Photos: Australia stun Denmark, claim place in World Cup last 16 | In Pictures News

Australia shocked Denmark 1-0 to safe their place within the knockout stage of the World Cup for the primary time in 16 years, because of a second-half purpose from Mathew Leckie.

It’s Australia’s first time within the knockout stage since 2006, which was the one different time that they superior out of the group stage.

The Socceroos contained Denmark at Al Janoub Stadium earlier than stinging them on a counterattack within the sixtieth minute when Leckie burst into Denmark’s finish, wrong-footed defender Joakim Maehle and fired low previous goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Denmark’s coach Kasper Hjulmand introduced on all of the attacking firepower he might muster as he desperately sought the targets which have eluded his aspect in Qatar.

However Australia held on to say second place in Group D behind France. A second-half purpose helped Tunisia beat France – however Australia’s win over Denmark sealed their exit.

World Cup 2022, day 11: The schedule, what’s at stake for teams | World Cup

4 video games are scheduled for day 11 — Wednesday, November 30 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The schedule:

Australia vs Denmark (Group D): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Tunisia vs France (Group D): 6PM (15:00 GMT), Training Metropolis Stadium, Al Rayyan

Poland vs Argentina (Group C): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Group C): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

occer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group B - Wales v England - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - November 29, 2022 England's Marcus Rashford scores their first goal from a free kick past Wales' Danny Ward REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
England’s Marcus Rashford scores the staff’s first purpose from a free kick in opposition to Wales’s goalkeeper Danny Ward at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 29, 2022 [Hannah Mckay/Reuters]

 

After shedding their opening sport 4-1 to France, Australia striker Mitchell Duke’s purpose in opposition to Tunisia on Saturday has put the Socceroos proper again in rivalry for a spot within the ultimate 16.

Australia now sits second within the desk on three factors, three behind France, however nonetheless two forward of each Denmark and Tunisia.

That’s why Denmark should win their third sport of the event on Wednesday in opposition to Australia to face an opportunity for a spot within the group of 16.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group D - Tunisia v Australia - Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar - November 26, 2022 Australia's Awer Mabil celebrates after the match REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
Australia’s Awer Mabil celebrates after their win over Tunisia at Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Annegret Hilse/Reuters]

 

In a coaching session on Sunday, the Australians have been in excessive spirits but additionally conscious that they want at the very least a draw in opposition to the Danes to have any probability of qualifying for the knockout levels.

Australia’s star participant Ajdin Hrustic mentioned that the Socceroos should not be transfixed by Dutch footballing legend Christian Eriksen after they play Denmark. Hrustic mentioned a collective staff effort can be wanted if the Australians are to triumph.

Count on an thrilling sport as each groups battle it out to make it via to the subsequent stage of the event.

Gamers to observe:

The Danes will look to Christian Eriksen to ship his brilliance and beat Australia.

Denmark team
Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg (centre left) celebrates scoring their first purpose with Christian Eriksen (centre proper) within the Denmark v France match at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 2022 [File: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters]

 

Socceroos hero Duke is simply the eighth Australian participant to have scored a purpose on the World Cup. The Australian striker, who performs his membership soccer in Japan’s second division, devoted his purpose in opposition to Tunisia to his younger son who was watching from the stands.

Duke will do every thing potential to offer his son one other reminiscence for all times, and likewise get his staff via to the subsequent spherical.

Australia's Mitchell Duke celebrates after he scored the opening goal during the World Cup group D soccer match between Tunisia and Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Australia’s Mitchell Duke celebrates after he scored the opening purpose in the course of the World Cup group D soccer match between Tunisia and Australia on the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Luca Bruno/AP Photo]

Australian defender Harry Souttar may even remember to entertain following a video of his earth-shaking sort out on Tunisian Yassine Khenissi going viral. Souttar appeared virtually out of nowhere to slip in with a thunderous sort out that might have had hard-nut defenders of yesteryear nodding their approval. Souttar’s defending abilities have been extensively praised by pundits with many predicting he will likely be a goal for a Premier League membership in January.

Tunisia are confronted with the massive activity of upsetting World Cup title-holders France on Wednesday if they’re to face an opportunity of advancing to the knockouts. A goalless draw between Australia and Denmark may see Tunisia go second in the event that they beat France – it’s an enormous ask however the courageous Eagles of Carthage may nonetheless soar.

France's Kylian Mbappe runs during the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
France’s Kylian Mbappe runs in the course of the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Frank Augstein/AP Photo]

 

Don’t neglect that Tunisia have been the primary African nation to win a sport on the World Cup finals after they beat Mexico 3-1 in Argentina in 1978. Ten of Tunisia’s 26-man squad have been born in France and so they have three gamers based mostly at French golf equipment.

However, France have been the primary staff to safe qualification via to the spherical of 16 at his World Cup event with wins over Australia and Denmark, and with a sport to spare.

 

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Doha, Qatar - November 26, 2022 Tunisia fan is seen in Souq Waqif REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A fan of Tunisia – often known as the Eagles of Carthage – is seen in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

 

France seem to have shaken off the curse of the defending champions by turning into the primary World Cup champs to make it out of the group stage since 2006 – the 12 months defending champs Brazil emerged. Italy, Spain and Germany all have been eradicated early 4 years after successful their World Cup titles.

The staff’s pre-tournament damage blues are additionally fading, and Les Bleus are feeling upbeat once more and searching like one of many event favourites.

France will look to strike the precise steadiness between resting gamers and holding their World Cup momentum up in opposition to Tunisia, the place even a draw with the Tunisians will assure them prime spot of their grouping.

Ought to the French end first, they are going to face the staff who finally ends up second in Group C, which options Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.

Coach Didier Deschamps is about to relaxation a few of his key males and provides fringe gamers minutes within the sport.

Kylian Mbappe is perhaps held again in reserve however France’s talismanic ahead is chasing data in Qatar and Deschamps may give him some enjoying time to assist him add to his seven World Cup objectives – three of which have been scored in Qatar.

Gamers to observe:

France’s Antoine Griezmann has returned to his finest type and is more likely to play deep and likewise near lone strikers on the entrance.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen, left, and France's Antoine Griezmann challenge during the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meisner)
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen (left) and France’s Antoine Griezmann problem in the course of the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark, at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Martin Meisner/AP Photo]

Griezmann has performed as an attacking midfielder quite than a pure ahead, brilliantly making the hyperlink between midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni and Adrien Rabiot and France’s attacking trio of Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.

“I in all probability ask various things from him, however there isn’t a sacrifice on his half,” Deschamps not too long ago mentioned of Griezmann.

“I may have performed him on the precise flank of the assault as a substitute of Ousmane (Dembele) however that’s not the place he can be probably the most helpful to the staff,” he mentioned.

Two of probably the most proficient and lethal strikers in world soccer, Argentina’s 35-year-old Lionel Messi and Poland’s 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski, line up in opposition to one another on Wednesday with a final 16 place at stake within the World Cup.

Lionel Messi enters to the pitch for a training session of Argentina's national soccer team in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Lionel Messi enters the pitch for a coaching session with Argentina’s nationwide soccer staff in Doha, Qatar, on November 27, 2022 [Jorge Saenz/AP Photo]

 

Messi has scored twice in Argentina’s extraordinary begin to the marketing campaign in Doha, and likewise suffered one of many largest upsets within the event’s historical past by shedding to Saudi Arabia earlier than masterminding a euphoric victory over Mexico.

Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico was the most-watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast in US historical past, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo tv and the streaming providers of Telemundo and Peacock.

The good Argentinian, whose staff are one of many event favourites, is enjoying his fifth and ultimate marketing campaign, which means it’s his final probability to match Diego Maradona and elevate the trophy for his longing homeland.

With Argentina second in Group C on three factors, one behind the Poles, the Argentinians should win on Wednesday to make certain of progressing and holding alive their dream of a 3rd World Cup title.

Poland's Robert Lewandowski runs with the ball during the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Saudi Arabia, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski runs with the ball in the course of the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Saudi Arabia on the Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar,  on November 26, 2022 [Francisco Seco/AP Photo]

 

A draw can be sufficient for the South Individuals, too, if Mexico and Saudi Arabia additionally finish degree.

Like Messi, Poland’s Lewandowski can be his nation’s all-time prime scorer and can be on probably his final mission at a World Cup. He has been in scorching type for Barcelona (Messi’s previous membership) and has additionally had an eventful begin in Qatar.

Lewandowski uncharacteristically missed a penalty in Poland’s opening draw with Mexico earlier than scoring his first-ever World Cup purpose of their 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

Poland, who haven’t reached the World Cup knockout stage since 1986, may undergo with a win or draw in opposition to Argentina.

That is the third time Poland and Argentina will meet on the World Cup. Poland received 3-2 in 1974 and Argentina received 2-0 4 years later. Argentina have received six of their 11 conferences total, with Poland successful three. The groups final performed a world pleasant in June 2011, which Poland received 2-1.

Gamers to observe:

Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

Argentina, Mexico and Poland might all have been fancied to progress from Group C on the World Cup forward of Saudi Arabia, however after their beautiful win over the Argentinians, the Saudis are firmly within the combine forward of their Wednesday sport in opposition to Mexico.

Of their 5 earlier World Cup outings, Saudi Arabia have certified for the spherical of 16 solely as soon as, on their debut on the event in 1994.

Poland vs Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Group C, FIFA World Cup 2022, November 25, at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
Saudi Arabia gamers in motion in opposition to Poland of their Group C, FIFA World Cup 2022, match on November 25, 2022, at Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

At this stage in Qatar, Poland lead Group C on 4 factors, one forward of Argentina and Saudi Arabia, whereas Mexico are on one level.

If Saudi Arabia need to progress they must beat Mexico on Wednesday, whatever the final result of the match between Poland and Argentina. A draw would imply they want Poland to beat Argentina, whereas a defeat would make the permutations extra difficult, as they would want to lose by just one purpose whereas hoping that Poland win their match by a much bigger margin.

And the Saudi gamers can do  it.

Saudi Arabia surprised the soccer world after they defeated Argentina 2-1 of their opening group sport, solely to then lose 2-0 to Poland of their second match.

“Nobody around the globe thought that we may play with this degree. Sure, in Saudi Arabia we all know the gamers nicely, however they’re unknown to the followers around the globe,” Saudi coach Herve Renard informed a information convention after the Poland sport.

“We’re nonetheless alive,” he mentioned. The 54-year-old Renard indicated his staff will play the subsequent match in Lusail in opposition to Mexico with the identical vitality and want, and he rallied Saudi supporters.

“We’d like the followers to make historical past. I desire a inexperienced stadium once more, possibly we’ll play within the white jersey, however that isn’t vital, we wish the assist from the followers,” he mentioned.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Mexico v Sweden - Estadi Montilivi, Girona, Spain - November 16, 2022 Mexico's Raul Jimenez in action with Sweden's Isak Hien REUTERS/Albert Gea
Mexico’s Raul Jimenez in motion with Sweden’s Isak Hien throughout a world pleasant in Girona, Spain, on November 16, 2022 [Albert Gea/Reuters]

Issues is not going to be simple for Saudi Arabia. Mexico even have an opportunity of reaching the final 16, and for them, it will likely be their eighth time in a row. Mexico must beat Saudi Arabia by at the very least a three-goal margin, with Poland not shedding to Argentina. If Argentina beat the Poles, it’ll rely on the ultimate consequence.

Mexico will likely be reminding themselves that they’ve by no means misplaced to Saudi Arabia in 5 earlier matches, and received twice with 5-0 and 5-1 leads to the FIFA Confederations Cup. However the Mexicans are struggling offensively and the staff didn’t rating a purpose within the first two matches in opposition to Poland and Argentina.

Mexico will likely be determined for Wednesday’s sport to not be the primary time they fail to attain at a World Cup event (they’ve now failed to attain of their final 4 World Cup appearances).

Gamers to observe:

Mexico’s hopes appear to relaxation on the shoulders of star striker Raul Jimenez.

Saudi Arabia’s Saleh al-Shehri and Salem al-Dawsari scored a purpose every in opposition to Argentina. Can the pair ship objectives in opposition to Mexico?

Actually two gamers to observe.

Top Chinese security body calls for ‘crackdown’ after protests | News

The Communist Social gathering’s high safety physique has known as for a “crackdown” on “hostile forces” after China noticed protests in main cities in opposition to COVID-19 lockdowns and in help of better political freedoms.

The Central Political and Authorized Affairs Fee, which oversees all home legislation enforcement in China, stated on Tuesday that it was “essential to crack down on infiltration and sabotage actions by hostile forces in accordance with the legislation”, in accordance with a readout of a gathering carried by the state information company Xinhua.

It additionally stated it was essential to “resolutely crack down on unlawful legal acts that disrupt social order in accordance with the legislation and earnestly safeguard general social stability”.

China skilled a weekend of protests not seen in a long time as anger over unrelenting lockdowns fuelled deep-rooted frustration with the political system.

A lethal fireplace final week in Urumqi, the capital of the northwestern area of Xinjiang, was the catalyst for the outrage. Protesters blamed COVID lockdowns for interferring with rescue efforts. Demonstrators emerged on streets in cities throughout China to pay tribute to the ten folks killed and to name for an finish to hardline COVID controls.

A number of the protesters have additionally used the rallies to name for better freedom of expression and the resignation of Chinese language chief Xi Jinping – daring calls for in a rustic the place all organised political opposition is systematically crushed.

Chinese language universities despatched their college students dwelling on Tuesday, and police have fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to forestall extra protests.

Authorities have eased some COVID-19 controls after demonstrations in no less than eight mainland cities and Hong Kong, however they maintained they might keep on with a “zero-COVID” technique, which has confined thousands and thousands of individuals to their houses for months at a time. Safety forces have detained an unknown variety of folks and stepped up surveillance.

With police out in power, there was no phrase of protests on Tuesday in Beijing, Shanghai or different main mainland cities that have been the scene over the weekend of probably the most widespread protests because the military crushed the 1989 student-led Tiananmen Sq. pro-democracy motion.

In Hong Kong, a couple of dozen folks, principally from the mainland, protested at a college.

Beijing’s Tsinghua College, the place college students protested on the weekend, and different faculties within the capital and the southern province of Guangdong despatched college students dwelling. The colleges stated they have been defending college students from COVID-19 however dispersing them to their far-flung hometowns additionally reduces the chance of extra demonstrations. Chinese language leaders are cautious of universities, which have been hotbeds of activism, together with in the course of the Tiananmen protests.

Authorities hope to “defuse the scenario” by clearing out campuses, stated Dali Yang, an skilled on Chinese language politics on the College of Chicago.

Relying on how robust a place the federal government takes, teams may take turns protesting, he stated.

Protesters contacted

Police seemed to be attempting to maintain their crackdown out of sight, probably to keep away from drawing consideration to the size of the protests or encouraging others. Movies and posts on Chinese language social media about protests have been deleted by the ruling get together’s huge on-line censorship equipment.

There have been no bulletins about detentions though reporters noticed protesters taken away by police and authorities warned some detained protesters in opposition to demonstrating once more.

Two protesters instructed the Reuters information company that callers figuring out themselves as Beijing cops requested them to report back to a police station on Tuesday with written accounts of their actions on Sunday evening. A pupil additionally stated they have been requested by their faculty if they’d been in an space the place a protest occurred and to offer a written account.

“We’re all desperately deleting our chat historical past,” stated one other one who witnessed the Beijing protest and declined to be recognized. The particular person stated police requested how they heard in regards to the protest and what was their motive for going.

It was not clear how authorities recognized the folks they wished to query about their participation within the protests, and it was additionally not clear what number of such folks the authorities intention to query.

Rethink lockdowns?

Sympathy protests have been held abroad, and overseas governments have known as for restraint from Beijing.

“We help the precise of individuals in all places to peacefully protest, to make recognized their views, their considerations, their frustrations,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated throughout a go to to Bucharest, Romania.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric known as for China to permit peaceable protests, and the head of the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) stated on Tuesday that it’s time for China to maneuver away from huge lockdowns and in direction of a extra focused method to COVID-19.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva instructed The Related Press {that a} change would ease the influence on a world economic system already scuffling with excessive inflation, an vitality disaster and meals provide disruptions.

She urged a “recalibration” of China’s robust “zero-COVID” method “precisely due to the influence it has on each folks and on the economic system”.

“We see the significance of transferring away from huge lockdowns, being very focused in restrictions, in order that concentrating on permits to include the unfold of COVID with out important financial prices,” Georgieva stated on Tuesday in Berlin.

She additionally urged China to take a look at vaccination insurance policies and concentrate on vaccinating the “most weak folks”.

Wang Dan, a pupil chief of the 1989 demonstrations who now lives in exile, stated the protests “symbolize the start of a brand new period in China … during which Chinese language civil society has determined to not be silent and to confront tyranny”.

However he warned at a information convention in Taipei, Taiwan, that authorities have been more likely to reply with “stronger power to violently suppress protesters”.

World Cup 2022: England v Wales match preview | Football

Who: England vs Wales, Group B

The place: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

When: Tuesday, November 29, 10pm native (19:00 GMT)

FIFA rankings: England (5), Wales (19)

Should you assume the USA vs Iran recreation will likely be politically charged, you simply anticipate this one — which kicks off similtaneously the match between the geopolitical rivals.

The one two non-autonomous international locations on this World Cup are neighbours — of the type the place the seat of energy of 1 resides within the different. Since England’s King Edward invaded and colonised Wales in 1282, establishing a “Ring of Iron” of castles to accommodate his occupying military and to mission energy and management over the Indigenous inhabitants, there have been uprisings and rebellions in Wales to wrestle management and return sovereignty to the Welsh.

It isn’t all historic historical past, both. Within the Nineteen Sixties, a valley of Welsh-speaking villages in North Wales was chosen to be flooded, constructing a reservoir to provide ingesting water, to not the folks of Wales however to the town of Liverpool.

Musician Dafydd Iwan, one of many founders of Welsh pro-independence get together Plaid Cymru, was amongst dozens of individuals jailed within the Nineteen Seventies for Welsh-language activism. Ten years later, he composed Yma o Hyd, a insurgent track describing the efforts to destroy Welsh nationwide id and its language. Its title interprets as “We’re nonetheless right here”, and it now rings out from the terraces when Wales take to the sector. The Welsh language was solely formally recognised by Westminster’s Parliament in 1993.

That is the primary World Cup for which Wales have certified since 1958. The Welsh soccer crew play with a dragon on their chest. The Welsh rugby crew play with the image of the prince of Wales on theirs. The title of “prince of Wales”, by the best way, shouldn’t be hereditary, however appointed by the British monarch, ever since Owain Glyndwr, the final Welsh prince of Wales, led a 15-year riot towards the British monarchy and established an impartial parliament for Wales in 1404.

Following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles appointed his son William to the function he previously held. William, Prince of Wales, has introduced that, as president of the English Soccer Affiliation, he will likely be supporting England on the World Cup. It’s no coincidence that the success of the nationwide soccer crew since Euro 2016 — the place Wales reached the semi-finals — has coincided with a resurgence in independence sentiment.

However this golden era, that includes famous person Gareth Bale alongside Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey, is coming in direction of the inevitable twilight of their careers. Bale and Ramsey battle to get recreation time within the heat climes of Los Angeles and Good, respectively. Allen is barely simply again from harm.

Marcus Rashford, who scored within 49 seconds of coming on as a substitute for England against Iran, dribbles the ball in the penalty area.
Marcus Rashford scored inside 49 seconds of approaching as an alternative choice to England towards Iran [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

The opening draw with the USA, by which Wales had been reliant on a Bale penalty, and the loss to Iran, by which a scarcity of self-discipline left them uncovered defensively, revealed a crew scrabbling for composure and cohesion. To qualify now, Wales must beat England, and hope the USA draw with Iran.

England, in the meantime, are flying excessive: Euro 2020 finalists, ranked fifth on this planet, and thought of a severe contender for the title in Qatar. They’ve virtually certified for the Spherical of 16 already — solely a four-goal margin of defeat at Welsh arms would cease them.

But they too haven’t been as imperious as some had anticipated. A draw with the USA was not what the tabloids again residence had been crying out for. However English supervisor Gareth Southgate — born in Watford, the place Welsh supervisor Robert Web page captained the soccer crew within the Nineties — is aware of that the World Cup is a protracted event and isn’t gained within the group stage.

Headlines howl on the lack of Phil Foden on the pitch, however Southgate is aware of that he doesn’t want the mercurial Manchester Metropolis midfielder to get out of Group B. Foden will make an look precisely when England want him.

Harry Kane’s management on and off the sector is well-known. And he’s not alone. Marcus Rashford, whose marketing campaign without spending a dime college meals pressured a authorities U-turn to feed almost two million kids in want, additionally instructions respect. They lead an England assault that features Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling — all prodigious abilities.

England ought to win this recreation; they need that second star on their shirt. For Wales, this World Cup is much less about pretensions of grandeur and extra concerning the delight that comes from taking one’s rightful place amongst a neighborhood of countries after so lengthy. And after they come residence — each time that’s — the schoolchildren will nonetheless be singing Yma o Hyd, “We’re nonetheless right here”.

Brazil edge gritty Switzerland to gain round of 16 World Cup spot | Qatar World Cup 2022

Resolute Switzerland saved Brazil at bay for many of the match, however Casemiro’s audacious strike broke the impasse.

An outstanding end by Casemiro was sufficient to offer Brazil the victory over Switzerland and assist it qualify to the knock-out phases of the soccer World Cup in Qatar.

The defensive midfielder broke the impasse within the 83rd minute with an audacious strike from the surface of his boot, which took the tiniest of deflections off a defender’s bottom.

The end result on Monday at Stadium 974 means Brazil, five-times World champions, qualify comfortably for the spherical of 16, with nonetheless a sport to play within the group stage of the event towards Cameroon.

Switzerland sit second within the group after the morning’s thrilling six-goal draw between Serbia and Cameroon left them with some extent every.

Extra to comply with…

China netizens, censors wrestle for narrative amid COVID protests | Social Media News

Taipei, Taiwan – Chinese language web customers and authorities censors are engaged in a cat-and-mouse recreation to regulate the narrative across the nation’s anti-“zero COVID” protests.

Protests started in Urumqi, the capital of the far-western Xinjiang area, on Friday following the deaths of 10 folks in an house block hearth earlier than spreading over the weekend to cities, together with Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan and Chengdu.

The protests in Urumqi erupted after footage posted on social media confirmed hearth vehicles spraying water from too far-off to achieve the house constructing, with web customers claiming authorities couldn’t get nearer as a result of pandemic barricades and automobiles that had been deserted by individuals who had been quarantined.

Movies and images of the protests shortly circulated on Chinese language social media platforms corresponding to WeChat and Weibo, the place they acquired tens of hundreds of views earlier than being deleted by authorities censors.

The acts of defiance shared on-line included scenes of individuals tearing down barricades, calling for the resignation of Chinese language President Xi Jinping, and holding up clean white items of paper as an emblem of protest.

By Monday, Chinese language social media appeared to have scrubbed searches for protest hotspots like “Xinjiang” and “Beijing”, whereas posts with indirect phrases like “I noticed it” – a reference to an web person having seen a lately deleted put up – had been additionally censored.

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Chinese language web customers are evading censors by taking screenshots of posts on Chinese language platforms after which sharing them on Twitter and Instagram [Supplied]

“Because the fissure widens between the lie and the reality, even what can’t be mentioned or seen turns into immensely symbolic,” David Bandurski, co-director of the China Media Undertaking, advised Al Jazeera.

“It might punch proper via the veneer. And that is what we’ve seen over the previous few days. The phrases, ‘I noticed it’, marking the void within the wake of a deleted protest video, can turn into highly effective. Or college students protesting on campus can maintain up clean sheets of paper they usually converse volumes.”

Many posts documenting the protests have already jumped China’s Nice Firewall with the assistance of digital personal networks (VPNs) and have been shared on standard Western platforms corresponding to Twitter and Instagram, that are formally banned in China.

“Beijing seems to be utilizing the identical ways of censoring Chinese language social media primarily based on key phrases – nevertheless, the quantity of knowledge that’s getting out previous the Nice Firewall is unquestionably noteworthy,” Stevie Zhang, affiliate editor of First Draft Information, a non-profit devoted to combating on-line misinformation, advised Al Jazeera.

Zhang mentioned web customers had been evading censors by taking screenshots of posts earlier than they had been deleted after which sharing them with one another or posting them on Western social media. In some circumstances, posts have made it full circle again to China through Twitter screenshots.

Different customers have taken to utilizing seemingly unrelated and uncensored phrases to precise their emotions, Zhang mentioned, utilizing “repetitions of ‘good’, or ‘properly accomplished’, or ‘win’ as a type of sarcastic or passive-aggressive manner of highlighting the shortcoming for Chinese language folks to voice any type of criticism.”

Using euphemisms is a standard tactic of Chinese language netizens to evade authorities censors, with abbreviations and homonyms usually standing in for banned phrases. Throughout China’s “Me Too” motion in 2018, many web customers posted below the hashtag “rice bunny” – which when mentioned aloud in Mandarin Chinese language feels like “me too” – after the unique hashtag was banned.

This time, China’s censors have additionally taken observe of how a lot info is circulating on Western platforms corresponding to Twitter, which in current days has been flooded with pornography and adverts for intercourse staff by bots and pro-government accounts.

Twitter has misplaced hundreds of workers to employees cuts and resignations since Elon Musk, a self-described free speech absolutist, took over the social media platform final month. The employees exodus has included quite a few workers chargeable for moderation and misinformation insurance policies, together with the platform’s whole human rights staff, which Musk fired inside days of his $44bn buy of the social media big.

China’s COVID protests come because the nation is grappling with its most circumstances but, selling a brand new wave of lockdowns and restrictions on freedom of motion in massive cities, together with Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Guangzhou. Well being authorities reported 40,347 new infections for Sunday, a fifth straight each day file.

Residents of Urumqi, the place the current protests started, have lived below harsh restrictions since August 10, in what’s believed to be China’s longest steady lockdown.

In late March and early April, a five-day “circuit breaker” lockdown in Shanghai was prolonged to 2 months, prompting meals shortages and uncommon shows of public discontent.

China is the final nation on the earth sticking to a “zero-COVID” coverage geared toward stamping out flare-ups of the virus at virtually any price. The technique, which depends on lockdowns, border controls and mass testing, has saved circumstances and deaths low in contrast with elsewhere, however inflicted critical financial and social prices.

Croatia send Canada out of World Cup with 4-1 victory | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Alphonso Davies gave Canada a second-minute lead however Croatia’s high quality shone by means of to place them high of Group F.

Croatia overcame a spirited Canada on Sunday night to register a powerful 4-1 victory, sending themselves high of Group F and eliminating their North American rivals from the World Cup.

Canada took a fast lead within the second minute by means of the scintillating Alphonso Davies, however Croatia’s high quality instructed because the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium encounter developed with the Adriatic nation drawing stage courtesy of Andrej Kramaric within the thirty sixth minute.

Marko Livaja made it 2-1 shortly earlier than half-time with a low-driven effort from the sting of the field, earlier than Kramaric added a 3rd within the seventieth minute.

Lovro Majer made it 4-1 on the loss of life by way of a breakaway counter-attack as Canada continued to press for a comfort aim.

Extra to observe…

World Cup 2022: Croatia vs Canada match preview | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Croatia and Canada look to get their World Cup campaigns began after irritating ends in their opening video games.

Who: Croatia vs Canada, Group F

The place: Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha

When: November 27 at 7pm (16:00 GMT)

Croatia and Canada will each really feel they need to have gained their opening fixture.

The 2018 finalists have been held to a irritating nil-nil draw in opposition to Morocco as they struggled to seek out the leading edge in a sport the place probabilities have been at a premium.

Canada’s opening match, their first in a World Cup since 1986, proved to be extra entertaining. The Maple Leafs’ efficiency belied their expertise on this stage as their excessive press and sharp motion suffocated Belgium. The Belgians conceded a penalty in solely the tenth minute of the sport, however Canadian star Alphonso Davies had his try saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Canada’s verve didn’t wane. Regardless of having Belgium on the again foot for a majority of the primary half, they conceded late within the first half. Their depth fell off within the second half, and Belgium held on for a 1-0 win.

Canada supervisor John Herdman pulled the gamers right into a huddle on the pitch after the ultimate whistle, the place he lauded their efficiency and, in slightly vibrant language, informed them they’d defeat Croatia.

Whereas Herdman’s rallying cry got here within the warmth of the second, it isn’t a far-fetched prospect. Whereas Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric and Marcelo Brozovic are all wonderful midfield technicians, they might wrestle in opposition to a staff as pacy as Canada. The Maple Leafs overran the Belgian midfield to such an extent within the first half that supervisor Roberto Martinez was pressured to convey on two defensive midfielders at half-time.

Unsurprisingly, Modric nonetheless holds the important thing for Croatia. In opposition to, Morocco, he dictated play and was judged man of the match for his efficiency. However the bluntness of his staff’s strike power stays a difficulty: Of their previous eight video games, Croatia have managed simply 10 objectives.

And whereas Canada’s fledgling group of kids is starting to take flight, Croatia’s golden technology has begun its descent after spending the previous few years flying excessive.

Will Croatia’s expertise and wiliness be sufficient to beat plucky Canada?

Between Russia and the EU: Serbia’s balancing act is failing | Opinions

Because the conflict in Ukraine rages on, most of Europe has united in an anti-Russia camp. Nevertheless, there was one nation that has been refusing to select sides: Serbia.

Belgrade is seen as Moscow’s final remaining good friend in Europe, because it determined to not be part of the EU sanctions regime. Consequently, it has confronted heavy criticism and strain from EU officers who’ve made it clear that the nation, as an EU candidate state, is anticipated to align its international coverage with the EU’s Frequent International and Safety Coverage, together with by imposing sanctions on Russia.

The Serbian authorities has defended its place, saying it’s not within the nation’s curiosity to decide on sides. But, within the present polarised geopolitical local weather, neutrality is turning into more and more untenable, as EU strain continues to mount.

Serbia utilized for EU membership in 2009 and has been in accession talks since 2014. It has opened 22 out of the 35 negotiations chapters and it has regularly reiterated that its prime precedence is to turn out to be an EU member.

Nevertheless, in October, Josep Borrell, the EU’s excessive consultant for international affairs and safety coverage, affirmed that Serbia’s EU accession course of is stalling as a result of it’s not aligning its international coverage with Brussels’s.

Slowing down the accession course of shouldn’t be in itself a sufficiently efficient menace, as Serbia is aware of that it’ll not be allowed to hitch till it resolves its dispute with Kosovo, which declared independence from it in 2008.

The EU does produce other simpler choices to strain Serbia into compliance which it hasn’t used. Belgrade has obtained greater than 1.5 billion euro ($1.5bn) in pre-accession funds within the 2014-2020 interval, and is anticipated to get a fair better quantity between 2021 and 2027. If the EU decides to disclaim entry to those pre-accession funds or to cease investments, it might undoubtedly damage the Serbian economic system and growth.

However Serbia has a lot to lose, as properly, if it does observe EU’s lead in imposing sanctions on Moscow. The nation imports roughly 85 % of the fuel it consumes from Russia; doing something that might carry fuel flows right into a halt would have vital penalties for its economic system and societal consolation.

By not imposing sanctions, Serbia has secured an settlement for a three-year uninterrupted provide of fuel from Russia underneath preferential phrases.

This has allowed Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to reassure the Serbian inhabitants that it’ll not undergo this winter, as a lot of Europe is bracing itself for electrical energy shortages and eye-watering power payments. The contract has additionally put the nation able to export pure fuel to its neighbours at a revenue.

Serbia additionally has a free commerce settlement with Russia in impact since 2006 and a free commerce settlement with the Russia-led Eurasian Financial Union signed in 2019, which have opened up huge markets to Serbian exports, however might be upended if relations between the 2 international locations soured.

Moreover, Serbia has seen an inflow of Russian-owned companies shifting into the nation, largely from the IT sector, with greater than 1,000 such firms being registered with the Chamber of Commerce and Trade because the conflict in Ukraine began. The aviation sector has benefitted, as properly – with the nation’s flag provider Air Serbia remaining the one European airline to take care of common flights to Russian airports.

Final however not least, Serbia depends on Russia’s political help and affect within the UN and different worldwide organisations to dam Kosovo’s purposes for membership, which is a part of Serbian efforts to forestall its worldwide recognition.

On the similar time, since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Serbia has not at all times stood by its ally at worldwide boards. In March, it voted for a UN decision condemning Russian aggression in opposition to Ukraine and in October, for one more one rejecting the Russian annexation of Ukrainian territory.

Serbian UN diplomats additionally backed suspending Russia’s membership within the United Nations Human Rights Council, which Vucic acknowledged was finished underneath strain from the EU. All of this demonstrates the pragmatism of Serbian international coverage: By standing on the sidelines of the EU-Russia battle, it has tried to have its cake and eat it too. Certainly, in its dealings with the East and West, Serbia has been guided by self-interest, somewhat than shared values – an method that appears to be in style with the Serbian inhabitants.

The EU’s warning that it could halt its accession negotiations could not have the anticipated sting, as an growing portion of the Serbian inhabitants is turning into much less keen about becoming a member of the EU anyway.

Latest polls present that not solely has help for the EU in Serbia fallen under the 50 % threshold, but additionally those that oppose EU membership have gotten better in quantity than those that help it. The decline in enthusiasm for the EU is due largely to the requirement to normalise relations with Kosovo as a situation to turning into an EU member, which is more and more perceived as an EU euphemism for Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence.

On the similar time, public sympathies for Russia are historically excessive in Serbia as a result of historic, cultural, and non secular ties between the 2 international locations. So, if pressured to select sides, might Serbia truly determine in opposition to the EU?

The reply to that could be a clear “no”. Whereas the final inhabitants might not be, the Serbian authorities is totally conscious that the EU is by far the nation’s largest commerce companion, accounting for greater than 60 % of complete commerce in 2021. Compared, commerce with Russia is lower than 5 % of the entire. Therefore, Serbia’s main financial pursuits lie with the EU.

In response to mounting strain from Brussels, the Serbian authorities’s resolve to take care of neutrality on the EU-Russia rift is starting to waver. In a current media assertion, President Vucic stated he’ll preserve his present coverage till such a time when the “prices” to Serbia turn out to be better than different issues and till Serbia must recognise a special actuality. This was seen as him making ready each the Serbian public and worldwide companions for an inevitable and imminent shift in international coverage.

The Serbian authorities has stated it won’t be able to purchase Russian oil because of the EU sanctions that come into impact in December. It has additionally introduced a 12-billion-euro ($12.4bn) funding plan to diversify its oil and fuel imports. All of this can be a signal that Belgrade could also be succumbing no less than partially to EU strain.

Serbia’s pragmatic neutrality has to date served it properly. However as realpolitik takes precedence over tactical diplomacy, it’s possible it must distance itself from Russia earlier than lengthy.

The views expressed on this article are the creator’s personal and don’t essentially mirror Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

US military reports rocket attacks on its patrol base in Syria | Syria’s War News

Assaults on the US patrol base come as tensions escalate on the Syria-Turkey border following a bombing in Istanbul.

America army has reported two rocket assaults focusing on its patrol base in northeastern Syria, however stated there have been no accidents to its forces.

In an announcement, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) stated the assaults “focused coalition forces” at its base in al-Shaddadi in Syria late on Friday.

“The assault resulted in no accidents or harm to the bottom of coalition property.”

It didn’t say who was behind the rocket hearth.

The assaults come as tensions escalate on the Syria-Turkey border with the Turkish army launching a wave of lethal air raids on Kurdish forces in each Syria and Iraq in retaliation for a bombing in Istanbul on November 13. Ankara blames the banned Kurdistan Employees Get together (PKK) and the YPG Kurdish forces for the assault, however they deny any involvement.

There have additionally been rocket assaults from Syria which have killed civilians in Turkey.

The US – for which the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been a key ally within the battle towards ISIL (ISIS) group – has been urging de-escalation.

CENTCOM stated on Friday that the SDF visited the origin website of the assaults and located a 3rd unfired rocket.

“Assaults of this sort place coalition forces and the civilian populace in danger and undermine the hard-earned stability and safety of Syria and the area,” stated Colonel Joe Buccino, a spokesman for CENTCOM.