Liverpool vs Newcastle: Reds strike very, very, very late to win


Liverpool wore down their visitors but needed more than seven minutes of stoppage time to find a Fabio Carvalho winner in a 2-1 comeback win over previously-unbeaten Newcastle United at Anfield on Wednesday.

Magpies record-signing Alexander Isak gave the visitors a 38th-minute lead and later had another chalked off by a razor-thin offside in a promising debut.

Liverpool gets a second win to go with two draws from five matches, while Newcastle’s first loss comes after one win and three draws.


Newcastle was without Bruno Guimares, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Callum Wilson in this match of two injury-hit sides (one with quite a bit more depth).

But Roberto Firmino scored his third goal in two games, this one off a Mohamed Salah assist, to tie the game with a half-hour to play, and Carvalho lashed home off a scrum in the box.

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What we learned from Liverpool vs Newcastle

Time-wasting complaints benefit Liverpool: Newcastle was gassed and goalkeeper Nick Pope joined weary Newcastle players in staying down on the grass at many points in the second half. That meant five minutes of stoppage time and Jurgen Klopp’s complaints — and pregame speech — about Newcastle timewasting got Liverpool into the seventh minute of stoppage time before Carvalho scored his memorable goal.

Newcastle is good: Bruno Guimares and Allan Saint-Maximin didn’t pass their fitness tests, Jonjo Shelvey’s out for a while, and Callum Wilson’s not ready to go either. Eddie Howe had a plan, sure, and Isak got his work permit, yes, but a changed center back pairing of Dan Burn and Jamaal Lascelles not only rested Sven Botman and Fabian Schar but it worked for long periods of this match. Miguel Almiron did the running of two Allan Saint-Maximins and Joe Willock had a good day, too. Nick Pope was the biggest part of the near-point, though, which will test Newcastle into the weekend. The Magpies came so close to saying they’d taken points from both Man City and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s on edge: Any joviality the living legend’s shown the media has been for show, as the German manager was kicking every ball and arguing almost every call. That translated to the pitch where Jordan Henderson served as his spirit animal, the ex-Sunderland man bringing a mini-Tyne-Wear derby to the pitch (Joelinton and Newcastle-grown Sean Longstaff were happy to join him). Newcastle’s had a fine start to the season but we can assure you Klopp did not figure on dropping points to Fulham, Crystal Palace, and (almost) a shorthanded Newcastle this season. And honestly they probably didn’t figure on losing to Manchester United, either. This win will be an earned relief but training’s still gonna be tough as Klopp gets his men back in order.

Darwin Nunez has a fight on his hands: Liverpool’s big summer boy is a force but his three-match ban for a red card has allowed Roberto Firmino to feature between Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah. Firmino had five goal contributions in the 9-0 win over Bournemouth to go with his cool finish on Wednesday. Don’t expect Nunez is slide right back into the XI.

Jurgen Klopp asked about Newcastle time-wasting

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp definitely wanted to be asked about Newcastle time-wasting, because he warned about it before the game and did not give a no-comment.

“You said it. I think that we scored in 90+8 is the perfect response to that to be honest,” Klopp said. “I’m really happy about that but nothing else to say.”

Klopp on a 9-0 win followed by one that takes 90+

“Difficult game. Very passionate, aggressive defending opponent. It’s difficult to pick up the rhythm from a game where everything clicked immediately into a game where everything didn’t click immediately.”

Tactical focus

Eddie Howe still had a plan and it sure did work. As astutely pointed out by Danny Higginbotham on USA Network at halftime, Longstaff or a teammate dropped into a back three when Newcastle had the ball and that allowed its talented fullbacks, Matt Targett and Kieran Trippier, to get more involved in attack. It was Longstaff who cued up Isak’s goal.

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Stars of the Show

Nick Pope: Absolute control of the Newcastle box.

Harvey Elliott: Buzzes around like a slightly younger Martin Odegaard.

Fabio Carvalho: Joined Elliott in making sure Liverpool’s youth recruitment from Fulham’s impressed a-plenty.

Roberto Firmino: Not that he’s ancient, but class is permanent.

Alexander Isak: One goal that counted and another that was just offside will give Newcastle fans hope that this record-signing won’t simply become a box-to-box signing like Joelinton (who’s now looks worth that money for his midfield skills).

Jamaal Lascelles: Seven clearances on the day.

What’s next?

Liverpool — and oh you’ll hear about the kickoff time — visits Everton for the Merseyside derby at 7:30am ET Saturday (which also gives the Reds plenty of time to prep for Napoli in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Newcastle has no such schedule encumberances and hosts Crystal Palace in what should be an 11am ET Sunday beauty.

How to watch Liverpool vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET Wednesday
TV Channel: USA Network
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Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

Harvey Elliott passes fit to start while Curtis Jones and Joel Matip are good enough for the bench. Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, Calvin Ramsey, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Diogo Jota are out injured. Darwin Nunez is suspended.

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

Some good news for Newcastle, as record signing Alexander Isak has his work permit and Kieran Trippier is ready. But the Magpies won’t have Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimares, who did not get through fitness tests, and were already without Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Wilson, and Emil Krafth. Eddie Howe may’ve put his eggs in the Wolves basket, because he’s giving a run to Jamaal Lascelles and Dan Burn instead of Fabian Schar and Sven Botman.

Lionel Messi goal, assist leads Argentina awakening vs Mexico


Lionel Messi’s second-half goal gave Argentina’s World Cup hopes a massive lift as the Albiceleste broke through against stubborn Mexico to win 2-0 in Lusail on Saturday.

Enzo Fernandez, 21, also scored for Argentina in the win, which comes after a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in the opener.


Mexico’s brave performance was broken by Messi’s splendid finish and now Mexico (1 point) needs to beat Saudi Arabia (3 points) and get help from Argentina (3 points) vs Poland (4 points) to make the Round of 16.

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Lionel Messi: Of course he did.

The world’s — maybe history’s — greatest ever player had a frustrating day and spent 65 minutes thinking this could’ve been his last World Cup match.

Twenty-five minutes later, he had a goal and an assist and Argentina was heading to Poland likely a draw or better away from going to the knockout rounds.

C’est la Messi.

Mexico executed Tata Martino’s masterful plan for over an hour and looked set to walk away with a point. Messi wasn’t getting the ball in dangerous spaces and Lautaro Martinez was so ineffective that he was taken off the pitch.

Then: One hesitation when Angel Di Maria spotted Messi. Two touches for the Atomic Ant. 1-0.

Messi would later assist young Enzo Fernandez’s goal to re-certify his status as one of the very best to do it in any team sport. Argentina only had 0.28 expected goals on the day but when you have two magic shots, it’ll get the job done.

Stars of the show

Lionel Messi

Nicolas Otamendi

Hector Moreno

Argentina vs Mexico

Lionel Messi goal video: GOAT things

Enzo Fernandez goal video: Pearler of a finish delivers Messi assist

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

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday Nov. 26
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

It’s Messi, of course, who says he’s playing in his final World Cup, but it’s also about who’s going to step up as a difference maker for Argentina. Lautaro Martinez had a goal taken off the board for a razor-thin offside versus Saudi Arabia, while Julian Alvarez had a shot saved in his sub’s role and both Paulo Dybala and Angel Correa were unused subs in the opener.

Mexico’s midfield was excellent to start the tournament. Will Hector Herrera again join Edson Alvarez and Luis Chavez is setting the tone for Tata Martino’s team? And can El Tri find a finisher after Henry Martin and Co. failed to find the back of the goal versus Poland.

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

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

Belgium vs Morocco: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Belgium will look to get back to their best and make it two wins from two in the group stage but Morocco will make it extremely tough for Kevin de Bruyne and Co.


Roberto Martinez saw his side totally dominated by Canada in their Group F opener but they took their one big chance and won the game, largely thanks to poor finishing from Canada and Thibaut Courtois saving a penalty kick. The No. 2 ranked team in the world has to improve. Fast.

Morocco caused Croatia plenty of problems in their opening game and a draw was a fair result as their high-pressing caused Croatia a lot of problems. They will look to do exactly the same against Belgium and could have plenty of joy if Hakim Ziyech is found in dangerous areas in the final third.

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Here is everything you need for Belgium vs Morocco. 

How to watch Belgium vs Morocco live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8am ET – Sunday, November 27
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor 
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

Kevin de Bruyne was almost apologetic after being named man of the match against Canada as he said he and his teammates really struggled in their World Cup opener. Belgium have to give their back three more protection as they are really susceptible to speedy wide players cutting in wide and teams playing direct and cutting out their midfield playmakers. Roberto Martinez will surely start the likes of Meunier and Onana in this game to try and give Belgium a little more control and solidity. Michy Batshuayi is expected to continue to fill in for the injured Romelu Lukaku once again.

Morocco will try and do exactly what Canada did to Belgium and they have the players to do it. Ziyech and Boufal will cause problems out wide and Morocco looked solid defensively against Croatia. There is a real whiff of an upset in the air around this one as Morocco will be roared on by their large group of supporters in Qatar.

Belgium quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 2
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 14
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Roberto Martinez
Key players: Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard

Morocco Rica quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 22
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF
Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic
Key players: Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou, Youssef En-Nesyri, Romain Saiss

World Cup 2022 Group E: Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica schedule, fixtures, rankings


Japan and Spain sent early messages in Group E with an upset of Germany and demolition of Costa Rica, respectively, to start the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Japan reached the Round of 16 at the last World Cup and gave Belgium everything it could handle before bowing out 3-2, while Costa Rica surprised everyone in 2014 when it emerged atop a Group D with England, Italy, and Uruguay, then beating Greece in the Round of 16.

Of course, Spanish boss Luis Enrique and Germany’s Hansi Flick will be fancying themselves the favorites to emerge from the group, but the latter now knows better than ever before that anything can happen in Qatar after a 2-1 loss to Japan. Spain hammered Costa Rica 7-0 in their opener and they look the real deal.

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Below is everything you need to know on World Cup 2022 Group E.

Group E schedule (all times ET)

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Sunday, November 27: Spain vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm
Sunday, November 27: Japan vs Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 5am
Thursday, December 1: Japan vs Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
Thursday, December 1: Costa Rica vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

How To Watch Group E matches live

  • When: November 23-December 1 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group E table

1. Spain — 3 points (+7 GD)
2. Japan — 3 points (+1)
3. Germany — 0 points (-1)
4. Costa Rica — 0 points (-7)


Current FIFA world ranking: 7
World Cup titles: 1 (2010)
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Luis Enrique
Key players: Rodri, Pedri, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba


Current FIFA world ranking: 11
World Cup titles: 4 (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
World Cup appearances: 20
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Key players: Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rudiger, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka

Costa Rica

Current FIFA world ranking: 31
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified from CONCACAF via interconfederation playoffs
Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Key players: Keylor Navas, Joel Campbell, Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz


Current FIFA world ranking: 24
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 7
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
Key players: Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Takumi Minamino, Daichi Kamada

Croatia vs Canada: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Newly famous international darlings Canada will try again for a number of firsts, when they face Croatia in their second game at the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.


Canada outshone many of the tournament’s heavyweights during the first round of group games, ultimately falling just short of their first World Cup point and, had things gone just a bit differently, their first win.

Group F is an intriguing one, with favorites Belgium struggling in their opener and Croatia and Morocco both failing to impress against one another. As things stand, it’s wide open for anyone (and everyone).

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Canada. 

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

Kick off: 11am ET, Sunday (November 27)
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

On one hand, Canada were downright brilliant when they made their World Cup return, 36 years in the making on Wednesday. On the other hand, they lost 1-0 to Belgium and are the only team in Group F without a point thus far. The Canucks won plaudits (and new fans) as they showed no fear whatsoever playing against the no. 2 team in the world and were comfortably the better side on the day, so said Belgium boss Roberto Martinez after the game. Alphonso Davies was denied by Thibaut Courtois from the penalty spot, with the game still 0-0 and Canada seeking its first-ever World Cup goal (yeah, that too). Sunday, perhaps.

As for Croatia, their opening draw with Morocco raised a few red flags for a nation that went all the way to the World Cup final just four (and a half) years ago. With five of 11 starters age 30 or older, Croatia have very little range and mobility, and no explosiveness anywhere in the side. Despite holding nearly 65 percent of possession in the game against Morocco, Croatia managed just five shots in 90 minutes (two on target) and a paltry 0.52 xG. If things don’t turn around on Sunday, it’ll be the end of an iconic era that, unfortunately, lasted one cycle too long.

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

Canada quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 41
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 2
How they qualified: Qualified from CONCACAF (1st place)
Coach: John Herdman
Key players: Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Milan Borjan, Jonathan Osorio

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