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Pakistan qualifies for quarter-finals after beating Afghanistan by 24 runs

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(Last Updated On: January 21, 2022)

Pakistan U19 team beat Afghanistan by 24 runs on Thursday to qualify for Quarter Finals in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 in West Indies.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against Afghanistan U19s.

Afghan cricketers fought hard after Pakistan set a target of 240 runs in 50 overs. Bilal Sayedi smashed 42 runs off 81 balls including three boundaries and a six followed by Ijaz Ahmad Ahmadzai scoring 39 with the help of two boundaries and as many sixes.

For Pakistan, Awais and Qasim, Maaz Sadaqat bagged a wicket as the country managed to restrict Afghanistan to 215-9.

Abdul Faseeh and Mohammad Shehzad also played well for Pakistan by scoring 60 runs together for the second wicket partnership.

For Afghanistan, Izharulhaq Naveed took three wickets while Naveed Zadran and Noor Ahmad bagged two wickets each.

Afghanistan team had won its first match by 135 runs against Papua New Guinea on Tuesday night.

Afghanistan was bowled out for 200 runs in 38.2 overs with captain Suliman Safi smashing 62 runs off 76 balls.

Chasing a target of 201 runs, Papua New Guinea were bowled out for 65 in 20.5 overs.

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Tuesday’s Matches: Qatar, Iran and Wales exit World Cup

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(Last Updated On: November 30, 2022)

This year’s FIFA World Cup tournament has come to an end for Qatar, Iran and Wales after losing their group stage matches to Netherlands, US and England respectively on Tuesday.

Qatar was the first to be eliminated after losing their first two matches in Group A. The Qataris had already failed to advance to the knockout stage after an early 3-1 loss to Senegal.

For the hosts, their campaign at the World Cup ended with a loss against Netherlands on Tuesday. Despite making their World Cup debut, Qatar are now the first World Cup hosts to lose all three group matches.

The next match saw the US defeating Iran 1-0 in their last group stage match. Iran became the second Asian country to be eliminated following Qatar’s exit.

A first half goal from Christian Pulisic gave the Americans the lead. In the 38th minute, Pulisic collided with Iran’s goalkeeper in the process of scoring the sole goal of the match and had to leave the field for several minutes but was later able to return and finish out the first half. He was replaced at halftime.

The win earned United States a seat in the round of 16. They will now take on the Netherlands on Saturday in an elimination game.

Tuesday was the first time that the United States had faced Iran in over 20 years. In 1998, Iran beat the United States 2-1 which was their first-ever World Cup victory.

Alongside the Netherlands and the United States, England also secured their knockout stage spot after beating Wales 3-0.

It was the first time British teams had met at a World Cup and saw the two sides take a knee before their match as a gesture of solidarity in the fight against discrimination.

On the field on Tuesday, England was able to outplay Wales 3-0 after a double from Marcus Rashford and a third goal from Phil Foden.

For Senegal, Kalidou Koulibaly scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday, putting his team into the round of 16 despite the absence of the injured Sadio Mane, the team’s best player and one of the best strikers in the world.

Only a win against Ecuador would have taken Senegal through to the next round from Group A, and Koulibaly scored the goal that made it happen at Khalifa International Stadium.

 

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Biden cheers US World Cup win over Iran: ‘They did it, God love ‘em’

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(Last Updated On: November 30, 2022)

American soccer’s first fan, President Joe Biden, couldn’t hold back his excitement Tuesday when the US team beat Iran 1-0 in their FIFA World Cup match.

Biden, who had been at a Michigan technology plant, broke out of the crowd and raced back on stage to tell his audience that the US had beaten Iran 1-0.

The president, who had just finished speaking at the SK Siltron plant in Bay City, was mingling with guests while the match was on.

Biden, 80, was so anxious to deliver the good news that he was drowned out at first by a band playing music, New York Post reported.

“US 1, Iran 0, the game is over!” the president finally shouted to cheers, applause and a chant of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

“U-S-A! U-S-A!” Biden joined in, adding: “That’s a big game, man.”

“When I spoke to the coach and the players I said, ‘You can do this.’ They went ‘ehhhh,’” the president went on, recalling his good-luck conversation with the team before the tournament got underway. “They did it, God love ‘em,” he said.

The US went undefeated in group play, drawing 1-1 with Wales on Nov. 21 and 0-0 with England on Friday before edging Iran on a first-half goal by Christian Pulisic.

The US will try to keep their tournament going on Saturday morning against the Netherlands.

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Monday’s Matches: A thrilling day of 14 goals across four fixtures

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(Last Updated On: November 29, 2022)

Monday’s World Cup turned out to be a thrilling day for fans who were treated to a total of 11 goals in the first two fixtures of the day.

In the opening game, Cameroon came from behind to draw 3-3 with Group G rivals Serbia; then Ghana won the second match of the day, defeating South Korea 3-2 in Group H to claim their first points of the tournament so far.

This meant it was the first day with multiple five-goal games at the World Cup since 1990, when Czechoslovakia hammered the USA 5-1 and West Germany defeated Yugoslavia 4-1 on June 10.

Monday’s World Cup goal-fest in Qatar was the first with two five-goal thrillers for 32 years.

Game three meanwhile brought a 1-0 win for Brazil in their match against Switzerland, taking the goal total on Monday up to 12 thanks to Casemiro’s impressive half-volley.

Then Portugal secured a 2-0 win over Uruguay thanks to a double from Bruno Fernandes as the tally moved to 14, though Cristiano Ronaldo was left frustrated that he couldn’t get in on the act after thinking the first goal was awarded to him – only for officials to determine that he hadn’t made contact with the ball.

As well as officials, fans at home were delighted by the events unfolding on the pitch in Qatar.

One Twitter user reacted, saying: ‘What a crazy day of football already’, while another said: ‘What is going on in the World Cup today oh my days’.

A third person tweeted: ‘The football today has been unreal’. 

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