Morocco dominates Belgium, Germany maintains hope and China censors images without masks


On Qatari time

Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.

10 p.m.: Germany can still believe it

Everything will therefore be decided on the last day of this group E: the 1-1 draw tonight between Germany and Spain still makes all the scenarios possible in this pool. With however a clear advantage to the Spaniards, who have 4 points and a very favorable goal difference before facing Japan (3 points). With only one point, Germany will have to beat Costa Rica (3 points) and hope for a good result from their evening opponent to see the round of 16.

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8 p.m.: the Spain-Germany clash begins

Behind the sporting challenge of the meeting, where Germany, beaten on the first day, no longer has the right to make mistakes, geopolitical differences can nestle. In this case, Germans and Spaniards have confronted each other in recent years on the budgetary ground as recalled for “the Obs” the historian Florian Louis in his “geopolitical match”:

“This Manichaean opposition between Hispanic cicadas and Germanic ants has contributed not a little to poisoning relations between Berlin and Madrid. »

7 p.m.: Croatia knock out Canada

Canada had never scored a goal in the final phase of the World Cup, it is now done, and history will remember that it was Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies who achieved this first, with a header, from the 2nd minute of the match against Croatia. However, there will not be a second in this edition: Canada was eliminated, then conceding 4 goals from the finalist team of the last World Cup. Croatia thus joins Morocco at the top of this group F with 4 points, but a better goal difference, ahead of Belgium (3 points).

6 p.m.: incidents in Brussels

Violence erupted in Brussels on Sunday after Morocco’s victory against Belgium, several “dozens of people” attacking street furniture and the police, according to the police. Even before the end of the match, in the city center “Dozens of people, some of them hooded, sought confrontation with the police, which compromised public safety”police said in a statement.

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According to Mayor Philippe Closewhich condemned these incidents, the situation was on the way to normalization around 7 p.m.

4 p.m.: Morocco brings down Belgium

A second goal from Aboukhlal in added time ended the game: Morocco beat Belgium and took the lead of their group and an option to qualify for the round of 16.

3 p.m.: Belgium are trailing 1-0 against Morocco

Moroccan Abdelhamid Sabiri scored in the 73rd minute.

2 p.m.: China censors spectators without masks

Chinese television, broadcasting World Cup football matches, no longer shows images of spectators without masks, after these images angered Chinese people who can no longer take anti-Covid restrictions. To avoid showing Chinese viewers the stadiums full of fans without masks, the CCTV sports channel systematically replaced, in the broadcast of the Japan-Costa Rica match, each image showing people too close by images of the players. or of the stadium, or even images of crowds taken from far enough away to make it impossible to distinguish faces…

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On the other hand, the uncensored retransmission was available on the internet, including on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

1 p.m.: Costa Rica beats Japan 1-0

Costa Rica managed to take the lead over Japan thanks to a goal from Keysher Fuller.

11 a.m.: kick-off of the Japan-Costa Rica match

After defeating Germany (2-1), Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan face Costa Rica for their second match in the competition. A success would bring it closer to the round of 16.

10:30 am: new audience success for TF1

The victory of the French team against Denmark on Saturday was followed by 11.59 million viewers, a new audience success for TF1, according to figures published by Médiamétrie. Scheduled at 5 p.m., this meeting gathered 62.8% of the public watching television at that time. However, it does slightly worse than the entry into the running of the Blues against Australia on Tuesday, watched by more than 12.5 million people.

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10 a.m.: Noël Le Graët does not want to see the “One Love” armband

Asked about France info, the president of the French Football Federation believes that it is not France’s “role” to wear the “One Love” armband. “It’s not our role […] We are here to play football, watch what is happening, make a comment on the way back but, for the moment, our role is to behave well on the pitch and give a good image of France.he said and added: “Qatar is not an enemy country, it is a friendly country. »

9 a.m.: Serbia under investigation

Fifa opened, Saturday, November 26, a disciplinary procedure against the Serbian Football Federation, because of the flag placing Kosovo (which declared its independence in 2008 that Belgrade refuses to recognize) in Serbia exhibited in the locker room of the “White Eagles before their match lost Thursday against Brazil (2-0). FIFA relies on the general obligation to “fair play and non-violence” imposed on the thirty-two participants in the tournament. The nature of the possible sanction was not indicated.

A photograph of the offending event shows a map of Kosovo printed on a square of white fabric hung on two hooks. Kosovo is stamped with the flag of Serbia and the inscription “There will be no surrender”.

8 a.m.: on the program this Sunday

The day after France’s victory against Denmark (2-1), delivered by Kylian MBappé, it is the Spain-Germany shock that will have to be followed this Sunday at 8 p.m. This match could seal the elimination of the Mannschaft in the second game, which would be a humiliation for the quadruple world champions. After its surprise defeat against Japan at the start of this Qatari World Cup (2-1), Germany must beat Spain to regain control of its destiny and above all to avoid reliving the failure of the World Cup-2018, when it had left the competition in the 1st round.

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In contrast, Spain, Japan and Belgium have the opportunity to secure a ticket to the round of 16 in their second match. Thus Japan will face Costa Rica in the morning at 11 am. At the beginning of the afternoon, Belgium will undoubtedly wish to continue their victory against Canada by winning against Morocco at 2 p.m. Canada will face Croatia at 5 p.m.

The highlights of Saturday’s day can be found here, as well as our summary of the France-Denmark match.

Kylian Mbappé after his second goal against Denmark on Saturday. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP)




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