Four nations will secure spots in the knockout round of the World Cup on Tuesday, beginning with two from Group A after the group’s final games. Netherlands and Ecuador entered the day leading the group and in the best position to advance, but Senegal took Ecuador’s spot with a 2-1 win after the Dutch eased to a 2-0 victory over Qatar. At 2 p.m., the United States faces a must-win game against Iran to reach the knockout round out of Group B, and England should be able to play its way through. (Find live updates for the U.S.-Iran game here.) Continue reading for highlights from the games.
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.