Latest update: Who’s booking spots in 2012-13’s UEFA Champions League

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When we first started these updates (shortly after the blog was launched), three teams had booked their place in 2012-13’s Champions League. Now, only four of the competition’s 21 automatic group stage spots are left unclaimed:

  • In England, third place is still up for grabs, with four teams (Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Chelsea) still mathematically alive. Chelsea can also get in by winning the 2011-12 competition next Saturday against Bayern Munich, but if they do, England’s fourth place team heads to Europa.
  • With one round left in Ukraine, Shakhtar has a overtaken Dynamo and need only a point at home on Thursday (against last place Oleksandria) to win the Premier League.
  • In Turkey, Fenerbahçe will host Galatasaray on Saturday, the teams’ fourth derby of the year. If Fener wins, they claim Turkey’s group stage spot. Else, its’ Gala’s.
  • And in Denmark, Copenhagen lost a crucial match at Nordsjaelland last week. After their Sunday draw at home to OB, Copenhagen’s lead is down to one point with three rounds remaining.

Brief reminder: 12 league qualify teams directly into group play, placing between one and three clubs in the competition proper. Every league in Europe has a chance to place a club in group stage, though most teams have to play their way in through late-summer qualifiers.

England
(3 group stage spots plus one play-in qualifier)
Spain
(3 group stage spots plus one play-in qualifier)
1. Manchester City: 86 points, 37 games
2. Manchester United: 86 pts, 37 gp
3. Arsenal: 67 pts, 37 gp
4. Tottenham Hotspur: 66 pts, 37 gp
1. Real Madrid: 97 points, 37 games
2. Barcelona: 90 pts, 37 gp
3. Valencia: 61 pts, 37 gp
4. Málaga: 55 pts, 37 gp
Germany
(3 + 1)
Italy
(2 + 1)
1. Borussia Dortmund: 81 pts, 34 gp
2. Bayern Munich: 73 pts, 34 gp
3. Schalke: 64 pts, 34 gp
4. Borussia Moenchengladbach: 60 pts, 34 gp
1. Juventus: 81 pts, 37 gp
2. Milan: 77 pts, 37 gp
3. Udinese: 61 pts, 37 gp
France
(2 + 1)
Portugal
(2 + 1)
1. Montpellier: 76 pts, 36 gp
2. Paris Saint-Germain: 73 pts, 36 gp
3. Lille: 71 pts, 36 gp
1. Porto: 72 pts, 29 gp
2. Benfica: 66 pts, 29 gp
3. Sporting Braga: 62 pts, 29 gp
Russia
(1 + 1)
Ukraine
(1 + 1)
1. Zenit: 85 pts, 43 gp
2. CSKA Moscow: 72 pts, 42 gp
1. Shakhtar Donetsk: 76 pts, 29 gp
2. Dynamo Kyiv: 74 pts, 29 gp
Netherlands
(1 + 1)
Turkey
(1 + 1)
1. Ajax: 76 pts, 34 gp
2. Feyenoord: 70 pts, 34 gp
1. Galatasaray: 47 (adjusted) pts, 39 gp
2. Fenerbahce: 46 pts, 39 gp
Turkey has entered its four-team playoff round, where qualifiers’ season point totals are halved ahead of the six-match, home-and-home round-robin.
Greece
(1 + 1)
Denmark
(1 + 1)
1. Olympiacos – 73 points, 30 games
2. Panathinaikos – leading the four-team playoff
1. Copenhagen: 62 points, 30 games
2. FC Nordsjaelland: 61 pts, 30 gp

Bold – participants in 2011-12’s group stage.
Italic – entered into the 2012-13’s preliminary rounds.

South Korea vs Ghana, live! Score, updates, live stream link, video highlights

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South Korea and Ghana collide in Group H with both teams earmarking this as a must-win game in an incredibly tight group.

STREAM LIVE SOUTH KOREA v GHANA

Heung-min Son and Co. were very solid against Uruguay in their opener but only created a couple of big chances in the 0-0 draw. This is when Son really needs to step up and be the difference as they play Portugal in their final group stage game and will want to have four points on the board by then.

For Ghana, they were so unlucky to lose to Portugal in a five-goal thriller as the Black Stars were a lot of fun to watch and almost snatched a 3-3 draw late on but Inaki Williams slipped at the crucial moment.

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Here is everything you need for South Korea vs Ghana.


How to watch South Korea vs Ghana live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8am ET – Monday, November 28
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Obviously Heung-min Son is the main man for South Korea and at the other end of the pitch they need Kim Min-jae to hold things together defensively. It will be intriguing to see if South Korea starts a few more of their playmakers in this clash as they look to take the game to Ghana. Against Uruguay they very much played for the draw to set themselves up for this game.

For Ghana, it will be a very similar approach to how they played against Portugal but they will look to be less open on the counter defensively. They will sit back and counter and the key is getting Mohammed Kudus further forward. Both Ghana and South Korea will see this as a game they have to win to have a chance of reaching the last 16 but Ghana can get a draw and then set up potentially a winner takes all game against Uruguay in their Group H finale.


South Korea quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 28
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Paulo Bento
Key players: Heung-min Son, Young-gwon Kim, In-beom Hwang, Woo-yeong Jeong

Ghana quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 61
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 4
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF via playoffs
Coach: Otto Addo
Key players: Daniel Amartey, Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey


Cameroon vs Serbia, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos

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Cameroon and Serbia clash in Group G as both aim to get off and running at the World Cup after losing their opening game.

STREAM LIVE CAMEROON v SERBIA

Cameroon were dangerous for large spells against Switzerland but lost 1-0 and Rigobert Song’s side need to be better in the final third. On the counter attack they were excellent against the Swiss but they have to take their chances.

As for Serbia, they were beaten by Brazil and although they hung in there until 30 minutes from time, they never had control of the game. That’s okay. Brazil are one of the favorites to win it all. Let’s now see if this golden generation of Serbian stars can get a big win to set up a showdown with Switzerland in their final group game.

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Here is everything you need for Cameroon vs Serbia.


How to watch Cameroon vs Serbia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 5am ET – Monday, November 28
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

 


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Cameroon will be dangerous on the counter and their gameplan was pretty spot on against Switzerland and it will be the same against Serbia. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bryan Mbuemo will cause all kinds of problems on the break and Andre Onana is going to have to excel in goal if the Indomitable Lions are going to get a huge win.

Serbia won’t be too disheartened to lose to Brazil in their World Cup opener but they now know this is basically must-win after Switzerland beat Cameroon in their opening game. Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic hold the key for Serbia who will have to be patient as they will see plenty of the ball.


Cameroon quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 43
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from CAF playoffs
Coach: Rigobert Song
Key players: Andre Onana, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Serbia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 21
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Dragan Stojkovic
Key players: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic


Offsides rules at 2022 World Cup: Explaining how VAR technology impacts referee calls

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The 2022 World Cup is underway from the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar and as the group stage continues, we’ve seen unexpected upsets and some new contenders emerge – but there’s still a long way to go until the tournament champions are crowned in late December.

Along the way, spectators have already seen most matches impacted in at least some capacity by VAR technology when it comes to determining penalties, possession and, frequently, offsides decisions. After introducing semi-automated offside technology at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA announced this summer that the tool would return for this year’s tournament. Read on to learn how offsides works and how VAR technology is utilized to make decisions at the 2022 World Cup.

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What is the offsides rule?

A player is in an offsides position when they are in the opponent’s half of the field and any part of their head, body or feet is “nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.” Simply put, a player needs to be entirely in front of the last defender when their teammate passes them the ball. The offsides rule exists to keep players from lingering near their opponent’s goal to try and scoop up scoring opportunities.

The offsides rule does not apply when the player receives the ball directly from a corner kick, throw in or goal kick.

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What is VAR?

By now a familiar acronym to any fans of year-round leagues like the Premier League, VAR stands for “Video Assistant Referee.” It refers to officials off the pitch who are watching the match with access to multiple cameras, angles and data points, as well as slow-motion replay, who can weigh in on decisions including goals and penalties, with the objective of making officiating more accurate.

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How does technology impact offsides calls at 2022 World Cup?

In Qatar, FIFA is using multiple forms of VAR technology to support officials in determining offsides. This includes 12 tracking cameras constantly collecting data on the limb position of each player, as well as “connected ball technology,” a sensor within the official match ball sending kick-point detection data to the video operations room. Per FIFA, “by combining the limb- and ball-tracking data and applying artificial intelligence, the new technology provides an automated offside alert to the video match officials inside the video operation room whenever the ball is received by an attacker who was in an offside position at the moment the ball was played by a teammate.”

After the video referee and the officials on the pitch have confirmed a decision, a 3D visualization of the offsides penalty is available to clearly communicate the infraction.

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup Today – Latest news, analysis, reaction on 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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During the 2022 World Cup we are breaking down all the action and will be discussing all of the key storylines from Qatar.

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From upsets to powerhouses flexing their muscles, from the USMNT to new stars emerging and everything in-between, we have you covered.

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola will provide updates, analysis and reaction across our platforms here at NBC Sports.

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Below you can find every episode of their World Cup shows and above is the latest edition to make sure you’re up to date with everything you need.


World Cup Today – Day 8 (November 27)


World Cup Today – Day 7 (November 26)


World Cup Today – Day 6 (November 25)


World Cup Today – Day 4 (November 23)


World Cup Today – Day 3 (November 22)


World Cup Today – Day 2 (November 21)


World Cup preview show (November 17)