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CNN —In a World Cup of surprises, Japan has played a leading role in headline-making shock results.
Croatia is a team undefeated in nine of its last 10 World Cup matches.
They made history Thursday as the first all-female refereeing crew for a men's World Cup match.
Frappert became the first woman to referee a men's World Cup match.
It was Morocco's first World Cup win since 1998 — and its third-ever at the tournament.
The US had qualified for the 1998 World Cup in France with ease.
“Instantly, it was less about Germany, less about Yugoslavia, more about Iran,” Sampson told CNN Sport.
“That was a bit of a distraction.”Over two decades later, the USMNT again faces Iran in the group stages of a World Cup.
Gael Cornier/APThe USMNT had to face Germany, then the reigning European champion in its opening match, yet the Iran match, the second group game, was everyone else’s focus.
“We had 150 armed police, which was unprecedented for a World Cup match.
CNN —Two late goals secured Iran a sensational 2-0 win against Wales to maintain its hopes of qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages.
Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesAfter the heavy 6-2 defeat by England, Iran played much better in its second match.
Elsewhere, World Cup host Qatar is on the brink of exiting the tournament after a second successive loss, losing 3-1 to Senegal.
Qatar was much improved from its opening day loss to Ecuador, but it was overpowered by a Senegal team that finally arrived at the World Cup.
The game ended in sombre fashion for the host team as thousands of Qataris headed towards to the exits after the third Senegal goal, their hopes of a fairy tale World Cup all but vanished.
Visitors gather at the FIFA World Cup countdown clock in Doha on October 30, 2022.
But Minden told CNN: “It’s not safe and it’s not right.”‘Everyone is welcome to Qatar’A Qatar government official told CNN in a statement that the World Cup host was an inclusive country.
It doesn’t sit right with me.”Qatar isn’t the first controversial host of a big sporting event, or even a FIFA World Cup.
Wales is one of eight participating European countries at the World Cup supporting the initiative.
The World Cup, like the Olympics, puts the host country under a global spotlight.
It will be a historic event, the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, but one also mired in controversy.
He had dreamed of watching World Cup matches from the rooftop of the hotel he had helped build.
In Qatar, migrant workers can now change jobs freely without permission from their employer.
However, a number of European federations have issued a joint statement saying they would campaign at the tournament on human rights and for a migrant workers center and a compensation fund for migrant workers.
The motto for Qatar’s bid team in 2010 was ‘Expect Amazing.’ In many ways, this year’s World Cup has replicated that maxim.
CNN —The Brooklyn Nets have made a terrible start to the NBA season and on Saturday star forward Yuta Watanabe didn’t make matters any easier by comically scoring in the opposite team’s basket.
At the Barclays Centre, the Nets went down 125-116 to the Indiana Pacers to go 1-5 for the season.
It was the Nets’ fourth straight loss and one coach Steve Nash called a “disaster.”The night started ominously when, in the first quarter, Watanabe accidentally scored for the Pacers.
The comical two-pointer cut the Nets’ lead before the Pacers tied at the end of the first quarter.
As the Pacers pulled away from the struggling Nets, rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored a career-high 32 points in a team record 23 three-pointers.
The team had won the League Cup and the FA Cup, was going toe-to-toe with Manchester City in the English Premier League, and had reached the Champions League final.
Ultimately, two trophies went to Anfield instead of four, as Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League and fell one point short in the league.
For years, Liverpool has been the only team to challenge City for the league title – winning it in 2020 – yet this season Liverpool and City are worlds apart.
‘Liverpool being bullied’So, why is Liverpool struggling so badly in the league this season?
“The Premier League is a really hard league to play in and is a long, difficult, sometimes physically and mentally, nine months for you.
CNN —LeBron James made history on Friday but could do little to stop the LA Lakers’ nightmare start to the season from continuing.
A mark of his greatness is that the four-time MVP has never averaged fewer than 20 points in a season since being drafted in 2003.
David Berding/Getty ImagesThe Lakers remain winless, however, matching their worst start to a season in 65 years after falling to 0-5 following Friday’s 111-102 loss to the Minneapolis Timberwolves.
Russell Westbrook came off the bench for the Lakers to score 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Couple possessions here, couple possessions there didn’t go our way, but just keep hammering on.”
CNN —Tributes have been paid to Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner and co-founder of the sports drink company Red Bull, who has died aged 78.
Ker Robertson/Getty ImagesIn 2004, Mateschitz bought the Ford-owned Jaguar team and the following season renamed it Red Bull Racing.
The Austrian also bought the Italy-based Minardi F1 team and renamed it Toro Rosso in 2006, the Italian for Red Bull.
After years of Mercedes dominance in recent years, Red Bull is back at the front of the grid with Max Verstappen sealing his second title at the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month.
“I want to send all my condolences to the Red Bull family, but also especially to his family that I also know.
During previous oil booms, Gulf states were seen as squandering their wealth on wasteful and inefficient investments, building sprees and buying weapons, as well as handouts to citizens .
Gulf states appear to be working on diversifying.
Since the last oil boom that ended in 2014, four of the six Gulf states have introduced value-added tax and the UAE has gone further by starting a corporate income levy .
None of the Gulf states have an income tax.
Critics counter that it is in the oil exporters' interest to push that narrative, but oil states have pointed to the rise in crude demand that coincided with the removal of Covid-19 restrictions around the world.