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World Cup Viewer's Guide: Rested France faces Poland

Dec. 03, 2022 11:03 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — France, the reigning World Cup champions, has been warned by coach Didier Deschamps not to underestimate Poland and star Robert Lewandowski in the knockout round Sunday. Les Blues breezed through the group stage and clinched a spot in the round of 16 with a game...

Messi, Mbappé and co: The AP's World Cup team of group stage

Dec. 03, 2022 03:55 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Writers covering the World Cup for The Associated Press have chosen their standout players at the tournament so far to form a best team of the group stage. Spoiler alert: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé are in there, along with surprise names who have helped to...

US forces monitor Mideast skies at Qatar base amid World Cup

Dec. 02, 2022 11:15 AM EST

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — As World Cup fans throng stadiums across Qatar, about 8,000 American troops stationed just nearby watch over the airspace of the tumultuous Middle East from a major base run by this energy-rich nation. Built on a flat stretch of desert about 20...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 02, 2022 10:58 AM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Arizona election equipment was...

Messi, Argentina try to avoid World Cup upset vs. Australia

Dec. 02, 2022 10:07 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Australia’s players speak in glowing, almost reverential terms about Lionel Messi. “He just does things that, you know, no one else can do,” forward Mathew Leckie said. Milos Degenek went even further. “Probably,” the Socceroos defender...

Arabs unite in celebration as Morocco advances in World Cup

Dec. 01, 2022 15:36 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — First Qatar was out, exiting the World Cup with the worst record of a host country. Then the Saudi national team's run ended, despite a historic upset against Argentina last week. Finally Tunisia was eliminated, after a dramatic victory against already-qualified France. ...

Martino out as Mexico coach after World Cup elimination

Dec. 01, 2022 11:06 AM EST

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — After the debacle of missing the round of 16 at the World Cup for the first time in 44 years, Mexico said Thursday that Argentine coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino will not return for the next tournament. Martino was hired in January 2019 and finished his...

Saudi Arabia exits World Cup with newfound confidence

Dec. 01, 2022 06:48 AM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — From a generational-defining win over Lionel Messi and Argentina to the recent reports that Cristiano Ronaldo could soon be on his way to play soccer in the kingdom, Saudi Arabia has caused a sensation at the World Cup. The Green Falcons have nothing to be...

Lewandowski celebrates 'happy defeat' as Poland advances

Nov. 30, 2022 19:29 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Robert Lewandowski left the field with a huge smile on his face after blowing kisses to fans and hugging teammates. You’d never know his team just lost a crucial World Cup game 2-0 to Argentina. But Poland scraped into the knockout stages of the...

Mexico beats Saudi Arabia 2-1 but falls short at World Cup

Nov. 30, 2022 17:59 PM EST

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — For a long time after the final whistle, Luis Chavez crouched on the field in anguish. He had just scored in Mexico's furious attempt to stay alive at the World Cup, but the 2-1 victory Wednesday over Saudi Arabia wasn't enough. Because of Argentina's 2-0...