FIFA World Cup Blog: Messi's Argentina Get The Ball Rolling In Qatar

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08:41, 22 Nov 2022
Last Updated: 22:04, 22 Nov 2022

So begins the four-game per day cycle of the World Cup group stage, starting with Argentina facing Saudi Arabia to get the day underway at 10am (GMT), and with plenty of action to follow. Stick with us throughout the day as we bring you the latest news out of Qatar, as well as anything else we might see throughout the day. 

2 weeks ago
GOAL: Olivier Giroud again | 4-1

A record equalling goal. 

2 weeks ago
GOAL: Mbappe puts France in the clear | 3-1
2 weeks ago
Half-time | France 2-1 Australia
2 weeks ago
GOAL: Giroud puts the French ahead | 2-1

Two goals in 5 minutes and with 32 minutes gone, France are ahead. 

2 weeks ago
GOAL: France are level | 1-1

Rabiot is on the scoresheet for France. 

2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
France vs Australia team news
2 weeks ago

Ochoa denies Lewandowski and Mexico have a new life. 

2 weeks ago

VAR-assisted nonetheless but it's still now all the pressure on Lewandowski's shoulders. 

2 weeks ago
Half-Time: Mexico 0-0 Poland

Mexico looked the more threatening side in the first half but were unable to get on the scoresheet. 

2 weeks ago
Beth Mead out for the season

Arsenal and England star Beth Mead has ruptured her ACL and will face months on the sideline. We wish her a speedy recovery. 

2 weeks ago
Kick-Off | Mexico vs Poland

The second game of Group C is underway!

2 weeks ago
Saudi Arabia's King announces national holiday
2 weeks ago
Mexico-Poland Lineups
2 weeks ago
MATCH REPORT: Denmark vs Tunisia

Christian Eriksen made his return to the main international stage 17 months on from the harrowing afternoon on which he very nearly lost his life playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020.

Eriksen's Return To The Big Stage Is The Highlight Of The World Cup So Far
2 weeks ago

Denmark have the ball in the back of the net from Andreas Skov Olsen's rebound but it's ruled out for an offside in the build-up!

2 weeks ago

Denmark and Tunisia go back into the dressing rooms with the scores tied at 0-0. 

2 weeks ago
Five Other Major Upsets In World Cup History

Can you believe it? Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina in the opening match of Group C at the 2022 World Cup with a 2-1 victory.

Two goals in quick succession from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari saw the underdogs cancel out Lionel Messi’s opener in the first-half from the penalty spot.

Here we take a look at some of the biggest upsets in the history of the World Cup...

Saudi Arabia Surprise Argentina: Five Other Major Upsets In World Cup History
2 weeks ago
The Reason Behind Hummel's Kit Design

Hummel have purposely hidden their logo on the Denmark World Cup Kits, here is why...

"We don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives. We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation."

2 weeks ago

Denmark get us started and fly out of the blocks!

2 weeks ago
Pep Guardiola agrees 2-year contract extension

Pep Guardiola has agreed a new two-year contract at Manchester City.

2 weeks ago
Denmark-Tunisia starting lineups
2 weeks ago
MATCH REPORT | Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

This goes down as one of the biggest ever shocks the World Cup has ever seen, but the Saudis deserved every last bit of it.

Al-Dawsari's Sublime Winner Shocks The World As Saudi Arabia Stun Argentina
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2 weeks ago

Saudi Arabia hang on to defeat one of the World Cup favourites, Argentina in Lusail in one of the greatest shock results of all-time. 

2 weeks ago
Injury update

Valiant defending from Saudi Arabia has seen the goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais and his defender Yasser Al-Shahrani collide knee-to-head. Al-Shahrani is receiving medical treatment and seems to be okay, despite looking unconscious for a moment. We hope he's okay!

2 weeks ago
Something doesn't add up here...

An attendance of 88,000 was announced at the Lusail Stadium, which holds just 80,000. 

2 weeks ago
Update: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

Well who'd have thunk it? Saudi Arabia lead Argentina going into the final ten minutes of play at the Lusail Stadium. Argentina have brought on reinforcements in the shape of Enzo Fernandez, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna and Julian Alvarez, and Saudi Arabia have brought on Mawaf Alabid as well as Sultan Al-Ghannam. 

2 weeks ago



2 weeks ago

GOAL SAUDI ARABIA! The first shot from the Saudis finds the back of Emi Martinez's net. Saleh Al-Shehri with the tidy finish!

2 weeks ago
EXPLAINED: Added Time At The World Cup

Across the first four games of the tournament, there have been 65 minutes added, averaging 16 minutes per game. 

Why We Are Seeing So Much Added Time At The World Cup
2 weeks ago
Argentina's Offside Struggles

Argentina have managed to be offside more in the first half than they've managed shots, as shown below...

2 weeks ago
Martinez offside again

The striker has the ball in the back of the net for a second time but it was never in doubt that he was offside. Someone needs to explain to Argentina the laws.

2 weeks ago
Lionel Messi joins esteemed company

The Argentine's opener against Saudi Arabia has seen him join an exclusive club.

2 weeks ago

Just a matter of minutes following Lionel Messi's goal being ruled out, Lautaro Martinez managed to chip the keeper but it was ruled out for an offside infringement. Close!

2 weeks ago
Lautaro Martinez denied for offside

What a delightful lob that was from the Inter Milan striker, such a shame he was not onside for it.

2 weeks ago
Disallowed goal for Messi

It was almost a second for Lionel Messi. The attacker latched onto a ball from over the top and finished brilliantly, only for it to be disallowed for offside.

2 weeks ago
Lionel Messi scores

Argentina land their first blow in the World Cup and it is their leading man Lionel Messi from the penalty spot.

2 weeks ago

After a short VAR check, Argentina win a penalty and Lionel Messi converts with ease. 1-0 Argentina!

2 weeks ago
Argentina's 'Old' Team

A fun stat about Argentina's starting XI. 

2 weeks ago

Argentina get us underway in Qatar!

2 weeks ago
Today's Betfred World Cup Special
2 weeks ago
Sane to miss Germany opener

Leroy Sane will miss Germany-Japan tomorrow with a knee injury. 

2 weeks ago
ARG-KSA Lineups
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