MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local):
Brazil’s jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has made his debut as a football pundit.
Behind bars, he wrote a column for Worker’s Party TV on Monday criticizing Brazil’s performance in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland at the World Cup
“Qualifying is one thing. The World Cup is different,” da Silva wrote. “Switzerland was strong in defense, playing rough, and didn’t allow Brazil to perform. They also stopped Neymar by fouling him again and again.”
Da Silva, who started serving a 12-year sentence for corruption in April, can still appeal his conviction, which he calls politically fabricated.
Da Silva also said “the first week of the World Cup proves Germany is not unbeatable and, among the top players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his value.”
Senegal President Macky Sall is in Russia and will attend his country’s World Cup game against Poland in Moscow.
Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a thrilling run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
The president’s office says Sall will watch Senegal play Poland at Spartak Stadium on Tuesday during a three-day visit to Russia . He’ll also hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sall was invited to the World Cup by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura, who is from Senegal.
Senegal is Africa’s last chance of getting a win in the first volley of games at the World Cup. Egypt (1-0 to Uruguay), Morocco (1-0 to Iran), Nigeria (2-0 to Croatia) and Tunsia (2-1 to England) all lost their group openers.