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DOHA, Qatar — Needing a win to advance in the World Cup, the United States faces Iran in a politically charged rematch of the 1998 game in Lyon, France, won by the Iranians 2-1 to eliminate the Americans. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, starts 1900 GMT.


DOHA, Qatar - With Qatar’s World Cup the most compact in the tournament’s 92-year history, it would be possible to attend an unprecedented four matches in a single day. Middle East Associated Press correspondent Isabel DeBre put the premise to the test. She rushed from Serbia’s match against Cameroon to Ghana against South Korea to Brazil against Switzerland and finally to see Portugal against Uruguay. She went to four different giant stadiums across Qatar, a country just smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut. There were frayed nerves and quickened pulses, moments of celebration and exhaustion. The journey turned out to be possible, but it’s not for the faint of heart. By Isabel DeBre. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.


DOHA, Qatar - A top Qatari official involved in preparing his country’s hosting of the World Cup has put the number of worker deaths for the tournament “between 400 and 500” for the first time. That’s drastically higher than any other number previously offered by Doha. The comment by Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary-general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, appeared to come off the cuff during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan. It also threatened to reinvigorate criticism by human rights groups over what the toll of hosting the Middle East’s first World Cup for the migrant labor that built over $200 billion worth of stadiums, metro lines and new infrastructure needed for the tournament. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - Qatar’s soccer team was the first World Cup host nation to lose its opening match and followed that with a second loss that knocked it from the tournament before the end of the group stage. It is only the second host to be eliminated in group play. But rating it a disappointment depends on the expectations of the young program and the overall goals of the Qatar government in hosting the World Cup. Qatar didn’t bid on the World Cup to win the tournament but rather to showcase its country to the world. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,381 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history.This time, the political overtones are just as strong and relations perhaps even more fraught as the U.S. and Iran face off once again on Tuesday in Qatar. Iran’s nationwide protests, its expanding nuclear program and regional and international attacks linked back to Tehran have pushed the match beyond the stadium and into geopolitics. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 892 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - The protestor who invaded the field with a rainbow flag and a shirt with messages supporting Ukraine and Iranian women during a World Cup match says he jumped over Portugal's bench before running onto to the playing field. The World Cup organizing committee says his visitor ID card was confiscated and he won't be able to attend any other matches during the tournament. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - Stored into bright orange cases in Rabbi Eli Chitrik’s hotel room are bagels stuffed with vegetables. The labels declare the sandwiches kosher, or in compliance with Judaism’s set of dietary regulations. Freshly baked, they are made in Qatar at a designated kitchen, set up to feed Jewish World Cup visitors who want to keep kosher during the tournament. By Mariam Fam. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


AL RAYYAN, Qatar - England only needs a point against Wales to guarantee qualification to the World Cup knockout stages. Depending on goal difference, England could still progress even if it loses that match. Wales must win to have any chance of reaching the round of 16 at its first World Cup since 1958. By James Robson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, game starts at 1900 GMT.


AL KHOR, Qatar - The Netherlands is on the verge of reaching the knockout stage at the World Cup and an overwhelming favorite in its final Group A match against host nation Qatar. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, game starts at 1500 GMT.


AL RAYYAN, Qatar — Enner Valencia has scored Ecuador’s last six World Cup goals so there’s no understating how worried his country is after he was stretchered off in his last game. Ecuador hopes that the 33-year-old striker’s troublesome knees are OK for a decisive final group match against Senegal on Tuesday. By Gerald Imray. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, game starts at 1500 GMT.


AL RAYYAN, Qatar - Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has apparently left the World Cup and is going home after being dropped from the country’s squad for disciplinary reasons. A photo posted by a Cameroonian journalist on social media shows the Inter Milan goalkeeper at the airport. The Cameroon team spokesman did not immediately answer calls seeking confirmation that Onana had left the squad. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 400 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar -- Two of the soccer’s best players meet face-to-face when Lionel Messi of Argentina and Robert Lewandowski of Poland meet in the World Cup in wild Group C. Mexico could be eliminated from the group stage after advancing at every World Cup its played in since 1978 and Saudi Arabi could advance after its opening game upset over Argentina. By AP National Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 900 words, by 1900 GMT.


DOHA, Qatar - Lionel Messi has already come to Argentina’s rescue at the World Cup and he might have to do it all over again. Another emotionally charged evening awaits Messi and the soccer-mad south American nation that worships him when Argentina meets Poland on Wednesday for a match with so much on the line. Poland leads Group C on four points. That’s one more than Argentina and Saudi Arabia. A win for the Argentines and they are sure to advance. A draw means Argentina either finishes in second place behind Poland or is squeezed out by either the Saudis or Mexico. A loss just doesn’t bear thinking about for Argentina’s fans. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - Mexico has reached the round of 16 at the last seven World Cups, tied for the longest current streak with Brazil. But in Qatar El Tri sits at the bottom of Group C with just a point ahead of a must-win match Wednesday night against Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium. The last time Mexico played at soccer’s biggest tournament and didn’t advance out of its group was in 1978. But it’s not as simple as winning: El Tri will also need Poland to beat Lionel Messi and Argentina. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - Defending champion France has not won its three group-stage matches since winning its first World Cup title in 1998. Tunisia hasn’t even won three matches in its World Cup history. But it must beat France on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing. The French are looking to match the ’98 team captained by Didier Deschamps, who is now coach. With Les Bleus already qualified it’s a fine balancing act for Deschamps as he wants to win Group D in style but must also choose which of his best players to rest for the last 16. Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri has to go for broke. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - Spain coach Luis Enrique went out to the field and began talking to some of his players after the final whistle of Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany at the World Cup. He spent more time with Sergio Busquets, the only remaining member of Spain’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010. Busquets and the other veterans in the team are still playing an important role for Luis Enrique in Qatar even though Spain has one of the youngest squads of the tournament. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 640 words, photos.


DOHA, Qatar - Canada plays its final group stage match at the World Cup already knowing it won’t go through to the knockout round. Canada played in its first men’s World Cup in 36 years, and just second overall, in Qatar. A 1-0 loss to Belgium in the opener followed by a 4-1 drubbing by Croatia eliminated the Canadians’ chances of reaching the knockout round before their final Group F game against Morocco on Thursday. With their World Cup journey nearly over, Canada will soon turn to preparing for the 2026 World Cup, which it will co-host with the United States and Mexico. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 500 words, photos.


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