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World Cup live updates: US defeats Iran to advance to knockout round

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(NEW YORK) -- After years of controversy around its location, the 2022 World Cup is underway in Qatar.

There have been allegations of payoffs to FIFA members to earn the bid, criticism of Qatar's laws against women and LGBTQ individuals, the deaths of migrants used to build the sparkling new stadiums and even last-second controversy over beer sales. The tournament was also moved from its usual summer timeframe to the holiday season to avoid Qatar's intensely hot weather.

But on the field, the best players in the world -- such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar -- are ready to go. And the U.S. is back with a hungry, young team after failing to qualify for the last World Cup.

Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern:

Nov 29, 7:40 PM EST
Christian Pulisic has pelvic contusion, status 'day-to-day': USMNT

U.S. forward Christian Pulisic was diagnosed with a pelvic contusion after colliding with Iran’s goalkeeper during a match on Tuesday, the U.S. men's national soccer team said.

Pulisic's "status is day-to-day," the team said in a tweet.

"I’ll be ready Saturday don’t worry," Pulisic said earlier in a social media post accompanied by a photo of the superstar cheering from a hospital bed. A family friend of Pulisic confirmed the authenticity of the post to ABC News.

Pulisic, 24, was helped off the field shortly after scoring a goal in the 38th minute of the match. Pulisic collided with Iranian goalie Alireza Beiranvand during the play and remained on the ground for several minutes. He did not return to the game.

He was taken to the hospital for scans on his abdomen, the team said.

Nov 29, 5:35 PM EST
Lionel Messi's Argentina side highlights Wednesday's action

Argentina, led by the legendary Lionel Messi, faces a critical match with Poland as it attempts to qualify for the knockout rounds Wednesday.

Group C is tightly packed with Poland standing at 4 points, Argentina at 3 points and underdog Saudi Arabia at 3 points. Mexico is at the bottom of the table with 1 point, but it does have a chance of making the next round.

If Poland or Argentina wins outright, it will qualify for the next round. If Saudi Arabia defeats Mexico, it will also improbably make it to the knockout stages. But who advances otherwise gets more complicated from there.

Mexico needs to defeat Saudi Arabia if it wants to advance, but they still would need to get a helpful result in the Poland-Argentina match (either a Poland win or a draw and advantageous goal differential). A draw in both matches would put Argentina and Saudi Arabia tied at 4 points and come down to goal differential as well. Poland would win the group.

Group D is more clear. France has already qualified for the next round, so they may take it easy against Tunisia. Tunisia would need to beat France, get a draw in Australia-Denmark and win out on goal differential.

The Aussies would advance with a win against Denmark. Denmark can only advance with a win, though it would need a better goal differential than Tunisia if the African country upsets France.

Here is Wednesday's schedule:

  • Australia vs. Denmark, 10 a.m., FS1
  • Tunisia vs. France, 10 a.m., Fox
  • Poland vs. Argentina, 2 p.m., Fox
  • Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico, 2 p.m., FS1

Nov 29, 5:24 PM EST
Christian Pulisic taken to hospital for scans

U.S. star Christian Pulisic was taken to the hospital for scans on his abdomen after the team's win over Iran.

Pulisic sustained an injury after he slammed into Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand while scoring the eventual game-winning goal late in the first half. Though he stayed down for several minutes and had to be helped to the sideline, he did return to the game.

The 24-year-old was substituted out at halftime. U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter said immediately following the game he did not have an update on Pulisic's condition. The U.S.'s next game is Saturday.

Nov 29, 4:21 PM EST
Biden congratulates USA soccer team

President Joe Biden celebrated the U.S. win over Iran at the World Cup following remarks in Bay City, Michigan. He walked back up on stage and delivered his congratulations:

“USA! USA! That’s a big game, man. Well, I spoke to the coach and the players and said, ‘You can do it,'” Biden said.

He continued, “They did it. God love ‘em! Anyway, just thought you might want to hear.”

The U.S. will face the Netherlands at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the knockout round.

-ABC News' Ben Gittleson

Nov 29, 4:05 PM EST
US advances to knockout stage with 1-0 win against Iran

The United States has advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iran.

Walker Zimmerman played hero for the U.S. in the 98th minute when he cleared a loose ball from just feet in front of their net.

The U.S. finished second in Group B and will face the Netherlands, the winner of Group A, in the knockout round.

Nov 29, 3:55 PM EST
England takes group with easy win against Wales

England is ticketed for the knockout stage and the top spot in Group B after a 3-0 win against Wales.

Marcus Rashford had a brace with goals in the 50th and 68th minutes and Phil Foden added one in the middle, just one minute after Rashford's first goal.

England will face the second-place team in Group A, Senegal, in the first knockout match of the tournament.

Nov 29, 3:16 PM EST
England scores 2 quick goals to take 2-0 lead

England came out of the halftime on fire with two quick goals against Wales to take a 2-0 lead.

Marcus Rashford scored in the 50th minute on a beautiful free kick from just outside the box, followed by a goal from Phil Foden a minute later.

England advances to the second round with a win or draw. With a two-goal lead, they appear poised to earn the top spot in Group B.

Nov 29, 2:59 PM EST
US leads 1-0 at the half, England-Wales remains scoreless

The U.S. leads 1-0 against Iran at the half in a game they must win to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.

Star striker Christian Pulisic scored the first goal of the game in the 38th minute on an assist from Sergiño Dest. Dest headed a ball to Pulisic, who was crashing into the box and knocked the ball into the bottom left corner of the net before crashing into Iran's goalkeeper.

The U.S. came very close to making it 2-0 in stoppage time of the first half when Timothy Weah beat the keeper one-on-one. However, Weah, who had scored the only goal in the tournament so far for the U.S., was called offside.

In the other Group B match, England and Wales remain tied at 0-0. England just needs a draw to advance to the knockout stage.

Nov 29, 12:02 PM EST
Senegal, Netherlands advance from Group A

The first two teams to advance out of group play are Senegal and Netherlands. Netherlands cruised to a 2-0 victory over host country Qatar, while Senegal earned a 2-1 victory in a must-win match.

Senegal led 1-0 at the half on a penalty kick goal from Ismaila Sarr in the 44th minute. But Ecuador tied the game 1-1 in the 67th minute on a goal by Moises Caicedo off a corner kick. A draw would've meant Ecuador advanced to the knockout round.

But Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly scored the go-ahead goal just three minutes later off a free kick. The goal stood up as the game-winner.

A heavily favored Dutch side had no issues with Qatar, which had already been eliminated from contention for the second round. Cody Gakpo scored in the 26th minute and Frenkie de Jong added a second goal just four minutes into the second half. Netherlands finished atop the group with the win.

Netherlands will play the second-place team in Group B in the next round, while Senegal will face the winner of Group A. The U.S., if they advance over Iran, will likely take on Netherlands.

Nov 29, 11:03 AM EST
Senegal, Netherlands hold 1-0 leads at half

Senegal and the Netherlands hold one-goal leads at the half in the final matches in Group A.

Senegal, which likely needs a win to advance, scored a goal on a penalty kick by Ismaila Sarr in the 44th minute. Senegal leads Ecuador, 1-0. Ecuador needs a win or draw to advance to the knockout stage.

The Netherlands has had no problems with the host country of Qatar in the first half, leading 1-0 behind a goal from Cody Gakpo in the 26th minute. A win would put the Dutch into the second round.

Nov 29, 10:07 AM EST
Netherlands-Qatar and Ecuador-Senegal underway

The first two matches of the day are underway in Qatar, including the final game for the home squad.

Qatar, which cannot advance to the next round after losses in its first two matches, faces the Netherlands, which currently stands atop Group A. The Netherlands would advance with a win.

In the second match, Ecuador and Senegal face off with the winner guaranteeing a spot in the knockout stage. A draw would also be enough for Ecuador to move on.

If Senegal-Ecuador tie and Netherlands loses, it will come down to goal differential to determine whether Netherlands or Senegal advances. Netherlands is currently plus-2 in goal differential on Senegal, so they are looking good.

Nov 29, 9:56 AM EST
FiveThirtyEight gives US 38% chance of beating Iran

The odds of beating Iran are in the U.S.'s favor, but the overall chances of advancing to the knockout round are not -- at least according to FiveThirtyEight's World Cup predictions.

The U.S. has a 38% chance of winning, while Iran has a 31% chance, with a 31% chance of a draw. Only a win will put Team USA into the next round, so that means there's a 62% chance they won't advance to the knockout stage.

For those looking even further down the line, the U.S. has less than a 1% chance of winning the World Cup -- the same as Iran. For those looking on the bright side, the U.S. does have a 15% chance of making the quarterfinals.

FiveThirtyEight uses its Soccer Power Index ratings to determine the likely winner. The SPI draws from a database of international matches dating back to 1905. For a full explanation of how the rankings work, click here.

Nov 29, 9:16 AM EST
Pandas predict a US win against Iran

Good news for the U.S. men's team -- Qatar's psychic pandas Thuraya and Suhail have chosen the U.S. to beat Iran in today's must-win matchup.

The two pandas were gifted to Qatar from China to celebrate it as the host country of the World Cup. Every day, they are tasked with predicting which countries will win that day's matchups.

However, the pandas are not given the choice of a draw and they're not always correct.

The pandas also chose England over Wales, Senegal over Ecuador and Qatar over the Netherlands in today’s matches.

Nov 29, 8:54 AM EST
Blinken denies ‘geopolitical’ nature of World Cup

When Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked about the unrest in Iran and China as it related to the game between the U.S. and Iran at the World Cup later today, Blinken said “let's let the athletes do their thing,” expressing his belief that there are no geopolitical implications beyond a competitive game.

“I'm certainly confident in [the athletes'] abilities to do well on the field. And I don't think there are any particular geopolitical aspects to this, other than that,” he added.

Affirming the right to protest, Blinken closed his answer, saying “protests that we're seeing in China, protests that we're seeing for different reasons, in Iraq, in other places — our position is the same everywhere, which is that we support the right of people everywhere to peacefully protest to make known their views, their concerns and their frustrations.”

Nov 28, 8:07 PM EST
Must-win match for USA highlights Tuesday schedule

The U.S.'s future in the World Cup will be decided Tuesday against Iran. After draws against Wales and England, the U.S. can only advance to the knockout stage with a win; anything else and they will be boarding a flight home.

Iran, ranked nine spots lower than USA in the FIFA rankings, defeated Wales and was blown out by England, so they are facing a similar situation as the U.S. -- though a draw could also result in them making it out of the group stage as well. Wales can only advance with an unlikely dominating performance against England.

The match has almost been eclipsed by controversy over the U.S. Soccer Federation posting a photo of the Iranian flag on Twitter without the Islamic symbol. The post was to show support for protesters in Iran, and has earned calls for FIFA to kick the USA out of the competition. That's unlikely, but Iran can handle it on the field by simply beating the USA. FiveThirtyEight's predictions give the U.S. a 38% chance of winning versus 31% for Iran (with a 31% chance of a draw).

This is only the third time the two countries have met. They faced off in another politically heated match in the 1998 World Cup when the U.S. government called Iran the "most active" sponsor of terrorism just weeks beforehand. Iran won that match, 2-1.

The other two games on Tuesday will be in Group A, including the final match for the home country. Unfortunately for local fans, Qatar has already been eliminated from contention for the knockout stages. Netherlands can advance with a win over Qatar (or a draw and some help), while the winner of Ecuador-Senegal will also advance. Ecuador would advance with a draw.

Tuesday's schedule of matches:

  • Ecuador vs. Senegal, 10 a.m., FS1
  • Netherlands vs. Qatar, 10 a.m., Fox
  • Iran vs. United States, 2 p.m., Fox
  • Wales vs. England, 2 p.m., FS1

Nov 28, 6:28 PM EST
White House won't comment on Iran flag flap

The White House declined to comment on the Iranian flag flap created by the U.S. Soccer Federation's removal of the Islamic emblem from a photo on the U.S. men's national team's Twitter account.

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the White House would not have comment during a White House press briefing Monday afternoon.

"This isn't the kind of thing that you would -- that the White House would -- comment on," Kirby said at the briefing. "USA soccer is a private entity, and they make their own decisions about those kinds of things, and we wouldn't comment on that. We wish them all the best tomorrow."

Kirby also said he wasn't aware of any conversations or consultations involving anyone from the U.S. government about the U.S. Soccer Federation's decision to alter the flag.

The logo was later added back to the flag in the team's Twitter header. The federation had said it was done to support protesters in the country currently demonstrating against the totalitarian regime and its treatment of women.

-ABC News' Sarah Kolinovsky

Nov 28, 5:26 PM EST
US coach, captain try to avoid Iran flag controversy

U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter tried to keep the focus on Tuesday's game at a press conference as he faced questions about why the U.S. team's Twitter account removed the Islamic emblem from Iran's flag in a post Sunday. He also insisted his team had no knowledge of the post.

The U.S. soccer federation said it removed the logo to show support for those protesting in the country against authoritarian rule and its treatment of women.

Berhalter tried to keep the focus on the uniting power of sports and the World Cup, even as Iran called for the U.S. to be kicked out of the World Cup for altering its flag.

"Sport is something that should bring people together, bring countries together," Berhalter said. "When you look at the Olympics, to see all those countries competing at the same time, is a wonderful event. The World Cup is very similar, where people come from all around the world. Fans come from all around the world, and you get to compete on the field, as brothers, so sport does have the ability to do that."

U.S. captain Tyler Adams was criticized by an Iranian reporter for mispronouncing "Iran," which he apologized for, and he was questioned about discrimination in the U.S., saying it is everywhere but there has been progress. But he also deflected attention back to the game.

"Listen, we support Iran's people and Iran's team. But that being said, you know, we're laser focused on this match as they are as well," Adams, 23, told reporters. "We know how important this is for our progress of our team and what we want to do to prove to our country, you know, how hard we've been working. And we know they want to do exactly the same."

The U.S. must defeat Iran Tuesday to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.

-ABC News' Karyn Rhodus

Nov 28, 4:29 PM EST
Portugal cruises to win over Uruguay, clinches spot in knockout stage

Portugal dispatched Uruguay on Monday, taking its second win of the tournament and guaranteeing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will see the knockout stage in what is almost certainly the 37-year-old's last World Cup.

Portugal won 2-0 behind two goals from Bruno Fernandes. The Manchester United star -- briefly Ronaldo's teammate before Man U dismissed the star -- scored the match's first goal in the 54th minute and then added the clincher in the 93rd minute on a penalty kick.

Portugal will play South Korea on Friday, but will likely rest some players to get them ready for the knockout stage.

Nov 28, 1:03 PM EST
Brazil tops Switzerland

In the Group G competition Monday, Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 with a late-game goal by Casemiro.

With that, Brazil has won both its matches so far in the tournament and sits atop the group.

Nov 28, 10:14 AM EST
Ghana defeats South Korea, Cameroon and Serbia tie

Ghana won over South Korea 3-2 in a high-intensity match that saw the momentum change several times over.

Ghana started strong, with Mohammed Salisu scoring 24 minutes in and Mohammed Kudus at 34 minutes, bringing the score to 2-0 by halftime.

But then Cho Gue-sung of South Korea scored twice, at the 58th minute and again just three minutes later. He scored both goals on a header from a cross, the second powerful strike followed by an exuberant team celebration as it tied up the game.

Ghana met the challenge just minutes later, with Kudus scoring once more to put Ghana back in the lead.

With 10 minutes of extra time, South Korea was not able to score again as the Ghanaian team successfully defended multiple goal opportunities.

Earlier Monday, in Group G, Cameroon and Serbia ended in a 3-3 tie.

Nov 27, 3:59 PM EST
Germany, Spain tie

Germany and Spain ended their high-energy match in a 1-1 tie Sunday.

Both goals came late in the game, with Spain's Álvaro Morata scoring at 62 minutes and Germany's Niclas Füllkrug at 83 minutes.

Nov 27, 1:06 PM EST
Croatia beats Canada 4-1

Croatia handily beat Canada four goals to one. Croatia's goals were scored by Marko Livaja, Lovro Majer and Andrej Kramaric, who scored twice.

Canada's Alphonso Davies scored their sole point, the country's first in a men's FIFA World Cup, within the first three minutes of the match.

Croatia is now the top team in Group F, while Canada will not advance.

Nov 27, 11:23 AM EST
Morocco beats Belgium 2-0

Morocco beat Belgium Sunday with two goals over zero.

The first goal was scored by Abdelhamid Sabiri 73 minutes in on a free kick near the corner. The second goal came in extra minutes, scored by Zakaria Aboukhlal chipping off a smart assist by Hakim Ziyech.

This win puts Morocco at the top of Group F.

Nov 27, 8:12 AM EST
Costa Rica beats Japan 1-0 with late goal

Costa Rica beat the favored Japan 1-0 with a late goal on Sunday.

Keysher Fuller scored the match’s sole goal at the 81-minute mark, shooting from inside the 18-yard box and slipping the ball past the fingertips of Japan’s goaltender, Shuichi Gonda.

The goal was Costa Rica’s first of the tournament after losing 7-0 against Spain in its opening game.

Nov 26, 4:15 PM EST
Argentina tops Mexico 2-0 in vital win

After a stunning loss to Saudi Arabia, Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0.

Argentina and Saudi Arabia now have three points each. The team that wins their third match in this round will likely head to the knockouts.

Nov 26, 1:30 PM EST
France defeats Denmark 2-1 in heated match

France defeated Denmark 2-1 with a last minute goal from Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé, in what was a tight game between the two Group D teams.

Mbappé also scored France's first goal of the match. The win solidifies France's spot in the knockout round.

To qualify for the next round, Denmark will have to defeat Australia on Wednesday.

Nov 26, 12:17 PM EST
Poland defeats Saudi Arabia 2-0

Poland defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0, putting the Polish team in Group C's top spot.

Saudi Arabia has the second highest number of points in the group thanks to its surprise 2-1 win over Argentina. Mexico and Argentina will face off later today, where Mexico could knock Argentina out of the tournament with a win.

Nov 26, 8:04 AM EST
Saudi Arabia can qualify for elimination round with win over Poland

Poland and Saudi Arabia have kicked off at Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Saudi Arabia shocked the football world this week with a 2-1 over Argentina, one of the favorites to win the World Cup. Poland played Mexico and earned a scoreless draw against the squad to take one point away from the match.

The second Group C match of the day will take place later on where Mexico can eliminate Argentina from the competition with a win.

Nov 26, 7:07 AM EST
Australia defeats Tunisia for their first World Cup win since 2010

Australia and Tunisia played a tight game throughout with each squad having their chances to score but it was Australia who ultimately prevailed 1-0 over the North African side.

Tunisia is now on the backfoot when it comes to qualifying for the knockout rounds but they have not formally been eliminated in the loss to Australia. Australia have garnered three points in their two matches thus far. Tunisia has earned one point in their matches. Denmark takes on France later today in the other Group D match.

Nov 25, 4:09 PM EST
US and England tie 0-0

The U.S. and England tied in their match on Friday, ending the game without scoring any goals.

To advance to the next round, the U.S. will need to win its match against Iran on Tuesday.

England won its match against Iran on Monday 6-2.

Nov 25, 12:47 PM EST
Neymar injures right ankle during Brazil's 1st match

Soccer star Neymar injured his right ankle during Brazil's match against Serbia Thursday.

The team's doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar sprained his ankle and said he is confident Neymar will continue playing at the World Cup, according to the Associated Press.

Nov 25, 12:47 PM EST
China gifts Qatar two pandas tasked with predicting game winners

Thuraya and Suhail are two pandas gifted to Qatar from China to celebrate their hosting the World Cup. Every day, they are tasked with predicting which countries will win that day's matchups.

Fans of the U.S. men's soccer team may hope this less-than-stellar rate holds as the pandas predicted this morning that England wins in the team's group stage match.

Nov 25, 12:37 PM EST
Senegal beats Qatar 3-1

Senegal beat World Cup host Qatar 3-1, in what was the host's first appearance in the tournament ever.

The two other Group A members, the Netherlands and Ecuador, are set to face off on Friday.

Nov 25, 7:30 AM EST
Wales suffers defeat at the hands of Iran

With two goals allowed in added time, Wales lost a tight match to Iran 2-0.

In the defeat, Wales has one point in Group B and Iran now has three. The United States will play England later today to wrap up the second games for each team in the group at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Nov 25, 6:00 AM EST
Wales and Iran battle to 0-0 at halftime in each squad's second match

In a closely fought match between the two teams, Wales and Iran have played a tight match so far at halftime at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Ar-Rayyan.

Wales has had possession 54% of the time to Iran's 30% with the ball contested 16% of the time.

England is leading Group B with three points and they will play the United States who garnered point against Wales in their first match. Wales is tied with the U.S. with one point and Iran yet to put points on the table.

Nov 24, 10:39 PM EST
Brazil wins against Serbia as Neymar suffers ankle injury

Brazil defeated Serbia 2-0 in the opening for Group G at Lusail Stadium courtesy of Brazilian forward Richarlison's double goals.

Brazil's Neymar, one of the sport's most popular players, sprained his ankle, according to Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

Now at the top of the Group G standings, Brazil will play Switzerland on Monday, while Serbia will face Cameroon.

Nov 24, 8:43 PM EST
Portugal beats Ghana 3-2 as Ronaldo breaks record

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo made history today, becoming the first male player to score in five different World Cups after scoring a penalty kick in Portugal's opening match.

Portugal now leads Group H after defeating Ghana 3-2.

Ronaldo left Manchester United earlier this week after an explosive TV interview in which he criticized the club and manager Erik ten Hag.

Nov 24, 2:04 PM EST
Portugal beats Ghana 3-2 as Ronaldo breaks record

Soccer star Christiano Ronaldo made history today, becoming the first male player to score in five different World Cups after scoring a penalty kick in Portugal's opening match.

Portugal now leads Group H after defeating Ghana 3-2.


Ronaldo left Manchester United earlier this week after an explosive TV interview in which he criticized the club and manager Erik ten Hag.

Nov 24, 11:39 AM EST
Uruguay and South Korea draw 0-0

Uruguay and South Korea did not score any goals in their first appearance in the 2022 World Cup, ending the game with a 0-0 draw.

The two other teams in the group, Portugal and Ghana, are also facing off today.

Nov 24, 8:10 AM EST
Uruguay takes on South Korea

The match between Uruguay and South Korea has kicked off in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

This match is the first one featuring teams from Group H, the last group not to have played yet in Qatar 2022. The other two teams, Ghana and Portugal, will play later today.

Nov 24, 7:07 AM EST
Switzerland defeats Cameroon 1-0

Cameroon-born Swiss star Breel Embolo scored the only goal of the match in the 48th minute shortly after the half as Switzerland defeated Cameroon in the first game of the World Cup for each squad in Group G.

Embolo, who plays for Ligue 1 club Monaco in France, refused to celebrate in what would be the only goal of the match and held up his hands after scoring before he was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.

Switzerland will next play Brazil on Monday while Cameroon will take on Serbia the same day.

Nov 23, 1:02 PM EST
Spain looks like Cup contender with rout of Costa Rica

Spain, one of the oddsmakers' favorites to hoist the World Cup trophy next month, did nothing to dissuade those picking the 2010 champs to win another title.

Spain defeated Costa Rica 7-0 in the most lopsided game of the tournament so far. Costa Rica had zero shots on goal in the match.

Ferran Torres had two goals, while Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata each had one.

It was the most goals scored by Spain in a World Cup game, topping the six they scored against Bulgaria in 1998. Spain next plays Germany on Sunday, with the German side facing elimination with a loss.

Nov 23, 10:16 AM EST
Japan shocks Germany with 2 goals in final 15 minutes

Germany controlled possession throughout the first half and appeared ready to cruise to a opening game victory. Then Japan turned it on in a shocking final 15 minutes to steal the win.

German Ilkay Gundogan scored on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute, and thought they had added a second late in the first half before a review took it off the board.

In the second, Ritsu Doan tied the game at 1-1 in the 75th minute after coming on the pitch just four minutes earlier. Eight minutes later, Takuma Asano gave Japan the 2-1 lead and held on for the win.

Nov 23, 10:14 AM EST
German players cover mouths in protest

The starting 11 for Germany posed for photos covering their mouths before the match with Japan in a sign of protest.

Several European team captains had planned to wear "OneLove" armbands during the tournament as a protest against Qatar's anti-LGBTQ laws. However, FIFA cracked down on the teams' decision and promised to immediately hand out yellow cards to any player violating the rules on uniform.

Also, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser was pictured wearing the armband while watching in the stands, alongside embattled FIFA President Gianni Infantino. She had previously said she might not even attend the World Cup due to concerns over human rights.

Nov 23, 7:04 AM EST
Croatia and Morocco draw 0-0

Croatia and Morocco failed to score in their match, which ended up being the third 0-0 draw in the 2022 World Cup so far.

The other two teams in the group, Canada and Belgium, will face off later today at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium -- popularly known as the Al-Rayyan Stadium -- in Al Rayyan, Qatar. It will be Canada's first World Cup match in 36 years and only their second ever appearance at the tournament.

Nov 23, 6:57 AM EST
Morocco and Croatia battle to 0-0 draw at halftime

Croatia controlled possession of the ball 51% of the time to Morocco's 36% in the first half of the Group F match at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.

Croatia had two corner kick opportunities but were unable to capitalize on those opportunities to score while Morocco had one less foul in the first half than the European side.

Nov 23, 5:08 AM EST
Match between 2018 World Cup runners-up and Morocco kicks off

Croatia, runners-up to France in the 2018 World Cup, has taken the field against the second-best team in Africa, Morocco, in Group F's first match of the tournament.

Morocco has not won a World Cup match since 1998 and has only ever emerged from the qualifying rounds in the tournament once, 36 years ago in 1986.

Nov 22, 4:23 PM EST
Soccer powers take the stage on Wednesday

Germany, Spain and Belgium take to the field on Wednesday as they each look to open the tournament with a win -- and deliver a message that they are in World Cup-winning form. Germany and Spain won the World Cup in 2014 and 2010, respectively, while Belgium is No. 2 in the FIFA world rankings.

Our neighbors to the north, Canada, also get their World Cup underway. This is just the second time Canada has appeared in the World Cup and certainly want to do better than that appearance in 1986 when they went 0-3 in the group stage.

Here's the schedule for Wednesday:

  • Morocco vs. Croatia, 5 a.m., FS1
  • Germany vs. Japan, 8 a.m., FS1
  • Spain vs. Costa Rica, 11 a.m., Fox
  • Belgium vs. Canada, 2 p.m., Fox

Nov 22, 4:07 PM EST
Defending champion France routs Australia

Just nine minutes into France's opening round match with Australia they trailed 1-0 behind a goal from Craig Goodwin.

But any thoughts of the defending World Cup champions stumbling to a loss in their opener -- like Argentina earlier in the day -- were erased by Adrien Rabiot in the 28th minute. Five minutes later, Olivier Giroud banged one home to take the lead.

The rout was on in the second half when 23-year-old French star Kylian Mbappe headed one home in the 68th minute. Giroud scored a brace with his second goal in the 71st minute. The goal tied him with legend Thierry Henry for the most international goals in French history.

France finished with 23 shots to Australia's four. The Aussies had just one shot on goal.

Nov 22, 1:11 PM EST
Mexico, Poland go scoreless after Lewandowski misses penalty

Mexico and Poland, both teams hoping to advance to the knockout stage, finished 0-0 in their opening match after Polish star Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty kick in the second half.

Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa came up with a big stop in the 58th minute Tuesday. Mexico, meanwhile, dominated possession -- 61% to 39% -- and had 11 shots but couldn't break through.

Lewandowski, one of his generation's great forwards, has not scored a World Cup goal in four matches.

Nov 22, 11:12 AM EST
Fans show off team pride with crazy costumes

Win or lose, you can always count on fans to show up -- often in the most outlandish outfits.

-ABC News' Moe Zoyari

Nov 22, 10:04 AM EST
Denmark, Tunisia settle for scoreless draw

Denmark, one of the sleeper picks to win the tournament, settled for a 0-0 draw with Tunisia in their first game in Group D. It was the first scoreless draw of the tournament and only the second draw -- after the U.S.-Wales on Monday.

The Danes are ranked 10th in the world, while Tunisia is ranked 30th.

Denmark held its collective breath in the 93rd minute when the referee was called over to look at VAR for a hand ball, but the ruling came back with no penalty.

Nov 22, 9:35 AM EST
World Cup's New High-Tech Ball Will Change Soccer Forever: FiveThirtyEight

When the 2022 World Cup made its debut on Sunday, it kicked off one of the most significant in-game uses of technology in sports history.

All tournament long, match balls will contain a sensor that collects spatial positioning data in real time -- the first World Cup to employ such a ball-tracking mechanism. This, combined with existing optical tracking tools, will make VAR (video assistant referees) and programs like offside reviews more accurate and streamlined than they’ve ever been.

Combining these two forms of tracking has long been a holy grail of sorts in technology circles, and FIFA’s use of the ball sensor in particular will serve as a highly public test case over the next four weeks.

For more on the technology and how it will affect the World Cup, read FiveThirtyEight's in-depth investigation.

Nov 22, 9:16 AM EST
Budweiser plans celebration with unused beer

With millions of dollars in unused beer sitting in Qatar, the company AB InBev says it will be bringing the beer to the winning country for an "ultimate" celebration.

"Where there is a celebration, there is always a Budweiser. In that spirit, Budweiser wants to bring this celebration from the FIFA World Cup stadiums to the winning country’s fans," the company said in a statement. "We will host the ultimate championship celebration for the winning country. Because, for the winning fans, they’ve taken the world. More details will be shared when we get closer to the finals."

Nov 22, 9:03 AM EST
Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina

Lionel Messi and Argentina were stunned by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday as the Saudis rallied to beat one of the tournament's favorites, 2-1.

Messi, one of the sport's all-time greats, scored in the 10th minute on a penalty kick. But Saudi Arabia came out strong in the second half with goals in the 48th minute by Saleh Al-Shehri and in the 53rd minute by Salem Al-Dawsari.

 

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/28/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 142, Minnesota 127
Philadelphia 104, Atlanta 101
Boston 140, Charlotte 105
Toronto 100, Cleveland 88
Brooklyn 109, Orlando 102
New Orleans 105, Oklahoma City 101
Chicago 114, Utah 107
Denver 129, Houston 113
Phoenix 122, Sacramento 117
Indiana 116, LA Lakers 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Toronto 4, Detroit 2
New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 3
Tampa Bay 6, Buffalo 5 (OT)
Vegas 3, Columbus, 2 (SO)
Dallas 4, St. Louis 1
Edmonton 4, Florida 3 (OT)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 24, Indianapolis 17

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(9)Kansas 87, Texas Southern 55
(11)Arkansas 74, Troy 61

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/27/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Brooklyn 111, Portland 97
Golden State 137, Minnesota 114
LA Clippers 114, Indiana 100
Miami 106, Atlanta 98
Boston 130, Washington 121
Philadelphia 133, Orlando 103
Cleveland 102, Detroit 94
Memphis 127, New York 123
Milwaukee 124, Dallas 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Minnesota 4, Arizona 3
Winnipeg 7, Chicago 2
Vancouver 4 San Jose 3 (OT)
Seattle 5, Anaheim 4
Ottawa 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Carolina 23, Denver 10
Cincinnati 20, Tennessee 16
Cleveland 23, Tampa Bay 17 (OT)
Jacksonville 28, Baltimore 27
Miami 30, Houston 15
NY Jets 31, Chicago 10
Washington 19, Atlanta 13
Final L.A Chargers 25, Arizona 24
Las Vegas 40, Seattle 34 (OT)
Kansas City 26, LA Rams 10
San Francisco 13, New Orleans 0
Philadelphia 40, Green Bay 33

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Alabama 103, North Carolina 101
Gonzaga 88, Xavier 84
Purdue 75, Duke 56
Michigan St. 78, Portland 77
Auburn 65, Saint Louis 60
UCLA 81, Bellarmine 60
UConn 71, Iowa St. 53

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NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. removed from American Airlines flight after crew 'concerned' for his health: Police

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(MIAMI) -- Star NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr was "removed" from an American Airlines flight in Miami after the flight's crew expressed concern over the football player's health, according to police.

Officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department were dispatched to a medical emergency on an American Airlines flight Sunday at around 9:30 a.m., the department said in a statement.

As members of the flight crew tried to wake Beckham to fasten his seat belt prior to departure, "he appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness," according to the statement.

The flight attendants then called 911 due to concerns that Beckham was "seriously ill" and that his condition could worsen during the five-hour flight to Los Angeles, police said.

When officers arrived, Beckham allegedly refused several requests to exit the plane, police said. After the aircraft was deplaned, Beckham followed requests by officers to exit the plane "without incident," according to authorities.

"Mr. Beckham was escorted to the non-secure area of the terminal by the officers where he made other arrangements," police said.

According to a statement by American Airlines, Flight 1228 returned to the gate before takeoff "due to a customer failing to follow crew member instructions and refusing to fasten their seatbelt."

The flight departed at 10:54 a.m. after "the customer was removed," according to American Airlines.

Beckham, posting on Twitter later in the morning, appeared to express disbelief over the incident.

"Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me," he tweeted. "I've seen it all."

A representative for Beckham did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Beckham, who is recovering from an ACL injury, is currently a free agent and is not on an NFL roster. The wide receiver was the New York Giants' first-round draft pick in 2014 and has also played with the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams.

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The 'psychic' animals predicting who will win the World Cup

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(LONDON) -- No FIFA World Cup would be complete without "psychic" animals predicting the winners, and Qatar 2022 has been no exception.

From "clairvoyant" camels to "mystic" elephants and "cryptic" rats, a range of animals -- big and small -- have tried their paws, hooves and tentacles at predicting the score line.

It all started with Paul, the "psychic" octopus. The eight-tentacled icon put TV pundits to shame with an incredible string of correct World Cup winner predictions from his glass tank at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. The tentacled tipster had an incredible success rate: he correctly predicted eight world cup matches at South Africa's tournament in 2010, including Spain beating the Netherlands in the World Cup final.

All did not end well for Paul’s successor, Rubio the octopus, who became an icon in Japan for his 100% success rate in predicting group stage matches, including Japan’s win against Columbia in the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. Rubio did not get the chance to make his prediction for the Round-of-16 after he was chopped up and turned into seafood, according to one local news outlet.

Taiyo the otter had good news for Japanese fans at this year’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar, correctly predicting Japan’s group stage win over Germany on Wednesday. From his home at the Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa in Japan, the Taiyo was given three buckets to choose from -- Japan (blue), draw (yellow) and Germany (Red) -- and did not hesitate in picking up his tiny football and placing his bets on Japan. He was widely praised online for his exploits.

And let’s not forget another iconic star -- Marcus, the "mystic" pig. In the 2018 World Cup, "Mystic Marcus" predicted a World Cup victory for England in the after selecting apples with the England flag on British morning television. However, Mystic Marcus’ fortune-telling record was shattered when England were knocked out in the semi-finals.

Nelly the elephant from Serengeti Park in Hodengagen, Germany, also meant business when she had a streak of 30 out of 33 matches correct for her predictions in the 2006 World Cup, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euros, according to The Atlantic.

Camilla the "mystic" camel from Melton Mowbray in England did have good news for England, however. She correctly predicted the Three Lion’s group-stage win over Iran at the Qatar World Cup. Her owners told the Sun newspaper in the U.K. that their clairvoyant camel is “never wrong."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/22/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 115, Brooklyn 106
Sacramento 113, Memphis 109
Detroit 110, Denver 108
Phoenix 115, LA Lakers 105

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Buffalo 7, Montreal 2
NY Rangers 5, Los Angeles 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Creighton 90, Arkansas 87
Auburn 85, Bradley 64
Texas Tech 70, Louisville 38
Arizona 87, San Diego St. 70

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World Cup workers face alleged unfair working conditions despite Qatar promises

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(NEW YORK) -- As the World Cup matches are underway, human rights activists and others have been protesting the games and Qatar officials over what they say are human rights issues for the hundreds of workers who have been on the ground for the last couple of months.

According to some activists, everyone from construction workers to hotel employees has been allegedly forced to work long hours in the heat with little pay and, in some cases, subtle threats.

Grant Wahl, a longtime sports journalist who has covered soccer for various outlets, including Sports Illustrated, investigated some of these allegations and reported that many workers face unfair conditions.

Wahl, who hosts the podcast "Fútbol with Grant Wahl," spoke with ABC News' "Start Here" Monday about what he found when he arrived in Qatar.

START HERE: Grant, unlike a lot of journalists who flew to Qatar last week, you spent time there earlier this year amid these construction projects. Why were you going to look at a bunch of empty stadiums and hotels?

GRANT WAHL: I knew I was going to go to the World Cup, come here and cover.. focusing entirely on the soccer once the tournament started. But before that, I wanted to do a story and do some actual reporting on the topic of migrant workers in Qatar. Nearly 90% of the workforce in Qatar is not Qatari. They're coming from East Africa, West Africa, the Indian subcontinent [and] the Far East. And they're taking on jobs of construction, working in domestic situations and houses, hotel workers [and] all sorts of things that migrant workers are doing in Qatar. But the history is that they're not paid well. They're not treated well. A lot of people have died.

Human rights organizations who study this stuff very closely say that the Qataris really don't care, and they've shown they don't care by [not] trying to find out actual reasons people have died. The vast majority of deaths are just classified as natural causes. But, obviously, there's a tremendous amount of heat in Qatar year-round.

There are a lot of deaths of migrant workers that have taken place due to the heat and the body's responses to that.

New laws have been passed by the Qatari government under pressure. They were announced in 2019 and the Qatari government made a lot of fanfare about it, saying we have ended this ‘kafala’ system in which employers are allowed to keep the passports of their migrant workers and essentially preventing them from leaving the country, even if they're being treated badly. So there was a minimum wage established.

It was no longer allowed for workers to pay recruitment fees, either in their country or in Qatar to get to Qatar and get a job there. After these new laws were announced, workers were allowed for the first time to choose to change jobs within Qatar without having to leave the country and come back.

But what I was doing on the ground; I decided I was going to go to 14 FIFA hotels, and I was going to speak to at least one worker at each FIFA hotel and give them anonymity, and really find out what their experience has been like and whether these laws have been followed on the ground in Qatar.

A pattern quickly emerged as I talked to more and more workers, and I talked to nearly two dozen at all of these 14 different FIFA hotels, which is that a lot of these new laws are not being followed. Some of the workers that I spoke to didn't have their passports.

START HERE: They hold on to your passport as if to be like 'follow what we're telling you to do or else you don't get home'? Is that the implication there?

WAHL: Correct. You literally cannot leave the country if you don't have your passport, and so there's an element of freedom attached to that.

A bunch, including someone at the hotel where the U.S. team is staying in Qatar, told me that they had to pay big recruitment fees to come to the country, which puts them in debt from the moment they get there. One thing that did appear to be being followed was the new minimum wage, which I thought was interesting. But keep in mind, the new minimum wage is about $1.25 an hour.

START HERE: But the question then is…what is the responsibility of everyone who’s participating? The U.S. actually held a nice friendly game with some migrant workers the other day almost to say “we see you, folks,” but what about all of us back home? I’ve seen people contemplating whether to boycott these games. Do you think people will connect the dots with, between these issues they hear about in the news and the game they love on their screen?

WAHL: So the U.S. English language broadcaster of this World Cup is Fox Sports and they have said publicly we are not going to cover any of these so-called controversial issues like the migrant worker situation in Qatar or LGBTQ rights or women's rights, which are all things that U.S. soccer, by the way, is educating its players on and taking time to look into and a lot of other journalistic outlets are discussing. And so Fox has decided not just for this World Cup, but previously when the World Cup was in Russia in 2018, that they were not going to touch this. And that's certainly a decision they've made.

If people, fans, in the U.S. decide they want to boycott the World Cup and not watch it, I understand that.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/21/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 114, Atlanta 102
Indiana 123, Orlando 102
Chicago 121, Boston 107
New Orleans 128, Golden State 83
New York 129, Oklahoma City 119
Milwaukee 119, Portland 111
Minnesota 105, Miami 101
LA Clippers 121, Utah 114

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Calgary 5, Philadelphia 2
New Jersey 5, Edmonton 2
Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3
Winnipeg 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
NY Islanders 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
St. Louis 3, Anaheim 1
Nashville 4, Arizona 3 (SO)
Colorado 3, Dallas 2 (SO)
San Jose 5, Ottawa 1
Vegas 5, Vancouver 4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
San Francisco 38, Arizona 10

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Texas 73, N. Arizona 48
Duke 74, Bellarmine 57
Arkansas 80, Louisville 54
Creighton 76, Texas Tech 65
San Diego St. 88, Ohio St. 77
Iowa 100, Omaha 64
Arizona 101, Cincinnati 93

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Christian Pulisic describes what it means to be American, represent USA in World Cup

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(NEW YORK) -- Christian Pulisic is poised to become a household name as the U.S. men's national soccer team prepares to take the field against Wales for their first World Cup match in eight years.

Ahead of his World Cup debut, Pulisic spoke to ABC News' Good Morning America about the international tournament and what it means to be on this stage four years after the team failed to qualify.

"My No. 1 dream was to play for Team USA in a World Cup. So you can imagine, when that really hit, that we wouldn't be there, I couldn't understand why it happened. I was obviously so upset, so emotional," he said. "But, you know, looking back on it, that motivated me that much more."

He continued, "It's all in front of us, all that to play for and being in a World Cup. I still just can't wait for that feeling."

The 24-year-old all-world forward from Hershey, Pennsylvania, is on pace to score the most goals in U.S. men's national team history.

"I think they should expect a very hungry team, a young team, and one that's just willing to go to battle and do anything that we can to win," Pulisic said.

The 12-year run-up to this World Cup has been fraught with human rights abuse allegations against host country Qatar and accusations that some officials from FIFA, world soccer's governing body, took bribes to vote in favor of Qatar's host bid.

"We’re not the United Nations, we’re not the world police, we are not, I don’t know, the blue helmets. The only weapon that we have is this, it’s the ball," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in part of a lengthy defense on the eve of the tournament.

On Sunday, Qatar became the first host country to lose an opening match when they fell 2-0 to Ecuador.

Pulisic, a prodigy who began playing in Europe's best leagues as a teenager, will lead the young American squad with dreams of World Cup glory.

"I like the quote, 'If you play for the badge on the front of your jersey, people remember the name on the back,'" Pulisic said.

"I think being American, it means something to a lot of people around the world," he continued. "That's why every time I put on that jersey, I hope that I can inspire people back home. I hope that they can watch and say, 'You know what, this kid is fighting. He's giving everything that he has. If he can do it, I can do it, too.' And at the end of the day, for me, that's what it means to be American."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/20/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Phoenix 116, New York 95
Washington 106, Charlotte 102
Sacramento 137, Detroit 129
Cleveland 113, Miami 87
Golden State 127, Houston 120
Brooklyn 127, Memphis 115
Denver 98, Dallas 97
LA Lakers 123, San Antonio 92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 5, Florida 3
Pittsburgh 5, Chicago 3

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Atlanta 27, Chicago 24
Baltimore 13, Carolina 3
Buffalo 31, Cleveland 23
Detroit 31, NY Giants 18
New England 10, NY Jets 3
New Orleans 27, LA Rams 20
Philadelphia 17, Indianapolis 16
Washington 23, Houston 10
Las Vegas 22, Denver 16 (OT)
Cincinnati 37, Pittsburgh 30
Dallas 40, Minnesota 3
Kansas City 30, LA Chargers 27

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(1)North Carolina 80, James Madison 64
(2)Gonzaga 88, (4)Kentucky 72
(5)Baylor 80, (8)UCLA 75
(12)Indiana 86, Miami (Ohio) 56
(16)Virginia 70, (19)Illinois 61
(20)Michigan 70, Ohio 66
(24)Texas A&M 67, Loyola Chicago 51
(25)UConn 95, Delaware St. 60
(3)Houston 66, Oregon 56

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Beer sales banned at World Cup stadiums in Qatar, FIFA says

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(LONDON) -- The sale of beer and other alcoholic beverages at the 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar was banned on Friday, just two days before the international soccer tournament kicks off.

Non-alcoholic beer will still be sold to fans at the eight stadiums during the 64 matches. The decision was confirmed by FIFA, the tournament's owner.

“Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters," FIFA said in a statement Friday. "There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums."

A spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the parent company of World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser, told ABC News in a statement on Friday, when asked for comment: "As partners of FIFA for over three decades, we look forward to our activations of FIFA World Cup campaigns around the world to celebrate football with our consumers. Some of the planned stadium activations cannot move forward due to circumstances beyond our control."

"Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans," FIFA said. "The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev's understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022."

The Qatari government and its Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is responsible for overseeing all construction and infrastructure projects for the 2022 World Cup, did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment on Friday.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/17/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New Jersey 109, Portland 107
Sacramento 130, San Antonio 112
LA Clippers 96, Detroit 91

NATIONAL HOCKY LEAGUE
Boston 4, Philadelphia 1
Dallas 6, Florida 4
New Jersey 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Colorado 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
Columbus 6, Montreal 4
Tampa Bay 4, Calgary 1
St. Louis 5, Washington 4 (SO)
Winnipeg 3, Anaheim 2
Nashville 5, NY Islanders 4
Pittsburgh 6, Minnesota 4
Vegas 4, Arizona 1
Seattle 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Detroit 7, San Jose 4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tennessee 27, Green Bay 17

NCAA FOOTBALL
Tulane 59, SMU 24

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Murray State 88, Texas A&M 79
Kentucky 106, SC State 63
TCU 95, LA-Monroe 60
Creighton 80, Riverside 51
Arizona 104, Utah Tech 77
Arizona State 87, Michigan 62

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/16/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Minnesota 126, Orlando 108
Indiana 125, Charlotte 113
Oklahoma City 121, Washington 120
Boston 126, Atlanta 101
Toronto 112, Miami 104
Milwaukee 113, Cleveland 98
New Orleans 124, Chicago 110
Houston 101, Dallas 92
Phoenix 130, Golden State 119
New York 106, Denver 103

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ottawa 4, Buffalo 1
Final St. Louis 5, Chicago 2
Los Angeles 3, Edmonton 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Texas 93, Gonzaga 74
Houston 83, Texas Southern 48
Arkansas 71, S. Dakota St. 56
Michigan 91, Pittsburgh 60
Tennessee 81, Florida Gulf Coast 50

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Suni Lee to end college gymnastics career, sets sights on 2024 Olympics

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(NEW YORK) -- Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee is ending her college gymnastics career and returning to professional gymnastics for a chance to join the U.S. women's team at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

"Today, I'm sharing a decision that has weighed on me for a really long time," Lee began in a Tuesday Instagram post announcing the change. "As an athlete that has competed at the highest level, on the world's biggest stage, I've been fortunate enough to experience that once-in-a-lifetime feeling and the indescribable emotion when a gold medal is draped around your neck. But I don't want it to just be once in a lifetime."

Lee will finish out this season on the Auburn University gymnastics team before turning her attention to 2024.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held in 2021 due to the pandemic, Lee won three medals, including gold in the individual all-around and a bronze medal on the uneven bars, as well as a team silver medal.

Lee brought major star power to Auburn gymnastics as the first individual all-around Olympic champion to compete in college. Last month, she was named Individual Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.

She won gold on the balance beam at the NCAA championships last season and took silver in the individual all-around to Florida's Trinity Thomas.

"Competing for Auburn University has always been a dream of mine and the dream that rose in tandem with going to the Olympics," Lee continued in her video announcement. "I've learned so much about myself, true teamwork and about community during my time here. With that being said, this will be my last season competing at Auburn University. My focus right now is to make it the most incredible season yet and to be the best teammate I can be, to strive for excellence and to reach our maximum potential."

The 19-year-old said she is confident that she can return to the Olympic stage and hopes to join her teammates on the U.S. women's gymnastics team as they get ready for the Summer Games in Paris. The national team won their seat for the 2024 Olympics after securing the top spot at the world championships earlier this month.

Lee did not compete at the world championships, choosing to focus on her upcoming season at Auburn, while former Tokyo Olympic teammates and college rivals Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles did compete.

"I'm so excited to share that after this season, I'll be returning to elite gymnastics. I have my sights set on Paris in 2024," Lee said. "And I know what I have to do to get there. I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and putting in the work. Gymnastics is my passion and something that I love so deeply because it pushes me to be the best version of myself every single day."

Lee, who first got her start as a young gymnast by practicing on a wooden balance beam her dad built for her in their backyard, made sure to give a shoutout to girls and aspiring young gymnasts who look up to her.

"To every little girl whose circumstances have dictated your future but you push beyond them, I see you," said Lee. "I did it and you can do it too. Because really, nothing is impossible."

In her signoff, Lee also expressed gratitude to the community that has embraced her since the Tokyo Olympics.

"To the Auburn family, my teammates, coaches, staff, and supporters, thank you," she added. "This special place will always be a part of me and my journey. And I will always be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!"

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/15/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New Orleans 113, Memphis 102
Dallas 103, LA Clippers 101
NY Knicks 118, Utah 111
Sacramento 153, Brooklyn 121
Portland 117, San Antonio 110

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Florida 5, Washington 2
Vancouver 5, Buffalo 4
Tampa Bay 5, Dallas 4 (OT)
New Jersey 5, Montreal 1
Toronto 5, Pittsburgh 2
Columbus 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT)
Nashville 2, Minnesota 1
Anaheim 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
San Jose 5, Vegas 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Auburn 89, Winthrop 65
Connecticut 84, Buffalo 64
MI State 86, Kentucky 77
UNC 72, Gardner-Web 66
San Diego St 74, Stanford 62
Alabama 65, Southern Alabama 55
Kansas 69, Duke 64
UNLV 60, Dayton 52

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