The World Cup rolled on in Qatar on Friday, when teams began playing their second games of the group stage. Group A leaders Ecuador and the Netherlands put themselves in fine position with a 1-1 tie that eliminated host Qatar from advancing to the knockout round. Senegal beat Qatar, 3-1, in another Group A game and remains in contention. In a Group B game the United States was watching closely, Iran throttled shorthanded Wales late in the second half and came away with a 2-0 win. The Americans take on England in the day’s marquee event at 2 p.m. Follow our live coverage of that match here.
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.