While You Were Asleep: Australia qualify for Qatar 2022, Croatia shock winless France, Ronaldo pens down heartfelt note to Marcelo

Australia qualified for the 2022 World Cup after winning 5-4 on penalties over Peru in the intercontinental play-off match on Monday.

Australia has reached the World Cup finals for the fifth time in a row.

Substitute goalkeeper Redmayne was the Australian champion, twice saving on penalties. Luis Advincula and Alex Valera miss the penalty shootout for Peru.

Defending champions Australia will meet France in the opening match of Group D on November 22nd and meet Tunisia and Denmark.

Last place in the World Cup will be occupied at the same stadium on Tuesday when Costa Rica meets New Zealand.

Modric star in Croatia win

France’s hopes of retaining the UEFA Nations League title ended with a 1-0 home defeat to Croatia.

Luka Modric scored in the fifth minute of the match, which proved to be the only goal of the match. Ibrahima Konate was penalized for a foul on Ante Bodemir.

This was the first victory for Croatia over France, coming in the tenth attempt. In the previous nine encounters, they had lost six and drawn three. The Croats have lost only one of their last 13 matches, and have only failed to score in one of the last 12 Nations League matches. They have kept five clean sheets in their away international matches.

Meanwhile, World Cup holders France have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine Nations League matches.

Ronaldo’s emotional note to Marcelo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo spent nine wonderful years playing left winger together for Real Madrid. They had a telepathic relationship. On Monday, Brazilian full-back Marcelo made an invitation to Real Madrid, and his former colleague Cristiano Ronaldo praised an emotional note on social media.

More than just a teammate, brother football gave me,” Ronaldo wrote.

“On and off the field, one of the greatest stars I have had the pleasure of sharing the dressing room with. Try it all in this new adventure, Marcelo!”

The 34-year-old has made 546 appearances for the club since joining in 2007 and leaves the most decorated player in Real Madrid’s 120-year history.

“This is not a farewell; I do not feel that I am leaving Real Madrid. The future of the club is secured by the presence of promising young talents, and through it I have involved my son who plays well in the academy. I arrived as a child, and I leave as a man,” Marcelo said at the press conference.

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