6:40 p.m. – The Belgian coach resigns
Roberto Martinez, the Spanish coach of the Red Devils since 2016, has just announced his resignation after the elimination of Belgium in the first round. He had taken his team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, lost to the Blues. The epilogue of an infuriating tournament for the Belgian players, like their striker Lukaku, who was not in luck this Thursday, who smashed the bench with his fist at the end of the match.
6 p.m. – Exploit of Morocco, Belgium eliminated
Morocco passed the first round for the first time since 1986 by beating Canada (2-1), while Croatia also passed the obstacle by holding the score against Belgium (0-0). While Romelu Lukaku missed the inevitable three times in the second half, the Red Devils are already coming out of a very disappointing World Cup. The Moroccans finish first in Group F and are still undefeated in this World Cup.
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AT QATARI TIME
Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow the backstage of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.
3 p.m. – Stéphanie Frappart will go down in history
Costa Rica – Germany is one of the expected matches of the day, but not only for sporting reasons: it will indeed be the first match of a men’s World Cup to be refereed by a woman, a Frenchwoman moreover: eternal “first in women’s refereeing, Stéphanie Frappart won the prize for best referee in the world in 2019 and 2020, awarded by the IFFHS.
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12 p.m. – This Thursday’s program
Four matches are scheduled for the second half of the day. Canada takes on Morocco at 4 p.m. At the same time, Croatia meets Belgium. Obligatory victory for the “Red Devils”, or qualification for the round of 16 will escape them, while the Moroccans have their destiny between their feet: a draw will be enough for them to pass. At 8 p.m., four teams will be on the field, Costa Rica against Germany and Japan against Spain. Total suspense in this group E, where the four teams can still qualify or drop out.
10:30 a.m. – Audience success for France – Tunisia and missed by TF1
Despite a broadcast hiccup at the end of the match, the match of the Blues against Tunisia (which ended in a defeat for France) was followed by 8.8 million viewers, according to figures from Médiamétrie published on Thursday 1er december.
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The retransmission of Tunisia-France was marked by an extremely rare event: TF1 returned to the antenna before the outcome of the meeting, thinking that the referee had whistled the end of the match with the score of 1-1. Antoine Griezmann’s French equalizer was eventually ruled out for offside after watching the Video Assisted Arbitration (VAR) video while adverts aired on the French private channel.
” We were convinced that it was over, everyone was going back to the locker room, and then it turned, this end of the match, into this “, explained the journalist Grégoire Margotton to the resumption of antenna. Chain apologized. The audiences for the 2022 edition are comparable to those recorded during the last World Cup, in 2018 in Russia, seeming to show that the calls for a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar have had only limited effects in France.
8 a.m. – Faced with demonstrations of support for human rights, mixed reactions
Demonstrations in support of human rights in Qatar during the World Cup sparked mixed reactions around the world, between support, indifference and indignation. In Arab countries, the gesture of German players, who had covered their mouths with their hands to protest against the ban on wearing the “One Love” armband in the colors of LGBT + communities, provoked an avalanche of comments accusing Germany of racism, and mocking his Nazi past.
The heated, sometimes offensive, exchanges on social networks emerged as a response to the rain of criticism that the host country received before the start of the World Cup, whether about LGBT + rights or the treatment of migrant workers.
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In the stadiums of Doha, supporters wore rainbow-coloured clothing while representatives of the German, Belgian and British governments sported the “One Love” armband to show their support for the LGBT + community in Qatar , where homosexuality is criminalized.
But outside of Europe, the debates focus more on football than on human rights. In Senegal, as in Japan, the media generally ignored the controversies, while representatives of Japanese, Serbian and Croatian football avoided commenting.