2022 World Cup

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The 2022 World Cup starts in 30 minutes, with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, which is located in Al Khor City. That game is in Group A.

Tomorrow, in the tournament's second game, England take on Iran in Group B, followed by a Group A game with Netherlands taking on Senegal. Then finally tomorrow it's back to Group B with USA taking on Wales.

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The opening ceremony was very well done.

Let's get it on, Blackleaf! England vs. USA!

England have never beaten the USA in the World Cup.

The USA pulled off a shock 1-0 victory in Belo Horizonte in Brazil in the 1950 World Cup (the "Miracle on Grass"), which was the first World Cup that England played in, and then the two drew 1-1 in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

They play each other on Friday.

Here we go for Qatar Vs Ecuador...

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GOAL (NOT!)
Ecuador captain Valencia, his country's top scorer, put the ball in the net after just 2.5 minutes and celebrated thinking he's become the first Ecuadorian to score in four World Cups.

When the teams lined up for the kick-off the referee went to VAR (video referee) after thinking there was an infringement and the goal was disallowed, though we aren't sure why. He didn't seem to be offside. What did Ecuador do?!

This could be a tight game. Tiny Qatar, smaller than Northern Ireland, are ranked 50th in the world. Ecuador, around the size of the UK, are ranked 44th. It's an amazing achievement for Qatar to be ranked that high, climbing from 113th.
 

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Penalty to Ecuador

Valencia taken down in the box by the Qatar goalkeeper.

GOAL

Valencia does now have the most World Cup goals of any Ecuadorian.

Qatar 0-1 Ecuador after 16 minutes.
 

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Penalty to Ecuador

Valencia taken down in the box by the Qatar goalkeeper.

GOAL

Valencia does now have the most World Cup goals of any Ecuadorian.

Qatar 0-1 Ecuador after 16 minutes.
Had that tender baffled .
 

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GOAL

Qatar 0-2 Ecuador


Former West Ham United striker Valencia doubles Ecuador's lead with a sublime header after 30 minutes.

Ecuador deserve their lead. They've dominated.
 

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Result

Group A

Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

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Two goals in the first half from captain and top scorer Enner Valencia were enough for Ecuador to see off hosts Qatar in Al Khor City, where England will play USA on Friday in a stadium inspired by a Bedouin tent.

Qatar, playing their first ever World Cup game, became the first World Cup hosts to lose their opening game.

The hosts managed just two touches in the opposition box in the whole game.

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There were just 11 shots on goal in the match, the lowest in a World Cup since 1966.

Tougher tests await both these teams, with Senegal and Netherlands awaiting in the group.

The winners of this group will play either England, Iran, USA or Wales in the Last 16, and so will the group runner-up.
 

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Tomorrow's matches:

Group B

England Vs Iran (1pm UK time)


Group A

Netherlands Vs Senegal (4pm)


Group B

USA Vs Wales (7pm)
 

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Canada are in this World Cup. They're in Group F where they will play Morocco and two very tough matches against Belgium and Croatia.

Should Canada miraculously qualify from the group, they will most likely play Germany or Spain in the Last 16.

So it's going to be difficult.
 

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Tasty offerings to celebrate Grey Cup, World Cup weekend
Author of the article:Rita DeMontis
Publishing date:Nov 19, 2022 • 1 day ago • 4 minute read
Celebrating FIFA World Cup Soccer with this cheese ball courtesy Chef Missy Hui with Black Diamond and Cracker Barrel Cheese.
Celebrating FIFA World Cup Soccer with this cheese ball courtesy Chef Missy Hui with Black Diamond and Cracker Barrel Cheese. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /kickupyourgame.ca
Canadians are in for a jam-packed sports weekend with the Grey Cup kicking off on Sunday, pitting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers against the Toronto Argonauts, and the FIFA World Cup, celebrating its official opening on the same day, in Qatar, Western Asia.


Opposite weather conditions are in place for both sports: Grey Cup taking place in a sunny but chilly Regina, while the various countries participating in the World Cup will be playing in some mighty hot weather. No matter – both games are great equalizers for those who enjoy sports.


And for those who love sports as the backdrop for a great party!

Famed Qatar chef Noor Al Mazroei,
Famed Qatar chef Noor Al Mazroei, PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /www.visitqatar.com.
Qatar Cuisine
One of Qatar’s most prolific food voices is famed chef and disability activist Noor Al Mazroei, known for her expertise in Qatar’s culinary heritage. Chef Noor’s specialty is in adapting traditional dishes into healthier meals, with nods to veganism and gluten-free. In her career, she has worked closely with the Qatar International Food Festival along with a variety of well-known chefs and Food Network stars, including Masaharu Morimoto and Alain Ducasse. In one of her many adventures, she accompanied soccer star David Beckham on a tour throughout Qatar’s markets as part of his work for Qatar Tourism.


“I was passionate about cooking since my childhood, and I used to share my recipes with family and friends until social media allowed me to share my passion for cooking with the rest of the world,” writes Chef Noor on visitqatar.com. “Food is your paint – so be creative.”

Machbus is a national dish in Qatar – regencyholidays.com/blog/food-in-qatar
Machbus is a national dish in Qatar – regencyholidays.com/blog/food-in-qatar PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /www.regencyholidays.com/blog/food-in-qatar
Qatar cuisine is based on traditional Arab cuisine, with a nod to specific spice blends. The Machbus (or Machboos) – a dish consisting of meat (chicken, lamb, beef even camel), rice and vegetables – is national in scope and heritage, and is slow cooked to bring out all the flavours. Another dish, a dessert named Luqaimat, is a traditional sweet resembling little dumplings, made with butter, sugar, saffron and cardamon, deep-fried and dipped in sugar water or honey – crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and absolutely delicious. Dates are a mainstay in many dishes, and seafood is abundant.


Liqaimat – regencyholidays.com/blog/food-in-qatar
Liqaimat – regencyholidays.com/blog/food-in-qatar PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /www.regencyholidays.com/blog/food-in-qatar
Spice blends are the key to a dish’s success, and, in Qatar, each dish has a different blend: One of the most common is the Bizar blend of spices, and includes black pepper, dried ginger, whole cardamom, coriander seeds and cinnamon sticks, clove, dried red chili and turmeric.

Qatar dishes are flavourful and fulsome, comforting and delicious!

Soccer great Jonathan David is in Qatar with his teammates representing Canada – canadasoccer.com
Soccer great Jonathan David is in Qatar with his teammates representing Canada – canadasoccer.com PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /www.canadasoccer.com
Canada kicks off its first match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup this Sunday!
And we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate, Chopped Canada champion, Chef Missy Hui and Canadian soccer great Jonathan David, (in Qatar representing Canada) partnered with Black Diamond and Cracker Barrel Cheese to create a few Canadian-centric dishes to help cheer the team on. Chef Missy Hui says these dishes that can be made in under 15 minutes.


Chef Missy Hui – savourontario.milk.org/
Chef Missy Hui – savourontario.milk.org/ PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /savourontario.milk.org/
“When I think about hosting and creating crowd-pleasing snacks, so many of my favourites include cheese in some form,” said Hui, in a recent statement. “These recipes are simple and sophisticated, laying the foundation for an excellent soccer-watching party.”

All recipes in conjunction with kickupyourgame.ca

Charcuterie Board – supplied
Charcuterie Board – supplied supplied
Charcuterie Board & Cheese Crisps
Grazing is the name of the game, especially during this special soccer season!

1 pkg. sliced medium cheddar (baked or air fried into crisps)

1 cup gouda, sliced into triangles

1 cup marble cheese, cut into cubes

250g assorted cured meats (prosciutto, capocollo, salami)

Olives

Pickles

Grainy Mustard

Nuts

Fruit (grapes, apples or pears)

Compote, chutney or jam

Baguette, breadstick, crackers


Arrange cheddar cheese slices on a baking tray or air fryer basket lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the slices are not touching. For oven method bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Alternatively, for air fryer cook at 350F for 5 minutes. Working carefully place hot crisps over a rounded food-safe surface like a rolling pin to shape crisps. Allow cheese crisps to rest until completely cool, about 10 minutes, before enjoying to ensure the desired crispy texture.

Arrange cheese crisps, gouda and marble cheese on a platter or board and then fill in the remaining spaces with your meat and garnishes of your choice.

Kicked Up Cheese Ball
Note – for the cheeseball pattern, check the kickupyourgame.ca website.

1 block (250g) plain cream cheese


1-1/2 cups grated cheddar (herb and garlic flavouring suggested)

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup Everything Bagel spice

1/4 cup EACH fresh parsley, finely chopped, green onion finely chopped, fresh dill, finely chopped

Plain bagel crisps

Soccer ball pattern

parchment paper (optional)

Smoked salmon (optional)

Print pattern from website. Trace onto parchment paper using pencil and cut out.

Using paddle attachment of a stand mixer or a very strong spatula mix cream cheese and herb and garlic cheddar. Form mixture into a perfect ball shape. Lay paper or parchment pattern over top and smooth out to make sure edges of pattern meet and adhere to cheese. Place cheese in fridge to firm up for 15-20 minutes.

Place pepper and everything bagel spice in a bowl large enough to fit cheese ball. Place cheese ball in bowl with spice mix and roll to coat exterior. Place ball on plate and gently remove pattern to reveal design. Garnish around cheese ball with fresh herbs and bagel crisps.

Note: Smoked salmon on the side makes this a great grazing dish for brunch.
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A corrupt organization holding a sporting event in a country that bought the rights to do so through bribery.

Doesn't sound all that great.
 

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Impressive England demolish Iran

Group B


England 6-2 Iran

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England's Fifa World Cup campaign opened in thoroughly convincing fashion as they outclassed Iran during an incident-packed match in Doha.

Gareth Southgate's side strolled to victory, with Iran's hopeless plight made worse by the early loss of goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand to concussion after a clash of heads with team-mate Majid Hosseini.

Jude Bellingham got England off the mark in this World Cup with a soaring header from Luke Shaw's cross 10 minutes before the break and the game was wrapped up before half-time thanks to Bukayo Saka's fine strike and Raheem Sterling's classy volley with the outside of his foot from Harry Kane's cross.

26 minutes

There were a total of 26 minutes of injury time in this match, which may be a record. Iran's second goal, a penalty, came 13 minutes into second half injury time.


Iran's supporters were given a moment of real delight when Mehdi Taremi scored a fine goal after 65 minutes but it only produced a ruthless response from England as Saka scored his second and substitute Marcus Rashford scored with his first involvement - both smooth, composed strikes.

To put the gloss on an incredibly dominant display, Jack Grealish slotted home from close range after a good run and pull back by Callum Wilson.

Iran did pull another back in injury time when Taremi slotted in a penalty after a John Stones foul.

The game was played out against the backdrop of more off-field controversy here in Qatar after England were forced to ditch plans to wear the OneLove armband promoting diversity and inclusivity under threat from Fifa of players being cautioned should they carry out the gesture of support.

 
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