2022 World Cup: Olivier Giroud is just one goal away from breaking Thierry Henry’s record

Grains of sand

No boycott on television

Now is not the time to snub the World Cup in Qatar. Tuesday evening on TF1, the meeting between France and Australia, according to Médiamétrie, gathered 12.53 million viewers (48.1% audience share), the best audience since June 2021, all channels combined. For comparison, the first match of the Blues at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, already against Australia, had gathered 12.59 million people.

On Sunday, the first match of the tournament between Qatar and Ecuador, which followed the opening ceremony at 5 p.m., had already attracted 5.13 million viewers (31.3% audience share), approximately a million more than the inaugural meeting (Russia-Saudi Arabia) of the 2018 World Cup.

A 51 for Giroud

Striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal in the Group D match against Australia at the Al-Janoub stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha, on November 22.

And 50, and 51 ! By scoring a double during the success of the Blues against Australia, Olivier Giroud did not simply overcome the curse of the 2018 World Cup – during which he remained silent. The AC Milan striker has also joined Thierry Henry at the top of the France team scorer rankings (51 goals). He has – at least – two games left to try to beat this record. Not bad for a player who was not even sure of being selected for the World Cup a few months ago.

hot in front

Morocco-Croatia

Toast in hand for the less early morning, or with a small snack for the others: the flagship meeting of this Wednesday, November 23 will be played at 11 a.m., and will oppose Morocco to Croatia. Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozović return to the World Cup four years after leaving it in the Russian rain, defeated by France in the final (4-2).

The Vatreni find themselves in Pool F where they are the favorites (along with Belgium), especially against Morocco, their first opponent. Deprived of Amine Harit, injured, the men of Walid Regragui still arrive with arguments to try to shake up an aging Croatian team.

Football does not end at 1 p.m., however. Will follow a Germany-Japan, a Spain-Costa Rica and especially a Canada-Belgium in “prime time”. The opportunity to see Eden Hazard again on a football pitch, reason enough to leave his TV on all day.

full throttle

Salem Al-Dawsari, Saudi hero

It is an action that changed the course of a meeting, but not only. Author of a magnificent goal, a curled shot from the right foot in the opposing skylight, Salem Al-Dawsari allowed Saudi Arabia to overthrow Argentina (2-1) as soon as they entered the fray and to change as a hero of the Gulf monarchy.

“Today, to sum up, the stars aligned for ussavored the Frenchman Hervé Renard, coach of Saudi Arabia. But that’s football, that’s how it is. Sometimes there is madness. It’s a memorable victory, it will go down in history. » Opposed to Poland on Saturday, then to Mexico next Wednesday, the Saudis can hope to reach the round of 16, as in 1994. After this victory, it is forbidden not to qualify”warned the team’s first goalscorer, Saleh Al-Shehri.

Quicksands

“Very great players have missed penalties: Socrates, Zico, Platini, Maradona…”

Polish coach Czeslaw Michniewicz came to the aid of star striker Robert Lewandowski. Against Mexico, the Barcelona player missed a penalty before the hour mark (58e), arrested by Guillermo Ochoa. A missed opportunity to offer victory to his team for his entry into the running (0-0) in the competition. The top scorer in the history of the Polish selection (76 goals) is still silent in the World Cup, for his second participation. An incongruity for the former top scorer in the Bundesliga.

Polish Robert Lewandowski reacts after his penalty saved by Mexican Guillermo Ochoa, at the 974 stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 22, 2022.

qatar postal

Relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

The 2022 World Cup is not just for Qatar. During Saudi Arabia’s surprise victory against Argentina (2-1), the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani displayed himself with a Saudi flag in the bays of the Lusail stadium. A strong image as it was unimaginable a few years earlier, when Qatar was living under a blockade.

From June 2017 to January 2021, its Gulf neighbors (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) had cut off all commercial and political relations with the gas emirate in retaliation for Doha’s refusal to align with their anti-Iran diplomatic position. and anti-Muslim Brotherhood.

Doha in the eye

Tunisians surround the metro

The Doha Metro is brand new. Inaugurated shortly before this World Cup, the gleaming and streamlined automatic public transport system in the Qatari capital is usually a quiet place. Squared with small hands – which sometimes hold large ones, in foam, to show you where to go – like the rest of the capital during the tournament there “welcome the world”according to the established expression, the metro is a meeting place, where supporters wearing all kinds of jerseys cross paths.

Difficult to do better than the Tunisian fans. With a large community established in Qatar, the supporters of the Carthage Eagles experienced their journey to the Education City stadium as a warm-up. From train to train, the songs answered each other, and the dances rocked the metro. Not all fans are impressed. “It’s not bad, but wait until you see Ghana”smiles, serene, a passenger who is suspected to come from this country.

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