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Emiliano Martinez Recalls a Funny Incident with Lionel Messi at World Cup 2022


Emiliano Martinez, the Argentina goalkeeper recently recalled a funny interaction he had with the star player, Lionel Messi during World Cup 2022. He has won 4 Man of the Match awards in Argentina’s journey to a win in Qatar. The goalkeeper jokingly claimed that he asked Messi to stop winning the awards after the clash against Croatia in the semi-final. Messi had been able to bag a goal and assisted in the semi-final against Vatreni and had been named the personal award winner.

Martinez talked about the scintillating form of Messi during the tournament in World Cup 2022 Qatar. He added that he is happy that they were able to help Messi win Qatar World Cup 2022 and he hopes to continue playing and it wasn’t going to be the last World Cup. It had been revealed by Martinez that he asked Messi to keep playing for La Albiceleste at the World Cup 2026 which will take place in the Mexico and USA. Martinez said that he told Messi after the final to keep playing with them and that there is room for more titles. Read More


Seven-time Ballond’orwinner Lionel Messi is up to 90 goals for his country after he came off the bench to score twice for Argentina during their international friendly win over Jamaica on Tuesday night.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Messi has been in sensational form for his country and at the right time ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. He was rested for the game against the Jamaicans at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Argentina coach Lionel Scalonisubbed Messi on eleven minutes into the second half in the place of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.Read More


Norwegian star ErlingHaaland is on course to face Borussia Dortmund since he left the club this summer after his Manchester City side and the Germans were drawn in the same group during the UEFA Champions League (UCL) draw held in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday.

Borussia Dortmund have been drawn with Premier League side Manchester City in Group G. The other two teams in Group G are Spanish team Sevilla and Danish champions FC Copenhagen.Read More


American forward Christian Pulisic was on the scoresheet for Chelsea as they were beaten on penalties by Major League Soccer (MLS) side Charlotte FC. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the end of normal time thus prompting penalty shootout. The MLS club went on to win 5-3 on penalties.

At the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel named a strong starting XI including the aforementioned Pulisic. The former Borussia Dortmund attacker is expected to be the main man for the United States of America at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.Pulisic played his part in securing World Cup 2022 qualification for his country. The Americans have been drawn in Group B alongside England, Wales and Iran at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.Read More


Costa Rica become last country to qualify for Qatar tournament that begins on November 21st. Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0 in the final intercontinental playoff to complete the 32 finalists who will play in this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar. In Doha, Los Ticos took the early lead they sustained until the final whistle when Campbell scored after three minutes. The former Arsenal player, now with Monterrey in Mexico, converted a cross after great work from the teenager, Jewison Bennette, down the left flank.

New Zealand fought back and had much of the pressure in the first half. Chris Wood, the Newcastle striker, had the ball in the net in the 39th minute, only for VAR to overrule an equaliser after a foul in the buildup. The check found that Matthew Garbett had fouled Óscar Duarte. A match that often threatened to boil over saw Luis Fernando Suárez, the Costa Rica coach, make three subs at half-time, including the introduction of the veteran captain, Bryan Ruiz, but New Zealand continued to create many more chances.Read More


South American nation Ecuador will have to navigate a group that includes hosts Qatar, African team Senegal and three-game finalists Netherlands if they want to qualify for the knockout stage at the World Cup 2022 tournament. Ecuador have been drawn in the same group with the aforementioned countries after the draw which took place on the first of last month.

Ecuador qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil automatically from the South American region. The Ecuadorians are one of the four teams who qualified for the tournament automatically. The other three teams are five-time world champions Brazil, Two-time world champions Uruguay and two-time world champions Argentina.Read More


Four South American teams will definitely be at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar and there could be a fifth South American team depending on how Peru perform in the inter-confederation playoffs.

Peru finished fifth in the South American qualifiers after seeing off Colombia courtesy the 2-0 win over Paraguay. Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotun scored in the first half to give Peru a big victory in their quest to make a sixth World Cup appearance at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil. Fifth spot was enough to get the inter-confederation playoffs thanks to the first half goals from the duo of Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotun on the way to a 2-0 home win over Paraguay.Read More


European champions Italy won’t be going to the World Cup tournament again after they were eliminated at the playoff stage by lowly North Macedonia via a 1-0 home defeat. The Italians had to settle for a place in the World Cup 2022 playoffs from the European region after they finished second behind Switzerland in their qualifying group and they were drawn with North Macedonia in path C of the playoffs. On their part, the North Macedonians finished second behind Germany in their qualifying group.

Italy and North Macedonia were drawn against each other in one part of the semifinals in path C of the World Cup 2022 playoffs in the European section. Immediate past European champions Portugal and Turkey were drawn against each other in the other part of the semifinals in path C.Read More


There will be a resumption of hostilities when the two West African giants lock horns seeking to secure automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar later this year and there’s all to play for. Both Nigeria and Ghana left the ongoing African Cup of Nations earlier than expected of them and while both countries have engaged in fierce pitch battles in the past, they’ve been pitted against each other in what is expected to be a thrilling qualifying fixture.

Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON Group Stage after an embarrassing and shocking defeat at the hands of Comoros in their final group game, a result that meant that the Ghanaian Football Federation relieved their former coach of his duties afterward. Nigeria suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Tunisia in their very first knockout game of the tournament despite being the only team with a 100% record at the group stage, winning all if their three group games.
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The ten teams for the final round of the African qualifiers have been confirmed ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament. In the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament, forty teams were drawn into ten groups of four teams each. At the end of proceedings, the ten group winners advanced to the third and final round.

For the final round of the African qualifiers for Qatar 2022, the ten teams from the second round would need to face a two-legged tie to determine the five teams that would qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament.
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