FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: Netherlands struck by flu ahead of Round of 16 against USA

Netherlands vs USA: Time for ‘soccer’ to take centrestage

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter with Christian Pulisic as Weston McKennie applauds followers. (REUTERS/Paul Childs)

During their goalless group-stage draw against England, a chant constantly emerged from the USA faithful: “It’s called soccer! It’s called soccer!”

The USMNT have been quietly promising this match. They’re but to concede a non-penalty objective, look well-drilled in midfield, have managed main chunks of video games, and have proven vibrant sparks going ahead.

Captain Tyler Adams has been brilliantly assured on the pitch simply as he has been off it, and the likes of Weston McKennie and Timothy Weah have proven promise. Even Christian Pulisic, on the fringes at Chelsea, has seemed sharp – his bravery got here to the fore in getting the winner towards Iran that assured US progress to the knockouts. (READ MORE)

FIFA World Cup: As Australia face Argentina in last 16, Socceroos hope Maradona’s prophecy comes true

Socceroos followers rejoice a objective scored by Australia as they watch Australia play Denmark within the FIFA World Cup, at Federation Sq. in Melbourne, Australia. (AP)

“Your tears of disappointment as we speak will likely be tears of pleasure someday quickly.”

These had been the phrases of former Argentina captain Diego Maradona in November 1993, on an Argentinean TV present, talking to his Australian counterpart, Paul Wade a day after their recreation. Argentina had managed to win the two-legged World Cup qualifier tie 2-1 courtesy of an personal objective from Alex Tobin in Buenos Aires after a 1-1 tie in Sydney. The defeat denied Australia a ticket to their second World Cup and simply hours later captain Wade and assistant coach Raul Blanco had been invited on an area TV present, as he recalled with the Sydney Morning Herald lately.

Everybody within the studio, who had been used to watching their greatest soccer stars lead lavish life, had been greatly surprised when the Socceroos captain would share that earned solely $5000 a season. Which is when the decision got here from the most important footballer of that period, and arguably of all time. (READ MORE)

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