Morning all.

The World Cup is into the knockout stages, starting from today and here’s how the last 16 looks.


Netherlands v United States – 2-0 at half-time.
Argentina v Australia – 7pm

Sunday 4th December:

France v Poland – 3pm
England v Senegal – 7pm

Monday 5th December:

Japan v Croatia – 3pm
Brazil v Korea Republic – 7pm

Tuesday 6th December:

Morocco v Spain – 3pm
Portugal v Switzerland – 7pm

The two winning countries on each day will then play each other in the quarter-finals. Potentially, England could face France if they beat Senegal tomorrow evening. What a cracking game that could be.

I was sure Takehiro Tomiyasu would be on his way to Dubai by now but a shock defeat of Spain changed that. Still, at least Thomas Partey’s duty in Qatar is over and unless things change in the match being played now, Matt Turner will be joining him. Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba have at least one more game to play.

Brazil are still my favourites to win the competition, talking of which, reports in the media today suggest Brazilian football legend Pele ‘has been moved to palliative care’ in hospital and is ‘no longer responding to chemotherapy’ in his fight against bowel cancer. Reports in Brazil said the 82-year-old, who went into hospital last week, is receiving measures to relieve pain in an ‘end-of life palliative care’ ward.

The one thing we all know for sure in life is that one day, our life will end. It’s sad to read that for Pele, that day might come very soon but at least he’s made it to 82 years old and will have left his mark on the world he leaves behind. I hope he gets to see his fellow countryman lift the World Cup, as he himself did on three occasions.

The greatest footballer ever? Messi and Ronaldo fans might say no but I think the rest of the world will probably say yes…

Come on USA, score a couple of goals and make the game more interesting…

Update – sorry, I missed this before posting.

Gabriel Jesus will miss the rest of Brazil’s World Cup campaign with a knee injury and is a doubt for the Premier League restart with Arsenal later this month – Sky Sports.

Rotten news, just rotten.