Spain coach Luis Enrique says team won’t play for draw vs Japan

Al Khor (Qatar).- Head coach Luis Enrique of Spain prior the FIFA World Cup 2022 group E soccer match between Spain and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, 27 November 2022. EFE/EPA: Georgi Licovski

Doha, Nov 30 (EFE).- Spain coach Luis Enrique on Wednesday insisted his players would be aiming to beat Japan and top Group E amid questions about whether La Roja will try to come second to secure an easier opponent in the round of 16. Spain take on the Samurai Blue on Thursday knowing that a … Read more

England down Wales 3-0 to win group

Doha (Qatar), 29/11/2022.- Marcus Rashford (C) of England scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between Wales and England at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 29 November 2022. EFE/EPA: Georgi Licovski

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

Fans of Uruguay before the FIFA World Cup 2022 group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, 28 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

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

Casemiro celebrates after Brazil's 1-0 victory over Switzerland in World Cup Group G action at Stadium 947 in Doha, Qatar, on 28 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

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

Players of Ghana applaud fans after winning the FIFA World Cup 2022 group H soccer match between South Korea and Ghana at Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 28 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Noushad Thekkayil

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

Robert Lewandowski of Poland celebrates scoring the 2-0 during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group C soccer match between Poland and Saudi Arabia at Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 26 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Ronald Wittek

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

Neymar to miss rest of group stage with ankle knock

Lusail (Qatar).- Neymar of Brazil lies on the pitch during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, 24 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Doha, Nov 25 (EFE).- Neymar Jr. will miss the rest of Brazil’s group stage matches due to an ankle injury picked up against Serbia, the team’s doctor confirmed Friday.  The forward suffered damage to his ankle ligament and will sit out the team’s upcoming games against Switzerland and Cameroon, Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters.  The Paris … Read more

Brazil best Serbia 2-0 on brace by Richarlison

Brazil's Vinicius Jr (rear) vies for the ball with Andrija Zivkovic of Serbia during the World Cup 2022 Group G match at Lusail Stadium in Doha on 24 November 2022. EFE/Juanjo Martin

Doha, Nov 24 (EFE).- Brazil got their World Cup 2022 campaign off to a great start Thursday, defeating Serbia 2-0 on a pair of goals by Richarlison. The Canarinha, who are chasing a record-extending sixth World Cup title, lead Group G by virtue of better goal difference than Switzerland, who beat Cameroon 1-0 earlier in … Read more

Footage of maskless World Cup fans sparks outrage in China

A woman (2-R) argues with a volunteer health worker (L) at a COVID-19 test site in Beijing, China, 21 November 2022. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

By Álvaro Alfaro Beijing, Nov 25 (EFE).- Chinese football fans were left feeling outraged by footage of maskless fans at the World Cup in Qatar as Beijing rolled out stiff restrictions to deal with new domestic Covid outbreaks. Cities such as Chongqing, Guangdong and the capital have recently applied containment measures in a bid to … Read more

Lucas Hernandez to miss rest of World Cup as France’s injury woes grow

Lucas Hernandez of France leaves the pitch after picking up an injury during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group D soccer match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, 22 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Friedemann Vogel

Al Wakrah, Qatar, Nov 23 (EFE).- France defender Lucas Hernandez will miss the rest of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after he tore his ACL in the team’s opener against Australia, the French national team confirmed on Wednesday. The Bayern Munich player, 26, went down in the ninth minute of Tuesday’s Group D match … Read more

In the heart of the Qatar World Cup

A man with a falcon at the Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar. EFE/ Alberto Estévez

By Javier Picazo Feliú Doha, Oct 4 (EFE).- Doha, the main venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is a modern and futuristic capital where skyscrapers, contemporary buildings and streets, as well as promenades that have been completely remodeled for the event, contrast with the traditions and history encapsulated by Souq Waqif market, its … Read more