Dutch dominate; Sweden survive hiccup; France draw

Netherlands players celebrate defeating Portugal in their group stage match at the 2023 Women's World Cup in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 23 July 2023. EFE/EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Sports Desk, Jul 23 (EFE).- The Netherlands, who finished second at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, beat Portugal, while Sweden came from behind against South Africa, and France drew with Jamaica on the fourth day of the 2023 edition in Australia and New Zealand. Stefanie van der Gragt’s goal in the 13th minute proved to … Read more

Infantino hails Qatar World Cup as ‘best ever’

Doha, Dec 16 (EFE).- The 2022 World Cup in Qatar was the “best ever,” Fifa president Gianni Infantino told a press conference Friday ahead of the competition’s third place playoff and final this weekend. “Thanks to everyone involved, Qatar, all the volunteers to make this the best World Cup ever,” the Swiss Fifa chief said … Read more

Argentina’s World Cup delirium, a welcome distraction from the country’s woes

By Rodrigo García Buenos Aires, Dec 15 (EFE).- The opulent streets of Doha are abuzz with crowds of Argentina fans and so too is Buenos Aires, which has been gripped by delirious celebrations after Lionel Messi and company secured a place in the World Cup final, offering some emotional respite in a country blighted for … Read more

England down Wales 3-0 to win group

Doha, Nov 29 (EFE).- After an uninspired performance against the United States, England put up three goals – two from Marcus Rashford – against Wales here Tuesday to advance to the knockout stage of World Cup 2022 as Group B winners. The Three Lions, who finished fourth at World Cup 2018, will face Group A … Read more

China censors footage of maskless fans in world cup broadcasts

Beijing, Nov 29 (EFE).- China’s state television has edited footage of Qatar 2022 World Cup matches to remove shots of maskless fans, after broadcasts of packed stadiums with crowds enjoying the games amid no Covid measures fuelled protests across the Asian nation. This measure, which has not been officially confirmed by China Central Television, but … Read more

Casemiro scores late to lift Brazil over Switzerland, into knockout stage

Casimiro lifting his right hand in a celebration gesture

Doha, Nov 28 (EFE).- Brazil struggled to break down Switzerland’s well-organized defense for most of their World Cup Group G contest on Monday, but a goal by Casemiro with time winding down in the second half gave his side a 1-0 victory and a berth in the tournament’s knockout stage. With star forward Neymar Jr. … Read more

Kudus winner hands Ghana vital World Cup victory over South Korea

Ghana players clapping

Doha, Nov 28 (EFE).- Ghana clinched a 3-2 World Cup victory over South Korea in one of the tournament’s most thrilling games after Mohammed Kudus scored a brace, including a 68th-minute winner on Monday. Mohammed Salisu scored the opener for Ghana in the 24th minute before teammate Mohammed Kudus scored the second goal 10 minutes … Read more

Lewandowski bags his first World Cup goal as Poland beat lively Saudi Arabia

Doha, Nov 26 (EFE).- Poland’s talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever World Cup goal Saturday as Poland secured a hard-earned 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia in Qatar.  The Barcelona striker pounced on a defensive error by Al Malki in the 82nd minute to fire home Poland’s second of the match. The significance of the … Read more