World Cup: kick off for France-Australia

On Qatari time

Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.

8:15 p.m. – Lucas Hernandez injured

Injured in the knee, Lucas Hernandez limped off and was replaced by his brother Theo.

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8 p.m. – The match of the Blues against Australia has started

The French team meets the Australians this evening for a first clash at the Al-Janoub stadium, located in Al-Wakrah, 22 kilometers south of the center of Doha. A total of 3,300 French supporters will be present to cheer them on, according to an FFF source at RMC Sport.

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7:15 p.m. – No goals either between Mexico and Poland

It’s the second 0-0 of the afternoon: Mexico and Poland could not decide in Group C, and it is therefore Saudi Arabia, surprising winner of Argentina at the start of the day, which is alone at the head of this group.

7 p.m. – Manchester United and Ronaldo part ways

Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is currently in Qatar where he is preparing to play his fifth World Cup: Portugal begins its competition Thursday against Ghana (Group H). But he is no longer a Manchester United player as the English club announced on social media at the end of the day, communicating on his departure ” with immediate effect “. Relations with his coach had deteriorated since the start of the season, the Portuguese being regularly left on the sidelines. Ronaldo returned in the summer of 2021 to the English club which saw him explode between 2003 and 2009.

6:30 p.m. – Varane replacing, Dembélé holder

It was therefore necessary to adapt: ​​after Benzema’s injury package, Didier Deschamps lines up an attack with Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé and Giroud for his entry into the competition against Australia (at 8 p.m.). Behind, the Blues will start without Varane, back from injury and on the bench: the hinge will be made up of Konaté and Upamecano, surrounded by Lucas Hernandez and Pavard − Lloris still keeping the goals. In the middle, we will find Tchouaméni and Rabiot, this same Rabiot, who, ten years ago, shone in a youth team on Qatari grounds.

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5 p.m. – The Blues will play air-conditioned

The opening match had inaugurated the device, it will be renewed this evening: the air conditioning will be activated at the Al-Janoub stadium, for France’s first match against Australia (at 8 p.m.), reports RMC Sports. Which specifies that the air conditioning will be activated to reach 24°C before being cut off. The weather forecast predicts a temperature of 25°C outside. During the opening match on Sunday, some spectators complained of being too cold in the stands.

4 p.m. – A scoreless first match

A few hours before the first match of the France team, its next two opponents in Group D, Tunisia and Denmark separated with a 0-0.

2 p.m. – Blinken laments LGBT armband ban

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Tuesday a“extremely worrying” Fifa’s ban on an armband promoting LGBT+ rights during World Cup matches.

The world football body threatened to “sporting sanctions” European teams whose players wore the multicolored armband ” One Love “while NGOs denounce the criminalization of homosexuality by the ultra-conservative Gulf emirate.

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1:10 p.m. – First sensation of the World Cup

Nothing will be spared the Qataris: Saudi Arabia, the emirate’s eternal rival, has just achieved the first sensation of the World Cup on their soil, breaking Argentina’s unbeaten streak (2-1) . A historic feat for the team trained by the Frenchman Hervé Renard, rather accustomed to routs in major competition, and the first surprise of this World Cup. Saudi fans are in a trance amid the skyscrapers of Doha.

11:30 a.m. – Who will be able to stop the Argentinians?

Facing the modest Saudis, the legendary Lionel Messi, who is probably playing his last World Cup at 35, scored his first goal of the tournament, on a generous penalty after 10 minutes of play. The Albiceleste are undefeated since July 2019 , or 36 games. In this interval, the Argentinians have notably won the Copa America, in 2021. If it won over Saudi Arabia, the team would be tied in invincibility with the Squadra Azzurra, the Italian national team.

11 am – Homophobia in football? “Folklore” for Lloris

For an interview conducted a few months ago as part of an anti-homophobia clip in football, goalkeeper and captain of the Blues Hugo Lloris recognizes that homosexuality in football is ” a taboo topic “. But, as the media Stop on Images reveals, he goes on to explain that homophobic insults are part of “folklore in football”.

“When you’re on the pitch, it’s part of the decor, the fans who are sleeping, you can be insulted. In a pinch, we can use it as additional motivation in adversity, we want to do battle on the ground. »“Folklore”: an interview with Lloris on homophobia stifled by the FFF

The video would then have been buried by the French Football Federation. The FFF has in any case decided not to broadcast it. “Frankly I think the FFF never really wanted to broadcast this clip…”assures Yoann Lemaire, the former player who carried out the interview.

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10 a.m. – Ask for the program

Four meetings are taking place this Tuesday, November 22: Argentina-Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m., Denmark-Tunisia at 2 p.m., Mexico-Poland at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Blues will play their first pool match against Australia. May the best win.

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9 a.m. – No LGBT T-shirts… even for journalists

Rainbow is not allowed in Qatar. With his accreditation, the American freelance journalist Grant Wahl was blocked from entering the Al Rayyan stadium when he was supposed to cover the match between the United States and Wales at the end of the day on Monday. In question: his t-shirt, which featured a balloon surrounded by a rainbow in the middle, an assumed reference to the colors of the LGBTQ community.

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On Twitter, the journalist assured that a security member also confiscated his mobile phone. In a short article posted on his website, he recounted having been held for more than thirty minutes in front of the stadium: a security guard then explained to him that his suit was ” Politics “. “You can make it easier, take off your t-shirt”he intimated to her.

8 a.m. – Hiccups at the ticket office

“Open doors in Senegal – Netherlands: you can access it without a ticket! », headlined the Spanish sports news newspaper “Marca” on Monday evening. Following a computer problem at the entrance to the stadium, supporters were able to enter the stands without a ticket. They only had, according to the daily, to present the Hayya, the entry visa to Qatar.

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This incident is not isolated. A similar quack occurred during the match between England and Iran, organized at the Khalifa International Stadium. According to “Foot Mercato”, the computer problem, linked in particular to the application set up by FIFA for everything relating to ticketing, caused the opening of all the doors of the stadium.

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