Qatar World Cup at a glance: coverage on Thursday 24 November.
- The controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar runs from Sunday 20 November.
- Germany make early mistakes and lose to Japan – Andreas Möller lacks ‘gall’
+++ 14:22: Following the German national soccer team’s protest before their 2-1 defeat by Japan at the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday (November 23), Belgium captain Eden Hazard commented on the action: “It would be better if they didn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it and win.” French radio reported RMC following Belgium’s 1-0 win over Canada on Wednesday night.
Before the match against Japan, Hansi Flick’s team demonstratively covered their mouths during the team photo. FIFA has previously threatened consequences for wearing the “One Love” captain’s armband. Noisy RMC Hazard added: “We’re here to play football, I’m not here to spread a political message, other people are good for that. We want to focus on football.”
+++ 11:13: After long discussions about the “One Love” captain’s armband and a protest against the human rights situation in Qatar, Denmark’s players should focus only on their sport at the World Cup. When asked about the ‘One Love’ bracelet for Danish players Andreas Christensen and Jesper Lindström, Danish DBU media director Jakob Höyer stepped in: “I will answer that question. Like I said before, we’re here to talk about football. We want to talk about the France game and we already answered those questions yesterday.”
Update as of Thursday, November 24, 10:10 a.m: There is a strict ban on alcohol in stadiums at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Only at Fanfest are the beer stands open after 7 p.m., guests are not allowed to get alcohol there either. A fan of Mexico’s World Cup participants did not want to put up with it and tried to circumvent the ban on alcohol in stadiums.
As videos on social networks show, the Mexican had binoculars with him and prepared them in such a way that he wanted to smuggle alcohol into the stadium. The man was caught by security right in front of the stadium and he did not come to the stadium with alcohol.
World Cup 2022: Möller lacks ‘gall’ in Germany team.
first message: After a 2-1 draw against Japan at the start of the World Cup, world and European champion Andreas Möller criticized the German national team’s lack of toughness in duels. “Our team lacked gall. At the front when taking advantage of good chances, at the back in decisive duel situations, when we lacked the “German strengths” that we used to praise! This is not at all possible at the World Cup and certainly not at the first appearance,” wrote the fifty-five-year-old man in a column for Kicker sports magazine. Players from other nations perceive lost duels as a “personal insult”. “We are too soft in this respect,” complained Möller.
For the second group game against Spain, his hopes rested “on the undeniable great quality in attack,” wrote Möller. “Fight, bite, don’t give up an inch against Spain, without these virtues we will have to say goodbye to the tournament.” (smr with dpa)
Meanwhile, Germany are under pressure after a botched World Cup opener against Japan. We have gathered press comments on the slaughter.