Fifa World Cup: Results and reaction from day fou
England continue their World Cup campaign on Friday against the USA, with Gareth Southgate’s side boosted by the news that Harry Kane has escaped injury on his ankle following a scan.
The England captain has returned to training after fears he would miss the Group B clash, after receiving a blow to his ankle following a heavy challenge in the opening 6-2 win against Iran on Monday.
Southgate has now confirmed the striker will be fit to face the USA. “Harry is fine,” the England manager said. “He has worked slightly separately from the group but all good for Friday night. He had a scan [on Wednesday] to make sure everything is fine.”
Elsewhere, the dust is still settling on the second major shock of the World Cup, after Japan’s stunning victory over Germany. The result came after Germany made a protest of Fifa’s decision to impose sporting sactions on the ‘OneLove’ armband.
Spain caught the eye with a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica while Belgium scraped past Canada in their opening match. Today’s action begins with Switzerland against Cameroon before attention turns to Group G with Uruguay’s match with South Korea and Portugal’s clash with Ghana.
All eyes will therefore be on Cristiano Ronaldo in his first match since leaving Manchester United – with Brazil also in action later as they take on Serbia. Follow all the latest news from the World Cup in our blog, below
Germany beaten by Japan but stand up to Fifa as pressure mounts at controversial Qatar World Cup
“Germany fans had waited four years for their team to make a statement at the Qatar World Cup, but they weren’t necessarily thinking of the one that Hansi Flick’s side delivered in their opening game.
“While the national team failed to banish the spectre of Russia 2018, where Germany’s World Cup campaign came crashing down in Kazan, the team at least ensured that they addressed a much more pressing issue here.
“Four-and-a-half years after a 2-0 defeat by South Korea saw Germany’s catastrophic world title defence end in the group stage – and in shame – the four-time champions went some way to restoring pride before they had kicked a ball against Japan; which was just as well, given their actual kicking of the ball offered little to celebrate.
“Lining up for their pre-game photograph ahead of this 2-1 loss to Japan, every Germany player covered their mouth, making clear their frustration at Fifa’s attempts to silence political dissections of this World Cup. Prior to that gesture, Flick’s players had sported rainbow sleeves on their training tops while warming up for this opening Group E tie, while – up in the stands – Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior and Community, Nancy Faeser, wore the OneLove armband that Fifa has so adamantly tried to wipe from existence.”
Alex Pattle24 November 2022 11:45
Harry Kane trains with England squad
Harry Kane has been pictured in England training on Thursday following his recent injury scare.
Kane underwent a scan on his foot following a heavy challenge in England’s 6-2 opening victory over Iran on Monday.
The scan did not reveal any lasting damage and Kane is expected to start against the USA tomorrow.
Lawrence Ostlere24 November 2022 11:38
Uruguay perfect World Cup dark horses with Federico Valverde at the heart of their regeneration
“The original World Cup winners, and indeed hosts, Uruguay have been part of international folklore for as long as that version of the game has been around.
“Unlike some others from that part of the world, though, the story of La Celeste has not always been one of romance and achievement, of being giants and being admired, their names woven into World Cup fabric as often as they would have liked.
“The tenth-biggest nation in South America by population went from mythical to missing on the global stage in the space of less than three decades.
“Between 1978 and 1998 they qualified only twice and tasted victory only once. It has been a long road back for the Sky Blue side, but a golden generation of players was overseen and developed by the legendary Oscar Tabarez and now, under the guidance of Diego Alonso, they are showing that a generational team doesn’t have to be restricted to a single generation.
“Uruguay are very much a force to reckoned with in Qatar at the World Cup, a team with players who know their roles, proven goalscorers and committed faces aplenty and, crucially, a handful of elite talents playing near the top of their game.”
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 11:30
Son Heung-min fit to face Uruguay in South Korea’s World Cup opener
Son Heung-min will be fit enough to feature for South Korea in their World Cup opener against Uruguay on Thursday.
Head coach Paulo Bento confirmed the Tottenham attacker will play with the black protective mask he has been wearing in training since he sustained a fracture around his left eye in a Champions League match against Marseille on 1 November.
South Korea captain Son underwent surgery days later to fix the issue and despite not appearing at his country’s pre-match press conference in Al Rayyan, he will be involved in the Group H opener at Education City Stadium.
“Sonny can play. Yes he will be able to play,” Bento told a press conference on Wednesday. “I think the fact that he would be wearing a mask is not an inconvenience for him. It is rather natural for him.”
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 11:15
Germany say Fifa ‘denied us a voice’ after covering mouths in statement at World Cup
Germany claim Fifa “denied us a voice” after their players covered their mouths in a World Cup statement before their Group E match with Japan.
It is the latest development in the row with the world’s governing body over the “One Love” initiative, with Fifa censoring Germany and other teams in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
The four-time World Cup winners lined up for the photo opportunity on the pitch before the Group E match at the Khalifa International Stadium, collectively covering their mouths.
A statement from the German FA read: “We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard.
“It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so important to us. Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice. We stand by our position.”
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 11:00
Jesse Marsch says USA face tougher World Cup test against ‘high level’ England
Jesse Marsch believes the United States face a far tougher assignment against England at this World Cup than the one he was part of in 2010.
Marsch was a coach on Bob Bradley’s backroom staff as the USA stunned the Three Lions by earning a 1-1 draw in their opening group game in South Africa 12 years ago.
It was a tournament that saw England labour under Fabio Capello, despite having Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole among their starters, as they scraped through the group stages before being knocked out by Germany in the last 16.
Marsch, currently working in the Premier League as Leeds boss, reckons the current crop will have a much more difficult task playing against Gareth Southgate’s side on Friday.
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 10:45
Kieffer Moore targets key Iranian weakness for Wales to exploit
Wales striker Kieffer Moore plans to torment Iran in the air just like England did.
England smashed six past Iran in their World Cup opener, with the Iranians having no answer to the Three Lions’ aerial power.
The 6ft 5in Moore watched the first half of that game before Wales set off for their tournament opener – a 1-1 draw against the United States – and is confident of wreaking more havoc on the Iran defence.
Asked if he had been licking his lips at Iran’s defensive problems, Moore said: “I was, yeah – they did struggle in the air. You could see England’s dominance in the box. They took a lead straight away and that set the tone for the game.
“It was 3-0 at half-time and England played really well to utilise those positions to get the ball into the box. If we can replicate that then hopefully we’ll get the same outcome.”
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 10:30
‘I don’t know why I got the trophy’
Kevin De Bruyne mocked his own man of the match award after Belgium’s unconvincing World Cup win over Canada on Wednesday night.
The world No2-ranked Belgian side struggled against their lively opposition and had goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to thank for a penalty save which helped earn a 1-0 victory.
Manchester City star De Bruyne had little impact as part of a disjointed Belgian midfield and was baffled by his post-match prize.
“No, I don’t think I played a great game,” a miserable-looking De Bruyne said after being told of his award. “I don’t know why I got the trophy — maybe it’s because of my name.”
Lawrence Ostlere24 November 2022 10:25
Switzerland vs Cameroon underway
Today’s action is underway with Switzerland vs Cameroon kicking off Group G, which also includes Brazil and Serbia.
You can follow the opening match of the day with our live blog:
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 10:15
Canada showed against Belgium they belong at World Cup, says manager Herdman
John Herdman believes his Canada side proved they belong at the World Cup 2022 after they outshone Belgium only to slip to a narrow defeat.
Canada – 39 places lower than Belgium in the rankings – had earlier missed a penalty as Alphonso Davies’ tame effort was saved by Thibaut Courtois before they were potentially denied two further first-half spot-kicks.
Playing in their first World Cup in 36 years, Canada more than held their own and had 21 shots on goal compared to nine from Belgium.
Englishman Herdman guided Les Rouges back to the world stage following a fine qualification campaign – becoming the first coach to manage at both the men’s and women’s World Cups.
Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 10:00