant workers and the general migrant population, let alone fatalities that resulted from occupational injuries,' the ILO said.

* Qatari World Cup organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said that there have been three work-related fatalities and 34 non-work-related deaths among workers at World Cup 2022 sites.

* Hassan Al Thawadi, the secretary general of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said in a TV interview with British journalist Piers Morgan that aired on Nov. 30 that the number of migrant worker deaths at World Cup-related projects was 'between 400 and 500'. -Reuters

17:56 (IST)30 Nov 2022
How many migrant workers have died in Qatar?

Here is a look at migrant workers' rights issues in Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 World Cup from Nov. 20-Dec 18:

WHAT IS QATAR'S RECORD ON MIGRANT WORKERS' RIGHTS?

* Qatar, where foreigners make up the majority of the 2.9 million population, has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers.

* A 48-page report by Amnesty, Reality Check 2021, said that practices such as withholding salaries and charging workers to change jobs were still rife, despite labour reforms in 2014.

* The government of Qatar said its labour system was still a work in progress but denied allegations in the report that thousands of migrant workers in the 2022 World Cup host nation were being trapped and exploited.  -Reuters

17:45 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Qatar no playground for playmakers as defenders clamp down

A high number of 0-0 draws in the group stage of the Qatar World Cup has seen playmakers squeezed out by defensive solidity and organisation, closing down the spaces that the world's most creative players usually thrive in. The four scoreless draws in the first 16 games in Qatar quickly eclipsed the one such stalemate in the group stage in Russia in 2018, as teams string five men across the back to protect themselves from the likes of Argentina's Leo Messi, Croatia's Luka Modric and Denmark's Christian Eriksen. "There's a lot of teams out there who are saying, 'We're not going to lose this game, we're going to have to put in a very solid defensive structure'. Those playmakers generally need that space," former Australia international Alex Tobin told Reuters. "They need those sort of areas to play into, and they haven't had a lot of space here." -Reuters

17:42 (IST)30 Nov 2022
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16:38 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Valencia's tearful apology!

Ecuador’s veteran captain Enner Valencia could not control his tears as he apologised to his country for the side’s failure to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup in Qatar. But Valencia, whose team came agonisingly close to reaching the last 16 and matching Ecuador’s previous best showing in 2006, was quickly consoled by fans who hailed “La Tri” (The Tricolour) for inspiring them with excellent performances. [Read More]

16:13 (IST)30 Nov 2022
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16:01 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Robinson consoles Iran’s Mehdi Taremi

The USA triumphed over Iran in the FIFA World Cup 2022 match on Tuesday. Pulisic’s 38th-minute goal helped the United States come up trumps in their politically charged rematch to advance to the World Cup’s knockout stage. However, the game which was overshadowed by protests raging in Iran and laced with decades of tension between the two countries witnessed a heartwarming moment when USA defender Antonee Robinson consoled a tearful Mehdi Taremi after the final whistle. [Read More]

15:29 (IST)30 Nov 2022
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14:41 (IST)30 Nov 2022
3 statistical milestones awaiting Messi!

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13:29 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Tim Weah pays tribute to Iranian team

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12:09 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Australia plays Denmark for last 16 spot at World Cup

Australia faces European Championship semifinalist Denmark in its decisive final group game Wednesday, with the winner likely advancing. “It’s been an amazing reaction from our result. And so there should be,” said Australia striker Mitchell Duke, who scored with a header in the 1-0 win against Tunisia. “But we haven’t achieved anything yet. “It was amazing to get that result and get that third win in a World Cup for Australia. But we’re not happy and satisfied with that,” Duke added. "We want more and we do believe that we can get out of the group and we can get a result against Denmark and that’s our main objective now.”

Australia will qualify with a win, or a draw unless Tunisia beats France. Denmark needs to win and hope that Tunisia doesn’t beat France.

12:08 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Can Argentina afford to lose?

A loss? Well, that would mean elimination and humiliation. Messi is playing in his record-tying fifth World Cup and, at 35 years old, he's unlikely to play in a sixth. He knows it, too, and the devoted Argentina fanbase shed tears after Messi scored the crucial second-half goal to seal a 2-0 win over Mexico last week. Argentina has not been eliminated from the group stage since 2002.

12:07 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Messi tries to avoid elimination

Two of the best players on the planet go head-to-head when Lionel Messi of Argentina and Robert Lewandowski of Poland meet with World Cup implications in what is likely Messi's final attempt to win the tournament. That match is part of an intense Wednesday at the World Cup: Mexico could be eliminated from the group stage for the first time since 1978 and Saudi Arabi has a chance to advance after its opening-game upset over Argentina. But the spectacle will be at Stadium 974 in Doha, where Messi and Lewandowski square off. Poland leads the group and a draw is enough to advance to the round of 16. But after the shocking loss to Saudi Arabia in its opening match, Argentina is only guaranteed to advance with a victory. A draw could get Argentina into the next round depending on the other result.

12:06 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: France can win its World Cup group

Defending champion France has not won all three of its World Cup group matches since claiming its first title in 1998. Tunisia hasn't even won three matches in its World Cup history, but the team needs to beat France on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing to the round of 16 in Qatar. And Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri is feeling the pressure. “I’m not in Jalel’s position,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “But they will go for broke.” Kadri said before the tournament it was his “personal mission” to advance past the group stage and hinted he would quit otherwise.

“Let’s wait for the result of the match and we’ll see. Hopefully, I’ll be able to answer your question after the match," Kadri said when asked Tuesday if he'll resign if Tunisia gets eliminated. “We are still alive and we are still present." The French are looking to match the 1998 team captained by Deschamps. But with Les Bleus already qualified, they only need a draw to guarantee first place in Group D so Deschamps has the luxury of resting key players.

10:52 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: ‘Captain America’ Pulisic is USA’s superhero in win over Iran

He’s not called ‘Captain America’ without a reason.

The ‘Great Satan vs Axis of Evil’ rematch was always going to be a grinding affair. A superhero effort by Christian Pulisic was eventually the difference between the USA and Iran, with the former clinching a 1-0 win to oust their geopolitical rivals and qualify for the Round of 16.

The moment came deven minutes before half time. Weston McKennie floated a ball inside the Iranian box on the right towards Sergiño Dest, who cushioned a header across the face of the goal. Pulisic came bursting through a wall of Iranian defence to score the goal that eventually proved to be the winner. But in doing so, he clattered into Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and as the spectators in the stands celebrated the strike, Pulisic lay flat on the ground for almost four minutes. (READ More)

10:27 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: What happens if teams finish level on points after group stage

Out of the 32 teams, three have qualified for the Round of 16, two have been eliminated while the remaining 27 are still in contention. As the final round of group-stage matches gets underway later on Tuesday, there could be a scenario where two or more teams finish level on points. In such a scenario, FIFA’s rules are well laid out.

According to the governing body’s guidelines for the World Cup, there are various criteria to determine which team will progress into the knockout rounds.

1. Points: The first way is the team with the highest number of points. Each nation gets three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a defeat. In the event of two or more teams end the group stage with the same points, then the authorities will look at the second rule, which is the goal difference.

2. Goal difference: If the teams are level on points, the one with a superior goal difference – the total of goals scored minus goals conceded – will go through. The last team to face the consequences was Portugal in 2014 when they finished behind the US for second place in their group. If nothing separates the teams after rules 1 and 2, the third criterion will be looked at.

3. Goals scored: This rule was most famously enforced in 1982, when Italy and Cameroon were locked on points and goal difference, but the European side advanced because they had scored one more goal. Italy went on to win that World Cup. Another memorable instance was in 1994, when Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Norway finished with the same number of points (4 each) and goal difference (0). Mexico won that group because they scored more goals (3) than the rest.

4. Head-to-head: If the teams are tied after the first three rules, the next step will be to look at the points total in the head-to-head matches between the teams involved. Three things are looked at here (in this order): points won in head-to-head matches, goal difference and goals scored. The team with a superior record will advance.

5. Fair play record: If the teams still can’t be separated, then the fair play record is looked at. Each team is given a ‘conduct score’, wherein a point is deducted for each yellow card they receive, two points for a red card received after two bookings and four points for a straight red. The team with a lower score progresses into the knockout round. At the 2018 World Cup, Japan edged out Senegal based on this rule. The two teams could not be separated on any of the above criteria. Japan’s fair play score of -4 was better than Senegal’s, who tallied -6.

10:15 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Messi the saviour for Argentina

Lionel Messi has already come to Argentina’s rescue at the World Cup. He might just have to do it all over again. Another emotionally charged evening awaits Messi and the soccer-mad south American nation that worships him when Argentina meets Poland on Wednesday for a match with so much on the line. For Messi, who is playing in likely his last World Cup. For Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who might also be too old when soccer’s biggest tournament rolls up next in 2026.

10:08 (IST)30 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: The fans screamed for Qatar, their passion hid a secret

Midway through the second half of Qatar’s match against Senegal at the World Cup, the drumming stopped as a man in a bucket hat and sunglasses rose and asked for quiet.

Moments earlier, a section of the crowd — more than 1,000 strong, almost all men, all of them in identical maroon T-shirts with the word “Qatar” in English and Arabic — had been chanting in unison at the direction of four fan leaders. But now the sea of men understood what was expected, and they followed the order and fell into a strange silence as the match noise swirled around them inside Al Thumama Stadium.


Then a signal was made. And the crowd exploded back to life.

“Play, the Maroon!” they chanted over and over in Arabic, a reference to the nickname of Qatar’s national team. The men linked arms in long lines and jumped up and down. The floor below them shook.

The scene was more reminiscent of soccer stadiums in South America and Europe than in Qatar, and the cheering section evoked those of the ultras, a highly organized soccer fan culture with roots in Italy that can be found across the world, including in North Africa and the Middle East.

That was the point. The fans’ noise filled the stadium, as it had five days earlier during Qatar’s opening game against Ecuador. Their numbers conveyed strength. Their relentless energy was infectious. But the body art on many of them gave them away. (READ MORE)

As Lionel Messi and Argentina look for group-stage turnaround, Saudi Arabia aim to script history

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To progress, Lionel Messi and Argentina will have to overcome the group’s only unbeaten team, Poland, who can top the pool by upsetting the Albiceleste. In their shadows, Saudi Arabia will be hoping to script history by beating Mexico, who’ll need a divine intervention to stay alive in the tournament.

It would have taken a brave person to predict that in a group comprising South and North American giants, along with a European middleweight, the Saudis would be the most entertaining and adventurous side.

Herve Renard’s men have shown a great appetite for risk: enthralling the spectators with their ridiculously high defence line, teasing and baiting their opponents to get past it, snatching possession and then hitting them on the counter.

Had Argentina got their runs right, the scenario would have been very different now. However, despite disallowed goals and the constant threat of Messi running through, again and again, Saudi stuck to their plan and for that, they should be credited.

Renard had trained his defence well and the line ahead of them applied continuous pressure on the Argentines, smothering them on a muggy Doha afternoon. Not many teams would have dared to do so against the title contenders, and on any other day, it could’ve gone against them, as it did against Poland where Saudi enjoyed more possession, created better chances and had more shots at goal but still ended up on the losing side.

Yet, their high press coupled with direct attacks made them a joy to watch. In hindsight, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they have been so brave. Throughout their qualifying campaign, Saudi played the same way. Perhaps, their fine run in the qualifiers got lost in the poor build-up to the World Cup.

Now, what remains to be seen is whether they can reproduce their magic one last time in the group stage when they need it the most. Will they have enough gas left in the tank after leaving it all on the field in the opening two matches? (READ MORE)

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First published on: 30-11-2022 at 09:00 IST
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