Find all the highlights of this second day of the 2022 World Cup.
The celebration of the day: Grealish honors a sick child
England made a perfect entry into this 2022 World Cup. Our neighbors made short work of Iran winning 6-2. Jack Grealish also scored his side’s last goal just before added time.
The Manchester City forward waved his arms in salute to Finlay, an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, to whom he promised a special celebration.
The failure of the day: the management of the Iranian goalkeeper
Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was substituted early in the match against England after sustaining a head injury. The goalkeeper collided with team-mate Hosseini Majid while trying to collect a cross and spent several minutes being treated on the pitch.
The 30-year-old was finally cleared to continue play, despite blood pouring from his nose, but was clearly in no condition to take part in the game. After signaling to his team-mates, he collapsed again and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher to be replaced by reserve goalkeeper Seyed Hossein Hosseini.
Shocking moment of the day: Iranians don’t sing their anthem
Iranian footballers continue their protest after the demonstrations that have affected the country. ‘Team Melli’ players were silent during their anthem, at the start of the match against England. A decision taken “collectively”, as Captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh assured him a few days ago.
Big story of the day: Jakobs discovers the World Cup
It just happened for the Senegalese Ismail Jakobs. The AS Monaco defender was able to participate in the World Cup after receiving a positive response to his request for naturalization from FIFA… this Monday morning.
Born in Cologne, Ismail Jakobs played for Germany nine times in his youth academy before discovering the Senegalese side twice in September friendlies. On the bench during the match against the Netherlands, the left flank took advantage of Abdou Diallo’s injury to come on just before the hour and thus celebrate his first competitive match with the Lions.
The figure for the day: 5.13 million
This Monday morning we learned that the Qatar-Ecuador inaugural match gathered 5.13 million viewers in front of TF1 this Sunday, as announced by Médiamétrie. This corresponds to an audience share of 31.3%.
In 2018, the Russia-Saudi Arabia match was watched by 3.98 million people (36.3% share). However, it took place on a Thursday at 13:00 Metropolitan France time.
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The controversy of the day: over 45 minutes of added time in three games
Already a record from the second day of this 2022 World Cup? In three games, we have a total of 52 minutes of injury time, which is more than one period.
The first match between England and Iran blew all the counters with 14 minutes of injury time after each period. Since the beginning of the match, the Iranian goalkeeper was injured causing a long stoppage of the game.
During the Senegal – Netherlands match, a reasonable first half of extra time of two minutes, before an announced minimum time of eight in the second half. There was also another ten minutes of play since Davy Klaassen scored at the end of the suspense.
Finally during the meeting, United States – Netherlands, final match of the day, this time there are four minutes of added time before the break and nine after the second half. A time that seems excessive.
Quote of the day: “This will probably be my last World Cup”
Comments made by Lionel Messi. Present at the press conference, the Argentine captain answered questions from 200 journalists who did not hesitate to applaud him when he was dismissed.
“I want to make our dream come true, it will probably be my last World CupThe seven-time Ballon d’Or winner explains that he wanted to reassure about his state of health. “I feel very good physically. I’m having a lot of fun, both personally and physically. I have no problems.»
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