Three things we learned from West Ham – West Brom


West Ham – West Brom was a tight, tense clash as Michail Antonio’s predatory finishing was the difference between the two teams.

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Jarrod Bowen put West Ham 1-0 up but Matheus Pereira equalized before Antonio struck the winner for the second game in a row after his return from injury.

With the win West Ham move on to 32 points and are just five points off the top of the table, while West Brom are on 11 points and remain in the relegation zone and five points from safety.


Three things we learned

1. Antonio gives Hammers extra edge: The career arc of Michail Antonio is quite remarkable. In non-league and battling through the lower leagues for many years, the winger moved to West Ham and found himself chucked up top as a central striker. He’s flourished in that role (scoring 41 times in the PL for the Hammers to sit third all-time on their goalscoring charts) and West Ham missed him badly when he was out through injury. In the two games since he’s come back he’s scored two winners to move the Hammers into the top four conversation. Capable of clever finishes, powerful runs and skilful link-up play, Antonio gives West Ham an extra edge. Their entire attack comes to life when he’s running at a defender or a cross comes into the box towards him. Antonio, now 30, is an unsung hero and as long as he stays fit, West Ham have a chance of qualifying for Europe.

2. West Brom keep conceding: The camera panned to Sam Allardyce after both West Ham goals and on both occasions he had a face like thunder. No wonder. It was anti-Allardyce defending from his team, as crosses into the box have been a big problem for the West Brom defenders before, and since, he arrived to try and keep them in the Premier League. West Brom have conceded a whopping 19 goals in Big Sam’s first seven games in charge in all competitions. He has to tighten that up if he wants to keep West Brom up. It is simple. Even in the win at Wolves at the weekend they got lucky as their defensive mistakes were not punished. Allardyce’s blueprint is all about limiting mistakes and playing the percentages. West Brom aren’t able to do the simple things well right now.

3. Moyes to get credit he deserves: Whatever way you slice this up, David Moyes deserves huge credit. He arrived midway through last season with West Ham in a relegation battle and has totally restructured the team. They look like a Moyes side in the best possible way and are horrible to play against. The Hammers have enough quality in attack to hurt teams too, just like Moyes’ teams at Everton had, and they are brilliantly efficient. Moyes is unfashionable and many will never forget his ill-fated season at Manchester United. But this West Ham team remind you of the miracles he worked at Everton. The crazy thing is, despite having West Ham just five points off the top of the table Moyes and his players are saying they can play much better than they are. That is the sign of a good team.

Man of the Match: Aaron Cresswell – Some brilliant deliveries and provided quality passing and crosses all game long on the left flank. 

West Ham started well and Craig Dawson should have scored from a corner but headed wide at the back post.

Set pieces were the main source of chances for both teams as Angelo Ogbonna was under pressure from Kyle Bartley in a tight, tense clash.

Vladimir Coufal, Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma went close from distance for West Ham but West Brom continued to look dangerous from set pieces.

But right on half time Bowen chested home from close range after a long ball into the box by Benrahma was hammered towards goal by Coufal.

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The second half started with a bang as Pereira drilled home from distance to equalize, as a VAR check on Conor Gallagher being in an offside position was waved away.

That West Brom goal woke West Ham up as Lanzini had a shot cleared off the line, Rice curled wide and the West Ham skipper clipped across goal soon after but nobody could finish.

Antonio then won it for West Ham after that flurry of chances, as substitute Andriy Yarmolenko nodded Cresswell’s superb cross into a dangerous area and the main man for the Hammers finished cheekily.

Late on both teams had chances as Gallagher shanked a great chance for West Brom and Darnell Furlong also went close, but the Hammers had a few speculative efforts and held on for the win.

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


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.

Germany v Japan: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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


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)

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Mexico needs a win to have hope of reaching the World Cup knockout rounds, while Saudi Arabia’s hopes of the final 16 may require the same at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday.

The Saudis stunned Argentina 2-1 In Lusail to open the tournament but could not repeat the feat against Poland at Education City in Al Rayyan on Saturday to leave themselves with three points through two matches.


Mexico remains without a win after their scoreless draw versus Poland led to a Lionel Messi-inspired loss to Argentina In Lusail.

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Here is everything you need for Saudi Arabia vs Mexico.

How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Mexico live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday Nov. 30
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Saudis have arguably been the most fun team at the tournament amongst non-powers, always running and getting exceptional goalkeeping. Salem Al-Dawsari was very good in both games but his missed penalty before halftime against Poland looms large of a match that could’ve been 1-1 going to the break and instead ended 2-0.

Mexico has not scored at the tournament so far, and Raul Jimenez has only been used as a super sub. Hirving Lozano and Alexis Vega combined for just three shot attempts before being subbed out of the Poland loss, while Lozano and Henry Martin combined for two versus Poland (Vega attempted five). They need better up top to keep up their streak of making Round of 16 appearances at the World Cup.

Saudi Arabia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 51
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group B)
Coach: Herve Renard
Key players: Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammed Al-Owais

Mexico quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (2nd place)
Coach: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino
Key players: Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez

Poland vs Argentina: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Poland and Argentina surely didn’t plan to reach the marquee match of World Cup Group C with their knockout round status in doubt, but it’s been that kind of tournament in Qatar.

Poland remains unbeaten in Qatar after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Al Rayyan, adding to the point it earned from a scoreless draw with Mexico In Doha to give it top billing in the group heading into Wednesday’s match.


Argentina, meanwhile, rebounded from a 2-1 tournament-opening loss to Saudi Arabia In Lusail to bear Mexico 2-0 behind a goal and an assist from Lionel Messi.

Saudi Arabia’s three points means it can still advance with a win over Mexico, who itself can add to its one point. So everyone’s alive in Group C.

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Here is everything you need for Poland vs Argentina.

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

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 30
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

The storyline for every Argentina game this tournament from this point forward — and really since the lead-up to the Mexico match — is that any loss means the end of Lionel Messi’s World Cup career (at least according to the living legend). The Albiceleste would be thrilled to get something more out of Lautaro Martinez, while Paulo Dybala’s yet to make his tournament debut.

Robert Lewandowski finally has a World Cup goal on his resume, while Piotr Zielinski has been very good for Poland. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sensational in the win over Saudi Arabia.

Poland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 26
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs, Path B
Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz
Key players: Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Piotr Zielinski

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