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Rio Ferdinand believes that the pressure of becoming captain on Martin Odegaard will cause a drop in performance and also has a lack of confidence in their midfield options. 

Arsenal opened the Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Friday night. The Gunners were exceptional in the first half-hour and Gabriel Martinelli gave them the lead, however Palace still had their chances through Eze and Edouard.

With the game coming to an end Saka’s cross was diverted into Palace’s goal by Marc Guehi to cement Arsenal’s victory.

Rio Ferdinand on Vibe With Five YouTube show revealed that he was not impressed with Martin Odegaards performance after being named captain and has concerns over Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.

A fellow pundit on the show said: “I reckon you nailed it with Odegaard, I reckon that captain’s armband weighs heavy,” with Rio replying: “Yep! Heavy! I said that in the group chat. It could be a different Odegaard this year.”

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Rio quickly turned the conversation over to Arsenal’s two midfielders: “I just worry about your central midfield. Xhaka hasn’t shown that he can be relied upon for long periods consistently. Partey, is he going to be fit? Is he going to be there in that sense?”

The United Legend was however impressed with their first half performance but did raise some more concerns: “First half they were really good. Jesus was a joke. Jesus was unreal first half.

“I still want him to be much more of a number nine though, I don’t want him coming with his back to play because I want him to get goals – he’s in my Fantasy Football team!

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“Arsenal in the first 25 minutes, I was thinking: “Woah! Arsenal look on it!” And then Aaron Ramsdale was probably the catalyst for a bit of a nervy end to the half and then second half I was thinking: Right this looks like Arsenal again.

“All of a sudden Palace are going to turn the screw, with the fans there, they’re going to get a result. But what I will say is they ground it out and got through it by hook or by crook. Palace could have had two or three goals, Eze missed a one-v-one, Edouard.”

 

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South Korea's midfielder #07 Son Heung-min celebrates his team's victory during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022.

South Korea’s midfielder #07 Son Heung-min celebrates his team’s victory during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

DOHA—- Son Heung-min described South Korea’s agonizing wait for confirmation of their place in World Cup knockout rounds “the longest six minutes of my life” after their 2-1 win over Portugal on Friday saw them advance to the last 16.

The Korean captain set up Hwang Hee-chan to score a 91st minute winner against Fernando Santos’ side and leave the Taeguk Warriors hoping Uruguay would be unable to add to their two-goal lead over Ghana in the other Group H match.

Another goal would have taken Uruguay into the last 16 at Korea’s expense on goal-difference and the squad huddled together on the Education City Stadium pitch watching on digital devices as the South Americans ultimately fell short.

“It was the longest six minutes of my life, but in the circle we were really positive,” said Son, who will be playing in the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time in his career.

“I said: if Uruguay score one more goal, I’m very proud of this team and very happy that you gave it everything and we will see what’s going to happen.

“We were just waiting, but it was a long wait.”

Korea’s win over the Portuguese carried echoes of their 2-0 victory over Germany in Russia four years ago, which eliminated the then-defending champions.

Son scored deep into injury time in that game in Kazan only for the win to be academic, with Korea failing to progress as Mexico’s 3-0 loss against Sweden took both nations through at the expense of the Shin Tae-yong coached side.

“This time was different,” said Son. “We were waiting for another result but I didn’t even think about four years ago because I was so happy and I was so proud at this moment.”

The Koreans will next take on tournament favorites Brazil on Monday with Son praising the unity within Paulo Bento’s squad.

“We spend more time than with friends and family,” he said. “In the camp the guys are already here more than a month.

“We’re really, really close. I’m really grateful to those who didn’t play, they could be sad but they didn’t show their disappointment.

“They gave everything on the bench and support us and that makes a huge difference, to be one team than going in different ways.

“I’m very happy, very grateful to lead this team and have this team. This makes a huge difference.”

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Fifa lettering is displayed at the presentation ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Ghana at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha, on November 28, 2022.

Fifa lettering is displayed at the presentation ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Ghana at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha, on November 28, 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

With the World Cup knockout phase having begun, here is an overview of the teams advancing to the last 16 at the tournament in Qatar:

HOW DOES THE KNOCKOUT STAGE AT WORLD CUP 2022 WORK?

  • In the knockout stage the teams will play each other once, with the winning team going to the next round. There are total of four rounds: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, which will take place on Dec. 18.
  • There is also a third place playoff between the losers of the semi-finals.
  • If the scores are equal at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played for two periods of 15 minutes each. If the score is still tied, this is followed by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.

WHICH TEAMS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGE?

GROUP A

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FILE–Netherlands’ Davy Klaassen celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Molly Darlington

  • The Netherlands secured a place in the last 16 with victories over African champions Senegal and hosts Qatar, topping Group A despite a 1-1 draw with Ecuador.
  •  The reigning African Champions started the World Cup with a loss to the Netherlands, but they turned their fortunes with a 3-1 win over hosts Qatar and a decisive 2-1 win over Ecuador.

GROUP B

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FILE–England’s forward #11 Marcus Rashford (C front) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

  • England punched their ticket to the knockout phase as top of Group B with 7 points, following emphatic victories against Wales and Iran and a goalless draw with the United States.
  • The United States qualified as runner-up of Group B after a 1-0 victory over Iran in a match overshadowed by political tension following draws with Wales and England.

GROUP C

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FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group C – Argentina v Mexico – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – November 26, 2022 Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

  • Argentina clawed back the top spot in Group C with wins over Mexico and Poland after a shocking loss in the opener against Saudi Arabia. They will next face Australia on Saturday.
  • Poland clinched a spot in the last 16 as runners-up of Group C after a win over Saudi Arabia, a draw with Mexico and a loss to Argentina. They meet France on Sunday.

GROUP D

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FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group D – France v Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar – November 26, 2022 France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

  • Reigning champion France delivered on expectations and became the first team to qualify for the last 16 with consecutive Group D wins over Australia and Denmark, followed by a 1-0 loss to Tunisia.
  • Australia claimed a spot in the last 16 as Group D runners-up with 6 points from wins over Tunisia and Denmark. They go on to face Argentina on Saturday.

GROUP E

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  •  Japan surged into the last 16 as the unlikely winners of Group E after the Samurai Blue staged two stunning comeback wins over Germany and Spain, losing only to Costa Rica. They will face Croatia on Monday.
  •  Spain clinched a spot in the last 16 with a blowout against Costa Rica, followed by a draw with Germany and a loss to Japan. They will meet Morocco on Tuesday.

GROUP F

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  •  Morocco topped Group F with wins over Canada and Belgium following a goalless draw with Croatia, and will play against Spain on Tuesday.
  •  Croatia joined the last 16 after two goalless draws with Morocco and Belgium and a 4-1 victory over Canada. They will next face Japan on Monday.

Group G

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FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group G – Cameroon v Brazil – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 2, 2022 Cameroon’s Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu with teammates look dejected as Cameroon are eliminated from the World Cup REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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  • Brazil booked their ticket for the knockout stage with back-to-back wins against Switzerland and Serbia, followed by a 1-0 loss to Cameroon. They will face South Korea on Monday.
  • Switzerland secured the runners-up spot in Group G with a 3-2 win over Serbia and a victory over Cameroon, and will go on to play Portugal on Tuesday.

GROUP H

South Korea's players celebrate qualifying for the World Cup last 16 at Uruguay's expense during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022.

South Korea’s players celebrate qualifying for the World Cup last 16 at Uruguay’s expense during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

  • Portugal finished Group H with a defeat by South Korea but held on to their top spot to face Switzerland on Tuesday.
  •  South Korea clinched entry to the knockout stage with a last-gasp win over already-qualified Portugal, following a goalless draw with Uruguay and a loss to Ghana.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGE? (PHILIPPINE TIME)

December 3

Netherlands vs United States (11 p.m.)

December 4

Argentina vs Australia (3 a.m.)
France vs Poland (11 p.m.)

December 5

England vs Senegal (3 a.m.)
Japan vs Croatia (11 p.m.)

December 6

Brazil vs South Korea (3 a.m)
Morroco vs Spain (11 p.m.)

December 7

Portugal vs Switzerland (3 a.m.)

WHICH TEAMS ARE OUT OF THE WORLD CUP?

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  • Group A: Ecuador and Qatar
  •  Group B: Iran and Wales
  •  Group C: Mexico and Saudi Arabia
  •  Group D: Tunisia and Denmark
  •  Group E: Germany and Costa Rica
  •  Group F: Belgium and Canada
  •  Group G: Cameroon and Serbia
  •  Group H: Uruguay and Ghana

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Luis Suarez wasn’t afraid to question FIFA after Uruguay were eliminated from the World Cup in the group stages.

In what was likely his final World Cup campaign, Suarez was substituted and watched on as Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0, but were dumped out of the World Cup as South Korea snatched a late win against Portugal elsewhere in Group H.

Hwang Hee-chan’s late goal meant South Korea were level on points with Uruguay, but advanced on goal difference.

Controversially, Uruguay were denied a penalty that – if scored – would’ve seen them through to the last 16, when Daniel Amartey appeared to bundle over Darwin Nunez in the second half.

Suarez spoke on that incident after the game to Teledoce, as well as discussing a challenge on Edinson Cavani and the emotions that followed: “I feel sadness and disappointment. My son is also leaving the stadium with the image of that sadness, so for a father it is difficult, but he has to face the situation that he has.

“I see a penalty for Cavani because he is cut off by the defender and he puts his body in front of him. Darwin’s is very clear too. They are not excuses, but incredible penalties are being awarded in this World Cup. And there is the committee of referees and FIFA, and they have to try to explain themselves better, at least.”

He added, going after FIFA once again: “I saw a France player with his children on the substitute bench. So why always (is it a problem) against Uruguay? It seems that we have to have another power at the media level to have access to have my children to allow them come down for a second to greet me, but hey, that’s FIFA.”

The 35-year-old remains without a club and is highly unlikely to represent Uruguay at the next World Cup in 2026, with time ticking on his career, where he thrived at Liverpool and Barcelona at the highest level.

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