The 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full swing in Doha and the exciting tournament is shaping up to be exactly how fans were hoping it would be. Here’s your daily lowdown on all of the developments from the tournament, including match highlights, updated points table, and schedule of daily fixtures.
What’s Happening Today?
Today is quite exciting as Argentina will be taking on Saudi Arabia in Group C. Group D is also going to see its first matches as Denmark take on Tunisia in the first fixture and Mexico face off against Poland in the second match.
November 21: Highlights from Day 2 in Qatar
From England Thrashing Iran to Gareth Bale’s crutch goal against the United States, here are all of the highlights from Day 2.
FIFA World Cup: Highlights Of England Vs Iran World Cup Match
The first match of Day 2 saw England thrash Iran and defeating them 6-2. The English players were pretty much in control throughout the match, although Iranian player Mehdi Taremi did try putting up a fight. The goal distribution on the English side was quite even, with Bukayo Saka scoring a second. Saka and Jude Bellingham were also clearly the stars of the match.
Before the match even began, a moving (and brave) gesture by the Iran Football Team went viral on social media. The team members refused to sing their country’s national anthem in solidarity with the women protesting and fighting for their fundamental rights in the country. Well done, gentlemen! While Iran lost, Taremi also made some history by becoming the first Asian to score two or more World Cup goals against a European team.
Beautiful. In solidarity with the incredible courage and resilience of the women of Iran.pic.twitter.com/ccsqXSdubO— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) November 21, 2022
Given the backlash that FIFA has received for hosting the world cup in Qatar – a country known for its human rights violations against the LGBTQ community – it was promising to see the Iranian players not forget about the women in their country leading the fight for freedom.
FIFA World Cup: Highlights Of Netherlands Vs Senegal World Cup Match
The second match of the day was between The Netherlands and Senegal. While Senegal did go down 2-0, they put up a decent fight and were quite strong in the first half. In fact, it was quite an evenly fought match till the Dutch players were able to secure the win in the second half. The goal scorers for the Netherlands were Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.
FIFA World Cup: Highlights Of USA Vs Wales World Cup Match
Perhaps the most exciting match from Day 2 ended up being the fixture between Wales and the United States. While Wales were down 1-0 for most of the match, Welsh captain Gareth Bale converted a penalty at the 82nd minute to draw the match 1-1. Needless to say, Bale was the highlight of the match, and given the importance of his crutch goal and how he managed to keep his head under pressure, probably the player of Day 2.
November 20: Highlights From Day 1 In Qatar.
From the grand opening ceremony to the exciting first match, here are all the highlights from Day 1 in Qatar.
A Spectacular Opening Ceremony
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 20, 2022
The opening ceremony had all of the razzle-dazzle you’d expect from an event of this magnitude. A spectacular display of fireworks greeted spectators and home viewers alike to start off the ceremony. While it was well-known that BTS member Jungkook was going to be performing at the opening ceremony, and his performance was definitely a highlight, there were some genuine surprises as well. Oscar-winning Actor Morgan Freeman also made an appearance and delivered a message that emphasised the importance of unity, tolerance, and hope.
Morgan Freeman at the World Cup opening ceremony! pic.twitter.com/5Yh8wp6CHQ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 20, 2022
Given the backlash that FIFA has received for hosting the world cup in Qatar – a country known for its human rights violations against the LGBTQ community – Freeman’s remarks were much needed. Also making a grand appearance was La’eeb, the official mascot of the 2022 World Cup.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 20, 2022
FIFA World Cup: Highlights Of Qatar Vs Ecuador World Cup Match Live From Al Bayt Stadium
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After the opening ceremony was over, the 2022 FIFA World Cup officially began with the opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. Despite having the hometown advantage, the hosts went down in the first game of the tournament.
Qatar’s Ineffective Formation Led To Their Downfall
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Throughout the match, Qatar was struggling with their formation and didn’t take much for Ecuador to exploit it. The man of the match was undoubtedly the Ecuador skipper Enner Valencia, who not only scored the first goal of the tournament but also ended up scoring the second goal that cemented his team’s victory.
What’s Happening Today?
In Group B, Iran will be taking on England today. Group A also has an exciting fixture as Senegal takes on The Netherlands.
Keep checking this live blog each day to get a lowdown on all of the highlights from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
This story first appeared on Augustman India.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: The 2022 FIFA World Cup is taking place in Qatar. Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan, Al Khor, and Lusail are the cities that will be hosting matches for the World Cup.
Answer: You can either watch the live matches on your DTH provider or you can watch them on streaming apps basis your country. In India, you can watch them on JioCinema.
Answer: Brazil is the highest ranking team participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Other high ranking teams are Belgium, Argentina, France, England, and Spain.
Answer: The top players participating at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Harry Kane, and Sadio Mane.