Al Thawadi: Qatar 2022 will showcase region

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November 21 marks six years to go before World Cup 2022 begins in Qatar.

The same date also marks six years since the award of the biggest sporting event on earth was given to the Middle East country.

And at the half-way point on the journey to the 2022 tournament, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022, discusses what the world’s biggest football event will be like and how much it can help showcase the Arab world.










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WATCH: Messi leads Argentina boycott

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Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi led his team in boycotting the media following his country’s 3-0 win over Colombia on Tuesday night.

Messi called for “respect” from the press which he and his team felt has undermined their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Standing with folded arms and surrounded by his team-mates, Messi spoke to press before leading the team off the stage in a move that left the waiting media flabbergasted.

The main ire drawn from the media were accusations that forward Ezequiel Lavezzi had used drugs before training in the lead up to their latest match, while criticism of their faltering campaign was deemed overly harsh by Messi & co.


Do you agree with Messi’s stance or do you think the media were within their rights to question Lavezzi and the team?








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IN PICS: Asian WCQ - Jedinak spares Aussie blushes

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Check out the best images from the games on Tuesday.

China’s 0-0 draw with Qatar did nothing to boost their dwindling hopes of reaching Russia 2018, even after World Cup-winning coach Lippi was appointed last month.

Mile Jedinak scored twice from the spot as Australia came from behind to draw 2-2 with Thailand, dropping out of Group B’s automatic qualifying places as a result.

Elsewhere, Japan eased the pressure on coach Vahid Halilhodzic with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia, while South Korea needed Koo Ja-Cheol’s late winner to overcome Uzbekistan 2-1.

Goals from Hiroshi Kiyotake and Genki Haraguchi put Japan back on track as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Saitama to go level on points with the visitors at the top of Group B.

South Korea gave their coach Uli Stielike a 62nd birthday to remember but there were some nervy moments after Uzbekistan’s Marat Bikmaev opened the scoring on 25 minutes.

Nam Tae-Hee equalised after half-time before Koo rifled in the winner on 85 minutes, ensuring Stielike’s men leapfrog the Uzbeks into second place in Group A.

Iran were held 0-0 by Syria in Malaysia but they remain top of the group, one point ahead of South Korea.

In a late Group B match in Abu Dhabi, the UAE defeated Iraq 2-0 to take their tally to nine points and level with Australia.

Ahmed Khalil put the Emiratis ahead in the 26th minute while Ismail Matar found the mark in second-half stoppage time as the hosts kept their hopes of a World Cup finals berth alive.

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