LIVE – 2022 World Cup: “A lot of controversy, but we are here to play football”, answers Guendouzi

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“GOAL-FOCUSED”

Known to the general public as the son of Lilian Thuram, Marcus Thuram looked back on his work and the efforts made to become one of the most prolific scorers in the Bundesliga, in Germany

“My father helps me a lot for mental work. Mentally, I did a very big job, after having had a very complicated, very special season. I also refocused as N.9 with a real grip of conscience. I worked on myself, the fact of evolving N.9 made things easier for me. Now, I am very focused on the goal, I try not to take my head too much on the statistics even if it’s complicated. I try to be decisive, I have the responsibility to make the difference and I like that,” he told AFP.

PORTUGAL-GHANA

After Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo launches his son at the Qatari World Cup. For the last World Cup of “CR7”, which he dreams of winning, Portugal makes his debut against Ghana, Thursday, November 24. Follow the match live with commentary on TF1info.

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WHAT TO THINK OF DENMARK?

“We must emphasize the quality of the opponent; it is an underrated team, they are among the four best teams in Europe”, underlined Matteo Guendouzi about Denmark, about the next opponent of the Blues. “We got into trouble when we played against them,” he recalls. “It’s going to be a World Cup match. They play the ball well, they put a lot of intensity. On set pieces, they were very good, it’s a good team”, adds the Marseillais.

GRIEZMANN AS RELAYER

In front of the journalists, Matteo Guendouzi presented on the conversion of Antoine Griezmann to the post of midfielder. “He gave a good performance, he can play in several positions, he made very good tackles, he may be able to play number 6 later”, he believes, haggard. “He always helps the team,” he adds.

“WE’RE HERE TO PLAY FOOTBALL”

Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra offered the Blues, Thursday morning, to take advantage of their presence at the World Cup to speak out on the issue of discrimination.

At a press conference this Thursday, Matteo Guendouzi answered him. “She’s a politician, she says what she wants to say. With the players, we made a press release to clearly explain our feelings about this situation. There has been a lot of controversy, we don’t is not insensitive, but we are here to play football, and that, until the end”, hammered the midfielder of OM.

URUGUAY AND SOUTH KOREA NEUTRALIZING

Uruguay and South Korea leave with a goalless draw, the fourth already in this World Cup. It is certainly Valverde’s teammates who may have the most regrets in this closed encounter, having hit the post twice.

“LOTS OF CONFIDENCE”

At a press conference on Thursday, Matteo Guendouzi said that the victory against Australia (4-1) had “gave a lot of confidence” to the Blues. “We managed to score quite a few more goals, there were a lot of positive things for the future,” he says, proving that the French have managed to “establish their game” and “press higher ” .

SPAIN IN CONFIDENCE

“We are in good shape, we have clear ideas,” said Marco Asensio on Thursday after Spain’s thunderous debut in this World Cup (7-0 victory against Costa Rica). “What characterizes us best is that we are a team. We are all pulling in the same direction,” he added.

However, the “Roja” does not ignite. “This World Cup is hotly contested, football is more and more balanced,” warned the Real Madrid player. “Yesterday’s game (Wednesday) confirms to us that we must continue on this path, playing like this. It allows us to be very confident for the future, hoping to continue like this. But we are not going to be too confident because the coach (Luis Enrique) is not going to allow us,” he said.

URUGUAY AND SOUTH KOREA BACK TO BACK

Neither team managed to find the fault during an intense first act (0-0). South Koreans and Uruguayans went blow for blow, without managing to find the lock.

Each team got a big chance. In an ideal position within six meters, Hwang Ui-Jo missed the target (34′). A few minutes later, it was the post that pushed Diego Godin’s header away from a corner (42′).

Everything remains to be done in this first meeting of Group H.

SENEGAL (ALREADY) BACK TO THE WALL

Beaten at the end of the game against the Netherlands (2-0), Senegal is under pressure before its second match of this World Cup against Qatar. “It’s a very, very important match for both teams. In competitions of this level, from the moment you lose your first match, your back is against the wall in the second,” admitted Aliou Cissé, coach of the “Lions of Teranga”.

“But (in) our collective experience, (there are) other games we’ve had to play that have been at this level of intensity, pressure, importance and demand. and to remember of all that we have been able to do in the past when we have had our backs against the wall”, added the technician, deprived of his star Sadio Mané.

TURPIN ENTERS THE FIGHT

French referee Clément Turpin is on the whistle of the Uruguay-South Korea match. This is the first match in Group F, which also includes Brazil and Serbia.

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HARRY KANE AVAILABLE

Uncertain, because left injured in the ankle Monday against Iran, Harry Kane is available for the match Friday against the United States. It was the English coach who announced the news on Thursday, on the eve of the second game of the Three Lions.

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QATAR WANTS TO DO BETTER

“We claim to be free from the pressure of the first game,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said on Thursday. “I hope we can compete (against Senegal), show our best level of play and be more competitive,” added the technician.

As a reminder, the “Al-Annabi” (Bordeaux in French) were sharply beaten by Ecuador (0-2), at the opening of “their” World Cup on Sunday. But “we will give everything tomorrow,” promised the coach, 24 hours before the Qatari team’s second match in this World Cup.

URUGUAY-SOUTH KOREA

Here is the starting lineup of the two teams in this first match of Group H. The teammates of Luis Suarez, starting point, favorite parent. But beware of South Korea’s Heung Min Son, who has the weapons to create the feat.

ALWAYS WITHOUT BUT

None of the four African teams (Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon) having already played in this World Cup has managed to find the net. Only Ghana, against Portugal this Thursday (5:00 p.m.), can “save the honor” of the continent during the first day of this group stage.

SWITZERLAND TAKES THE THREE POINTS

Victorious over Cameroon by the shortest of margins (1-0), Switzerland temporarily take the lead in group G. It was Breel Embolo, on receiving a perfect cross from Shaqiri, who offered the three points at the Nationals (48′).

Interesting in the first period, the Indomitable Lions never recovered from this massive blow that occurred as soon as they returned from the locker room.

KANE FIT FOR MATCH 2

England coach Gareth Southgate announced on Thursday that Harry Kane, injured in an ankle against Iran, is fit to play against the United States. “He’s fine. He worked a bit more individually today, but he’ll be back with the team tomorrow and everything is fine for the match,” explained the technician.

Victim of a tackle supported in the 50th minute of the big victory against Iran (6-2), Monday, the striker of Tottenham had played until the 75th minute before being replaced by Callum Wilson. Spared the following days, he had had a scanner on Wednesday but the results were reassuring. “We just checked to be sure (…) but everything is fine,” said Southgate.

SWITZERLAND OPENS THE SCORE

Switzerland opens the scoring as soon as they return from the locker room. On a perfect cross from Shaqiri, Embolo only has to apply himself to the penalty spot to deceive an Onana who can do nothing. The Nati took the lead against the Indomitable Lions (1-0, 48′).

Note that the AS Monaco striker did not ask for his achievement against his country of birth, he who is of Cameroonian origin.

0-0 AT THE BREAK

The Nati and the Indomitable Lions neutralize each other.

🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND – CAMEROON 🇨🇲

It’s heating up for the National Team: after a poorly concluded raid by Choupo Moting, Sommer must once again work to prevent his team from conceding a goal. We are half an hour into the game at the Al-Janoub stadium.

GERMANY SHOULD THE WORLD?

Only 9.23 million Germans followed Germany’s 2-1 loss to Japan on Wednesday afternoon in the Mannschaft’s first match at the World Cup in Qatar, audiences down sharply from to 2018.

The match on Wednesday afternoon gathered less than 60% of viewers (59.7% market share) on the public television channel ARD, and less than 10 million people, according to the channel.

COMPOS OF SWITZERLAND-CAMEROON

Kick off is at 11 a.m.

🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND: Sommer – Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez – Freuler, Xhaka (cap) – Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas – Embolo

🇨🇲 CAMEROON: Onana – Fai, Castelletto, Nkoulou, Tolo – Oum Gouet, Hongla, Anguissa – Mbeumo, Choupo-Moting (cap), Toko Ekambi

CHOUPO IN STRENGTH!

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting leads the Cameroon attack rather than captain Vincent Aboubakar, on the bench, to face a Swiss team in a traditional formation, Thursday at the al-Janoub stadium for the World Cup-2022.

In form with Bayern Munich (11 goals since the start of the season), “Choupo” was preferred by coach Rigobert Song to “capi”, CAN’s top scorer with 8 goals. He also provided armband.

A MAN IN THE MATCH

Do you remember Facundo Tello? This is the referee appointed to lead Switzerland-Cameroon this Thursday and everyone fears his ability to distribute red cards. On November 6, during the Champions Trophy final between San Luis Racing Club and Boca Juniors (2-1 ap), the Argentinian expelled no less than 10 players, as the story goes. The Tribune of Geneva.

HEATING ROUND

While waiting for Switzerland-Cameroon, disputed at 11 a.m., find the most crisp anecdotes of the day before.

World Cup, November 24: Cameroonian lodgers, the Japanese at nirvana…Source : TF1 news

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BELGIUM

Third in 2018, Belgium won by the narrowest of margins this Wednesday against Canada (1-0). The Red Devils take advantage of the draw between Morocco and Croatia earlier in the day to take the lead in Group F. For their first match in the World Cup since 1986, the Canucks did not deserve but lacked success and realism.

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Belgium-Canada: the Red Devils win with difficulty

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