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Argentina breathes collective sigh of relief after victory

Nov. 26, 2022 18:54 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Luciana Medina was so nervous that she could barely sleep the night before Saturday’s match between Argentina and Mexico which could have all but knocked the soccer-mad South American country from the World Cup. After the game, she couldn’t stop...

Messi steals the magic that Ochoa, Mexico had in 1st game

Nov. 26, 2022 18:51 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Guillermo Ochoa's World Cup magic didn't work against Lionel Messi and Argentina. Mexico's goalkeeper, known for big saves in soccer's biggest tournament, had stopped Robert Lewandowski's penalty attempt in El Tri's World Cup opener. But he was helpless against...

Messi leads Argentina to 2-0 win over Mexico at World Cup

Nov. 26, 2022 17:56 PM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi was almost in tears as he grabbed and shook his jersey in front of Argentina’s celebrating fans, then blew a kiss and looked to the sky. With one of the most important goals of his career, Messi led Argentina to a 2-0 victory over Mexico on...

Biggest World Cup crowd in 28 years sees Messi play

Nov. 26, 2022 17:55 PM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi played in front of 88,966 spectators on Saturday when Argentina beat Mexico 2-0, the largest attendance at a World Cup match in 28 years. The Lusail Stadium north of Doha, which will stage the final on Dec. 18, hosted the most people at the World...

Denmark calls on Euro 2020, Eriksen experience at World Cup

Nov. 26, 2022 17:05 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Denmark has been here before. The Danes face a tense, must-win game at the World Cup to make it through to the knockout stage, similar to what they needed to do at last year's European Championship. In fact, it was much worse at Euro 2020 when...

Saudi Arabia coach Hervé Renard sorry to disappoint mother

Nov. 26, 2022 16:43 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Sorry, mom. Saudi Arabia coach Hervé Renard felt he disappointed his mother when Poland beat his team at the World Cup on Saturday. The French coach said before the match that it was going to be very special for her because her parents were...

AP PHOTOS: World Cup highlights from Day 7

Nov. 26, 2022 16:28 PM EST
Highlights from the seventh day of the World Cup in Qatar on Saturday. ___ AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Neymar shows swollen ankle, plans to return at World Cup

Nov. 26, 2022 15:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Neymar is planning a World Cup comeback despite posting a photo of his ankle still looking very swollen on Saturday. Neymar is undergoing treatment for damaged ligaments in his right ankle after getting hurt in Brazil's 2-0 opening win over Serbia on Thursday....

Mbappe scores 2, France reaches knockout stage of World Cup

Nov. 26, 2022 14:47 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — France advanced, and Kylian Mbappe got them there. The French became the first defending champions to reach the round of 16 at the World Cup since Brazil in 2006, beating Denmark 2-1 Saturday with Mbappe scoring both goals. “Kylian is an...

Saudi fans put on brave face after World Cup loss to Poland

Nov. 26, 2022 14:44 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It was a home crowd for Saudi Arabia on Saturday as it played Poland in its second match at the World Cup. Despite clear disappointment over the 2-0 loss, Saudi fans were still basking in the glow of their team's improbable win against Argentina earlier this...