World Cup 2022 news LIVE: Portugal respond to Cristiano Ronaldo ‘threat’ claim as Luis Enrique replacement confirmed

Raheem Sterling will rejoin England’s World Cup squad with the Three Lions continuing their preparation for what promises to be a massive quarter-final tie against France.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s name continues to dominate the headlines with his involvement for Portugal now likely reduced to a bench role ahead of the last eight match against Morocco.

Steve Holland has detailed the lengthy process surrounding how to combat the threat of the in-form Kylian Mbappe, who now leads the Golden Boot race.

Brazil kick off the quarter-finals on Friday when they face Croatia before Argentina take on the Netherlands in a tie dripping with history.

Follow the build-up to England vs France and the latest from Qatar below:

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World Cup: The best moments so far

Thursday 8 December 2022 17:00 , Jack Rathborn

Richard Jolly, Senior Football Correspondent: Ghana’s thrilling victory over South Korea

Ghana versus South Korea might not have stood out on the fixture list. But, like the Cameroon-Serbia match earlier that afternoon, it was both high drama and a prime example of what the World Cup should be about, a chaotic classic played by teams from different continents who rarely meet, amid an atmosphere of mutual excitement.

Ghana surged into a lead, South Korea mounted a fightback, the outstanding Mohammed Kudus scored the winner and Son Heung-Min ended up in tears, thinking his side were out. And in the end, they qualified for the last 16 and compellingly fun Ghanaians did not.

World Cup: The best moments so far

World Cup: Latest odds

Thursday 8 December 2022 16:45 , Jack Rathborn

Winner

  • France 4/1

  • Portugal 6/1

  • Argentina 11/2

  • England 6/1

  • Netherlands 16/1

  • Croatia 33/1

  • Morocco 40/1

Golden Boot

  • Kylian Mbappe 8/15

  • Richarlison 15/2

  • Lionel Messi 12/1

  • Olivier Giroud 20/1

  • Goncalo Ramos 20/1

  • Marcus Rashford 30/1

  • Cody Gakpo 30/1

  • Bukayo Saka 35/1

  • Harry Kane 40/1

  • Neymar 40/1

Via Betfair

‘A page turns. The succession is ready’: Eden Hazard retires from international football

Thursday 8 December 2022 16:30 , Jack Rathborn

Eden Hazard has announced his international retirement for Belgium after a group stage exit at the Qatar World Cup.

The Real Madrid forward follows coach Roberto Martinez in walking away from the Red Devils.

A desperately disappointing campaign saw Belgium lose to Morocco and draw with Croatia in the final game to finish third in Group F.

Eden Hazard announces Belgium retirement after group stage exit at World Cup

World Cup: The best moments so far

Thursday 8 December 2022 16:15 , Jack Rathborn

Miguel Delaney, Chief Football Writer: Germany stand up to Fifa and Messi’s magic against Mexico

The manner that Germany’s admirable silence gesture has provoked angry responses reflects a victory greater than anything happened on the pitch, but this is ultimately about the pitch. There are many moments, the World Cup transcending its problematic stage in the way it often does, from Morocco’s rise to Richarlison’s acrobatics. In terms of its historic weight and emotion, though, there was something even more transcendental about Leo Messi’s goal against Mexico. The strike itself was divine, with its beauty made all the better because it was such a defining moment, rescuing Argentina after the shock of Saudi Arabia, and setting them on a new path - perhaps destiny. Fittingly, in the moments after such a release, Messi showed his relief in a manner even more freighted with grandeur. “Thank you, Diego.” It was a moment of private prayer, amid the most raucous public atmosphere.

World Cup: The best moments so far

Liverpool make ‘big step in pursuit of Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat’

Thursday 8 December 2022 16:00 , Jack Rathborn

Liverpool have taken the lead in the pursuit of Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, according to reports.

Foot Mercato say the Reds are in pole position to sign the Morocco star, who has shone in Qatar at the World Cup.

Tottenham were previously linked with the 26-year-old, but the Reds are now frontrunners for his signature, having met with the Morocco international prior to the World Cup.

Liverpool make ‘big step in pursuit of Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat’

England have planned for France clash for two years, says Steve Holland ahead of World Cup quarter-final

Thursday 8 December 2022 15:45 , Jack Rathborn

England have been planning for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final with France for two years, and have been giving consideration to tackling Kylian Mbappe by pinning him back with England’s own attacking strengths.

Gareth Southgate had a 9am presentation on the world champions the morning after the late win over Senegal, with FA head of coaching Tim Dittmer detailing a number of key points like the thinking of Didier Deschamps and tactical choices depending on opponent.

The England staff have been working on that resolutely since, with assistant Steve Holland believing this is a genuine “50-50” game. Southgate’s second-in-command also described Jude Bellingham as “unique” and possessing every ingredient, with his introduction to midfield amplifying how other young attackers have gone up a level since Euro 2020.

England have planned for France clash for two years, says Steve Holland

Tite vows to dance through World Cup in celebration of Brazil’s football ‘culture’

Thursday 8 December 2022 15:30 , Jack Rathborn

If Brazil are to conquer the world again, it will be as the dancing kings. If, over the decades, the Selecao became a byword for flair and exuberance with the ball at their feet, their willingness to express themselves when the ball is in the net has drawn criticism so far this World Cup. If Richarlison’s overhead kick against Serbia may be the goal of the tournament, Brazil’s quartet of strikes against South Korea became more notable for the rehearsed routines that followed, certainly amid one of the more needless controversies involving events in Qatar.

World Cups can be a place where footballing cultures collide. Brazil’s has tended to earn acclaim, for its aesthetic appeal and entertainment factor, though not from a particularly irascible Irishman whose comments went global. Roy Keane’s predictable reaction and unsurprisingly scathing verdict was designed for an audience of television viewers in the United Kingdom but it made headlines in Brazil. The message from manager Tite was that his side – and even he – will carry on dancing. Keane and other such killjoys may be misunderstanding the Brazilian psyche. Certainly the favourites to lift the World Cup do not believe their capacity to enjoy goals deflects from their attempts to win it or shows any disrespect to opponents.

“We dance when a goal is scored because it is Brazilian culture,” Tite said. “It is not being disrespectful, that is how we do things as a culture ... we will continue doing things in our manner.”

Tite vows to dance through World Cup in celebration of Brazil’s football ‘culture’

England squad hoping ‘Dave the cat’ will be their lucky World Cup mascot

Thursday 8 December 2022 15:15 , Jack Rathborn

England may be known for wearing three lions on their shirts – but a cat could be their lucky charm if they go all the way to World Cup glory in Qatar.

A number of the squad have taken a shine to a stray who has made himself at home at their Al Wakrah-based hotel.

Given the name ‘Dave’, the feline has appeared in plenty of social media posts since the team arrived in Qatar.

Manchester City pair John Stones and Kyle Walker, in particular, are fans, with stray cats a common sight around restaurants and hotels in the Gulf state.

England squad hoping ‘Dave the cat’ will be their lucky World Cup mascot

Xherdan Shaqiri apologises to Switzerland fans after World Cup thrashing by Portugal

Thursday 8 December 2022 15:00 , Jack Rathborn

Xherdan Shaqiri apologised to Switzerland fans after they were dumped out of the World Cup in humiliating fashion.

Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick, with Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and Rafael Leao also on the scoresheet as Portugal put Switzerland to the sword to storm into a first World Cup quarter-final since 2006.

Fernando Santos benched Cristiano Ronaldo and was rewarded with a far slicker and more artful display from his team than anything they had shown in the group stages as Switzerland were outplayed in every part of the pitch.

Hansi Flick to remain Germany boss for Euro 2024 despite World Cup exit

Thursday 8 December 2022 14:45 , Jack Rathborn

Hansi Flick will lead Germany into Euro 2024 despite being in charge of an embarrassing group-stage exit at the World Cup.

The DFB has confirmed they will stick by the former Bayern Munich coach, even though the Germans were unable to progress from a group containing Spain, Japan and Costa Rica in Qatar.

It was the second World Cup in a row where they failed to reach the knockout stages.

Flick, who took over from Joachim Low in 2021, got the good news after talks with DFB president Bernd Neuendorf and vice president Hans-Joachim Watzke on Wednesday.

Hansi Flick to remain Germany boss for Euro 2024 despite World Cup exit

‘I love Jack!’ Bernardo Silva praises Man City team-mate Jack Grealish

Thursday 8 December 2022 14:30 , Jack Rathborn

Portugal star Bernardo Silva loves Manchester City team-mate Jack Grealish and has been teasing the England forward during the World Cup about the amount he gets fouled.

City stars Phil Foden, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips and Grealish are all part of Gareth Southgate’s squad in Qatar, where they take on reigning champions France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The winners of that clash face a semi-final meeting with Morocco or Portugal, who hit Switzerland for six in the final last-16 tie as they secured progress with style.

Silva was understandably delighted with the triumph that came days after Grealish said he was probably the best he has played with, saying “he’s changed the way I see football”.

‘I love Jack!’ Bernardo Silva praises Man City team-mate Jack Grealish

Portugal reject speculation Cristiano Ronaldo ‘threatened to leave World Cup’

Thursday 8 December 2022 14:15 , Jack Rathborn

Speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the World Cup has been dismissed by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

After the 37-year-old was left on the bench for the Selecao’s 6-1 win over Switzerland in the last 16, rumours emerged that discussions took place between player and head coach Fernando Santos.

With the legendary forward reportedly threatening to leave Qatar before the crucial tie against the Swiss.

The friction appears to have emerged due to Santos’ anger at how Ronaldo responded to being substituted against South Korea, prompting Goncalo Ramos to get the nod in the starting line-up.

Portugal reject speculation Cristiano Ronaldo ‘threatened to leave World Cup’

Cody Gakpo open to Manchester United transfer if club make January move

Thursday 8 December 2022 14:00 , Jack Rathborn

Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo has revealed he has not had any contact from Manchester United over a possible move, but would consider joining the Old Trafford club.

The PSV Eindhoven attacker has lit up the World Cup with his dazzling displays for the Netherlands, scoring three goals in four games, with a quarter-final against Argentina football to come.

That has come off the back of a scintillating run of form for PSV before the World Cup break as he bagged nine goals in 14 Eredivisie games, adding an impressive 12 assists.

Cody Gakpo open to Manchester United transfer if club make January move

France are not dependent on Kylian Mbappe for World Cup success, Adrien Rabiot claims

Thursday 8 December 2022 13:45 , Jack Rathborn

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot insists France are not dependent on Kylian Mbappe for success at the World Cup.

Didier Deschamps’ defending champions face England in the quarter-finals on Saturday and in Mbappe they have the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals in four matches.

However, they also have the joint second-highest scorer in Olivier Giroud, with three, and Rabiot stressed they are not a one-man team.

“There is no dependency. It is our main weapon but we also have other players who can make a difference in other ways,” the Juventus midfielder said.

France are not dependent on Kylian Mbappe for World Cup success, Adrien Rabiot claims

Virgil van Dijk says Netherlands are not focusing on just stopping Lionel Messi

Thursday 8 December 2022 13:30 , Jack Rathborn

Virgil Van Dijk insists the Netherlands are preparing for far more than Lionel Messi alone in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

Messi has, once again, proved Argentina’s inspiration in Qatar and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is aiming to cap his glittering career by guiding his side to success in next week’s final.

Yet defender Van Dijk knows Dutch hopes do not just rest on whether they can stop Paris Saint-Germain’s former Barcelona talisman.

The Liverpool centre-back said at a press conference: “He’s one of the best players of all time, obviously. He has done it for so many years.

Virgil van Dijk says Netherlands are not focusing on just stopping Lionel Messi

‘I understand what I need to do’: Kyle Walker on World Cup battle with Kylian Mbappe

Thursday 8 December 2022 13:14 , Jack Rathborn

Kyle Walker insists England will not be rolling out the red carpet for France’s great entertainers in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash.

Most of the talk since the tie was confirmed has surrounded Kylian Mbappe and how England can stop a man who leads the golden boot race with his five goals in Qatar.

The World Cup holders also boast the likes of Olivier Giroud – who has overtaken Thierry Henry to become Les Bleus’ all-time leading goalscorer – and Antoine Griezmann.

But Walker is not prepared for England to become theatre-goers as he backed Gareth Southgate’s men to show what they can do.

‘I understand what I need to do’: Kyle Walker on World Cup battle with Kylian Mbappe

Jack Grealish: I want everyone to do well

Thursday 8 December 2022 13:00 , Jack Rathborn

Jack Grealish insists England’s squad get on like “brothers” and want each other to do well, even if it means sitting on the bench.

“I want to start, but when you are here together you can’t be moping around. You can’t be like a bad egg going ‘why aren’t I playing?’.

“Listen, I am at a World Cup, playing for my country. Whoever plays out of us attackers, we have all got each other’s back and want each other to do well. That’s the truth, from my heart. I want everyone to do well.

“I know when I get my chance I will do my best to take it, but if I don’t start then I want Bukayo (Saka) or Phil (Foden) or Rashy (Marcus Rashford) or whoever it is to do well because we are all in this together.

“We might be rivals sometimes on a Saturday, but we all get on well, like brothers, and that is what keeps us ticking along.”

Jack Grealish and Phil Foden could start against Wales (The FA via Getty Images)
Jack Grealish and Phil Foden could start against Wales (The FA via Getty Images)

Luis Enrique leaves Spain as head coach with Luis de la Fuente appointed as successor

Thursday 8 December 2022 12:45 , Jack Rathborn

Luis Enrique has split with Spain as the country’s head coach with Luis de la Fuente appointed as his successor following a disastrous World Cup 2022 exit.

The Spanish football association confirmed the departure on Thursday after La Furia Roja’s elimination in the round of 16 to Morocco in a 3-0 penalty shootout after a scoreless draw in regular and extra time.

Luis Enrique leaves Spain as head coach with Luis de la Fuente appointed

How have England’s players rated at the World Cup so far?

Thursday 8 December 2022 12:30 , Jack Rathborn

England have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar as hope builds that Gareth Southgate’s side can go further than they did in Russia four years ago.

Key to that will be Saturday’s crunch clash with defending champions France in the last eight, with Kylian Mbappe set to provide England their biggest test of the World Cup so far after his five goals in four games.

Amid a chaotic group stage in Qatar, England’s progress to a last-16 meeting with Senegal was relatively straightforward. Despite being booed off following a 0-0 draw with the USA, England topped Group B thanks to convincing victories over Iran and Wales. From there, England overcame an uncertain start to sweep Senegal aside and book their place in the quarter-finals.

How have England’s players rated at the World Cup so far?

Thursday 8 December 2022 12:15 , Jack Rathborn

Jack Grealish has called for Jordan Henderson to receive “respect” after impressing for England at the World Cup.

“It’s weird because I feel like sometimes he gets a lot of stick, maybe not criticism, but a bit of doubt and I’m like ‘this guy has won the Premier League, the Champions League and has got us to a World Cup semi-final and a Euros final – give him some respect,’” Grealish says.

“That’s what I like about Hendo, when he is doubted a little bit he responds in the perfect way. I think he’s one of those characters that the more he gets doubted the more he wants to prove people wrong.

“He’s a brilliant professional, trains every day like it is his last. He’s one of those characters who, no matter what, you need in your squad.”

 (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

Everything wrong with the Qatar World Cup

Thursday 8 December 2022 12:00 , Jack Rathborn

ut of the many facts and figures circulated about Qatar’s problems, there is one realisation that should stand above everything. It is a disgrace that, in 2022, a country can host a World Cup where it has lured millions of people from the poorest countries on earth - often under false pretences - and then forced them into what many call “modern slavery”.

And yet this has just been accepted. The World Cup carries on, an end product of a structure that is at once Orwellian and Kafkaesque. A huge underclass of people work in an autocratic surveillance state, amid an interconnected network of issues that make it almost impossible to escape. “It’s all so embedded,” says Michael Page of Human Rights Watch.

Everything wrong with the Qatar World Cup

Qatar World Cup: Fifa accused of being ‘complicit’ in ‘human rights travesty’

Thursday 8 December 2022 11:45 , Jack Rathborn

The family of jailed World Cup whistleblower Abdullah Ibhais has accused Fifa and president Gianni Infantino of “callous indifference” and being “complicit” in a “human rights travesty”, which is “tearing apart” his young family.

“We refuse to back down,” a statement read. “We call upon the Qatari authorities for Abdullah’s immediate release, and ask all human rights organisations, journalists, activists, players and the audience of the World Cup to raise their voices and call for Freedom for Abdullah.”

Ibhais’s case was referred on Wednesday to a team of UN human rights experts, which the family hope will result in an official statement that his case constitutes an arbitrary detention.

Fifa accused of being ‘complicit’ in ‘human rights travesty’

This is some World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo is having and it’s not over yet

Thursday 8 December 2022 11:30 , Jack Rathborn

This is some World Cup that Cristiano Ronaldo is having. Forget for a moment the self-immolation of that Piers Morgan interview, which torched his legacy at Manchester United and appears to have ended his career at the elite level of European football too.

Instead focus only what has taken place just since the start of this tournament. There’s still plenty to go at.

Since winning and converting a highly questionable penalty in Portugal‘s opening game, he has claimed to score a goal he did not touch, set up another for the opposition by cowering at a set-piece, flounced off the pitch in a barrage, and, as a result of that outburst, he has now been dropped from the starting line-up - a decision that heralded a statement 6-1 victory and arguably the best team performance seen in Qatar.

This is some World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo is having and it’s not over yet

The battle that will decide England vs France in World Cup quarter-final

Thursday 8 December 2022 11:22 , Jack Rathborn

Jude Bellingham’s midfield battle with Aurelien Tchouameni will be crucial when England take on reigning champions France in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The battle that will decide England vs France in World Cup quarter-final

Jack Grealish: England have special bond with fans

Thursday 8 December 2022 11:15 , Jack Rathborn

Jack Grealish insists England now have a “special bond” with the fans ahead of the World Cup quarter-final.

“The pundits and press will always have something negative to say about us, no matter what we do, but we have created a special bond with the fans – during the last Euros and the World Cup in 2018. I feel they believe in us now.

“They are going into each game thinking this team can win, whoever we play against. No doubt this game will be our biggest test yet, but you are never going to get to a World Cup final without playing the best and we are fully looking forward to it.”

England’s Jack Grealish celebrates after victory over Wales (REUTERS)
England’s Jack Grealish celebrates after victory over Wales (REUTERS)

Ibrahima Konate: Kylian Mbappe just resting before England match

Thursday 8 December 2022 11:00 , Jack Rathborn

Ibrahima Konate has moved to allay any doubts over Kylian Mbappe’s involvement in the World Cup quarter-final against England.

The PSG superstar missed training on Wednesday, but the Liverpool defender insists Les Bleus’ talisman will be ready.

“We haven’t really spoken about it at all. He was just resting,” Konate said.

“It was a little recovery session - the day before we had a day off. I think he decided to stay indoors with the coach, there is nothing to worry about.”

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

‘It annoys us’: Luke Shaw on England team leaks

Thursday 8 December 2022 10:45 , Jack Rathborn

“For some reason, our team is out every game day before anything, so I’m sure everyone is going to find out like normal. It seems to get leaked every time we play.

“Of course it annoys us when that happens. You can guess some players that are going to play, but sometimes if people get changed and it is out there before the team actually gets announced it can give the opposing team an advantage.

“That is something we all speak about. We don’t understand why the English media would leak that to give other teams an advantage.

“There is nothing we can do about it because it has been happening for a long time, but we’ve got a couple more days to focus more on details about what France are going to do and we’ll go from there.”

This is the side of the World Cup that Qatar would prefer you ignore

Thursday 8 December 2022 10:30 , Jack Rathborn

t is one of the regular moments of harsh reality that takes you out of the illusion that is this World Cup. As the taxi driver drops the group off, there is a sudden plea. It is not for a five-star rating.

“Can you give me a tip please?”, he asks. “I have no money to eat.”

The driver, of south Asian descent, sends almost everything he earns back to his family. This is supposed to be the long-awaited period when such workers can generate income due to the number of visitors to Qatar but here is another who is just starving.

This is the side of the World Cup that Qatar would prefer you ignore

Cristiano Ronaldo role at World Cup ‘to be defined’, Portugal coach reveals

Thursday 8 December 2022 10:20 , Jack Rathborn

Cristiano Ronaldo’s role for the remainder of the World Cup is something that has to be “defined”, Portugal boss Fernando Santos said after dropping his captain for their emphatic last-16 win over Switzerland.

The 37-year-old was only named on the bench as Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos – who hit a hat-trick on his full debut to secure a comfortable 6-1 victory and set up a quarter-final clash with Morocco.

Cristiano Ronaldo role at World Cup ‘to be defined’, Portugal coach reveals

‘I always knew I’d find form’: Harry Maguire repays Gareth Southgate’s faith with exemplary World Cup displays

Thursday 8 December 2022 10:16 , Jack Rathborn

To ward off the monotony that can build between games during the long weeks away at a major tournament, England’s players have been passing the time by trying their hand at Werewolf.

A murder strategy game based on lies and deception, those chosen as “wolves” have to kill off as many “villagers” as possible while the villagers have to detect and identify the wolves. One member of the squad has stood head and shoulders above the rest, revealing himself as something of a super sleuth. “I’m quite good at psychology, to be honest,” admits Harry Maguire. “I’ve needed to be over the last year or so.”

While Maguire puts his Werewolf prowess partly down to an analytical mind, it is mostly due to past experience. “I’ve played it before as well, I must say. When I was at Leicester, we played the game a lot and the more you play the game the more you see. You get to look at what people are doing, how they’re acting.”

This World Cup has shown us the most important positon in football

Thursday 8 December 2022 10:06 , Jack Rathborn

The way Gregg Berhalter put it: “We lacked that offensive finishing quality.” As the United States tumbled out of the World Cup, it may have been a more diplomatic, distinctly American way of saying his side needed a striker.

They are not alone in that but Berhalter tried three in four games, attempted an interlude with a false nine, and got a solitary goal from a centre-forward: Haji Wright’s fluke of a finish against the Netherlands. “We don’t have a Memphis Depay right now,” the USA manager concluded.

This World Cup has shown us the most important positon in football

BREAKING: Raheem Sterling to return to England’s World Cup squad after burglary

Thursday 8 December 2022 09:55 , Jack Rathborn

Raheem Sterling will return to the England squad ahead of their World Cup 2022 quarter-final with France ffollowing the burglary of his family home in Surrey.

The 27-year-old forward did not feature in Sunday’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concern over his family’s wellbeing after the break-in that left his partner Paige and their three children badly shaken.

Sterling returned to the UK but is now willing to travel back to Qatar, with additional security measures being worked through to assure his family’s safety.

The FA confirmed: “Raheem Sterling will return to England’s World Cup base in Qatar.

“The Chelsea forward temporarily left to attend to a family matter but is now expected to rejoin the squad in Al Wakrah on Friday (9 December) ahead of the quarter-final with France.”

World Cup: The best moments so far from Messi magic and shock upsets to group stage drama

Thursday 8 December 2022 09:45 , Jack Rathborn

And breathe. After 17 days of non-stop football, the World Cup pauses ahead of the quarter-finals in Qatar. Amid controversy and continued human rights concerns surrounding the host country off the pitch, it’s been an exhilarating ride so far on it, with shocks galore and a number of thrilling matches to light up the tournament.

The group stages may be remembered as the most unpredictable ever seen at a World Cup, with Saudi Arabia shocking Argentina, Japan stunning Germany and then Spain, and Tunisia beating the defending champions France. Several of the groups went down to the final day, and in some cases final minutes, setting up a diverse last-16 line-up.

There have been moments of inspiration from star players, including Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, as well as sublime team goals scored by the Netherlands and Brazil. England have also impressed and are the tournament’s top scorers heading into the quarter-finals, with Gareth Southgate’s side facing France on Saturday.

Morocco produced the result of the last-16 as they upset Spain on penalties, and will look to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup when they take on Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo has already made history by becoming the first man to score in five World Cups, while Argentina look to be on a collision course with Brazil in what is Messi’s final World Cup.

Here are some of the best moments of the World Cup so far, as nominated by The Independent’s writers.

World Cup: The best moments so far

Enjoying the Qatar World Cup? Here is the reality hiding in plain sight

Thursday 8 December 2022 09:36 , Jack Rathborn

t is a description that was almost overlooked at the time, but that Qatar was highly attuned to, and warrants mention every day of this World Cup.

“Consultations and reports in Qatar reveal that racial and ethnic stereotypes operate in both the public and private spheres, according to which, for example, sub-Saharan African men are presumed to be unsanitary, sub-Saharan African women are presumed to be sexually available, and certain South Asian nationalities are presumed unintelligent.

“The Special Rapporteur received credible reports that, on the other hand, North Americans, Europeans and Australians are presumed superior, and whites in general are presumed to be inherently competent in various contexts, such as hiring and promotion decisions.”

Enjoying the Qatar World Cup? Here is the reality hiding in plain sight