Football, rugby, tennis: what to remember from the sports weekend


FOOTBALL. On the way to the 2022 World Cup

Billet validated for Qatar! Overwhelming winners (8-0) from Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes, the Blues qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Led by a stratospheric Mbappé and author of a quadruplet, the current world champions have 15 points and are assured of first place in Group D. Finland (11 points) and Ukraine (9 points) will compete for second place, synonymous with play – off, while Bosnia-Herzegovina (7 points) and Kazakhstan (3 points) can no longer expect anything.

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In group A, the clash between Portugal (2me) and Serbia (1is) will finally have benefited Dragan Stojković’s men. Entrepreneurial, the Serbian team won (1-2) in the last moments to a too calculating Seleçao. Leader of their group until then, the Portuguese will finally go through the dams.

At the same time, Spain (1is) will be at the 2022 World Cup event after his victory (1-0) against Sweden (2me) in group B. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammates will go through the dams, while Greece (3me), controlled (1-1) by Kosovo (5me), is deleted.

In group C, Italy (1is) drew (1-1) against Switzerland (2me) and will have to compete for his place for Qatar against Northern Ireland (3me), while the Helvetians will try to qualify when they host Bulgaria (4me), Monday.

In group F, Denmark (1is) also secured their qualification for the World Cup. The Danes continued their clear round by signing a 9me win (3-1) against Faroe Islands (5me). Behind, Scotland (2me) has validated its passage through the dams. The British have logically tamed (0-2) Moldova (6me) and definitely widened the gap with Israel (3me), defeated (4-2) in Austria (4me).

In group G, the Netherlands (1is) will still have to wait to validate their place in the World Cup. The Dutch conceded the equalizer in the last ten minutes of the match (2-2) on the grass of Montenegro (4me) and are only two steps ahead of Turkey (2me), executioner (6-0) from Gibraltar (6me) and Norway (3me), retained (0-0) against Latvia (5me).

In Group H, the last clash between Croatia (1is) and Russia (2me) benefited the Vatreni. Last winners at home (1-0), Luka Modric’s teammates beat the Russians to secure their World Cup qualification. For their part, Valeri Karpine’s men will go through the roadblocks. Slovakia (3me), executioner (0-6) from Malta (6me) and Slovenia (4me), winner (2-1) of Cyprus (5me), are removed.

In Group I, England (1is) has almost secured his place in the World Cup. The Three Lions did a short job (5-0) from Albania (3me) and remain undefeated in these playoffs. They are ahead of Poland (2me), logical winner (1-4) in Andorra (5me), at least guaranteed to pass through the dams.

Finally, already assured of making the trip to Qatar, Germany (1is) ideally concluded their series in the brilliant playoffs (1-4) in Armenia (4me). Behind, North Macedonia (2me) won their place in the play-offs thanks to their success (3-1) against Iceland (5me), at the expense of Romania (3me), victorious (0-2) in Liechtenstein (6me).

Regarding the rest of the zones, no African, Asian or North American country has so far achieved their qualification for the 2022 World Cup. Only Brazil, a forward (1-0) for Colombia during the playoffs in the South American zone, made up their ticket to Qatar. and it continues to be the only team in history that has participated in all editions of the World Cup.

RUGBY. France ideally continues its autumn tour

While the international breakout is in full swing in the oval world, the Blues have made it through their second fall test match. Against Georgia, the XV of France made a serious copy to win widely (41-15), thanks in particular to two doubles from Peato Mauvaka and Damian Penaud. A second success for the French team (after their victory (29-20) against Argentina), auspicious before the expected reception of New Zealand next weekend.

On Saturday, Ireland signed off on the feat of the weekend by dropping New Zealand (29-20) in Dublin after an epic clash. This is the third time in its history (after 2016 and 2018) that the XV du Leek has managed to tame the All Blacks. In the other test match, the English dominated their matter against Australia (32-15), Argentina logically won in Italy (16-37), Scotland yielded to South Africa (15-30) and Wales overthrew Fiji (38-23) .

IN THE FIELDS. Make way for the Masters!

In Turin, Italy, the Masters got off to an ideal start for defending champion Daniil Medvedev (2me world player). Pushed at the start of the match by Pole Hubert Hurkacz (9me), the Russian managed to take his opponent’s measure in three sets (6-7, 6-3, 6-4), on Sunday. A few hours later, Alexander Zverev (3me) faced Matteo Berrettini (7me). Monday, Novak Djokovic (1is) will oppose Casper Ruud (8me), while Stéfanos Tsitsipas (4me) will face Andrey Rublev (5me).

THE RACE. Lewis Hamilton rekindles title suspense

The atmosphere was hot on the tracks of the São Paulo Grand Prix (Brazil). After a fantastic fight, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) edged out Max Verstappen (Red Bull) to allow himself a 6me victory this season, the 101me of his Formula 1 career. Starting second at the starting line, Verstappen has long held out against the British driver, coming back from 10me place, before leaving it at 59me turn around and watch your competitor fly towards the title. The seven-time world champion is thus fourteen points behind Max Verstappen in the championship standings, while there are still three Grands Prix to go this season. Poleman Valtteri Bottas (3me, Mercedes) meanwhile, finished on the third step of the podium, ahead of Sergio Pérez (4me, Red Bull) and Charles Leclerc (5me, Ferrari).

ON A MOTORCYCLE. Bagnaia shines, Ducati hits twice, Rossi retires

Last game of the year, the Valencia Grand Prix (Spain) concluded the 2021 MotoGP season on Sunday. And at the Ricardo-Tormo circuit, it was the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) who won ahead of his two teammates Jorge Martín (2me) and Jack Miller (3me), for the Italian team’s first hat-trick in MotoGP. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), already crowned world champion, finished fifthme ahead of his compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati), who finished in the Top 5 overall. For his part, Italian legend Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) completed the last MotoGP race of his career, his 432me start in total, at 10me square. Finally in the teams and manufacturers rankings, Ducati has achieved a double blow thanks to the huge end of the season for its drivers.

IN THE RING. Benavidez pushes Davis to leave

David Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) sent a clear message to Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez. In Saturday’s demonstration in Phoenix (United States) in a spectacular fight, the American forced the corner of his opponent, Kyrone Davis (16-3-1, 6 KOs), to throw in the towel in the 7me return.

Finally, European light heavyweight champion Englishman Chris Billam-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs) retained his title by clearly beating Nantais Dylan Bregeon (11) on points (109-120, 109-119, 109-119). -two). -1, 3 KOs), Saturday night in Sheffield, UK.

ON THE OCTOGON. Max Holloway picks up his 23me win at mma

The fight was expected. You will have kept all your promises. On Saturday in Las Vegas (United States), Max Holloway (29) won by unanimous decision to Yair Rodríguez (29), during the main fight of UFC Fight Night. Against the Mexican, the American fighter maintained his favorite rank to win his 23me victory in 29 MMA fights. Max Holloway now seems ready to regain the gold belt that Alexander Volkanovski let slip.

IN WATER. The latest version of the Doldrums

As the Doldrums (intertropical convergence zone) approach, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) go it alone after widening the gap with their closest opponents, François Gabart and Tom Laperche (SVr Lazartigues), to more than 150 miles. Behind them, Sébastien Rogues and Matthieu Souben (Primonial) dominate the ranking in Ocean Fifty, while Imoca regroups at the end of the Canary Islands and fights a terrible battle between LinkedOut (Rettant – Lagravière), Charal (Beyou – Pratt), Iniciativas- Coeur (Davies – Lunven) and Apivia (Dalin – Meilhat). Finally, in Class40, the duos Antoine Carpentier – Pablo Santurde Del Arco (Redman) and Valentin Gautier – Simon Koster (Banque du Léman) are side by side along the Portuguese and Moroccan coasts.

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ON TRACKS. Tarjei Boe offers the massive start

Following in the footsteps of his little brother Johannes Boe (resigns), Tarjei Boe (23) won the massive preseason start from Sjusjoen (Norway), ahead of the French Quentin Fillon Maillet and Emilien Jacquelin. Two other Blues, Fabien Claude and Antonin Guigonnat stayed in the top 10.


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