As it happened: England comes back against Sweden; France downs co-hosts


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The second round of the group stage round robin comes to an end today at Euro 2012 with Group D’s four contestants looking to position themselves for next week’s final push.

The day starts with co-hosts Ukraine seeking to clinch a quarterfinal spot with a win against favored France. That match that kicks off at noon Eastern.

Then at 2:45 p.m. Eastern, England get the unenviable task of containing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Three Lions look for their first win of the tournament against Sweden.

Today is also the last day of two kickoff times. Over the next four days, the final rounds of group stage matches will see games kick off simultaneously (2:45 p.m. Eastern). After that, there’s only one game per day.

In all, 14 of the tournament’s 31 games have been played. Once today’s matches are finished, we’ll be past the halfway point.

But before we get to those matches, here’s today’s reading list:

And now that you’re through skipping over the bullets, here’s Friday’s action:

(All times Eastern)

1653 – Sweden 2-3 England, Final – The whistle blows on a remarkable match for England, who gave up two second half goals before coming back to claim full points. They move second in Group D while Sweden becomes the second team eliminated at Euro 2012.

1648 – Sweden 2-3 England – Danny Welbeck comes off. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes off, tasked with helping see this game out.

1643 – Sweden 2-3 England – After the goal, England’s gone very conservative. We’re end seeing Carroll in defense as the team plays very deep, has ceased challenging potential crosses, and seeks to hold on.

It has led to a couple of interesting counter attacking chances. With Welbeck, Walcott and Young on, they’re always fun.

1636 – Sweden 2-3 England – Two great individual effort have England back in front. Danny Welbeck will get the honors, but it wouldn’t have happened without Theo Walcott.

Glen Johnson plays a ball for Walcott, who bursts through the right channel and gets to the line. He cuts it back to the edge of the six, but it’s slightly behind Danny Welbeck. Welbeck turns on his left foot and, with his back to goal, brings his right behind the pass, deflecting the ball into the left side of goal.

1635 – Sweden 2-2 England – After 10 minutes of even play, Martin Olssen creates a turnover and sets Sweden into transition. A ball played left to Elmander is but right to Ibrahmovic. He has a crack from 20 yards out and forces Isaksson into a leaping save, winning a corner (which comes to nothing).

1622 – Sweden 2-2 England – What’s going on here? The first half was stoic save on moment. Now, we have three goals in 19 minutes.

Corner from Ashley Young is swung in from the left but headed clear by Jonas Olsson. The ball goes straight to Theo Walcott who traps and shoots. Isaksson just collapses backward. He has no chance to get to that ball in the right of goal. It’s 2-2, Walcott scoring from 24 yards out.

Andreas Granqvist has had to come off. Mikael Lustig is on.

1620 – Sweden 2-1 England – James Milner’s off. Theo Walcott’s on.

1617 – Sweden 2-1 England – Thousands of Swedish fan are in raptures as Olof Mellberg heads Sweden in front.

The danger started with a Kim Kallstrom pass from the middle of the park that had picked out Martin Olssen making a run on the left. James Milner had been beaten and needed to take him down, earning a card.

On the restart, Sebastian Larsson puts a perfect ball from 30 yards out (on the left) to the far post. Three Sweden players are there, unmarked, as Glen Johnson looks on. Olof Mellberg rises, hits it, and Joe Hart’s shoulders instantly slump. The ball bounces before going into the side netting. England’s down.

1615 – Sweden 1-1 England – The goal has chance the entire dynamic of the game. England’s confidence is gone. Sweden is on the front foot, which means more activity around Ibrahimovic, who England can’t get the ball from.

1608 – Sweden 1-1 England – Oh, wow. The second ball in from a set piece undoes England, giving Sweden a very fortunate goal.

Kim Kallstrom is brought down 28 yards out, giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic a chance straight on goal. His shot hit the wall, deflects up, and on the way down a scissor kicked by Ibrahimoic to Olof Mellberg – eight yards from goal, even with the right post, kept onside by Glen Johnson. Joe Hart some out and saves the shot, but the rebound bounces off Johnson (now coming back toward goal) and in.

1604 – Sweden 0-1 England – Second half has started. No changes.

1559 – Sweden 0-1 England, Halftime – Stats: Possession: England 55-45; Shots: 5-5; Shots on target: Sweden 4-3.

1548 – Sweden 0-1 England, Halftime – That’s halftime, and one well-execute moment has England up on Sweden. Andy Carroll’s paid off Roy Hodgson’s decision, and the defense has been solid. It’s 1-0, and probably deservedly so.

1545 – Sweden 0-1 England – Last minutes of the half and things have opened up a bit. Long ball for Ibrahimovic sees him win a prolonged battle with Lescott before a mis-executed back heel by Rasmus Elm gives the ball away. At the other end Danny Welbeck blows by Jonas Olsson and runs 30 yards before Olof Mellberg wins the ball.

1533 – Sweden 0-1 England – Sweden’s in transition, and the ball’s at Zlatan’s feet. He’s got three attackers with him but England’s stay tight as they collapse. Zlatan cuts back onto his left foot and takes a shot from 21 yards out. It’s deflected but an easy catch for Joe Hart.

The game has not changed much since the Carroll goal. Sweden has a little more possession, but it hasn’t been particularly meaningful. When England gets it and is able to set up their attack, a lot seems to rely on Steven Gerrard eventually trying something, for better or worse.

1525 – Sweden 0-1 England – That’s a header. Andy Carroll’s first chance, and he buries it. England’s up.

Steve Gerrard, ten yards within Sweden’s half, is given time on the ball near the right flank, He serves a nice ball in between Martin Olssen and Andreas Granqvist, neither of whom can get up to challenge Gerrard. The England striker uncoils onto a header from 12 yards out, burying it behind Isaksson.

Up until then, the match had been even, with Sweden seemingly aspiring to some rhythm. The ball had been on Ibrahimovic’s feet more and more.

Then England strikes, takes the lead, and it’s all for naught. England, for the second match in a row, is out in front.

1515 – Sweden 0-0 England – It’s been an even if relatively uneventful first quarter-hour. Scott Parker’s had the best crack at goal, blasting a 22-yard shot that forced a leaping save from Anders Isaksson. Sweden’s analog, from Sebastian Larsson, went right at Joe Hart. The most interesting part of the game is the disorganization being caused as Olof Mellberg tries to be the one challenging Andy Carroll for balls in the air. At least, that seems to be what’s happening, drawing Mellberg from right-center half as Carroll’s shading a bit more to the defense’s left.

1501 – Sweden 0-0 England – Sweden kicks off going left to right in yellow. England’s in blue and have decided to go the opposite direction.

1458 – Teams are antheming in Kiev. Here are the lineups:

England: Hart, Johnson, Cole, Terry, Lescott, Gerrard, Young, Milner, Parker, Carroll, Welbeck SUBS: Green, Butland, Kelly, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Walcott, Henderson, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe.

Sweden: Isaksson, Mellberg, Granqvist, M. Olsson, J. Olsson, Elm, Larsson, Svensson, Källström, Ibrahimović, Elmander SUBS: Wiland, Hansson, Lustig, Antonsson, Safari, Wernbloom, Holmén, Bajrami, Wilhelmsson, Hysén, Toivonen, Rosenberg.

England brings Andy Carroll in, moves Young wide, and benches Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Sweden has made three changes. Martin Olssen’s into central defense. Anders Svensson’s into midfield. Johan Elmander’s up top.

1447 – Ukraine 0-2 France, Final – The last quarter hour played out predictably (hence the lack of updates). We’re 12 minutes from England-Sweden, and France has claimed their first win of the tournament.

1429 – Ukraine 0-2 France – Olivier Giroud will play the last 15 minutes for Karim Benzema. France, having brought on Marvin Martin for Jeremy Menez a few minutes before, are out of subs.

The teams are playing this one out as if they’ve accepted the final score. There’s still a lot of time left, but it’s been a strange day.

1422 – Ukraine 0-2 France – France gives Yann M’Vila his first action of the tournament. He’s on for Yoann Cabaye.

1417 – Ukraine 0-2 France – Program note, and sorry for note mentioning this sooner: England-Sweden’s kickoff has been moved back to 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

1410 – Ukraine 0-2 France – Yoann Cabaye doubles France’s lead, and Karim Benzema collects his second assist.

The movement starts on the right with a ball played to Jeremy Menez 30 yards out. Karim Benzema comes and receives the ball then turns back to the field, away from goal, before spotting Cabaye in the left channel. A great pass hits the Newcastle man, who has so much of the goal to choose from. He goes right and converts. It’s 2-0.

1407 – Ukraine 0-1 France – A open second half bites Ukraine just as they looked like they had something going on the counter, but caught out, Ukraine gives up the first goal.

The play starts in France’s end with a pass from Oleh Gusev intercepted by Yoann Cabaye and played up to Franck Ribery. France busts into transition, with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk forced to cover for Gusev. That leaves nobody in the middle in front of the defense, where Ribery plays for Benzema, who turns and moves the ball wide right for Jeremy Menez. Menez cuts onto his left foot, turns Yevhen Selin, and lets one go. He beats Pyatov inside the right post. France has their first lead of the tournament.

1359 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Teams are back, we’ve restarted, and Andrei Voronin is off for Ukraine. Marko Devic is on. Somewhat like-for-like. Devic will be more of a target, but he’s still a forward.

135 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Stats: Possession: France 54-46; Shots: France: 7-3; Shots on target: France 6-1.

1359 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Halftime – This picture is amazing.

1345 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Halftime – Intermission sees the teams head to the locker rooms even, with a couple of interesting events just before half time. Near the 43rd minute, France enjoyed a long, long spell of possession that finally ended with a nice reason from Selin on a Debuchy overlapping run earning Ukraine a goal kick. Ukrain had all but Shevchenko back defending as France had slowly pushed them back. Les Bleus, however, seemed very reluctant to pull the trigger and, ultimately, didn’t get a shot on Pyatov.

Second, Jeremy Menez probably should be off. He picked up a dubious yellow halfway through the period, and on a ball coming out of France’s end in stoppage time, the put the bottom of his boot to Selin as the Ukraine left back went to play the ball. Selin went down in pain, but Menez was spared, not being booked. It was a dumb challenge to make while carrying a card.

1337 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Ukraine shows some vulnerabilities on two crosses. Gusev dives up a foul, and on Nasri’s restart, Mexes hammers a header far post, with Pyatov making a nice save. Resulting corner is played long for Diarra who makes solid contact. Gusev blocks.

1332 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Ukraine’s first good chance. Yevhen Selin hits a nice long ball for Andriy Shevchenko, who leaves Adil Rami standing flat footed. I nice touch set him up for a blast on Hugo Llris, but the angle’s not going to allow it. The ball’s blocked clear.

1327 – Ukraine 0-0 France – First good chance of the match. Anatoliy Tymoshcuk with a terrible pass for defender Taras Mikhalik ends up at the feet of Ribery. Mikhalik persues and, as Ribery tries to pull back for Karim Benzema, gets a foot to the pass. It deflects to Jeremy Menez in the right of the area whose first touch blasts a shot at Andriy Pyatov. Saved.

1320 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Following up from a question we were asking at the onset: Nasri is in the middle, the shape is 4-2-3-1, Menez is on the right. Cabye’s shuttlin’. Diarra’s destryin’.

1315 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Since we restarted France has controlled the ball, but there hasn’t been much in it. Andriy Pyatov’s been relatively unbostered. At the other end, Hugo Lloris is taking a nap, I assume. At least, he could take a nap.

1302 – Ukraine 0-0 France – We’re back in the fifth minute. They’re going to give it a go.

1256 – Ukraine 0-0 France. Match Stopped – Looks like we will restart at the top of the hour.

1252 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – I just took a nap and woke to more bad news:


1240 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – UEFA officials are on the field, inspecting it. It looks terrible. Groundskeepers steps met with water, splashing at even the most mild of movements.

1232 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – They’re five hours ahead of Eastern time, and according Gary Lineker, it’s not looking good:


1230 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – I’m now intent on posting as many Twitter screen shots as possible:


1226 – UKraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – Rain is still coming down in Donestk. We’re told we won’t have a kick off before 1:00 p.m. Eastern, if at all.

1223 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – Looking for news, and I can’t find any. I feel like I need to update this post. As of now, we have no idea when the game will resume.

1213 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – Both on and off the pitch, there are a number of safety issues that come in to play the longer this goes on. There’s also the issue of the matches running together. England-Sweden are supposed to kick off in 150 (or so) minutes.

If the match is suspended, it will be replayed tomorrow. At least, that’s what I’m told.

1208 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – As thunder roars in Donetsk, Jacob Steinberg addresses those who scoff at a little water forcing the players off.


No information on how long we’ll be stopped. Water is forming into small puddles on the pitch. When these players come on, the match will be played in a bog.

1205 – Ukraine 0-0 France, Match Stopped – Another crack of thunder and notes of lightning right over top of the stadium forces the official to take the players off the field. The match is stopped. The rain is just pouring down. Shots show water streaming down the stadium’s concrete steps.

1203 – Ukraine 0-0 France – Rain pouring down. Thunder reportedly heard in the distance. Ukraine is pressing high and playing a high line at the back. France adjusting.

1201 – Ukraine 0-0 France – The annoying countdown is done. France, in blue, kicks off going from right to left. The all-yellows go from left to right.

1159 – Anthems done. We’re minutes away.

1153 – Television cameras show an area full of blue-and-yellow clad supporters, and I think to myself “Oh, crap. Is Sweden-England the first game?” Yeah, Richard … Ukraine’s colors?

Clearly, I’m on point this morning.

Teams and in the tunnel, ready to come out. Anatoly Tymoshchuk gives club teammate Franck Ribery a nice pat on the head.

1147 – Perusing pre-match punditry … listening to British media discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic is tiresome. They don’t shine to his ways – that’s fine (and maybe fair). But this meme about Zlatan not performing in certain games. That may be true, but it happens to the best (Messi in the Champions League semis?). Also, Zlatan scores a goal and set up some nice chances against Ukraine. The criticism is ill-timed. In addition, it wasn’t too long ago that Zlatan was bagging Champions League braces in London.

1146 – Semi-random: Tomas Rosicky didn’t train today and will be a game-day decision for the Czech Republic. He left Tuesday’s game at halftime with an Achilles injury.

1137 – Reading Twitter reports from Ukraine confirming England fans are drastically outnumbered by Sweden’s. Speculation based on ticket sales was somewhere on the order to 3/4 to 1. If Peter Forsberg’s not one of the 15-20k traveling Swedes, I’m not too interested.

1136 – And it don’t stop:


You’re going to love these screenshots when the page is super slow to load later in the day.

1127 –Wow, check me out with the time to kill:


1121 –Screenshots!


That would be crazy.

1117 –Re: Nasri/Menez’s positioning:


So there’s that. Also, Nasri apparently has courted controversy by doing the Shhhhh gesture after scoring against England. If that’s bad, can you imagine how much negative karma Andrei Arshavin’s accumulated over the years? And who really wants to thing of that stout little elf carrying some dark, ashen cloud on his shoulders. No, I don’t like this at all. Let’s all just settle down.

1104 – Lineups:

France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexès, Clichy, Cabaye, Ribéry, Nasri, Ménez, Diarra, Benzema, SUBS: Mandanda, Carrasso, Evra, Réveillère, Koscielny, Valbuena, Matuidi, Malouda, M’Vila, Martin, Ben Arfa, Giroud,

Ukraine: Pyatov, Khacheridi, Mikhalik, Tymoshchuk, Yarmolenko, Nazarenko, Konoplyanka, Shevchenko, Voronin SUBS: Koval, Goryainov, Kucher, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Butko, Garmash, Aliyev, Rotan, Seleznyov, Dević.

Two big changes for France. Gael Clichy comes in at left back for Patrice Evra after the Manchester United defender gave up the cheap foul that gifted England their set piece opportunity (and goal) on Monday. Also, Paris Saint-Germain attacker Jeremy Menez comes in, pushing Florent Malouda to the bench. If Laurent Blanc stays with a 4-3-3, that means Samir Nasri will play through the middle; however, we could see (gulp) 4-2-3-1, though that would against have Nasri centrally.

For Ukraine … that’s right. They’re only starting nine! I’m sure that’s a mistake. I copy-pasted that from UEFA, though other places on their side they list left back Yavhen Selin and right back Oleh Gusev as starting. Why don’t we do with that?

1058 – I’ve got the thread up a bit early today. Lineups will be coming in a few. Kickoff isn’t for another hour. For now, my picks for Group D’s second games …

Ukraine 1-2 France
Sweden 0-1 England

Sidenote: I have no idea if or how we’ll do running commentary over the next four days with simultaneous kickoffs. There’s a logical issue: update collisions. We’ll have two people watching tomorrow’s games, but it may not be tenable to have two people updating a post.

ProSoccerTalk is doing its best to keep you up to date on what’s going on in Poland and Ukraine. Check out the site’s Euro 2012 page and look at the site’s previews, predictions, and coverage of all the events defining UEFA’s championship.

Argentina overcomes blown two-goal lead, beats Netherlands in penalty shootout


Lionel Messi scored one goal and assisted another before the Netherlands hit Argentina twice in the final 20 minutes, but the Albiceleste survived a penalty kick shootout to reach the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup on Friday.


Argentina will now face Croatia, who shocked the world and beat Brazil earlier on Friday, in the first semifinal on Tuesday.

The opening goal came from virtually nothing, as Messi dribbled through midfield with four orange shirts between him and the goal, and three shading out Nahuel Molina, the eventual goal scorer. It mattered not one bit at all. Messi slipped the ball not only through one line of defenders, but also back across one lane of traffic, stopping it on a dime for Molina to receive it in stride and tuck it inside the far post.

Messi got his goal at the penalty spot in the 73rd minute, atoning for his missed spot kick against Poland during the group stage. At 2-0, with barely a quarter-hour remaining, Argentina had one foot in the semifinals and Messi was just over three hours of football from lifting the World Cup trophy.

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As brilliant as Messi was in attack, Argentina’s defensive performance was suffocating and controlling (for a time) as they allowed just one shot in the opening 82 minutes, before a frantic final eight minutes, which included a goal to make it mighty interesting late on with long ball after long ball to substitute Wout Weghorst. And, it was Weghorst who headed home the first Dutch goal after Steven Berghuis whipped a fantastic cross into the box.

10 minutes into second-half stoppage time, with the entire world watching and waiting to see if he could get the ball over the wall and back down under the crossbar, Teun Koopmeiners slipped a clever ball toward the penalty spot for Weghorst to collect and sweep it past Emiliano Martinez.

Martinez made saves to deny Virgil van Dijk and Berghuis in the first two rounds of the shootout, as Argentina raced out to a 3-1 advantage after three rounds. Things got interesting when Enzo Fernandez pulled his attempt wide of the post in round no. 4, but Lautaro Martinez hammered the ball past Andries Noppert to end it at 4-3.

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How to watch Netherlands vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

Louis van Gaal is looking for arguably the only major trophy to escape his reach with the World Cup, and Virgil van Dijk isn’t too far behind his manager. Jurrien Timber’s joined VVD in a very good back three, Cody Gakpo had been the breakout player of the tournament in all likelihood before Goncalo Ramos captured the world’s attention with his hat trick for Portugal on Tuesday.

Enzo Fernandez has been shining along with Messi, while Nicolas Otamendi has turned back the proverbial clock at center back in a tour de force for the CONMEBOL powers.

Netherlands quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 8
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group G)
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

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


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, but the Atlas Lions are the only one of the trio to survive into the quarterfinals. Germany, Denmark, and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

Argentina meets the Netherlands in the quarterfinals for a familiar matchup that stands between Lionel Messi and a semifinal date with either Brazil or Japan.

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The other side of the bracket sees Morocco meeting Portugal for the right to tangle with the winner of England vs France.

So, yeah, the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final should be dynamite. 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

Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Croatia 1-1 Brazil (Croatia wins 4-2 on penalties) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands vs Argentina (preview) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Morocco vs Portugal (preview) – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: England vs France (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Croatia – 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


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

Round of 16 results

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 1-1 (AET, 1-3 PKs) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil 4-1 South Korea – Stadium 974, Doha

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco 0-0 (AET, 3-0 PKs) Spain – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

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

Croatia beats Brazil on penalty kicks to dump favorites out of World Cup


The favorites to win the World Cup have been dumped out at the quarterfinal stage as Croatia stunned Brazil and beat them on penalty kicks.

This World Cup loves a shock.

Neymar (who was left in tears) and Co. were stunned as the red-hot favorites will not be adding a sixth World Cup trophy to their collection, with Tite’s side creating the better chances throughout but they were made to pay for not having a clinical edge.


After a tense 90 minutes Brazil thought they had won it when Neymar scored a beauty at the end of the first half of extra time but Bruno Petkovic popped up in the 117th minute to send the game to penalty kicks.

Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was the hero again (during the game and penalty kicks) as he saved Rodrygo’s spot kick, then Marquinhos hit the post as Croatia dispatched all four of their penalties to win 4-2.

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Croatia have now won their last 16 game (against Japan) and their quarterfinal against Brazil on penalty kicks and they will face the Netherlands or Argentina in the semifinal. The 2018 finalists and relative minnows are dreaming of glory, while the Selecao are heading home.

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How the red-hot Selecao were cooled down

The red-hot favorites to win the World Cup are out and they can’t have too many complaints. They had several big chances in the second half but Livakovic did superbly to deny them, while Croatia’s defense held firm and their midfield kept the ball fairly easily and Brazil never controlled the tempo of this game. That hardly ever happens to them. Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic ran the show in midfield, keeping the ball to keep the pressure off their defense and Brazil’s approach to start all of Richarlison, Raphinha, Vinicius Jr and Neymar backfired. They couldn’t get the ball to that quartet early or often enough. Croatia had a threat on the counter and were in this game for large spells but when Neymar put Brazil ahead in the first half of extra time, it seemed like Tite’s side thought they had won it and had survived an almighty scare. When they look back on this tournament, aside from a few moments against South Korea and Serbia they barely got going. The red-hot favorites became luke-warm quarterfinalists as Croatia’s brilliant defending, midfield mastery and an inspired goalkeeper dumped them out of the competition. Neymar’s tears told the whole story.

Stars of the show

Dominik Livakovic: Sensational display to make several stops and was the hero during penalty kicks once again.

Luka Modric: Showed his experience and alongside Kovacic and Brozovic (who were both excellent too) they ran the show in midfield and kept Brazil guessing.

Josip Juranovic: What a display from the right back as he locked down Vinicius Jr and was a threat going forward.

Neymar: Scored a beauty and created most of Brazil’s openings. He was the fifth player up to take a penalty but he wasn’t needed as they had already lost.

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

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

PENALTY KICKS! After an amazing extra time period when the game really came to life, it has gone to penalty kicks. Croatia up first and Vlasic puts it down the middle. 1-0. And Livakovic saves Rodrygo’s penalty kick. Advantage Croatia! Casemiro smashes home but Livakovic almost got there. 2-1 to Croatia after two penalty kicks each. Modric smashes home and Pedro slots home. Croatia lead 3-2. Croatia boss Dalic can’t look on the sidelines…

Orsic with an incredible penalty kick as he slots he home. Croatia lead 4-2 with one penalty left. Marquinhos must score… and his shot hits the post! INCREDIBLE. Croatia beat Brazil to reach the semifinals. Brazilian players stunned on the pitch.

GOALLL! Neymar has done it in the 106th minute. What a finish after a lovely team move.

Extra time! Croatia 0-0 Brazil at the end of 90 minutes. A very tight, tense, encounter. Not many chances. Croatia have played very well.

Livakovic with another big save. Brazil cranking through the gears late on but Croatia holding firm.

A couple of good chances for Brazil early in the second half but Livakovic denies both Neymar and Paqueta as the ball dropped to them in the box. Two big chances for the Selecao.

Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik  was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while Richarlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar. Richarlison, Vini Jr, Raphinha and Neymar all start against Croatia. Wowza.

Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

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

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2022 World Cup: What are the overtime and penalty kick rules?


The 2022 World Cup takes place on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar featuring 64 matches contested by 32 nations in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

This will be the very first time that a World Cup is being contested in the Middle East but that’s not all that will be new at this year’s tournament.

For the first time in history, the Men’s tournament will have female referees. There will be a total of six: 3 officials and 3 assistants. The officials are Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan). Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico), and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA) are the assistants.

Additionally, this will be the first World Cup where teams will be allowed to make 5 substitutions and have 26-player squads. Previously, teams were only allowed to make 3 substitutions and have 23-player squads. Teams will also have the opportunity to make an additional concussion substitution if needed.

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What are the overtime and penalty kick rules at the World Cup?

If a game is tied after 90 minutes of play, there will be a five minute break and then the match will go into overtime where an extra 30 minutes of time will be given. The time will be divided into two 15-minute periods.

If the score is still tied after extra time is given, the two teams will go into a penalty kick shootout to determine the winner. If there is still a tie at the end of the shootout, teams will be given additional rounds of one kick each until the tie is broken.

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How to watch the 2022 World Cup:

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channel in English: Fox
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

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2022 World Cup U.S. Group Stage Schedule:

  • U.S. vs. Wales – Monday, November 21 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs. England – Friday, November 25 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs Iran – Tuesday, November 29 at 2 PM ET

2022 World Cup Mexico Group Stage Schedule:

  • Mexico vs. Poland – Tuesday, November 22 at 11 AM ET
  • Mexico vs Argentina – Saturday, November 26 at 2 PM ET
  • Mexico  vs Saudi Arabia – Wednesday, November 30 at 2 PM ET

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Copa Mundial en Español – Peacock

You can stream all 64 matches of the 2022 Copa Mundial en Español on Peacock.

What devices are compatible with Peacock?

Peacock is available on a variety of devices. See the full list here.

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