World Cup: Daily Update from Day 2 in Qatar
Croatia will face Morocco in the opening match of the World Cup to repeat their glorious road to the final in 2018.
Luka Modric, who won the Ballon d’Or in Russia four years ago, will be hoping to play for Croatia for the last time at the World Cup, with Zlatko Dalić’s team full of talent.
Speaking of which, Walid Regragui’s Moroccan team could cause a stir in the tournament after failing to live up to expectations in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations en route to the quarter-finals.
Belgium and Canada are also in Group F and each of the four teams can qualify for the last 16 of the competition.
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World Cup: Gareth Southgate was ‘worried’ about England’s World Cup penalty situation
It looked like Harry Maguire had been mauled in the penalty area in the first half, but the incident didn’t even make it to VAR despite teams being warned that it was at this point that she would be penalised. Southgate said he was all the more worried as it was the England goal that was used as an example in the pre-tournament referee guidance.
The referees were shown Kalvin Phillips blocking the Albanian defenders from Maguire’s goal in a 5-0 win last November, with Pierluigi Collina saying it “would not be allowed here – it would interfere with an offside opponent”. Southgate considered that this rationale had not been applied. England gave away a penalty for the last goal of the match.
“Well, it worries me that we were used as an example in the judge’s video. And what we were shown, the incident in the first half, we were told it would be a definitive penalty, the second half could be shirt pulling, we need to be better at that but I’m a bit worried that if an example were shown then, to make a decision like we did in the first half we really need an explanation of how it’s going to be.
“It actually happened in Russia and we need to have this dialogue with Fifa and just make sure … we want clarity, otherwise we don’t know where we stand. Goals are coming and we don’t know if they will hold or not. What worries me is that we showed an example.”
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 08:45
France 4-1 Australia: A blow for the holders!
The Bayern Munich defender was sent off in the first half of Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Australia and subsequent tests showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
This means Hernandez will have to be sidelined for a long time and will no longer play any role in Qatar’s attempt to defend his world title.
National team boss Didier Deschamps said: “Like the whole group, players and staff, I am very sorry for Lucas. We are missing an important element. Lucas is a fighter and I have no doubt he will do anything to get back in the game.
“The foreground, I know it well. Courage, he will have it, that’s for sure. On behalf of the group, I wish him the best in his recovery.”
Hernandez became the third player to leave the French camp since the team joined the tournament with Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku, who also suffered injuries over the past week.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 08:21
Predicted lineups Morocco – Croatia: Team news ahead of the World Cup match
Croatia plays Morocco in Group F of the World Cup. With the Belgian favorites for first place in Group F, Croatia and Morocco can battle for second place in the qualifiers alongside Canada.
Croatia were finalists four years ago in Russia and Luka Modrić remains the team leader with Mateo Kovacic as his midfield partner. Morocco will be looking for influential winger Achraf Hakimi and Chelsea striker Hakim Ziyech, both looking to improve their performance in 2018 when they failed to qualify from the group stage.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 08:19
News about the team Morocco – Croatia
Neither team appears to have raised any injury concerns during pre-season and may choose to stick with their established sides.
Croatia has key partnerships in defense and midfield, with Dejan Lovren working alongside Josko Gvardiol in defence, and Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic in midfield.
Ivan Perisic will want to run wild on the left, while Bruno Petkovic and Andrej Kramaric may be contending for the starting position up front.
For Morocco, Nayef Aguerd should start at center back despite barely making any Premier League appearances for West Ham this season.
Jack RathbornNovember 22, 2022 16:42