Sex before the game? Of course. But Spain coach Luis Enrique has to draw the line somewhere. Meanwhile, 10-man Wales’ dreams have been dashed by injury.
● Wales 0 v 2 Iran
● Qatar – Senegal
● Netherlands – Ecuador
● England – USA
1.00 AM – STRANGERS AROUND SPAIN ORGY NO REQUEST
Spain boss Luis Enrique has claimed he has no problem with his players having sex the night before a match – but he draws the line at orgies.
Enrique, speaking to fans on live-streaming platform Twitch, was asked if he had any thoughts on players enjoying more “private” moments the night before a game, or if he suggested avoiding sex altogether.
Over the years, there have been theories — or perhaps more accurately, superstitions — about whether athletes having sex before a match can negatively affect their performance due to focus or energy reasons.
That myth has been largely debunked, with Enrique saying it would be “ridiculous” to impose such a ban on his players.
“It’s ridiculous (to ban). It’s something I consider completely normal,” Enrique said.
“If you’re having an orgy the night before a match, it’s obviously not ideal, but when I’m a club coach, the players are at home the night before the game and it’s not something that worries me at all.
‘If it’s something they do, it’s because they need and want to. But I repeat with common sense! Each with his partner. This is normal. “When I was a football player, if I was at home with my wife before the game, we did our part.”
Spain started the World Cup in full form, beating Costa Rica 7-0 to move into the tournament favourites.
11.00pm – 10-MAN WELSH WILD BREAK OUT AFTER DOOR KNOCK
Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy received his first red card of the Qatar World Cup on Friday for a late challenge on Iran’s Mehdi Taremi.
The stopper was initially shown a yellow card, but it was red carded in the 86th minute after the video assistant referee intervened.
Iran then scored twice in the final moments of extra time to secure a 2-0 victory in the Group B encounter.
Goals from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian gave Iran a famous victory that moved them into second place in the group behind England, who face the USA later in the day.
10:00pm – Toilet Coach DOES A FULL “CARPASS HEART”, INSPIRES LITTLE PEOPLE
– Joe Barton
Before pulling off the biggest upset in World Cup history, Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard delivered an explosive, inspirational half-time performance that turned the tournament on its head.
Renard’s tournament-defining spray – which sparked wild celebrations both at the Lusail Stadium and in Saudi Arabia, where King Salman has declared a public holiday – was released by the Saudi national team as part of a behind-the-scenes look. watch their opening game.
Footage shows an excited Renard talking to his players at half-time – when they were 1-0 down after Lionel Messi’s early penalty – and a wild shot at 500-1 with online bookies.
Renard, speaking through a translator, stripped his players in an emotional plea to overturn the deficit at half-time as he accused his players of sitting back and letting Messi, the greatest player in history, dictate terms.
“What are we doing here?” an experienced French manager begins.
“Last time Messi had the ball in the middle of the pitch, you stand in front of the defense!
“Take your phone, you can take a picture with it if you want!”
For the first 45 minutes, Saudi Arabia were on the back foot and unable to trouble Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
And that wasn’t good enough for Renard, who questioned whether he believed his team was truly capable of a comeback.
“Don’t you feel something here? Don’t you feel like we can go back? Don’t you feel it?” he was angry.
“They play comfortably. Come on guys, it’s the World Cup. Give everything!”
This did the trick. The underdogs scored twice in a heady five-minute spell, first with Salem al-Dawsari’s superb curling effort before Saleh Al-Shehri gave them a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish.
Victory puts Saudi Arabia in the box to qualify from Group C, while Argentina’s path is more treacherous.
Originally published as World Cup 2022 results, scores, standings: Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey receives first red card of tournament