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FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 14 highlights: Round of 16 fixtures begin as Netherlands face USA & Argentina play Australia

FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 14 highlights, December 3: NED to play USA as ARG take on AUS in the first two R16 matches.

A huge world cup trophy is illuminated by fire in the center of the pitch before the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

World Cup 2022, Day 14 highlights: The knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup will kick off on day 14 of the tournament as Netherlands face the United States and Argentina play Australia in the first two Round of 16 fixtures.

The last piece of group stage action on day 13 featured Group G drama. Cameroon struck in injury time to down Brazil while Switzerland put three past a leaky Serbian defence to win their last game of Group G. The results had no real bearing on the group though as Brazil and Switzerland both qualified for the Round-of-16. This is the third World Cup in a row where the Swiss have moved past the group stage

Follow 2022 FIFA World Cup Day 14 highlights below

Live Blog
17:28 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Pride and emotion
16:42 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Louis van Gaal acknowledges 'flu symptoms' hampering players in Dutch World Cup camp

Louis van Gaal refused to give away numbers but acknowledged that there are several players in his squad suffering with "flu symptoms" ahead of the Netherlands round of 16 tie with the USA at the World Cup.

The Dutch skipped a training session on Friday and skipped their usual 11 vs. 11 training session drills, something the manager would not confirm was related to the illness bout. Van Gaal expects every member of his squad to be available "in principle" for Saturday's clash with the USMNT at the Khalifa International Stadium but his reticence to address questions over the matter in specifics suggests there is at least some degree of doubt over the makeup of the group.(read more at CBS Soccer)

16:31 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Group stage excels as World Cup just keeps giving – now for the serious bit

The first World Cup hosted by an Arab nation enters its knockout phase on Saturday, but such has been the daily rollercoaster of shocks, comebacks and head-spinning group climaxes that everyone involved should perhaps lie down for a week in a dark room before carrying on.

Forty-eight games and 120 goals into the latest edition of FIFA’s showpiece and there has barely been a dull moment at a tournament that just keeps giving. The last three nights of simultaneous group action were mind-boggling, with Japan stunning Spain to qualify from Group E and South Korea scoring a stoppage-time winner to beat Portugal and make it out of Group H.(read more)

15:32 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: All about yesterday's Cameroon goal
14:52 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Proud Son endured ‘longest six minutes’ before Korea advanced

Son Heung-min described South Korea’s agonising wait for confirmation of their place in World Cup knockout rounds “the longest six minutes of my life” after their 2-1 win over Portugal on Friday saw them advance to the last 16.

The Korean captain set up Hwang Hee-chan to score a 91st minute winner against Fernando Santos’ side and leave the Taeguk Warriors hoping Uruguay would be unable to add to their two-goal lead over Ghana in the other Group H match.(read more)

14:24 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Sensational moments
14:24 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: FIFA is always against Uruguay, says Luis Suarez

Uruguay’s bitterly disappointed manager and players blamed penalty decisions against them for their exit from the World Cup on Friday after they beat Ghana 2-0 but were pipped to a last 16 spot by South Korea due to an inferior number of goals scored.

Uruguay finished Group H on four points, the same as South Korea, and would have qualified on the next deciding criteria of goal difference had they conceded one goal less or scored one goal more during their three games in Qatar.(read more)

14:22 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Busiest players in the World Cup
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14:21 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: ‘What can be done with Messi?’ How Poland sweated over final moments of their game, trying to not to pick yellow cards against Messi

Even as the news came in the dying minutes that that Mexico were beating Saudi Arabia, and they can’t afford to give a goal to Argentina, Poland footballers started to sweat. Their main concern was Leo Messi.

Midfielder Piotr Zielinski, speaking to the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, would share details of the instructions from their coaching group from the dug out.(read more)

13:50 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Performances of African sides in World Cups
13:49 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Brazil legend Pele has respiratory infection, but remains stable – Medical Report

Brazilian soccer legend Pele was diagnosed with a respiratory infection but remains in a stable condition, a medical report showed on Friday.

“The medical team diagnosed a respiratory infection, which is being treated with antibiotics. The response has been adequate, and the patient, who remains in a common room, is stable, with general improvement in health status,” said the report from hospital Albert Einstein.(read more)

13:34 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Who is winning?
13:26 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Xherdan Shaqiri joins elite group of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri joined the elite group of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he becomes only the third footballer to have scored in each of the past three World Cups.

Shaqiri, 31, opened the scoring for the Swiss in their 3-2 victory over Serbia to book their place in the Round of 16.(read more)

13:13 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Factbox: World Cup 2022: guide to groups in FIFA tournament

There is a round-robin format in the group stage when each of the 32 teams plays three matches. Teams get three points for a win and one for a draw.

The top two in each group advance to the last 16.(read more at Reuters)

13:10 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Man of the Match has his say
13:09 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Ambivalent Argentines want to be Messi but are more Maradona - author

Argentines aspire to be like clean-living Lionel Messi but in reality are more like flawed rebel Diego Maradona, an author says, as comparisons between the two great No. 10s become a dominant talking point of the Qatar World Cup.

Both men have become part of Argentina's national identity, Messi inheriting the late Maradona's brilliance and shirt on the pitch. Off it, they could hardly have been more different, one a diffident family man the other a flamboyant troublemaker.(read more at Reuters)

13:06 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Why was Aboubakar yellow-carded and sent off after he scored goal against Brazil? What happens if you remove the jersey and go shirt-less in football?

In the dying moments of the game, when a Jpeach of a pass came from the right from Jerome Ngom Mbekeli, Aboubakar, who had veered away from the defender, came up with a lovely first-time header into the bottom right. The whole sequence from the moment Mbekeli looked up to see who was ahead to receive his cross to Aboubakar’s stunning finish was quite something.

But, as he ran off in celebration, Aboubakar would remove his jersey, drop it on the ground, and celebrate with his team-mates and coach. Rippling six-packs and what not but the referee wasn’t a fan. Rather he just went by the law.(read more)

12:34 (IST)03 Dec 2022
FIFA Live updates: Nostalgia
12:25 (IST)03 Dec 2022
As Australia face Argentina in last 16, Socceroos hope Maradona’s prophecy comes true

“Your tears of sadness today will be tears of joy sometime soon.”

Those were the words of former Argentina captain Diego Maradona in November 1993, on an Argentinean TV show, speaking to his Australian counterpart, Paul Wade a day after their game. Argentina had managed to win the two-legged World Cup qualifier tie 2-1 courtesy of an own goal from Alex Tobin in Buenos Aires after a 1-1 tie in Sydney. The defeat denied Australia a ticket to their second World Cup and just hours later captain Wade and assistant coach Raul Blanco were invited on a local TV show, as he recalled with the Sydney Morning Herald recently.(read more)

12:13 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Why Xhaka’s testicles-grabbing act and Shaqiri’s finger-on-lips has created a controversy in the Serbia vs Switzerland game?

Midway through the second half against Serbia, Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka was caught in a viral moment. He seemed to grab his testicles in an apparent insult directed towards the Serbia dugout. An old Albania-Kosovo-Serbia conflict caught in a pic. Xhaka would later dismiss talks of any tension on the field, but his act isn’t likely to be forgotten soon.

When his team-mate Sheridan Shaqiri, who was booed throughout by Serbian fans, buried the ball into the net, he would celebrate by putting his finger to his lips and then pointing to the name on the back of his shirt.(read more)

Vincent Aboubakar takes his shirt off after scoring against Brazil, Switzerland players celebrate after their win over Serbia. (Reuters)

FIFA World Cup: Brazil shocked by Cameroon but still qualify along with Switzerland

Cameroon struck in injury time to down Brazil while Switzerland put three past a leaky Serbian defence to win their last game of Group G. The results had no real bearing on the group though as Brazil and Switzerland both qualified for the Round-of-16. This is the third World Cup in a row where the Swiss have moved past the group stage.

Serbia had to win to qualify for the knockouts while Switzerland could afford to look at the Brazil-Cameroon result with hopes of moving on to the next round. [Read More]

South Korean player after defeating Portugal 2-1 to qualify for the Round Of 16.(Reuters)

Asian surge in World Cup: South Korea stun Portugal, follow Japan to round of 16

A night after Japan upended Spain and topped their group, neighbours South Korea pulled off another surprise, beating Portugal to advance to the round of 16 at the expense of Uruguay — and stretching the theme of the Asian surge in the World Cup in another night of wild drama.

It seemed a lost cause for South Korea against Portugal, comprising not only Cristiano Ronaldo but also an ensemble of Europe’s most valued players. The task seemed bleaker when Portugal scored as early as the fifth minute, through Lus Ricardo Horta.

For the next 20 minutes, Portugal could have scored several times but for the gumption of the Koreans who defended valiantly, putting everything on the line. The perseverance was rewarded when Kim Young-Gwon equalised in the 27th minute. [Read More]

FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 14, Highlights: The Netherlands face United States while Argentina take on Australia in the first two Round of 16 matches.
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First published on: 03-12-2022 at 09:01 IST
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