The winner of Saturday's match will advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Argentina or Australia.
Who: Netherlands vs USA
Where: Khalifa International Stadium
When: December 3, 18:00 (15:00 GMT)
FIFA ranking: Netherlands (8), USA (16)
The first match of the World Cup knockout phase will pit the Netherlands against the USA at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday, with the European side looking to assert their credentials as serious challengers in Qatar.
Much has been said, especially from the Dutch camp, about the team's potential to reach the end of the tournament.
Louis van Gaal's side topped Group A, picking up seven points with 2-0 wins over Senegal and Qatar, plus a 1-1 draw against Ecuador.
But despite going unbeaten, all three of the Netherlands' performances so far left a lot to be desired with a number of key players yet to fully shoot themselves and the team heavily reliant on goalscoring form Cody Gakpo.
That will offer hope to the Americans, who will be the underdogs but have already offered some proof of their own potential in an unbeaten run in Group B that saw them secure 0-0 and 1-1 draws against England and Wales respectively and a brave 1-0 win over Iran to secure their progress.USA expect captain Christian Pulisic to be fit to face the Netherlands [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]USA sweats at Pulisic fitness
As the US sweats over the fitness of star player Christian Pulisic (he has a pelvic injury and is being evaluated daily), coach Gregg Berhalter said his team would have no inferiority complex.
"It's a great opportunity, but it's not something we're going to think of as an honor," Berhalter said. “We deserve to be in the position we are in. And we want to move on. We don't want to go home on Saturday.
“And from here anything can happen. All we have to do is play one game at a time. There is no need to even project how far this team can go,” added Berhalter, who has an intimate knowledge of Dutch football. The 49-year-old played in the Dutch league for three different clubs between 1996 and 2000.
For the Netherlands, the key will be for Memphis Depay to fly in attack and Frenkie de Jong in midfield.
Van Gaal has described both of them as indispensable to the Dutch cause.Depay will be instrumental in the Netherlands' hopes of mounting a challenge for the World Cup trophy. [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]Winner to know Argentina or Australia
Depay says he is over his hamstring injury, having made two substitute appearances and starting their last group match.
“I have drawn a line under the fitness questions,” he told reporters.
"I'm fit. The knockout stage is serious business. We're past the group stage, now we can't afford to sneak into it. A lot of people thought it would be a piece of cake, but it's always a bit different."
Van Gaal, 71, wanted not to underestimate the opposition.
"I know from experience that the matches against countries like the United States and Australia, which we find ourselves at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, are always very difficult," he said. "They are very fanatical and sharp with the ball."
The winner of the match will advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Argentina or Australia on December 9.
WASHINGTON — A day after President Biden said he would be willing to talk to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia about a possible peace deal in Ukraine, the Kremlin offered a cold response and prospects for resolving the brutal conflict remained dim. distant as always
Biden said Thursday he would have his first talk with Putin since before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 if the Russian leader was "looking for a way to end the war." But US officials said that Russia, as they previously assessed, was not prepared to negotiate in good faith, and Russian officials repeated hardline claims that are unacceptable to kyiv.
Although some took Biden's comment as a new emphasis on moving toward peace talks with Russia, John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told reporters that Biden's position had not changed.
“The president has been very consistent about it,” Kirby said. “He has no intention of speaking to Mr. Putin at this time. As he also said, Putin has shown absolutely no inclination to be interested in dialogue of any kind. In fact, quite the opposite. Everything he is doing shows that Mr. Putin is interested in continuing this unprovoked and illegal war.”
In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov told a news conference on Friday that Putin remained "open to contacts and negotiations" and that diplomacy was the "preferred path" to achieve Russia's goals.
But Peskov noted that the United States "does not yet recognize new territories as part of Russia," an apparent reference to the eastern regions of Ukraine that Putin claimed to annex after bogus referendums in September, saying "this makes the situation more complicated”. seek common ground for mutual discussions.”
In fact, the Russian position essentially rules out serious negotiations with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said in a mid-November interview with Bloomberg News that the war could not end until Ukraine has reclaimed all of its territory from Russia, including the regions supposedly attached. as well as the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.
"The Russians have made it very clear that they are of course not in the mood for constructive dialogue and constructive diplomacy," State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a news conference. Any conversation between Biden and Putin "is nothing more than a hypothesis at this point," he added.
“We have made it abundantly clear that the United States and countries around the world will never—never, ever, ever—recognize territory that Russia has illegally annexed, whether in 2014 or more recently, as part of its illegal and now brutal aggression against Ukraine. Price added.
Biden's comment, made during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has spoken to Putin several times over the past year, including in late August, follows some signs that senior US officials have considered whether the Ukraine's recent political successful offensives present a window for negotiations. Last month, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley told reporters that Ukraine's "fortress" position creates "a possibility" for a political solution.
But Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who served as NATO secretary general from 2009 to 2014, said this week during a visit to Washington that he had spoken with Biden administration officials and saw no sign that they were pressuring the Ukrainian government to to start negotiating with Russia.
“It was an idea that was just brought up, but it was immediately shut down,” Rasmussen said. "It would really weaken the Western Front if we tried to push Zelensky into premature peace negotiations, because that would be cheating."
"Putin is not sincere when it comes to peace negotiations," Rasmussen added.
Ukrainian officials have said the same, warning that Russia could try to pause the fighting for talks, but only to use that time to prepare for further military offensives.
Macron reaffirmed France's support for Ukraine and nodded to the reality that a Ukrainian population enraged by Russia's occupation is in no mood to compromise. France "will never urge the Ukrainians to make a compromise that is not acceptable to them," he said.
On Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said that Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure targets such as power grids were "making any kind of dialogue impossible."
“We all want peace, but it must come through the independence of kyiv, not through its surrender,” Mr. Tajani said. “The responsibility for this situation lies solely with Russia. Now the Kremlin must give concrete signals instead of bombarding the population."
White House officials said they were not surprised by Russia's reaction to Biden's comments. Few in the president's national security team expected anything different from Putin, given Russia's behavior in recent weeks, which has included attacks on infrastructure targets that have deprived major cities, including Kiev, of heat, electricity and water. stream.
“This brutalization of the Ukrainian people is barbaric,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told a NATO meeting in Romania on Wednesday.
Biden's comment about speaking with Putin was not intended, the officials said, to signal a change in policy or indicate that the president was deviating from his commitment to ensure Ukraine's leaders decide when and how to negotiate an end to the war. war.
Aides say the president continues to believe negotiations will be necessary. But they also say he doesn't think direct talks with Putin are possible unless the "facts on the ground" change.
In his comments on Thursday, Biden was careful to show deference to Ukraine and NATO allies, saying he would speak to Putin only after consulting with them first.
In part, the message was intended as a show of support for diplomacy from their counterparts. Mr Macron has stressed the importance of maintaining dialogue with the Russian leader, if only to avoid a dangerous escalation or miscalculation. He called Putin in August and is expected to meet with him in a few days. Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, spoke with the Russian president on Friday morning.
A Kremlin reading of the call with Scholz blamed the West for the lack of talks, saying the Western approach to “pump the Kiev regime with weapons” and provide it with financial and political support “leads Kiev to reject any idea of negotiations. .”
But there are other audiences to consider as well. Some leaders are concerned about the economic impacts of a war that has driven up food and energy prices around the world. And in the United States, some progressive Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed frustration that the Biden administration, which has provided nearly $20 billion in military aid to Kiev since the Russian invasion, appears to be writing "blank checks" without describing the end of the play. the conflict.
White House officials said the president's comment about being willing to meet Putin under certain circumstances was not directed directly at those groups. However, the comment indicates that the Biden administration has not shut down the possibility of diplomacy, despite the fact that Biden has not spoken to Putin since mid-February.
Blinken has spoken with his counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, just once since mid-January, to discuss the possible release of two Americans jailed in Russia, Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner. Biden also said in October that he would be willing to talk to Putin about releasing the two Americans.
Speaking a day before Biden's comments, Rasmussen, the former NATO chief, said he did not believe Ukraine would agree to a peace deal that would allow Russia to occupy any part of its territory.
“I can pretty confidently conclude that as long as I see Russian troops on Ukrainian soil, there will be a conflict,” he said. "The only way out for Putin is to get out of Ukraine."
Elisabetta Povoledo contributed to this reporting.
Saturday's round of 16 game between the US Men's National Team and the Netherlands is one of the most intriguing matchups of the Qatar 2022 first round knockout.
Although the bookmakers have the Netherlands as the favourites, this matchup is certainly closer than that and both teams will feel confident booking a place in the quarterfinals.
The USMNT gave England real problems in their group stage game and probably came away from that game the most disappointed of the two teams with a 0-0 draw, while a solid win over Iran in a high-stakes game, the winner takes it. Every game showed that Gregg Berhalter's men can perform under intense pressure.
With the Netherlands sitting eighth in the FIFA world rankings, eight places above the USA, and with world-renowned talents like Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, the match Saturday will be tough for the US.
Can Berhalter's men reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002? CNN Sport takes a look.
Of course, the main concern for the US is the fitness of star Christian Pulisic.
The Chelsea striker suffered what he called a pelvic contusion while scoring the winner in their decider against Iran, but head coach Berhalter said on Friday that Pulisic is on track to play on Saturday.
Pulisic, nicknamed "Captain America" by some American fans, told reporters Thursday that he "will do everything in my power to work with this medical team and make sure he can play."
Luckily for US fans, the USMNT tweeted from their official account Friday night that Pulisic "has been cleared to play" in the win-or-go-home game against the Dutch.
The performance against Iran, a tough but deserved 1-0 win, will have been incredibly enjoyable for Berhalter, particularly as it came against a backdrop of much tension off the pitch in the build-up.
Berhalter and captain Tyler Adams faced some tough questions from Iranian journalists at a pre-game news conference, dodging accusations of hypocrisy and disrespect.
The fact that his team was able to focus and deliver when it mattered most will give Berhalter and the US fans a great deal of confidence heading into Saturday's game.
"From here, anything can happen," Berhalter said before the game. “It's a great opportunity, but it's not something we're going to think of as an honor. We deserve to be in the position we are in and we want to keep it that way."
While Pulisic is undoubtedly the star of the USMNT, Captain Adams has been the engine and heartbeat of the team.
The Leeds midfielder has shown poise both on and off the pitch, receiving praise for his composure and eloquence in answering such questions from Iranian journalists.
Berhalter, whose team has yet to concede a goal in open play at this World Cup, praised his "general" after the victory against Iran.
“Tyler fits a very specific role,” Berhalter said. “He is the general, he is the strategist. He's the guy who goes out and walks the talk. When he talks, people listen."
If the USA can perform as they did against England and for much of the game against Iran, a berth in the first World Cup quarterfinal since 2002 is eye-catching.
The USMNT will feel confident against a team from the Netherlands that hasn't quite managed in Qatar.
Louis van Gaal's side have failed to impress so far, picking up a late win against Senegal thanks to two goalkeeping errors by Édouard Mendy and scoring just one point against Ecuador in a game they were lucky not to lose.
The team's 2-0 win over Qatar was a more convincing performance, but even that comes with the caveat that the Qataris have been poor in this tournament.
Few would have expected the Netherlands to be a serious contender at this World Cup and head coach van Gaal, known for his pragmatism, will be pleased to see his side qualify top of Group A despite still not fitting in as a team.
The 71-year-old, currently in his third spell in charge of the Netherlands national team, responded to a reporter's claims that his team's performance against Qatar had been "terribly boring" and, in his pre-match press conference for the quarterfinals, he praised a "fanatical and cunning" American team.
"I know from experience that matches against countries like the United States and Australia, which we met at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, are always very difficult," van Gaal said on Thursday.
“They work very hard and are good with the ball.
“The United States has shown that they have an excellent team, I would even say one of the best teams, a team that is in tune, [but] It's nothing we can't get past," van Gaal added on Friday, according to Reuters.
"The United States is a very energetic team, they have physically strong players and that's difficult for any opponent, and it shows in their results, but we will do everything we can to win and beat the United States, that's all."
The Netherlands managed just eight shots on goal in their three group stage matches but netted five goals, largely thanks to young star Cody Gakpo.
The 23-year-old has likely increased his transfer value considerably in this tournament, much to the delight of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, scoring all three of his goals with his right foot, left foot and head to lead the race for the boot of 2022 World Cup gold alongside Kylian. Mbappé, Marcus Rashford, Álvaro Morata and Enner Valencia.
Reports suggest Manchester United are among the clubs already looking to sign Gakpo after the World Cup and Dutch star van Dijk said the winger's potential could see him "go to the moon and back".
"He's a very good player and a good boy too," said the Liverpool defender. “What we see in training is what you see on the pitch. There is still a lot of potential and I hope he can continue to show it to us. We are very happy with him.
Van Gaal added: “Things can change, but Cody has what it takes to become a star. He has a wonderful personality to become a star player because he is open-minded to anything.”
This team battled against an athletic team from Ecuador, a threat the USA will also pose, and the Netherlands will need Gakpo in his prime, along with van Dijk and midfielder de Jong, to overcome a tough test in the Americans.
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The matches don't get much bigger than this for the US as they take on the Netherlands in the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
Both teams have so far avoided defeat in Qatar, with the USMNT doing particularly well in a 0-0 draw with England before earning a required 1-0 win over Iran to reach the knockout stages.
Unsurprisingly, the Netherlands made light work of Group A, but managed a 1-1 draw with Ecuador to give the US some hope that they can get a result.
Gregg Berhalter's side will come into this match underdogs, but they have shown enough signs so far at this World Cup to suggest they are ready to give the Dutch an almighty test.
MORE: USA vs Netherlands prediction, odds, betting tips and best betsUSA vs Netherlands Start Time
This match kicks off at 6pm local Qatar time on Sunday, December 3 with action at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Here's how that time translates into time zones in the US.USA vs Netherlands Start Time Start Qatar 18:00 Eastern 10:00 Central 09:00 Mountain 08:00 Pacific 07:00
🔴⚪️🔵 #USA | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/zN2rvio8NO— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 21, 2022 USA vs Netherlands Live TV Channel in the United States TV Channel (English Language): Fox TV Channel (Spanish Language): Telemundo Streaming: fuboTV, Fox Sports Site/App, Telemundo Sports Site/App, Peacock
This great World Cup game is available to watch on TV in the US via Fox and Telemundo for Spanish viewers.
Live broadcasts will also be provided by fuboTV, Fox Sports, Telemundo Deportes and Peacock.
MORE: Watch Every World Cup Match Live on fuboTV (Free Trial US Only)USA World Cup 2022 Results So Far Potential Route of USA's Knockout Round Quarterfinals Date: Friday, December 9 Time: 2pm ET Opponent: Argentina or Australia Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail , Qatar
If they beat the Netherlands, the USA will advance to the quarterfinals. They would face the winner of the matchup between Group C winner Argentina and surprise Group D runner-up Australia.
A showdown with Lionel Messi and Argentina would be a great chance, but the Socceroos have surprised by going this far, so perhaps they still have another miracle in them.
SN's expected rival: Argentina
Argentina's dream lives on 🇦🇷#FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/j1bcuTv70H— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2022 Semi-Finals Date: Tuesday, December 13 Time: 2pm ET Opponent: TBD Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
This would be a pretty incredible race for Gregg Berhalter's team. If the team advances to the final four, the semifinal matchup would take place on Tuesday, December 13.
The list of potential opponents is long, but we know it would be a team from Group E, F, G or H. Brazil, arguably the favorites to win it all this year, is one such possible team. It's hard to see them crash before the semifinals.
SN's Intended Opponent: BrazilFinal Date: Sunday, December 18 Time: 10 am ET Opponent: TBD Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
Could the Americans do the impossible and reach the final? It definitely won't be easy. They'll have to beat at least three world-class teams to get that far. If they do, however, the biggest game in American men's soccer history would take place on Sunday, December 18 at 10 am ET.
The potential opponent could come from any group in the tournament, making it extremely difficult to predict at this point. However, three European giants have a clear path to the final in this side of the group: England, France and Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo reaching the final in his last World Cup would be an amazing story, but France have looked like the strongest of the three so far.
SN's Intended Opponent: France
United States at 50.1%. Obviously I'm going to pick a US win, but I'll set the baselines first: the markets seem to think the US has a 35% chance to win (including PKs); the Netherlands will likely gain more xG, as models have them about 70% higher than the US, in the 1.35 to 0.8 range. Fortunately though, the USMNT has been good defensively throughout the tournament, and a lower xG total is more suited to a surprise! And the model doesn't accurately weigh pre-tournament vs. tournament performances.
The USMNT have looked better than before the World Cup, while the Dutch have looked worse. Therefore, a generally tight and controlled game with a more confident and in-form USMNT will allow the US to keep the odds limited and ultimately surpass their quality of chances to win 1-0.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday dismissed the idea of talks with President Biden to end the war in Ukraine, defending his repeated attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure as "inevitable."
On Thursday, Biden said he would be willing to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin "if there is indeed an interest in him deciding that he is looking for a way to end the war."
Asked about those comments at the White House, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin remains open to negotiations, as long as they help secure Russia's "national interests."
But Peskov noted that Biden's demand that Putin "withdraw from Ukraine" makes talks unlikely.
“The United States still does not recognize new territories of the Russian Federation,” Peskov said, referring to four regions of Ukraine that the Kremlin illegally annexed to international condemnation in September. "That complicates the search for bases on which to have a mutual discussion."
The rejection of talks with Washington came as Putin forcefully defended his actions in Ukraine in a phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
According to a Kremlin reading of the call, Putin said the West is pursuing "destructive" policies in Ukraine through its financial and military support, which "leads to the fact that Kiev has ruled out the idea of any negotiations."
Putin defended weeks of attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure as a logical response to Ukrainian attacks on Russia, including a key bridge linking the Russian mainland with the annexed Crimean peninsula.
The Russian attacks on the Ukraine left millions of Ukrainians without electricity, heating and running water as the cold weather set in. Western nations joined kyiv in accusing Moscow of trying to "armalize winter," a charge Putin rejected.
"It was pointed out that the Russian Armed Forces had long refrained from precision missile strikes against certain targets on the territory of Ukraine," said the Kremlin's reading of Putin's call with the German chancellor.
"But now such measures have become a forced and unavoidable response to kyiv's provocative attacks on Russia's civilian infrastructure," he said.
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After almost two wild and dramatic weeks at the World Cup, we have now reached the win or go home part of the tournament. Sixteen teams remain, another 16 have been eliminated and the fun continues on Saturday.
Be sure to check with ESPN throughout the tournament as we bring you the latest from Qatar. Here's what you might have missed from Friday's World Cup events and a look at what's coming next Saturday.
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Here we go! The group for the round of 16 of the World Cup is defined. Two games daily for the next four days, with the winners then setting up the quarterfinal matches.play
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Here is the full schedule:
Saturday, December 3 (winners meet in the quarterfinals)
Netherlands vs. USA
Argentina against Australia
Sunday, December 4 (winners meet in the quarterfinals)
France vs. Poland
England v Senegal
Monday, December 5 (winners meet in the quarterfinals)
Japan vs. Croatia
Brazil against South Korea
Tuesday, December 6 (winners meet in the quarterfinals)
Morocco vs Spain
Portugal vs. Switzerland
Luis Miguel Echegaray reacts to Uruguay's heartbreaking exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In keeping with the drama we've seen in the past few days, Friday's list also brought a lot of great moments.
Just when it looked as though Uruguay would advance by beating Ghana, a last-gasp goal by South Korea against Portugal gave them a 2-1 win in the other Group H match and, more importantly, a place in the round of 16Group HGPWDLGDPTS1 - Portugal3201+262 - South Korea3111043 - Uruguay3111044 - Ghana3102-23The first two countries qualify for the round of 16
Twelve years after Uruguay eliminated Ghana in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals thanks in large part to Luis Suárez's famous handball, Friday's game was billed as a grudge match for the Black Stars. Up by two goals on Friday, Uruguay looked set to crash Ghana's party yet again. But when the monitors showed the score of the South Korea-Portugal game, the cameras quickly showed Suárez sitting on the bench, looking shocked.
Uruguay needed another goal to turn the tiebreaker in their favor, but it never came. So Ghana's schadenfreude will come from the enduring images of Suárez crying burying her head in his jersey, probably the last time the 35-year-old has worn it at a World Cup.
And while the Uruguayan fans were in misery, it was the complete opposite for the South Korean supporters across the city. With the game against group champions Portugal tied 1-1 as stoppage time approached, Hwang Hee-chan's 91st-minute goal ensured that South Korea would finish ahead of Uruguay in the standings.
It was an especially moving moment for captain Son Heung-min, who has at times been accused of trying to do too much when playing for the national team. But clever play by Son set up Hwang's game-winning goal, and he delivered when his teammates needed it most.play
Julien Laurens sums up South Korea's dramatic 2-1 victory over Portugal that sends Son Heung-min's team to the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup.
In Group G, Brazil had already secured a place in the round of 16, but were aiming to finish as the only team in the entire tournament to win all three group stage matches. Still playing without the injured Neymar, the Brazilians couldn't do much against a Cameroon side looking to keep their hopes alive.Group GGPWDLGDPTS1 - Brazil3201+262 - Switzerland3201+163 - Cameroon3111044 - Serbia3012-31The first two countries qualify for the round of 16
A 92nd-minute goal from Vincent Aboubakar (who was later sent off for removing his shirt in celebration) gave the African team a slim chance, but Switzerland's 3-2 win over Serbia in the same game ensured that the Swiss they would advance.
Brazil lost their first group game since 1998, and with neither team earning the maximum nine points for the first time since 1994, it's a fitting way to end what has been a wild start to the World Cup.USA vs. The Netherlands: Prepare your popcorn (and coffee) to play
Christian Pulisic talks to Sam Borden about his game-winning goal for the USA vs. Iran and looks ahead to the round of 16 clash with the Netherlands.
USA fans, get some restful sleep as you have an early date against the Netherlands, with the winner of Saturday morning's matchup facing either Argentina or Australia.
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Good news for the American fans, as Christian Pulisic can now play against the Dutch. As you may recall, Pulisic taught us what a "pelvic concussion" is after colliding with Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand when he scored Tuesday's game-winner that sent USMNT to the Round of 16.
It's unclear if Pulisic can play the full 90 minutes on Saturday. Speaking with ESPN's Sam Borden on Thursday, Pulisic hinted that he may be limited in how long he can play.
"I'm going to do everything in my power, with this staff and medical equipment, to make sure that no matter how long I may be in that field, I'll be giving my 110% no matter what," Pulisic said. .
As for the Netherlands, coach Louis van Gaal revealed that several members of his team are battling flu symptoms, although he did not reveal who.
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If you're looking to bet on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Dan Thomas and Dalen Cuff are here to provide key tips on odds, options and futures. This is what we have for Saturday's games.
Round of 16: Netherlands (-110) vs. USA (+325), Draw (+235)
Paul Carr: I hope I'm not hitting a lot of home runs here, but I like the US double chance at -125. The Dutch failed to impress despite seven points in the group stage, being outscored by 10 and racking up just 2.4 expected goals. Having Memphis Depay back in the lineup helps, but the US got past a better England team, so I'll get the US to at least take this to OT.
Daniel Thomas: I think this could be a carbon copy of the England game - a tight, uneventful affair. It would take 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Dalen Cuff: Unlike Paul, I'm being a home run here, but I think I'm justified. This Dutch team is not a dominant team. This USA team is talented and has dominated the matches in this tournament, most notably against England. I like the US to advance at +180. However, I think this is going to be a tight affair, especially in the first half. I like the 0-0 in the first half (+145).
Round of 16: Argentina (-540) vs. Australia (+1600), Draw (+525)
Carr: Australia advanced to the knockout stage, but that doesn't mean they're a particularly good team. Argentina had the third most expected goals (6.3) and expected goal difference (+5.5) in the group stage, and Australia ranked 30th with 1.7 expected goals and 31st with a difference of goals of -4.1. Also, Argentina has Lionel Messi. I will gladly put the 1.5 goals at -160, and I am tempted by Argentina -2.5 at +170.
Thomas: This has to be a victory for Argentina. So where can we find any value in this game? I will take an assist from Ángel Di María at +125.
Cuff: There is no value here. I'm not willing to bet the 2.5 for more money, so I'm going to check.News and notesWhat else caught our attention
A moving scene during Brazil's national anthem ahead of the team's game against Cameroon on Friday. Fans released a typhus for Brazilian legend Pele, who has been in a Sao Paulo hospital with a respiratory infection since Tuesday.
Brazil fans hold 'Pelé get well soon' during the national anthem ❤️🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/xlRC7XqiaL— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 2, 2022
The 82-year-old three-time World Cup winner thanked fans in an Instagram post on Thursday night for the well wishes he received in the fight against cancer. He had a colon tumor removed in September 2021 and has since received chemotherapy.
Walid Regragui stood in the middle of a team meeting as his players came up and patted him vigorously on the head. Then they tossed his coach into the air, almost as if they had already won the World Cup.
Regragui has been an international coach for only three months, but he still guided Morocco to the last 16 of the World Cup for the second time in their history with a 2-1 win over Canada on Thursday. He took first place in Group F for Morocco, ahead of 2018 finalist Croatia and semifinalist Belgium.
Walid Regragui's side have now amassed more wins in a single World Cup than any other team in Morocco.
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No one thought that was likely when the Moroccan soccer federation bet on Regragui, 47, in August by giving him his first job in charge of a national team. The reward has been historic.
“Some 50 or 60 years of Moroccan history. We have done it in a few weeks,” Regragui said.
Morocco's two victories in Qatar, a huge upset over Kevin de Bruyne and number 2-ranked Belgium, and then victory over Canada at Al Thumama Stadium, are as many as the country had won in all their previous Cup appearances. of the world together. Morocco also drew their opener against Croatia to advance unbeaten.- Commercial -
"We trust him," Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi said of Regragui. "He has done an incredible job with little time."
The Moroccans' only previous trip beyond the group stage in a World Cup had been in 1986, when they also won their group, but won only one match.
Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri gave victory over Canada and ensured that this team also went through.
Nayef Aguerd's own goal just before halftime made it 2-1 and buoyed Canada enough to pressure Morocco for the equalizing goal for most of the second half.
The Canadians came painfully close when a header from captain Atiba Hutchinson, who came on as a second-half substitute, bounced off the crossbar and onto the goal line.
Replays showed that some of the ball had crossed the line, but not all of it.
"Two inches. Two inches to go to get our first result," Canada coach John Herdman said. "This is not Canada walking away with our heads down. We can hold our heads up."
But even when full control of his team suddenly disappeared, Regragui was happy with the fighting spirit.
“I loved the second half because that's the spirit we were looking for,” he said. “First time, extraordinary. Second half, we fought."
Canada, which will co-host the next World Cup in 2026 with the United States and Mexico, had already been knocked out before facing Morocco and lost all three of its matches in Qatar, equaling its three losses in its only other World Cup appearance. in 1986. .
Herdman was sure his team had made progress over the course of their three games, also praising their struggle after a serious mistake early left them behind.
Steven Vitoria's back pass put goalkeeper Milan Borjan under pressure. But instead of clearing the field, Borjan inexplicably gently deflected the ball in the direction of Ziyech, who flicked it past Borjan and into the unguarded goal in the fourth minute.
Walid Regragui's head was the focus of Moroccan attention at the end. They drummed their hands up and down his shiny bald dome during his joyous celebrations in what has apparently become a tradition on the team.
“They love to touch my head,” Regragui said. "Maybe it will bring them luck."
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Herdman was looking forward to resting and seeing his children more than anything else, he said, with an incredibly busy time ahead for Canadian soccer before the World Cup goes to North America in four years.
There were reasons to be "proud," Herdman said, after pushing Belgium and Morocco to narrow defeats in Qatar. Only Canada's 4-1 loss to Croatia was unbalanced.
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As the winner of Group F, Morocco will face Spain in the round of 16. The Spaniards lost to Japan 2-1 to finish second in Group E.
One more victory for Morocco will mark the country's first trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.
"Why not aim at the sky?" Regragui said. "Why not dream of lifting that trophy?"
AL WAKRAH, Qatar — With each hesitant step, the goal that stared down at Andre Ayew seemed to get a little smaller. Ayew, Ghana's most experienced player, had been tasked with taking a crucial penalty against Uruguay, to exorcise the demons of 12 years ago, the last time Ghana had a crucial penalty to advance in the World Cup against Uruguay.
But history repeated itself. Aye got lost.
Ayew's timid penalty was easily saved by goalkeeper Sergio Rochet, and Uruguay soon scored twice, and although it was still early, Ayew's miss effectively sealed the end of Ghana's trip. Rather than become the third African team to reach the knockout round, an achievement that would have been the first in the tournament's nearly 100-year history, Ghana is out.
The bad news for Uruguay? It's also out. En route to finishing second in the group with just minutes remaining against Ghana, Uruguay got the worst possible goal: Korea had scored a late goal to beat Portugal in a game played simultaneously some 14 miles away.
That score pushed the Koreans to tie with the Uruguayans in the standings, and they tied with them on goal difference. Uruguay's last hope was to use about seven minutes of added time to find the third goal that would push them. never arrived
Instead, he joined Ghana in leaving the tournament in torment, the latest casualties in another wild denouement for a tournament that is getting used to dramatic plot twists.
Ghana could have passed with just one draw, having started the day in second place, but in Uruguay they met an opponent that continues to haunt the dreams of millions of soccer fans in the West African country. And once again, 12 years after his hand helped Uruguay eliminate Ghana from a World Cup, it was Luis Suárez who proved to be Ghana's executioner.
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What is the World Cup? The quadrennial event pits the best national soccer teams against each other for the title of world champion. Here's an introduction to the 2022 men's tournament:
Where is it being held? This year's host is Qatar, which in 2010 beat the United States and Japan to win the right to host the tournament. Whether that was an honest contest remains up for debate.
When is? The tournament opened on November 20, when Qatar played Ecuador. For the next two weeks, four games will be played on most days. The tournament ends with the final on December 18.
Is a winter World Cup normal? No. The World Cup usually takes place in July. But in 2015, FIFA concluded that the summer temperatures in Qatar could have unpleasant consequences and agreed to move the tournament to the relatively bearable months of November and December.
How many teams are competing? Thirty-two. Qatar automatically qualified as the host, and after years of matches, the other 31 teams earned the right to come and play. Meet the teams here.
How does the tournament work? The 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four. In the initial stage, each team plays every other team in its group once. The top two finishers in each group advance to the round of 16. After that, the World Cup is a knockout tournament.
How can I watch the World Cup in the United States? The tournament will be broadcast on Fox and FS1 in English, and on Telemundo in Spanish. You can stream it live on Peacock or on the streaming services that Fox and FS1 carry. Here's how to watch each match.
When will the games take place? Qatar is three hours ahead of London, eight hours ahead of New York and 11 hours ahead of Los Angeles. That means there will be pre-dawn starts on the US East Coast for some games, and mid-afternoon starts for 10pm games in Qatar.
You have more questions? We have more answers here.
Suárez, told by a Ghanaian journalist on the eve of the game that many of his compatriots consider him “the devil himself” for a handball that denied Ghana what would have been a place in the 2010 World Cup semifinals, played like a man possessed. .
Just five minutes after missing Ayew's penalty, he stormed into the penalty area, angled and fired a shot that Lawrence Ati Zigi spilled into the path of Giorgian de Arrascaeta. Arriving like lightning, de Arrascaeta sent the rebound over the line.
He and Suárez combined again moments later, with the latter producing a moment of magic: lobbing the ball over a rushing defender with his first touch for a pass that de Arrascaeta coolly sent into the net.
The missed penalty and flurry of goals brought Ghana down and created a strange atmosphere that engulfed the Al Janoub Stadium. The close of the first half was played against a backdrop that could best be described as a low hum, with the occasional blast of trumpets from a group of Ghanaian musicians who were gamely trying to cheer their team back to life. They didn't have much luck.
The players tried to get up by linking arms and forming a huddle before disappearing into the dressing room for halftime. Coach Otto Addo came out with alterations, dispensing with the services of Ayew and his brother Jordan, the only two players on the Ghana squad with previous World Cup experience.
But those changes did little to change the momentum. Uruguay continued to look more dangerous, and Ghana's defense, one of the most porous in the tournament, remained hot on their heels.
Ghana were offered a respite from the threat of Suárez when he was substituted with 25 minutes remaining. But by then he had already done his damage: he had once again left his mark on Ghana, he had once again been the architect of Ghana's exit from the World Cup.
Uruguay was sliding towards the round of 16, and then it was not like that. News leaked out that South Korea had taken the lead.
At Al Janoub, the air was suddenly charged with the kind of energy that had been absent since Uruguay doubled their lead on 32 minutes. The game suddenly became a bit more frantic. The players exchanged desperate glances. The crowd also cheered.
“We saw on the screen” that Korea had taken the lead, said Ghanaian defender Daniel Amartey. “I just told my team that we need a goal now, but they need a goal now. We have to defend ourselves. If we don't go, they don't go."
On the bench, Suárez covered his face with his shirt and tears filled his eyes. Helpless, he watched his teammates charge down the field in what would become a desperate search for the one goal they needed to top Korea on goal difference. There were near misses, missed opportunities, penalty appeals that went unanswered.
Almost everything a soccer match could offer came in those final stages, but for what Uruguay craved the most: a goal.
As the whistle for full time blew, a group of Uruguayan reserves stormed onto the pitch and surrounded the German referee, Daniel Siebert, tapping him with their fingers and yelling in his general direction. Nothing of this matters.
Ghana could have left. But so was Uruguay.
Christian Pulisic scored América's only goal in the 38th minute of the game, which was all they needed to win. Allen said he's been locked into seeing his country on the big stage.
"I'm really shaking right now," Allen said of the tight game. "I don't watch sports that often and I get like that. When I see Tiger, when I see Kobe, that's how I feel. Watching the USA right now, I'm shaking for them. That was amazing."
Allen is lucky the Bills are playing on Thursday night because that means he'll have a front-row seat to the United States' game against the Netherlands on Saturday at 10:00 am ET.