Pelé’s daughter calms fears over Brazilian football star’s hospitalization, saying it’s not an emergency



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Brazilian football legend Pelé has been hospitalized to receive treatment for an ongoing medical condition, his daughter Kely Nascimento said on Instagram.

She captioned the post after reports emerged that Pelé’s health deteriorated, saying, “Hello Friends. The media is freaking out again and I want to calm down the rumors here. My dad is hospitalized, he’s receiving treatment. I’m not rushing to a flight to get there.”

She went on to say, “My siblings are in Brazil and I’m going there for New Year’s. This is not a surprise nor an emergency. We thank all the kindness and love you all send to us!!”

Pelé has been hospitalized at Albert Einstein Hospital in central São Paulo, according to CNN affiliate CNN Brasil.

The Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital confirmed in a statement that Pelé was taken there for a “re-evaluation of the chemotherapy treatment over the colon cancer identified in September 2021” and that he is in “stable clinical condition.”

“After medical evaluation, the patient was taken to a regular ward, with no need for a semi-emergency unit or an ICU.

“The former player is in full control of his living functions and stable clinical condition,” read the statement.

In December 2021, Pelé was hospitalized and underwent chemotherapy treatment. In September of that year, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his right colon, which doctors found during routine examinations.

Pelé is widely considered to be one of the greatest soccer players in history. He played in four World Cups, winning three (1958, 1962, 1970) and scoring 12 goals in 14 games. He scored 1,281 goals in his professional career in 1,363 games.

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Lionel Messi has penalty saved but Argentina progresses to World Cup knockout stages with win



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Lionel Messi had a penalty saved but Argentina booked its ticket to the knockout phase of the 2022 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Poland.

Alexis Mac Allister’s scuffed effort 60 seconds into the second half broke the deadlock before Julián Álvarez’s brilliant curled shot sealed the three points as Argentina advanced as Group C winners.

The opener came after Messi, Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer, had his penalty saved by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.

Álvarez’s sublime finish midway through the second half capped off a nail-biting evening for Argentina, who will now face Australia.

Poland advanced to the knockout stages by the skin of its teeth, qualifying on goal difference.

The other Group C game was a thrilling affair, Mexico beating Saudi Arabia 2-1, but the win wasn’t enough for the Central American team and Poland will now play France in a last-16 match on Sunday.

Álvarez is embraced by teammate Enzo Fernandez after scoring against Poland.

Not for the first time in his career, all the pressure laid firmly at Messi’s door, the 35-year-old endlessly striving to emerge from the long shadow which Diego Maradona has cast over the Argentina national side.

Playing in his 999th professional match, Messi looked up for the challenge, troubling Poland from the opening minute.

While the Polish attack offered very little throughout the game, Argentina cranked up the pressure – and both Messi and left-back Marcos Acuña coming close.

Argentina was offered a great chance to break the deadlock when the video assistant referee adjudged that Messi had been fouled by Wojciech Szczęsny when he was hit in the face by the Polish goalkeeper’s flailing hand.

However, Messi’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Szczęsny’s who somehow beat the ball away one-handed.

It was the crowning moment of a busy first half for Szczęsny, who finished the opening 45 minutes with nine saves to his name as Argentina piled on the pressure.

Szczesny saves a penalty from Messi.

The penalty save was Szczęsny’s second of the tournament already and he became only the second goalkeeper since 1966 to save a penalty at the World Cup having conceding it himself, after Joel Bats for France against Brazil in 1986, according to Opta Stats.

It took just under 60 seconds for Argentina to break the deadlock after the break.

A cut back cross from right back Nahuel Molina fell to the feet of Mac Allister whose scuffed effort just managed to sneak past Szczęsny and send Stadium 974 into delirium.

It was Mac Allister’s first international goal, and continues his excellent year – he came to this World Cup as the top scorer for his Premier League club, Brighton and Hove Albion, this season.

That goal seemed to relax the Argentina players and fans inside the ground. Messi, Álvarez and Ángel Di María began to turn on the flair, toying with the Poland defense.

Midway through the second half, Álvarez showed why he’d been brought in for this game – he’d started the first two group games on the bench – curling home to get his first World Cup goal.

With Poland opening up at it attempted to claw itself back in the game, more spaces opened up for Argentina, with Messi, Álvarez and Lautaro Martínez all going close.

Group C’s conclusion must have been an agonizing watch for Poland’s fans.

For a brief period of time during the match, Poland and Mexico were tied on goal difference. That meant Poland was slated to advance via its better disciplinary record.

With Poland fans checking their phones furiously to keep tabs on proceedings and with all eyes on whether any Polish players picked up a yellow card, there was one last twist to Wednesday’s proceedings.

That was delivered by Salem Al Dawsari’s 95th-minute goal which gave Poland had a superior goal difference, assuring it’s progression to the next stage.

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Luka Doncić racks up 41-point triple-double to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors, 116-113



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Luka Doncić racked up an incredible 41-point triple-double as his Dallas Mavericks beat Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors 116-113.

It was the first time that last season’s Western Conference finalists met since the Warriors beat the Mavericks in the playoffs and their superstars did not disappoint.

Doncić finished with 41 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists – his fifth triple-double of the season – and for good measure, added four steals and a block. Steph Curry did his best to try to lead the Warriors, scoring 32 points to go with five rebounds and five assists, but last season’s Finals MVP couldn’t get them over the line.

It was Doncić who ultimately came out on top in the battle between the two. The difference was highlighted when Doncić bumped Curry to the ground before scoring a fadeaway jumper with a minute on the clock to put the Mavs three points up.

Curry has excelled this season and is averaging 31.4 points per game but is struggling to carry the Warriors.

After the Warriors closed the gap to two and had a chance to tie the game or take the lead, Curry was then called for traveling with just 10 seconds on the clock.

“Bang, bang situation,” Curry said on his last-minute turnover.

“Dumb play by me to not take the layup. I got a little confused on what the time and score was. Going for the hero shot. I didn’t think it was a travel to the point where let the play run out. But who am I to say?”

The Mavs were better throughout and deserved the win which snapped a four-game losing streak.

After racing into an 11-point lead in the first quarter, Dallas did not let up. Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed last season’s Conference Finals against the Warriors, added 22 points to Doncić’s haul and Spencer Dinwiddie and Josh Green also hit double figures.

But the night was all about “Luka Magic,” who tied Dirk Nowitzki’s record for the second-most 40-point games in the franchise’s history.

The 23-year-old Doncić said after the game, “It was great. I was participating and giving it everything I had. I was really tired at the end. We needed this game. We needed this win. I think we deserved this win and we for sure needed this win.”

Doncić and Curry are in the top-three leaders in points scored this season along with the Sixers' Joel Embiid.

For all of Doncić’s brilliance, it was another night where Curry was let down by his teammates. The Warriors’ biggest flaw this season has been their lack of depth, but last night, it was the starters who struggled to support Curry.

Klay Thompson – who finished with five points and shot 1-for-6 from deep – missed a three-pointer at the buzzer when he had a good look before Curry was called for traveling. The ‘Splash Brother’ has seen limited minutes to protect his knees, but when he has played, he has looked a shadow of his former self.

Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green also struggled, only chipping in with 10 and 12 points respectively, as the Warriors lost their third game in their last eight.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr addressed the team’s poor start to the season, “We have to expect that teams are going to make shots against us. We’re going to be circled on every team’s calendar.”

The loss leaves the NBA champions in 10th in the Western Conference with an 11-11 record ahead of them welcoming the Chicago Bulls to the Chase Center on Saturday.

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United States Women’s National Team earns more money from men’s World Cup than its previous two women’s tournaments



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The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) earned more money from its male equivalent reaching the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar than it did from winning its own tournaments in 2015 and 2019.

As a result of the equal pay agreement forged earlier this year between the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA), the men and women’s teams split all World Cup earnings.

Under the landmark agreement, US Soccer became “the first Federation in the world to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money” awarded to the teams for participating in World Cups.

“This is a truly historic moment,” US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement in May. “These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.”

FIFA’s website details the prize fund for this men’s 2022 tournament, stating that teams who finish between ninth and 16th – i.e. those who are defeated in the first round of the knockout stages – earn $13 million per team.

The USWNT will earn more for the US men's team's success at Qatar 2022 than it earned for its two World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019.

That means the USWNT will earn $6.5 million for the US Men’s National Team’s (USMNT) exploits thus far in Qatar. If the team defeats the Netherlands in the round of 16 and reaches the quarterfinals or beyond, that figure will continue to increase.

The USWNT earned $6 million in total for its successive World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019 – $2 million in 2015 and $4 million in 2019. The 2019 Women’s World Cup total prize money was $30 million, doubled from the $15 million in 2015.

Meanwhile, at the men’s World Cup this year, the winner of the tournament will get $42 million and the total prize money is $440 million – over 14 times as much as the women’s edition of the tournament.

The USMNT plays the Netherlands on Saturday having finished second in Group B.

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Christian Pulisic is day-to-day after being taken to hospital with pelvic contusion suffered scoring winning goal for US



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US Men’s National Team (USMNT) forward Christian Pulisic was taken to hospital due to an abdominal injury he suffered while scoring the game-winning goal for the United States in its crucial 1-0 win over Iran at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

A US Soccer spokesperson told CNN in an email that Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian goalkeeper after scoring his goal, went for medical scans but “was not hospitalized.”

In a social media post the team said Pulisic was diagnosed with a pelvic contusion. His playing status is day-to-day.

Pulisic met the rest of the squad as they returned to the team hotel. In a video posted by USMNT officials on Twitter, the 24-year-old can be seen with a huge smile and using a cell phone to record his teammates walking through a cheering throng in the lobby.

Fellow forward Tim Weah gives Pulisic a hug.

World Cup host broadcaster FOX Sports tweeted a picture of Pulisic in what looks to be a hospital bed with the caption “So f**king proud of my guys I’ll be ready Saturday don’t worry.” The US Men’s National Soccer Team’s Twitter account retweeted the Fox Sports tweet.

Pulisic didn’t discuss his status when he posted on his verified Instagram, writing: “No words to explain what this means to us ! Let’s go @usmnt”

Pulisic lay injured on the pitch after scoring his side's opening goal and only goal during the match against Iran.

The US Men’s National Team earned a tough 1-0 win over Iran in a nerve-wracking Group B decider at Qatar 2022, securing its place in the knockout stage.

Pulisic’s first-half goal was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014 – but glee turned to concern after it became clear the star was injured while scoring the winner, leading the Chelsea man to be helped off the pitch by medics.

Pulisic soon re-entered the pitch, but was clearly still struggling with the knock. Despite only playing one half, Pulisic earned man of the match honors.

The USMNT will be hoping its star man, dubbed “Captain America” by some, is fit for the round of 16 tie Saturday. As Group B runners-up, the United States will face Group A winners Netherlands, ranked No. 8 in the world.

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USMNT advances to World Cup knockout stage with hard-fought victory over Iran



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The US Men’s National Team (USMNT) was made to work hard for its place in the World Cup knockout stage, earning a tough 1-0 win over Iran in a nerve-racking Group B decider at Qatar 2022.

Christian Pulisic’s first-half goal was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.

The pressure was certainly on for Gregg Berhalter’s side in Qatar after the national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but the US got the job done with three gritty group performances.

It certainly wasn’t pretty at times, in particular in the closing stages against Iran, but progressing through the group stage was the minimum expectation for this exciting young team.

There will be some concerns going into the knockout stages, though, after Pulisic suffered an abdominal injury while scoring the winner.

The USMNT will be hoping its star man, dubbed ‘Captain America’ by some, is fit for the round of 16 tie against the Netherlands on Saturday following the news that Pulisic had been sent to hospital for a scan.

Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams celebrate the opening goal.

This was the only the third meeting ever between the two nations and their first World Cup encounter since France 1998 – a politically charged match that saw Iran emerge as a shock 2-1 winner.

That was the first time that Iran and the US, sometimes described officially in Iran as the ‘Great Satan,’ had met on the football pitch and the biggest sporting occasion between the countries since the 1979 revolution.

The build-up to this game in Qatar has been similarly tense, with Iran even calling for the USMNT to be expelled from the World Cup after the US Soccer Federation posted an Iranian flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran.

USMNT manager Berhalter and captain Tyler Adams also faced some tough questions from Iranian journalists in a fiery press conference, fending off accusations of hypocrisy and disrespect.

The furore surrounding this game only added to the drama of a matchup that – even in a vacuum away from off-field issues – was guaranteed to be fraught with tension.

Both teams knew a win would secure a place in the round of 16, but for the USMNT even a draw would not be enough to see it progress from the group.

The USMNT had to battled hard for its place in the round of 16.

There weren’t too many signs of early nerves from the USMNT as Berhalter’s side dictated the play in the opening stages – enjoying 65% of the possession – though it took until the 28th minute for it conjure the first chance of note.

Josh Sargeant’s long-range effort took a deflection off an Iranian defender and fell perfectly into the path of Timothy Weah, who perhaps didn’t realize he was all alone in front of goal and rushed a headed effort that Alireza Beiranvand in the Iran goal caught with ease.

On the half hour mark, Weah once again took up a brilliant position inside the box but skied his effort well over the crossbar after being set up by Sargeant.

The USMNT’s pressure eventually told seven minutes before half time, taking the lead following an incisive team move.

Weston McKennie’s pinpoint cross field ball was headed back across goal by the marauding Sergiño Dest and bundled home bravely by Pulisic, who suffered a hefty collision with Beiranvand as he turned the ball over the line.

The USMNT’s delight swiftly turned to worry as it was evident that Pulisic was in significant pain following the clash, limping heavily as he was helped off the pitch by two medics.

Pulisic soon re-entered the pitch, but the Chelsea man was clearly still struggling with the knock.

Christian Pulisic is surrounded by teammates after going down injured following his goal.

As the USMNT grew in confidence, spaces began to open up in Iran’s defense and Weah thought he’d doubled his team’s lead just before the interval, finishing wonderfully with the outside of his boot only to be met by the linesman’s flag for the narrowest of offside decisions.

Though Iran would have been happy to weather that first-half storm, it was a surprisingly subdued performance – in particular following Pulisic’s goal – from a team that had caused both England and Wales defensive problems in its opening two matches.

Iran did begin the second half with more authority, creating two brilliant chances for Saman Ghoddos but the Brentford forward was unable to trouble USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner.

With the clock ticking down, Iran had a glorious chance to level the score but Morteza Pouraliganji’s stooping header flashed narrowly wide of the far post much to the relief of the American fans in the stands, many who had their heads in their hands.

There were loud calls for a penalty from the Iranian players late on in the nine minutes of added time, with Mehdi Taremi insisting that Cameron Carter-Vickers had pulled down the Porto forward down as he attempted to get on the end of a cross.

USA players celebrate at the final whistle.

After a brief, tense check, VAR decided it wasn’t a penalty and soon after referee Mateu Lahoz blew his whistle to end the game.

Both teams sank to the floor – for very difference reasons – but the USMNT will know an improved performance is necessary if it wants to have a chance of advancing further in Qatar.

Following the defeat, an emotional Saeid Ezatolahi asked for forgiveness from Iran fans.

Iran was in a strong position going into the final game following that crucial 2-0 win over Wales, needing just a draw to progress, but put in a disappointing performance with a place in the knockout stages on the line.

“I’m really sorry on behalf of our players, our group, that we couldn’t get our opportunity to qualify for the next round,” the midfielder said.

“Life and football is going on and that can be a good lesson for us, at least for the young players like me for the future. So I hope our fans and our people in Iran, they forgive us and I feel just sorry, that’s it.”

Iran coach Carlos Quieroz said “the dream is over” but is already looking to the future.

“The first half was US and the second half Iran,” said Quieroz, who is Iran’s longest-serving coach, having managed the team from 2011 to 2019, before returning for a second spell in charge in September.

“The difference [was] we didn’t score in the second half as we should. But, the dream is over. Now, its thinking about the next step for Iran,” added Quieroz, who is the only coach to have led the team to consecutive World Cups.

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Ali Karimi: Iranian soccer great alleges death threats made against him by the Iran government after supporting protesters



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Iranian soccer great Ali Karimi has alleged that death threats have been made against him, while his family and close friends have been intimidated and harassed by the Iranian government following his support of ongoing protests in the country.

Known as the ‘Asian Maradona,” the 44-year-old Karimi, who retired from playing in 2014, has been a longstanding critic of the Iranian government, and since the onset of protests in Iran in mid-September has openly supported demonstrators who have taken to the streets to voice their grievances with the regime.

The government has described him as one of the “main leaders” of the recent protests in Iran, having issued a warrant for his arrest in early October charging him with “harmonizing with the enemy” and “encouraging riots”, according to Iran’s Supreme Council of the Judiciary. Both of those charges are punishable by death.

In a hour-long sit-down interview with Iranian-American comedian Max Amini, posted on the soccer great’s YouTube channel, Karimi lays bare the death threats he says have been made against him, and the intimidation and threats he says his family and close friends have endured since before the outbreak of protests in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16.

 Ali Karimi, playing for Bayern Munich, fixes the ball during a friendly match between Hamburger SV and Bayern on January 20, 2007.

During the frequent government induced internet blackouts in Iran, Karimi informed protesters on his social media accounts on how they could bypass internet restrictions using VPN and other workarounds.

In retaliation, the government briefly seized his home and belongings but later released them.

The footballer says he initially started receiving threats from the Iranian government through his family members who relayed ominous messages like “the verdict to kill Ali (with a bullet) has been issued and we can carry out the verdict at any time.”

Karimi alleges that the regime had set up a plot for him to return to Iran under the pretext that Iranian dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalq, better known as MeK or People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, and Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad are planning on assassinating him and blaming the Islamic Republic of Iran.

People connected with the government told Karimi, “What we can do for you is for you to come back to Iran, which is a much safer place for you,” the 44-year-old says in the interview.

Until nearly four months ago Karimi and his family resided in Iran but then left for Dubai. That’s when the frequency of threats appeared to increase, says the soccer great.

People he believed to be agents of the regime would frequently contact and threaten not only his family but some of his closest friends, Karimi says.

As protests in Iran started gaining momentum, Karimi says people from the regime would periodically call him and criticize his social media posts which were in favor of the youth standing up against the government.

“I would put a post on social media, I would put a story on social media they would call me, this story is so and so this post is so and you will create discord, these kinds of things,” Karimi says.

Government representatives allegedly contacted Karimi saying that when detained youth were interrogated and asked why they were rioting, they would say they were driven by the footballer’s social media posts.

Karimi notes that the threats made against him, his family and friends are incomparable to the dangers that protesters in Iran are facing.

“A lot of our youth on the streets in Iran, they fight against batons, against bullets … pellet guns, shotgun bullets … and we see that even up to now, a lot of them unfortunately have been killed,” he says.

Human rights activists group Iran Human Rights say at least 448 people – including 60 children and 29 women – have been killed in the unrest surrounding the protests.

In the last week alone, “more than 16 people were killed by repressive forces in Iran. Of those, 12 were killed in Kurdish areas,” the group added.

CNN cannot independently verify the death toll reported by Iran Human Rights – a precise figure is impossible for anyone outside the Iranian government to confirm – and different estimates have been given by opposition groups, international rights organizations and local journalists.

Due to security concerns in the United Arab Emirates, the football legend and his family recently fled to an undisclosed location from where he conducted the interview.

Karimi says at the start of the protests he didn’t have strength to post on social media because of all of the sad news he would see of families mourning the loss of their loved ones who had been killed in protests.

But he would read encouraging comments under his posts, comments like “Don’t leave us” and “Our hope lies is in you and the likes of you.”

“Sometimes, some things give a kind of energy to people and perhaps I say it again, If it wasn’t for those loving and encouraging words and posts and commentsv…” Karimi says, choking up.

“Reading those comments and posts gave me the courage to become active [on social media] again.”

The Iranian government has not responded to the claims made in Karimi’s interview. CNN has reached out to the authorities in Tehran for comment.

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Iran faces USA in winner-takes-all match to progress to World Cup knockout stages



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The knockout stage has already arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will suffice when it takes on Iran in a winner-takes-all match.

Whichever team wins will reach the round-of-16 at Qatar 2022, and for the USMNT, even a draw would see it eliminated from the tournament.

It will be a match charged with political tension as the two countries have had no formal diplomatic relationship since April 1980 as a result of the Iranian takeover of the American Embassy in November 1979 following the country’s Islamic Revolution.

In the build-up to the game, Iran state media called for the US to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup after US Soccer changed Iran’s flag on its social media accounts to show support for the protestors in Iran.

US Soccer told CNN that it wanted to change the official flag for 24 hours to show “support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights” but always planned to go back to the original flag.

USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter has shied away from these political undercurrents, saying that his focus is solely on soccer.

“The thing about soccer is you meet so many different people from around the world and you’re united by the common love of the sport of soccer,” Berhalter told reporters after the England match.

“I see the game being hotly contested for the fact that both teams want a place in the next round, not because of politics.

“We are soccer players and we are going to compete and they are going to compete and that’s it.”

So far, the USMNT has drawn both its games – 1-1 against Wales after letting a lead slip late on, and 0-0 against an England team full of superstars.

Timothy Weah has scored the USMNT's only goal of the tournament so far.

Against England, the USMNT’s young “golden generation” faced its biggest test yet and looked to be the more threatening of the two teams for much of the game before holding firm against late pressure from England.

There were many bright spots for the US in that game.

It showed tactical flexibility by switching to a 4-4-2 formation, its defense held for the first shutout of a European opponent at the World Cup since 1950, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah and Weston McKennie outplayed their English counterparts in midfield, while Christian Pulisic was every bit the creative playmaker that his team needs him to be.

Although the USMNT is currently ranked four places above Iran in FIFA’s World Rankings, it will be wary of its opponent who kept its own World Cup qualification hopes alive with a dramatic 2-0 win against Wales on Friday.

Iran scored both goals deep into injury time after Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had been red-carded – the first a brilliant strike from Rouzbeh Cheshmi in the 98th minute, and the second a chip from Ramin Rezaeian over substitute goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Iran celebrates defeating Wales.

The result puts Iran’s World Cup back on track after it was derailed somewhat by an opening 6-2 defeat against England and showed a truer indication of the talent contained within the team as it seeks to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time in its history.

“Now, we need to be sure that we are good enough to go to the second round,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said after the Wales match, according to Reuters.

“The US is a brilliant team as well, as we saw them against Wales.

“Our preparation starts with a good rest, refresh the minds and put all the complementary and garbage things outside of our minds and focus on our goal because what we want to do is to give this gift to Iranian fans.”

Iran is appearing at the tournament under the shadow of domestic turmoil following widespread protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being detained by Iran’s morality police, allegedly for not abiding by the country’s conservative dress code. Iranian security forces have since unleashed a violent response to the protests.

During the playing of the national anthems before Iran’s opening match against England on Monday, the Iranian players stood silent in what was widely interpreted as a show of solidarity with those protesting back home, while the players sang the national anthem in their second game against Wales, albeit in a subdued way.

In the other Group B match, England looks to seal its almost certain place in the knockout stages against Wales.

If England defeats Wales, the USMNT would qualify in second place in the group providing it beats Iran; while if England loses, the USMNT would finish first.

Finishing second would make its most likely opponent the Netherlands, while finishing first would likely draw Ecuador or Senegal.

Netherlands vs Qatar: 10pm ET

Ecuador vs Senegal: 10pm ET

Wales vs England: 2pm ET

Iran vs USA: 2pm ET

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UK: BBC or ITV

Australia: SBS

Brazil: SportTV

Germany: ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Telekom

Canada: Bell Media

South Africa: SABC

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Juventus: Entire soccer club board of directors resigns over charges of false accounting



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The entire board of directors of Juventus, including the club’s President Andrea Agnelli and CEO Maurizio Arrivabene, has resigned over charges of false accounting, a statement from the Italian soccer club said Monday.

The decision to collectively resign came after an extraordinary meeting was held Monday after “new legal and accounting opinions” from independent experts were obtained, the statement said.

The Serie A team’s financial statements underwent scrutiny by prosecutors and Italian market regulator Consob in recent months for alleged false accounting and market manipulation. The company has denied any wrongdoing.

Upon the proposal of Agnelli, the board agreed that it was in the best interest of the club for a new board to take over at Juventus.

Agnelli’s decade overseeing an unprecedented period of dominance at the Allianz Arena – including a nine-year run of Serie A titles – has now come to an end as a result.

In its final meeting, the board appointed Maurizio Scanavino as General Manager until a new board of directors will be confirmed in a meeting scheduled for January 18.

Nicknamed La Vecchia Signora – The Old Lady – Juve posted losses of €254.3 million ($256.95 million) for 2021/22, the largest recorded loss in Serie A history.

Juve is third in Serie A – 10 points behind leader Napoli – but failed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

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Portugal vs. Uruguay: Pitch invader with rainbow flag interrupts World Cup match



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The World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay was briefly interrupted by a pitch invader waving a rainbow flag on the field at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Monday.

The FIFA global television feed avoided showing the pitch invader, but the individual could be seen running on the field trailing the flag as they were pursued by security officials.

Portugal won the match 2-0 thanks to two Bruno Fernandes second-half goals, a victory that ensured the European team’s qualification for the knockout stages.

The incident involving the pitch invader happened in the 51st minute of the game. Iranian referee Alireza Faghani was later seen picking the flag up off the turf.

Getty photos showed the flag carrier wearing a shirt with the words “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” written on the back and “SAVE UKRAINE” writing on the front.

CNN has reached out to FIFA and the Qatar tournament organizers for more information on the incident.

A pitch invader runs onto the pitch wearing a t-shirt with a message saying: 'Respect for Iranian Woman' on the back and holding a rainbow flag.

The participation of Iran, who play the US Men’s National Team on Tuesday in a Group B match, in the World Cup has been played out against the backdrop of the country’s domestic turmoil.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. In recent weeks, Russian forces have repeatedly targeted power infrastructure in Ukraine, leaving more than seven million people without power after one wave of strikes a week ago, according to Ukrainian officials.

Ukrainians remain resolute in the face of Russian missile attacks, however, and hopes for any kind of negotiated end to the war remain distant, even as America’s top general pushes for diplomacy.

Meanwhile the issue of LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar has also been a constant theme at the World Cup. The rainbow is a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.

On Saturday, two German soccer fans told CNN that they were asked by security officials to remove the rainbow-colored items they were wearing as they made their way to watch the World Cup match between France and Denmark.

Last week, American journalist Grant Wahl and former Wales captain Laura McAllister both said they were told by security staff to remove clothing with rainbow-colored patterns.

Wahl said he was released 25 minutes after being detained and received apologies from a FIFA representative and a senior member of the security team at the stadium.

When asked to clarify the dress code for fans, FIFA referred CNN to the tournament handbook, which states “expats and tourists are free to wear the clothing of their choice, as long as it is modest and respectful to the culture.”

After some Wales fans were also denied entry into stadiums for wearing rainbow-colored bucket hats, the Welsh Football Association said FIFA told the federation on Thursday that rainbow-colored flags and hats would be permitted at World Cup stadiums in Qatar.

Qatar’s LGBTQ+ laws – where sex between men is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison in the country – has come under criticism.

A report from Human Rights Watch, published last month, documented cases as recently as September of Qatari security forces arbitrarily arresting LGBT people and subjecting them to “ill-treatment in detention.”

However, the country has insisted that “everyone is welcome” at the tournament, adding in a statement to CNN this month that “our track record has shown that we have warmly welcomed all people regardless of background.”

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had scored Portugal’s first goal – but not according to FIFA’s officials.

Midway through the second half, the 37-year-old rose to head a cross from Fernandes.

Ronaldo seemed convinced he had got the slightest of touches to score his second goal in as many games at Qatar 2022 – and he certainly celebrated as if he did.

However, Ronaldo was left disappointed after officials changed their minds, awarding the goal to Fernandes.

Chasing an equalizer, Uruguay ratcheted up the pressure, in particular after the introduction of Luis Suárez and Maxi Gomez.

Just minutes after coming on, Gomez struck the post with a curling effort while Suárez could only hit the side-netting from close range soon after.

Portugal wrapped up its victory following the award of a controversial penalty by the video assistant referee for a handball by José María Giménez.

Fernandes had two more opportunities to complete his hat-trick, but was denied by Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet and then the post thwarted the Manchester United midfielder.

The victory means that Portugal has advanced to the next stage of the World Cup with a game to spare whereas Uruguay needs a victory from its final game against Ghana to have any hopes of progressing.

Friday’s match between the South American side and African team will be the first meeting in the World Cup since their controversial quarterfinal in 2010, when Uruguay beat Ghana in a dramatic penalty shootout to reach the semifinals.

Ghana were left to rue a missed penalty in the last minute of extra-time which denied them the honor of becoming the first African team to reach the semifinals.

The penalty was awarded after Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah had his first shot blocked on the line by Suarez and his follow up effort was kept out out by the Uruguayan striker’s hand.

It meant a red card for Suarez, but Asamoah Gyan’s penalty hit the crossbar, ensuring the game went to a penalty shootout.

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