MATT BARLOW’S WORLD CUP DIARY: Spain boss Luis Enrique will donate money from his Twitch streams to a children’s hospital project in Barcelona, and England will keep its body clock on UK time to combat Qatar’s scorching heat
The line-up for the quarter-finals for the World Cup is now complete, with Morocco and Portugal qualifying for the last eight.
They join the Netherlands, Argentina, France, England, Croatia and Brazil in the quarter-finals as we head towards the business end of the tournament.
It was a World Cup full of intrigue, both on and off the field, and here Sportsmail’s MATT BARLOW shares the latest installment of his World Cup diary.
Portugal booked a place in the quarter-finals through an emphatic victory over Switzerland
LUIS ENRIQUE WILL DONATE TWITCH STREAMS MONEY
Luis Enrique, who lost his daughter Xana to cancer at the age of nine, will donate all the money he raised from his World Cup streaming sessions on Twitch to a children’s hospital project in Barcelona called Pabellon de la Victoria.
His daily broadcasts from Qatar draw an audience of around 100,000 and feature his take on sex before games (it’s fine, but no orgies), eggs (loves it, six a day), and cheese (hates it).
Luis Enrique has decided to donate the money from his twitch streams to a children’s hospice
ARSENAL DEALT TITLE BLOW AFTER JESUS SURGERY
Gabriel Jesus could be out for three months following knee surgery on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old was injured in Brazil’s defeat to Cameroon last week and flew back to London for scans which revealed ligament damage.
The Brazilian’s absence leaves Eddie Nketiah the only recognized striker in the leading Arsenal squad, which could lead the club to sign a striker in the January transfer window. Manager Mikel Arteta was focused on adding a winger and possibly a central midfielder to his squad.
Arsenal have been dealt a blow after Gabriel Jesus underwent surgery on his knee injury
ENGLAND ADAPTS TO THE WARMTH OF QATAR
England is keeping its biological clock on UK time to combat Qatar’s scorching heat and adjust to 10pm showtimes.
The squad trains at 3pm to avoid being exposed to the hottest part of the day, breakfast is around noon and lunch at 6pm. On non-match days, dinner is usually at 10 p.m.
EVERYONE WANTS A PIECE OF MESSI
Some 30 TV cameras were on hand to get the best shots of Lionel Messi as Argentina went out to train from the locker rooms at Qatar University on Tuesday.
They were supposed to start at 5pm and at about 4:50pm the sprinklers arrived, the cameramen showered and soaked the many freshly laundered shirts of presenters waiting to time their pieces to the camera when the big man emerged.
Every photographer wants a picture of Lionel Messi in his last World Cup