Cats, pop stars and dressing-room showdowns: Qatar World Cup highlights

“Today I feel gay,” Fifa’s head told astonished writers pre-competition. “Today I feel handicapped, today I feel a transient specialist.” He uncovered he knew how travelers felt in light of the fact that “as a kid [in Switzerland] I was tormented. I had red hair and spots, in addition to I was Italian, so envision”. His fundamental point: media ought to stop the “significantly out of line” investigation of the hosts. “It’ll be the best World Cup of all time.”

It began unexceptionally yet finished in tumultuous, unpleasant and vital style. Wout Weghorst’s two late objectives – the second from a smart free-kick routine – constrained Argentina to additional time and punishments after Lionel Messi and co had gave off an impression of being cruising into the quarter-finals. They arrived ultimately. A notice too for the hysterical end to Gathering E (Costa Rica 2-4 Germany, Japan 2-1 Spain), when Spain confronted end for three distraught minutes, in spite of having won their opener 7-0.

In light of this from Andrew Neil (@afneil) – “I don’t watch numerous football match-ups. I watched Britain v USA. It affirmed why I don’t watch numerous football match-ups” – came this from Jamie Carragher (@Carra23): “I don’t watch numerous news shows. I watched GB news. It affirmed why I don’t watch numerous news shows.”

Among the administering body’s other champion minutes was taking steps to force sanctions on players wearing the rainbow OneLove armband, while making a disciplinary move against Mexico and Ecuador for supposed homophobic reciting by fans. Football stays in the most secure of hands.

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