FIFA 2022 World Cup qualification: FIFA orders abandoned Brazil vs. Argentina match replayed, issues fines. World Cup 2022 draw: Power Rankings features USA on the up after drawing England in group; Brazil in top tier. FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced its decisions on Monday related to the abandoned Brazil vs. Argentina World Cup qualifier from September.
Here’s what FIFA announced:
1. to order the Brazilian Football Association to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 ($539,697) with respect to infringements related to order and security.
2. to order the Argentinian Football Association to pay a fine of CHF 200,000 ($215,878) with respect to its failure to comply with its obligations in relation to order and security, the preparation of and its participation in the match.
3. to order the Brazilian Football Association and the Argentinian Football Association to each pay a fine of CHF 50,000 ($53,969) as a result of the abandonment of the match.
4. to suspend the Argentinian players Emiliano Buendía, Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero for two (2) matches each for not complying with the FIFA Return to Football International Match Protocol.
At the end of the day, each FA takes a financial hit, but the suspensions will mean very little. Both Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for this November’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
We’ve done much the same already and here is a look at the tiers in which we have placed the 29 teams that have so far booked their place in Qatar:
This quintet of teams have arguably put fairly significant daylight between themselves and the rest of the planet in terms of their results over recent years. FIFA’s rankings are rarely an exact measurement of international football not least when so many nations have attempted to game them to improve their seeding at draws but Brazil leading the way going into the draw looked about right. They will also have welcomed a group that one suspects will look far harder on paper than they will make it look in practice.
Palmeiras almost took things to the wire but Chelsea’s season of trophies continued with a 2-1 FIFA Club World Cup victory over South American champs in extra time. Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz found the back of the net to ensure that Chelsea became not only Champions of Europe, but champions of the world.
Chelsea’s patient attack wasn’t able to cut through Palmeiras’ soaked-up pressure in the first half. Thomas Tuchel struggled to get Chelsea to tick in a back three and this match started no differently as the balance between being solid defensively and expansive on the offensive end has been a hard one to strike. But eventually, the Blues would get it going.
Callum Hudson-Odoi had Chelsea’s first real chance but the Palmeiras defense were able to close him down and make things easy for Weverton in net. Mount wasted the chance and sent his shot wide which led to Dudu forcing Edouard Mendy into his first chance of the game.