As it happened, Euro 2012 Friday: Poland-Greece, Russia-Czech Republic get it started

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Somebody screwed up and let June 8 come. Tournament co-hosts Poland kicked us off at noon Eastern, facing 2004 champions Greece. At 2:45 p.m. Eastern, 2008 semifinalists Russia faced the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.

And what did PST? This thread, while not as active as a true minute-by-minute, kept PSTers up-to-date throughout the day. There was also the crew on Twitter ([SD], [RF], [ND], [JP]), our Euro 2012 main page, and the coverage at NBC Sports.

Here’s how the first day of Euro 2012 went down (for chronological order, read from bottom to top).


(all times Eastern)

1336: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: Final. And that is it. The Czech defense was terrible, but four goals in a major competition is nothing to look down on. Russia delivers an opening day message and routs the Czech Republic.

1324: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: It’s 2008 all over again. Russia’s ready to be our prom date once more. Roman Pavlyuchenko with a great goal. The former Spur gets the ball wide left, takes 12 little touches to break down the defense, get a shot of from 17 yards on his right foot, beating Cech inside the left post. Cech got a hand to it, but just under two meters off the ground, it was a tough ball for a diving `keeper to stop.

1321: Russia 3-1 Czech Republic: Dzagoev has his second. Pavlyuchenko feeds the CSKA starlet, who’s taken advantage of more Czech disorganization to find space behind the line a the edge of the area. His payload could have been saved if wan’t hit so dang hard. It’s 3-1, and much of the world is getting their first look at one of the Russian Premier League’s best players.

1317: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Nervy moment of Russia. Tomas Rosicky with a shot form 22 yards out that Malafeev can only get a paw to. The ball kicks straight up in the air and comes down in Slava’s arms as Milan Baros is closing in. Bilak makes his second change, bringing on Milan Petrzela for Petr Kiracek.

1315: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Roman Pavlyuchenko on. Fernando Torres off.

1313: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Kerzhakov is looking like Fernando Torres. Here he gets another opportunity at the edge of the area. He cuts back onto his left foot, sending Michal Kadlec to ground, and lets go of a shot that goes eight feet wide. He needs to come out.

1311: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Kerzhakov get another chance, generated on the counter attack. Again, he can’t get an uncontested shot on frame. At some point, Advocaat may want to change it up. A player like Pavlyuchenko can provide some of the hold up play and, depending on which Pavlyuchenko shows up, actually get the ball o goal.

1309: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: We may have just seen Dick Advocaat’s latest trick. Though Yuri Zhirkov’s been getting forward on the left, Aleksandr Anyukov has been pinned much of the night. Here, Anyukov burst forward to get on a long ball from the middle. He controls, cuts back, finds a man in the middle, who plays it back out. Just as the Czechs are gathering themselves, Zhirkov is bursting forward on the left. He gets the ball then chips a cross back. Nothing comes of it, but it was a different type of attack than the others we’ve seen from Russia tonight.

1307: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Arshavin started on the left, but all of his dangerous moments have come from the right. Here he cuts in against Michal Kadlec and creates enough room to feed Kerzhakov, who beats Tomas Sivok with a run to eight yards out. With only Cech to beat, Kerzhakov pulls it wide. He’s been great in the build up, but finishing? Kerzhakov’s been terrible.

1305: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Swashbuckling no more, Russia is playing the Czech Republic on even footing. Either the goal took the proverbial wind out of the virtual sails, or the field really is lopsided (and the Czechs are now playing downhill). The Czech defense seems much more organized this half.

1257: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: A glimpse of two things which could carry over from the first half. First, the Czechs earned a corner, after which we got to see more shaky Russian set piece defending. That did produce a counter, though. Russia remains dangerous there. A few moments later, again in transition, Roman Shirokov gets a chance to blast a ball from 20 yards out. He puts it over and out.

1255: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Pregame, we said Igor Denisov and Roman Shirokov would have to protect the defense. Allowing Jaroslav Plasil to stand on the ball and pick out a run is not protecting your defense. Plasli fed a ball through the defense for Vaclav Pilar, who’d beaten Aleksandr Anyukov with a run along the line. One touch got the ball beyond a charging Vyacheslav Malafeev, allowing the Woflsburg midfielder to make it 2-1.

1252: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Russia’s opened the half with confidence, arrogance, and control. That built to the last chance, with an interception by Zhirkov leading to a counter that produced a chance from 16 yards for Aleksandr Kerzhakov. He’s embarrassingly wide, but Russia looks set to … hah! Of course. Update coming.

1548: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: We’re back, and Bilak has made one change. Jan Rezek is off. Tomas Hubschman, a defensive-minded midfielder, is on.

1546: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Halftime Talk about stats not telling the tale … Possession: Russia 52-48 Czech Republic; Shots: Russia 6-7 Czech Republic; Shots on target: Russia 2-4 Czech Republic.

1533: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Halftime. Reminder: Guus Hiddink failed to get this Russia team to the last World Cup, losing a playoff to Slovenia.

1530: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: A cros from the right finds Vlclav Pilar coming in from the left to battle Aleksandr Anyukov. He out-leaps him and puts a ball on goal that’s easily saved by Malafeev, but it’s a reminder that anything in the air has given Russia trouble. The Russians have not been good on set pieces, but Michal Bilek doesn’t have enough targets on the pitch to take advantage of what they generate from open play. The Czechs need to rbing on Tomas Necid at half time.

1526: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: The Czechs seems to be coming back into this match now. For the last 20 minutes, they’ve been holding on. Now, just minutes before halftime, they seem a have a little more control on what’s going on. They haven’t been able to threaten Vyacheslav Malafeev, but at leas they’ve stopped the Russians from playing downhill.

1518: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Another amazing chance for Russia. The Czechs just can’t stop the ball one Russia starts coming forward. This time, it’s a chance built through the left of the box, with a ball played back to the spot for Kerzhakov by Zyryanov put over the crossbar. Russia’s been amazing in the way they’re bursting at the Czechs, but the Czechs are way too open to deal with this.

1513: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Kerzahov has proven to be the right choice up top. Dick Advocaat picked him ahead of Roman Pavlyuchenko and Pavel Pogrebnyak, and you can see why. Kerzahov has made all the right choices with the ball at his feet, proving the key to the dynamism that Russia’s showing going forward (they look like they’re playing downhill). Here he finds Arshavin sprinting down the right. A ball played through the six omes to nothing, buy Zyryanov almost got to it.

1509: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: The Czechs can’t defend, and the Russians are being ruthless. Andrei Arshavin gets a ball from Roman Shirokov and move toward the box. From 24 yards out he plays a ball that looks like it’s targeting Kerzhakov is actually destined for Shirokov, making a run to the right post. Petr Cech could get it but takes a bad angle and has to flatten his angle. Shorikov chips it over the Chelsea `keeper for a two goal lead.

1506: Russia 1-0 Czech Republic: It’s more than just counterattacking for the Russians. Since their sluggish start, they have been the vastly better side.

1504: Russia 1-0 Czech Republic: Another great counter from the Russians. Yuri Zhirkov forces a turnove then bursts into attack. The ball’s played to Zyryanov how finds Kerzhakov, who plays it back to the right for Dzagoev. From 16 yards out, the 21-year-old has his second in his sights only to put it high and wide of goal.

1500: Russia 1-0 Czech Republic: Russia pounces off a turnover, bursts into an attack that produces the first goal. A ball played wide right by Andrei Arshavin for Konstantin Zyryanov is crossed for Aleksandr Kerzhakov at the far post. He puts it back across goal, hitting the post. The ball comes out for Alan Dzagoev, how puts the bal into the left of goal for the opener. That’s just too good.

1451: Russia 0-0 Czech Republic: Where many were concerned about Russia’s possession game, it’s the Czechs that have held the ball for most of the first seven minutes. Russia doesn’t look good. They were very poor on the two set pieces the Czechs have won thus far.

1444: Russia 0-0 Czech Republic: Our day’s second match has just started, the Russians kicking off. This one should be good.

1435: From UEFA: “Ian Holyman, Municipal Stadium Wroclaw: With both teams’ home kits the same colour, the stadium is virtually wall-to-wall red. Virtually, that is, bar for a Scotland flag incongruously strung up in the stand near the halfway line.”

1434: NBC Sports: Poland held by Greece as two sent off

1425: Who wants Russia-Czech Republic lineups? Courtesy UEFA:

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Čech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Hubník, Sivok, Rezek, Rosický, Plašil, Pilař, Jiráček, Baroš SUBS: Laštuvka, Drobný, Suchý, Limberský, Rajtoral, Petržela, Hübschman, Kolář, Darida, Necid, Pekhart, Lafata.

Russia (4-3-3): Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Berezutski, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov SUBS: Akinfeev, Shunin, Sharonov, Granat, Nababkin, Izmailov, Kombarov, Kokorin, Glushakov, Semshov, Pavlyuchenko, Pogrebnyak.

Igor Akinfeev doesn’t get the start in goal for Russia, a team that’s going to have a lot of dynamism with both Alan Dzagoev and Andrei Arshavin in attack. Roman Shirokov and Igor Denisov will be crucial protecting the defense.

For the Czech republic, Tomas Rosicky and Jaroslav Plasil will make the team go. The question is whether Milan Baros is still the man that can provide the end product.

1411: The next match starts at 1445. We’ll have the lineups soon. In the interim, our match report for Poland-Greece is up.

1353: Poland 1-1 Greece: Final. Tyton receives hugs from his teammates for saving the draw, but Poland has to be disappointed with the result. Greece was the better side in a half they started by playing 10 vs. 11. Poland never used any of their advantages in the second half, leaving the game to be taken.

1345: Poland 1-1 Greece: A coule of touches and a moment of danger from Robert Lewandowski reminds us: Poland’s best player is still on the field. At this point, most of the Poles are playing like a team that’s accepted their disappointment.

1339: Poland 1-1 Greece: Greece continues to try and play passes over the Poland line. The latest one from Fortounis is short, but Boesnich’s header acts as a knockdown for Samaras, who puts a chance over.

1337: Poland 1-1 Greece: Signs of life from Poland. Obraniak and Murawski play a long one-two through a surprising amount of space in Greece’s defense. The second ball sends Obraniak through the right channel, though a bad touch sees him give up a goal kick.

1333: Poland 1-1 Greece: Poland is an absolute mess. A long ball to Samaras leads to flick toward the line for Holebas. His ball into the six sees Salpingidis put the ball into the back of the net, but the flag is up. Holebas was just offside running into Samaras’s header.

1328: Poland 1-1 Greece: Unbelievable. Greece plays another ball over the Poland defense, and a nice touch from Salpingidis forces Wojciech Szczesny to take him down. Szczesny sees straight red, and young Przemyslaw Tyton has to come on (for Maciej Rybus). His first action is a great save on Hiorgos Karagounis, who struck a decent ball to the lower right corner only to see it blocked out. We’re 10-on-10, 1 to 1.

1326: Poland 1-1 Greece: Another curious substitute for Greece. They’ve brought on Kostas Fortounis for Fanis Gekas – a midfielder for a forward. Salpingidis will likely play a lone striker as Greece plays 4-4-1.

1322: Poland 1-1 Greece: Another very scary moment for the hosts. Greece has a throw in down their left and, upon putting the ball back in, see very little pressure from Poland as they move the ball back to the middle. There Kostas Katsouranis sees Marcin Wasliewski way out of position. His chip gives Giorgios Samaras a open shot from left of goal, though the Celtic attacker’s unable to put it on frame. Now, right back Vasilis Torosidis seems hurt. Greece has only one sub left and, momentarily, are playing with nine.

1319: Poland 1-1 Greece: As to be expected, Greece are sitting very deep. With 10-men and an equalizer, I’m sure they’d be happy to call it a day. Poland doesn’t seem to have made their adjustments. At least, there’s not urgency, and more concerning, we’re not hearing much from Piszczek in attack this half. He constantly got forward from right back in the first. Right now, he’s a bit of a forgotten man.

1316: Poland 1-1 Greece: Kyriakos Papadopoulos gives up a foul 24 yards out, even with the left post. A strangely positioned wall gives Ludovic Obraniak too much of the right side of goal, but the Bordeuax man pulls it wide.

1309: Poland 1-1 Greece: Greece’s first spell on the ball of the half sees a chance generates a chance down the right, a ball put toward the spot from the line. Fanis Gekas charges for it as Wojciech Szczesny comes out, but the goal’s left open as the ball drops. Salpigidis poaches an equalizer, with Piszczek (on the line) unable to do anything to stop it.

1307: Poland 1-0 Greece: Poland has started the second half strong. Greece has started holding on. Both Maciej Rybus and Lewandowski have had dangerous moments in the first couple of minutes. Poland looks to have another goal in them.

1304: Poland 1-0 Greece: A bit of a strange substitution for Greece. Sotiris Ninis is off. Dimitris Salpigidis is on.

1258: Poland 1-0 Greece: Halftime, and Greece now need to shift focus. You take your chances to find an equalizer, but this isn’t the knockout stages. You don’t open yourself up for it. Goal difference has to be the main concern for coach Fernando Santos. If they concede a second goal and take a -2 difference into matches against Russia and the Czech Republic, Greece may need full points to advance. A -1 difference is just a loss, and getting through on four points is more likely.

1249: Poland 1-0 Greece: Halftime

1247: Poland 1-0 Greece: The former champions are on the brink of falling apart. A handball from Perquis that’s usually whistled is missed or ignored by the referee, denying Greece a potentially equalizing penalty kick. While protesting, left back José Holebas picks upa yellow card. Karagounis has to keep his team away from a suddenly card-happy official.

1244: Poland 1-0 Greece: Unbelievably Papastathopoulos’s day is over. The first yellow card was unfair, and making the second unfortunate. The Greek defender takes down Murawski and sees his second yellow card. Greece is down to 10, who (as expected) had trouble defending the restart.

1235: Poland 1-0 Greece: Sokratis Papastathopoulos earns the first yellow card of the tournament, adjudicated to have jumped through the back of Lewandowski contesting a long ball from Szczesny. Replay says it was a bad call. Moments later, Avraam Papdopoulos has to come off, with Kryiakos Papadopoulos coming on in his place. On the restart, Poland generates another opportunity off a restart, with Damien Perquis pulling a left-footed shot wide from 12 yards out.

1233: Poland 1-0 Greece: Over the last 4-5 minutes we’ve seen Greece spend more time on the ball. I’m not sure this is as much their doing as Poland not maintaining the intensity they showed at the onset. To be fair, it would be difficult for Poland to play 30 minutes on point like that, and per some reports we’re hearing in the commentary, it’s quite humid in Warsaw (a situation perhaps caused by the roof being closed on what’s reported to be a nice night).

1227: Poland 1-0 Greece: With the two Poland’s earned in the last minutes, the hosts are up to three set piece opportunities so far (two corners, one free kick). On each one, they’ve given Greece a small scare. That in addition to the threat they’re posing from open play hint there are more Polish goals to be had.

1222: Poland 1-0 Greece: Avram Papadopoulos has been off for the last couple of minutes with an apparent knee injury … and as I type, he comes back. Kyriakos Papadopoulos continues warming up.

1218: Poland 1-0 Greece: The hosts score the first goal of Euro 2012, and no surprise they did their damage going down their right. Blasczcykowski gets behind the defense along the line and crosses for Lewandowski deep at the far post. Chalkias takes himself out of position coming for a ball he can’t get, and Lewandowski heads down into an open net.

1214: Poland 0-0 Greece – Another chance generated down Poland’s right. Lewandowski is at the center of it. Pisczcek is at the end, pulling a sharp angle shot wide instead of feeding the ball into the six.

1212: Poland 0-0 Greece – Greece gives Poland a very small scare. Perquis gives up a free kick 40 yards from goal. Karagounis plays a nice ball for Gekas at the spot, his fast post flick going a couple of feet wide. Szczesny looked to have it covered, had it found goal. Second later, Lewandowski orchestrates and attack down the right, producing a shot for Blasczcykowski in the right of the area. Kuba blasts it out for a goal kick.

1205: Poland 0-0 Greece – The first major opportunity of the tournament is generated down Greece’s left. Piszczek gets deep down the line and crosses of Lewandowski, whose shot from 13 yards is blocked back to Murawski, whose shot is deflected out for a corner. Poland generates a shot off a corner, conceded a goal kick, but one minute later Piszczek and Blaszczykowski are going back at Greece’s left.

1201: Poland 0-0 Greece – Greece kicks off to start Euro 2012.

1155: As sanguine as I can sometimes be about international soccer, atmospheres like we’re seeing in Warsaw remind me there’s little in sport that can match a major tournament’s spectacle. By spectacle, I’m not talking about the opening ceremonies, the anthems – the pomp of organizers feeling there needs to be more than game. I’m talking about that hum – the manifestation of tens of thousands of people’s anticipation.

1148: If it matters, I’ve got Poland and Russia winning today. Logic: They’re better than their opposition. I know that’s controversial.

1125: Starting lineups are out for today’s opening match:

Poland (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Boenisch, Wasilewski, Perquis, Piszczek, Polanski, Rybus, Obraniak, Murawski, Blaszczyhowski, Lewandowski

Greece (4-3-3): Calkias, Maniatis, A. Papadopoulos, Torossidis, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Ninis, Katsouranis, Samaras, Gekas

For Poland, watch their Dortmund trio – Piszczek, Blaszczyhowski, Lewandowski – who could tear up Greece’s left side. The big beneficiary may be Ludovic Obraniak in attacking midfield. The former Lille man closed the season strong after moving to Bordeaux in January, and with the help of the BVB contingent could have a strong tournament.

World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, last 16, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the globe.

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Japan, Australia and Morocco made the last 16 with so many huge shocks during the tournament, while Germany, Denmark and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

From the USMNT and England getting out of their group to Lionel Messi dragging Argentina through and Mexico just missing out on getting out of the group stages and amid upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the latter stages.

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We now have the small matter of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Knockout round kick-off times: 10am, 2pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H | Full tables


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands 3-1 USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3: Argentina 2-1 Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France 3-1 Poland – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England 3-0 Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan vs Croatia (preview) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil vs South Korea (preview) – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco vs Spain (preview) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal vs Switzerland (preview) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands vs Argentina – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs France – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am


Group stage results

Group A

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands  – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Group B

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group C

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Poland 0-2 Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Group D

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Group E

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Japan 2-1 Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Group F

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Croatia 0-0 Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights Canada 1-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group G

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 1-0 Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Serbia 2-3 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha

Group H

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-1 Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Portugal vs Switzerland: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Portugal and Switzerland meet Tuesday with a 2022 World Cup quarterfinal berth on the line in Lusail.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portuguese have a EURO during his tenure with the team but have never won the World Cup. That, of course, can change this month with Bruno Fernandes now the focal point of the attack.

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Switzerland, meanwhile, will feel it has as good a chance as any to make a run in the tournament having beaten Cameroon and Serbia while staying within a goal of world No. 1 Brazil in a close group stage loss.

Portugal opened the tournament with a slim and thrilling 3-2 win over Ghana, then topping Uruguay 2-0 before further dooming the Uruguayan side by falling 2-1 to South Korea in Al Rayyan

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Here is everything you need for Portugal vs Switzerland.


How to watch Portugal vs Switzerland live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Tuesday Dec. 6
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Portugal’s complete team is something to behold as Ruben Dias, Ruben Neves, and Bruno Fernandes give the side a robust spine that can be topped just as robustly by Cristiano Ronaldo when the great player is at his best in terms of defying the age 37.

The Swiss have seen Breel Embolo as a threat up top but the backs and midfield have so many tough nuts to crack with Granit Xhaka operating atop Manuel Akanji and Fabian Schar.


Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo

Switzerland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 15
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Murat Yakin
Key players: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Yann Sommer, Remo Freuler

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Foden, Kane shine as England handles Senegal to set up France meeting

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It’ll be England vs France in the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals as Phil Foden set up two goals in the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Senegal on Sunday.

Jordan Henderson’s finish of a Jude Bellingham feed eased the nerves after Senegal started brightly, and Foden set up Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka got goals on either side of halftime in the win.

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Being without Idrissa Gana Gueye in addition to Sadio Mane made Senegal’s hopes of a upset quite dim, especially once Liverpool mainstay Henderson put England in front.

England vs France will come Saturday in Al Khor.

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Free-running England too much, as Gana gone = Senegal gone

There are not a lof of footballing nations outside of the very top, top sides that could handle the absence of Sadio Mane, and not many more could operate without Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Mane missed the entire tournament and Gana Gueye was suspended for this game against England. While that didn’t make the contest a fait accompli, it put a lot of extra pressure on Kalidou Koulibaly at the back as well as Senegal’s midfield duo of Nampalys Mendy and Ismaila Ciss.

But would England take advantage of the absences?

The answer is a resounding yes, and was exemplified by the opening goal. Senegal had played well for more than a half-hour of the match and even had the match’s biggest danger point, when Sarr was stopped by Jordan Pickford.

But let’s talk about England’s first goal: You’d be forgiven for wondering if the player arriving in the box to finish off midfielder Jude Bellingham’s cutback feed was Harry Kane but it was a slightly shorter Premier League player in Jordan Henderson.

Gana’s absence as disruptor allowed England to feel just a bit better about pushing forward, and it paid off.

Another note is the new headache in the forefront of Gareth Southgate’s mind as the usually conservative boss has to figure out how to situate two-assist Phil Foden along with Kane and the numerous England attackers who’ve begged for playing time with positive displays.

Nice problem to have.


Stars of the show

Phil Foden

Jude Bellingham

Jordan Henderson

Bukayo Saka

Harry Kane


Jordan Henderson goal video

Harry Kane goal video


How to watch England vs Senegal live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET – Sunday, December 4
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

When it comes to England they have so many wonderful attacking players that it’s so hard to get them all on the pitch at the same time. It is also tough for Southgate to get the balance of the team right. When England clicks up top they are almost unstoppable and Harry Kane is the chief creator as well as the biggest goal threat. But he’s yet to score in this tournament as Rashford, Saka and Co. have done the damage. Defensively John Stones and Harry Maguire have been excellent too and this will all be about if England are brave enough to come flying out of the traps and back their star forwards to have the win wrapped up by half time. England have no injury issues, although Ben White has flown back to the UK for personal reasons so the Three Lions squad now has 25 members who are all fully fit. That makes preparing to play England a nightmare as they could roll out so many different combinations and formations in midfield and attack. Southgate went with Saka, Foden and Kane up top against Senegal.

Senegal has nothing to lose which is very dangerous in a knockout game. They have great experience in their side with Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy holding them together defensively and at the other end of the pitch Ismaila Sarr has really stepped up in attack in the absence of their superstar Sadio Mane. If Mane hadn’t been ruled out of this tournament due to injury, we would probably be talking about this Senegal side as a potential semifinalist. If England make a mistake or underestimate them, Senegal will make them pay but they will miss Idrissa Gana Gueye in midfield for this game as he’s suspended. There are also a few other injury issues for Senegal to deal with as Cheikhou Kouyate has been missing after he picked up an ankle injury in the opener.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Pickford
At the 2022 World Cup – Won Group B with 7 points (+7 GD)

Senegal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 18
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 2
How they qualified: Beat Egypt in CAF playoff
Coach: Aliou Cisse
Key players: Idrissa Gana Gueye, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly
At the 2022 World Cup – Finished 2nd in Group A with 4 points (+1 GD)


Brazil vs South Korea: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Brazil looks to advance past the Round of 16 for the eighth-straight World Cup when it meets South Korea at 2pm ET Monday at Stadium 974 in Doha.

FIFA’s No. 1 ranked side, Brazil’s men are thinking bigger than the quarterfinals as their end game; The five-time World Cup champions want to end their 20-year wait for a sixth World Cup trophy.

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This tournament is South Korea’s 10th World Cup, though all but two have ended in the group stage. South Korea famously went to the semifinals when it shared hosting duties with Japan, falling to eventual runners-up Germany before Brazil won the final.

Brazil blanked Serbia and Switzerland before a heavily-rotated side fell 1-0 to Cameroon at the group stage conclusion. And good news: Neymar Jr has declared himself fit after suffering a nasty ankle injury in the opener.

Meanwhile, South Korea started slow with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay In Al Rayyan before falling 3-2 to Ghana In the same city, but a thrilling 2-1 fight against Portugal lifted them into the knockout rounds.

The winner of this game meets the winner of Japan vs Croatia.

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Here is everything you need for Brazil vs South Korea.


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

Kick off: 2pm ET, Monday Dec. 5
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Well, first off: Neymar. One of Brazil’s all-time heroes is missing a World Cup from his resume and rightly or wrongly, that’s a marker as to whether the player will be considered one of the best Brazilians to ever do it. When healthy he’s among the five best attackers in the world. But how healthy is he? And how much can Richarlison, Vinicius Jr. and company take pressure off the oft-fouled Neymar?

South Korea will have hope that Heung-min Son’s slow tournament is on the upswing after the Tottenham star played well late in delivering the win over Portugal to seal a group stage place. Look out for 26-year-old Napoli center back Min-jae Kim, whose name is dancing through the Premier League transfer rumor mill with renewed vigor following strong performances in Qatar.


Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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

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