#FIFAWorldCup

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Lionel Messi is Argentina's all-time top scorer with 72 goals. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Argentina)

  • Lionel Messi has only won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina
  • He has lost four major tournament finals in his international career
  • Argentina have not won a major trophy since the 1993 Copa America

.Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia
Argentina captain Lionel Messi forced a number of saves from Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@FCBarcelona)

  • Miguel Borja scored four minutes into stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for Colombia
  • Argentina were 2-0 up inside eight minutes through goals by Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes
  • Colombia's substitutes turned the game around in the second half as Luis Nuriel netted from the spot before Borja's equaliser

Doha, Jun 7 (PTI) India recorded their first win in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in six years after talisman Sunil Chhetri struck twice for a 2-0 victory over Bangladesh in the joint preliminary ...

.Madrid, Spain
Spain and Portugal launched the World Cup bid. (Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • Both teams posed on the pitch wearing T-shirts that read "Vamos2030" before their Euro warm-up
  • FIFA plans to select the 2030 host in 2024
  • Spain and Portugal could face competition from other joint bids under discussion

.Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Lionel Messi also hit the woodwork and forced a number of impressive saves from Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Argentina)

  • Lionel Messi scored a penalty to give Argentina the lead midway through the first half
  • The lead was short-lived, with Alexis Sanchez equalising for Chile with a tap-in
  • Argentina are second in the South American qualification standings, behind Brazil 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Sunil Chhetri, who had tested positive for COVID-19, joined the team for the Qatar match. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@IndianFootball)

  • India face Qatar in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • The last time both the sides clashed, the game ended in a goalless draw
  • India is already out of the reckoning for a Qatar 2022 berth

.Duisburg, Germany
The defeat is one of the many setbacks suffered by Germany. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@DFB_Team_EN)

  • North Macedonia claimed a memorable 2-1 victory against Germany on Wednesday
  • Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas scored the winner five minutes from time
  • Germany's last loss in qualifiers came against England in 2001

.Japan
Japan showed no signs of rustiness as they opened their account in the 13th minute. (Photo credit: Facebook/FIFA)

  • Japan achieved a perfect record of five wins from five games
  • Japan thrashed Mongolia 14-0 on Tuesday to record their biggest-ever win in World Cup qualifying
  • The game was played behind closed doors in Japan

.Qatar
On Saturday, a minimum wage of $275 (230 euros) a month came into force for all workers in Qatar, touted by Doha as a first for the region. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • FIFA president Infantino called for fairness in assessing Qatar's rights record
  • Amnesty called on Infantino to implement 'independent and regular' monitoring sites
  • Rights groups have long said the system fuelled abuses

.Stockholm, Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been nursing a muscle injury lately but hopes to return for the Europa League. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@iamzlatanibrahimovic)

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic had retired from international football following the 2016 European Championship
  • He has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden
  • Sweden have directly qualified for Euro 2020, which has been postponed to June-July 2021 due to COVID-19