World Cup: Messi in front of the press, Iran which does not sing its anthem or the celebration of Grealish … the highlights of this Monday

Find all the highlights of this second day of the 2022 World Cup.

The celebration of the day: Grealish honors a sick child

England made a perfect entry into this 2022 World Cup. Our neighbors made short work of Iran by winning 6-2. Jack Grealish also scored his team’s last goal shortly before added time.

The Manchester City striker waved his arms in a wave to pay tribute to Finlay, an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, who he promised a special celebration.

Jack Grealish keeps his promise on his goal. Panoramic

The failure of the day: the management of the Iranian goalkeeper

Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was substituted early in the match against England after sustaining a head injury. The goalkeeper collided with team-mate Hosseini Majid as he tried to pick up a cross and spent several minutes seeking treatment on the pitch.

The 30-year-old was finally allowed to continue with the game, despite blood pouring from his nose, but he was clearly in no condition to take part in the game. After signaling to his teammates, he again collapsed on the ground and was carried off the field on a stretcher to be replaced by reserve goalkeeper Seyed Hossein Hosseini.

Alireza Beiranvand taken out on a stretcher. Panoramic.

The shock moment of the day: the Iranians do not sing their anthem

Iranian footballers continue their protest after the demonstrations that have affected the country. The players of “Team Melli” remained silent during their anthem, at the start of the match against England. A decision taken “collectively”, as captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh assured him a few days ago.

The great story of the day: Jakobs discovers the World Cup

It just happened for the Senegalese Ismail Jakobs. The AS Monaco defender was able to participate in the World Cup after receiving a positive response to his request for naturalization from FIFA… this Monday morning.

Born in Cologne, Ismail Jakobs had worn the Germany jersey nine times in the youth team, before discovering the Senegalese team twice in September during friendly matches. On the bench during the match against the Netherlands, the left side took advantage of Abdou Diallo’s injury to enter shortly before the hour mark and thus celebrate his first official match with the Lions.

The figure of the day: 5.13 million

This Monday morning, we learned that the Qatar-Ecuador opening match brought together 5.13 million viewers in front of TF1 this Sunday, as announced by Médiamétrie. This corresponds to 31.3% audience share.

In 2018, the Russia-Saudi Arabia match was watched by 3.98 million people (36.3% audience share). However, it took place on a Thursday at 1 p.m. metropolitan France time.

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The controversy of the day: more than 45 minutes of additional time in three games

Already a record from the second day of this 2022 World Cup? In three games, we have a total of 52 minutes of added time, which is more than one period.

The first match between England and Iran exploded all the counters with 14 extra minutes after each period. From the start of the match, the Iranian goalkeeper was injured leading to a long stoppage of play.

During the match Senegal – Netherlands, a first reasonable additional time of two minutes, before an announced time of eight minimum in the second half. There were even ten more minutes of play since Davy Klaassen scored at the end of the suspense.

Finally during the meeting, United States – Netherlands, final match of the day, this time there are four minutes of additional time before the break and nine after the second period. A time that seems excessive.

Quote of the day: “It’s likely that this will be my last World Cup”

Comments made by Lionel Messi. Present at a press conference, the Argentine captain answered questions from 200 journalists who did not hesitate to applaud him when he left.

I want to make our dream come true, it’s likely to be my last World Cup“Explains the seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or who wanted to reassure about his state of health. “I feel very good physically. I’m having a great time, both personally and physically. I have no problem.»

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