Soccer

Mexico eliminated from World Cup on goal difference despite 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia

LUSAIL, Qatar — For a long time after the final whistle, Luis Chavez crouched on the field in anguish. He had just scored in Mexico’s furious attempt to stay alive at the World Cup, but the 2-1 victory Wednesday over Saudi Arabia wasn’t enough. Because of Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Poland in a simultaneous match, …

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Cristiano Ronaldo mulling Saudi soccer offer for $207M a year

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to play in the UEFA Champions League, but his best offer right now would render that impossible. Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr are offering Ronaldo $207 million per year until 2025 to come play on the Arabian peninsula, according to a report by Fabrizio Romano. It’s currently unclear how close the two sides …

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Pulisic goal advances US in World Cup with 1-0 win over Iran

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic kicked the ball, scored the goal and crashed into the goalkeeper, a collision that sent the American star to a hospital and the United States into the second round of the World Cup. More than an hour later, he contacted his teammates by FaceTime to join the celebration. Pulisic’s …

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Belgium World Cup stars Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen get heated

Belgium’s “Golden Generation” has devolved into the “Fighting Generation.” Following the team’s shocking 2-0 World Cup loss to Morocco on Sunday, veteran stars Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Eden Hazard clashed in a heated locker room altercation, according to RTL Sport. The incident became physical and teammate Romelu Lukaku had to separate them, according …

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Female Iran fans fear state ‘spotters’ are spying on them at World Cup games

The woman was becoming hysterical, standing outside the Khalifa International Stadium and sobbing. She is Iranian and, although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognised somebody who does: a man she believed was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during England’s 6-2 …

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Iran is calling for the U.S. to be thrown out of the World Cup after flag change

Ahmad Nourollahi of Iran in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Richard Sellers | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images Iranian state media is calling for the U.S. World Cup soccer team to be …

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Riots in Belgium, Netherlands after Morocco win at World Cup

BRUSSELS (AP) — Riots broke out in several Belgian and Dutch cities after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup Sunday. Police detained about a dozen people after they deployed water cannons and fire tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels. Dozens of rioters overturned and torched cars, set electric scooters on …

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Watching England v USMNT with footballers and a subs coach: Where’s Foden? ‘Stop crosses!’

Surely Luke Shaw had to slide that cross into the six-yard box. Why is Phil Foden still on the bench? Look how much winning a tackle means to Tyler Adams. How can you cross a ball in a pair of Dr Martens? Why does Harry Kane have nobody to pass to on England’s right? Did …

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