The World Cup continued in Qatar on Tuesday, and the day opened with a bona fide stunner: Saudi Arabia knocked off Lionel Messi, in what is probably his final World Cup, and Argentina, 2-1, in the Group C opener. Denmark and Tunisia went next and drew, 0-0, in a Group D clash before Mexico and Poland also played to a scoreless draw in Group C. France, the 2018 World Cup champion, dominated Australia for a 4-1 victory in the final game of the day in Group D.
World Cup in Qatar
World champions: Argentina has won the World Cup, defeating France in penalty kicks in a thrilling final in Lusail, Qatar, for its first world championship since 1986. Argentina was led by global soccer star Lionel Messi in what is expected to be his final World Cup appearance. France was bidding to become the first repeat champion since Brazil won consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962.
Today’s WorldView: In the minds of many critics, especially in the West, Qatar’s World Cup will always be a tournament shrouded in controversy. But Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, wants people to take another view.
Perspective: “America is not a men’s soccer laughingstock right now. It’s onto something, and it’s more attuned to what’s working for the rest of the world rather than stubbornly forcing an American sports culture — without the benefit of best-of-the-best talent — into international competition.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.