France files complaint to FIFA over disallowed Griezmann goal

DOHA, Qatar — France are filing a complaint to FIFA after a last-gasp equalizer by Antoine Griezmann was disallowed following a video review after the final whistle of their World Cup match against Tunisia, the French federation said on Wednesday. Griezmann volleyed home eight minutes into stoppage time, but the goal was ruled out as… Continue reading France files complaint to FIFA over disallowed Griezmann goal

Argentina’s Messi annoyed by miss despite World Cup group win

DOHA, Qatar — Lionel Messi said he was “annoyed” by his penalty miss in Argentina’s Group C clash with Poland, but praised his teammates for the positive reaction which saw the South American champions seal a 2-0 win to book a Round of 16 tie against Australia. Argentina, who lost their World Cup opener against… Continue reading Argentina’s Messi annoyed by miss despite World Cup group win

The seven tendencies Lionel Messi displayed against Poland

DOHA, Qatar — The concept was simple, ahead of Argentina’s final group game against Poland: What if you simply watched one player for 90 minutes? And that player, one of the undisputed GOATs, might well be playing his last World Cup game ever. So, pen and pad in hand, I did what I’ve never done… Continue reading The seven tendencies Lionel Messi displayed against Poland

Mexico coach ‘Tata’ Martino leaves job after World Cup exit

Gerardo “Tata” Martino has left his role as Mexico coach after El Tri exited the World Cup at the group stage on Wednesday. Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in their final group game but it wasn’t enough to make the last 16 as they missed out to Poland on goal difference. Martino’s team took just… Continue reading Mexico coach ‘Tata’ Martino leaves job after World Cup exit

Argentina’s supporting cast leads Albiceleste into last 16

RAS ABU ABOUD, Qatar — Argentina overcame Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty miss to seal a World Cup round-of-16 clash against Australia after goals by Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez clinched a 2-0 win against Poland on Wednesday. – World Cup 2022: News and features | Schedule | Squads The victory ensured the top spot… Continue reading Argentina’s supporting cast leads Albiceleste into last 16

Poland vs. Argentina – Football Match Report – November 30, 2022

Argentina and Lionel Messi turned in a dominant display to beat Poland 2-0 at the World Cup to win Group C and advance to the last 16 at Stadium 974 in Qatar on Wednesday. Second-half goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez were plenty for Argentina, who were shocked by Saudi Arabia in their… Continue reading Poland vs. Argentina – Football Match Report – November 30, 2022

Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico – Football Match Report – November 30, 2022

Mexico exited the World Cup in dramatic fashion, missing out on a place in the last 16 to Poland on goal difference, despite beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Wednesday. Mexico were leading 2-0 into stoppage time, which, coupled with Poland’s defeat to group winners Argentina by the same scoreline, meant the two teams would finish… Continue reading Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico – Football Match Report – November 30, 2022

Canada’s World Cup is over but Tajon Buchanan’s journey has begun

AL RAYYAN, Qatar – It was a sequence Tajon Buchanan has practiced thousands of times. He collected the ball on the right wing, looked towards the goal and surveyed his options. But this wasn’t a training session in Ontario, Canada. This wasn’t a high school soccer match in Colorado or an ACC fixture in upstate… Continue reading Canada’s World Cup is over but Tajon Buchanan’s journey has begun

Why Lionel Messi shouldn’t have been awarded a VAR penalty

We’re analyzing every VAR decision made throughout all 64 games at the 2022 World Cup. Argentina’s Lionel Messi was awarded a penalty after he was fouled by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. After each game, we take a look at the major incidents to examine and explain the process both in terms of VAR protocol and… Continue reading Why Lionel Messi shouldn’t have been awarded a VAR penalty