Italy in the World Cup barrage, the Blues play in Finland, Tsitsipas beaten in the Masters, NBA: the news on a plateau


What you might have missed between last night and this morning

1. Football – 2022 World Cup Qualifications: Italy in the middle of a nightmare, Switzerland takes advantage, England qualified

Italy is in the middle of a nightmare. Four years after having stumbled over Sweden in the 2018 World Cup play-off, the Squadra will have to go through this block of the play-offs again to get their ticket for the 2022 edition. Unable to beat Northern Ireland (0-0) on Monday night , the reigning European champion got into a big mess when he had his fate in his hands. It is Switzerland, wide winner of Bulgaria (4-0), who stole his ticket on the wire. The dams will take place next March. England has also validated its presence in Qatar after a card in San Marino (0-10).

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Badge during Northern Ireland – Italy in 2022 World Cup qualifying match on November 15, 2021 in Belfast

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2. Basketball – NBA: The Bulls in demonstration against the Lakers

Already winners of the Clippers the day before, the Chicago Bulls crushed the Los Angeles Lakers (121-103). DeMar DeRozan flew over the game with 38 points. The Phoenix Suns clinched a ninth victory in a row beating the Minnesota Timberwolves (99-96). Luka Doncic once again shone with Dallas against the Nuggets (101-111).

3. Tennis – ATP Masters Turin: Tsitsipas stumbles on Rublev

Andrey Rublev, 5th in the world, stifled Stefanos Tsitsipas in two sets (6-4, 6-4) in 1:31, Monday in Turin, for their entry into the contention in the ATP Masters. The Russian, who is participating for the second time in his career in the tournament which brings together the eight best players of the season, has never trembled against the Greek, titled in 2019 but who was visibly not physically capable of playing at his best level.

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Tennis – WTA Finals: Greece’s Maria Sakkari (seeded N.4) qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s Masters, beating Belarus 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 Aryna Sabalenka (N.1) on Monday in Guadalajara, and will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit (N.8) on Tuesday.

Tennis – Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios asked for the cancellation of the tournament scheduled for next January on Tuesday. The whimsical Australian believes that the Grand Slam tournament, scheduled for January, should not be held, out of respect for the inhabitants of the host city Melbourne which is struggling to contain the virus despite 260 days of confinement since the start of the pandemic.

Football – International: Botafogo, historic club from Rio de Janeiro, ensured its return to the elite of Brazilian football on Monday, thanks to its 2-1 victory over Operario, two days before the end of the second division championship. The team in the white and black striped jersey once worn by legends like Garrincha or Jairzinho was relegated last season, having finished last in Brasileirao’s Serie A.

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What you are sure to follow today

1. Football – 2022 World Cup Qualifying:

This is the last for the Blues. Already qualified for the next World Cup scheduled in a year in Qatar, Didier Deschamps’ men challenge Finland in Helsinki this Tuesday evening (8:45 p.m.). Here are our papers on the match:

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2. Tennis – ATP Masters Turin: reunion between Medvedev and Zverev

A nice shock here. Both winners of their first match of the tournament, Daniil Medvdev and Alexander Zverev will once again cross swords in the first match of the day at the Masters. Meet at 2:00 p.m. At 9:00 p.m., Hubert Hurkacz is currently waiting for Matteo Berrettini. Touched in the abdominals, the Italian has not yet given up on the masters tournament and made his decision at the last moment.

2:00 p.m .: Medvedev – Zverev
9 p.m .: Berrettini – Hurkacz

3. Football – 2022 World Cup Qualifications: The Netherlands, Algeria and shock on the menu

A lot of meetings to follow this Tuesday. The Netherlands must in particular validate their direct presence at the World Cup against Norway (8:45 p.m.). Same thing in the Africa zone for Algeria which receives Burkina Faso at 5:00 pm. At 8:00 p.m., clash between Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire for the place in the playoff.

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