R9 meets R9, an empty ledge and tidy mixed areas

Brazil took off in style with an emphatic 4-0 win over South Korea on Monday.

After the game, Richarlison – who capped off a deft team move for the Selecao’s third goal – met Brazilian great Ronaldo Nazario, and apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks after all.

The match was hosted at 974 Stadium, which along with Al Janoub Stadium has completed its World Cup fixture streak.

Elsewhere, a reporter from Stats Perform visited the Doha Corniche, while a Japanese player took charge of making sure the mixed zone was tidy.

R9 meets R9

The “original” Ronaldo is of course an icon across the world, but no more so than in Brazil.

Richarlison now wears the number nine shirt that once belonged to Ronaldo and has completed the number well in Qatar, scoring three times.

After sitting down for a post-match chat with Ronaldo, Richarlison taught the legendary striker how to perform the ‘pombo’ (pigeon) dance he uses as a celebration.

With Brazilian coach Tite also involved in the dance during the match, all of Brazil could pick him up now that Ronaldo has perfected him.

Wrap…

They waste no time at Qatar 2022.

As the tournament comes to an end, some venues will no longer be used for the remaining matches.

Monday saw the final match at Al Janoub with Croatia and Japan doing their best to extend the use of the stadium with extra time and penalties.

The usual post-match press conferences took place, but as soon as Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic left the room, the dismantling began. Microphones were disconnected, sponsor signs removed from the wall and everything placed in boxes ready for their next mission.

Commitment to cleaning

Japanese fans were again recognized at this tournament for their commitment to tidying up the stadiums after every game – and the team followed suit after a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss to Croatia.

A trio of Croatian players had been the first to cross the mixed zone to meet the media, stopping to speak to both the Croatian and English-speaking press.

When the group dissipated, an empty plastic bottle was left on the other side of the barrier, where the two teams were walking, to be quickly picked up by the next Japanese player to pass.

He held the bottle while the team spoke to Japanese reporters about the loss, then placed it in the trash can on the way out. Good work!

Is anyone there?

The Doha Corniche is the main attraction area for tourists visiting the city, with plenty to do along the long promenade along the bay.

The main FIFA fan festival takes place here every night, while the southern end includes the Souq Waqif markets and several museums.

At the northern end, the skyscrapers of West Bay appear seemingly out of nowhere, but by early Tuesday afternoon, not much was happening along the length of the Corniche.

Although there were thousands for matches later in the day, it was not particularly hot – by Qatari standards – so it was strange to see such a central area of ​​the capital so empty.

Falling like… flags?

In the center of the Doha Corniche are the flags of the World Cup nations.

Thirty-two poles stand, although only 16 of them have been filled, with 16 teams dropping out in the group stage.

Next Wednesday, when the first knockout round is over, there will be only eight left.

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