2022 FIFA World Cup Belgium vs Canada live updates: Red Devils take center stage as BEL vs CAN kicks off

Today at the FIFA World Cup

The 2018 finalists kick off their campaign with much of that core players still intact, including Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric. Morocco is an interesting watch – the winger squad with PSG’s Achraf Hakimi and Bayern Munich’s Noussair Mazraoui. (Read more)

FIFA World Cup: Tiny margins lead to Argentina loss to Saudi Arabia

Argentina would curse two spells in the game. The crazy five-minute period between the 48th and 53rd minute when Saudi Arabia scored the decisive goals. And the 13-minute sequence between the 22nd and 35th where three “goals” were ruled offside. In a wicked sleight of hand, these two passes epitomized the best and worst of Argentina. One illustrates the casualness in possession as well as the passing propensity to panic when defending around the box; the other, despite being rightfully offside, demonstrated the silk and style they possess when everything clicks, an indication of the quality they possess to bounce back and save their tournament. (Read more)

World Cup 2022: Saudi win over Messi’s Argentina gives every team hope they can write their own fairy tale

Jorge Valdano writes about football as eloquently as he has played. Four years ago at the World Cup in Russia, the former Argentine playmaker, who is now one of football’s greatest philosophers, spoke in his Guardian column about his love for the game “We want the calculations to be proven correct before the game even begins,” he wrote. “Big data and mathematical projections are making their way onto the playing field to tell us things I don’t want to know. We love football for its inaccuracy, its moments of genius and its mistakes.” (Read more)