Will Lionel Messi’s team be able to claim the first victory after a crushing defeat against Saudi Arabia, will Olivier Giroud succeed in becoming France’s top scorer. The essentials on the next day of the World Cup – in the material “RBC Sport”
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Tunisia – Australia
Time: 1:00 p.m. (Match TV channel)
Location: “Al Janub” (El-Wakra)
The first game of the day in Group D will be played by the national teams of Tunisia and Australia. In the first round, the Australians resisted with dignity the former world champions, the French, however lost with a score of 4:1. The Tunisians played a draw with the Danish national team (0-0), this particular game was the first scoreless game of this World Cup.
Tunisia shares second or third place with the Danes, while Australia is in last place. Both teams entered the game injury-free and are in optimal line-ups.
The Tunisian national team in the last ten matches suffered only one defeat – from the Brazilian national team (1-5). Throughout history, these teams have met twice. The last face-to-face took place in June 2005, during the Confederation Cup, then Tunisia won 2-0.
Poland – Saudi Arabia
Time: 4:00 p.m. (Match TV channel)
Location: Education City (Er Rayyan)
In Group C, the day opens with a match between Poland and Saudi Arabia. In the first round Poland play draw (0:0) with the national team of Mexico, team leader Robert Lewandowski failed to implement penalty at the start of the second half.
The Saudis, in the last round, have created the main sensation of the tournament so far, beating the Argentinian national team (2:1) and taking the front row of their group for the time being. However, the Saudi Arabian national team has losses, the team cannot rely on defender Yasser Al-Shahrani, who obtained injury in the game against Argentina. Poland, on the other hand, go into the game unbeaten.
France – Denmark
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Match TV channel)
Venue: Stadium 974 (Doha)
The second match of group D will oppose France to Denmark. In their first matches, the reigning world champions overcome the Australian team (4:1), and the Danes finished the match with Tunisia with the score 0:0.
The teams have extensive experience with face-to-face meetings. Denmark is one of the uncomfortable opponents of the France team. In the last two confrontations, the Danes have beaten the French (2-0, 2-1) in the Nations League.
In the last round of the championship, Frenchman Olivier Giroud scored twice, now the striker must distinguish himself with one more goal to surpass the feat of former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry (51) and become France’s top scorer in history.
France – 3 points
Tunisia – 1 point
Denmark – 1 point
Australia – 0 points
Argentina – Mexico
Time: 10:00 p.m. (Match TV channel)
Location: Lusail Aikonik (Lusail)
The day of the match closes the match between Argentina and Mexico. In a game against Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi became the first Argentinian in history to score a goal in four World Cups, but the feat went unnoticed as the Argentinians suffered a crushing defeat against the Saudis (2-1). Argentina ended their 36-game unbeaten streak by failing to match Italy in that metric (37).
The Argentinians have to beat the Mexicans to avoid relegation from the group, which was the last in 2002. The match is also interesting because of the confrontation between the two best football players of our time – Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, since the Portuguese has already won a victory in this tournament, beating the national team of Ghana (3:2), and the Argentinian started with a defeat, which may become an additional irritant for him in this match.
The Mexicans, thanks to the efforts of team goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who saved Robert Lewandowski’s penalty, play draw against Poland (0-0). At the moment, Argentina are in last place in the group, the Mexicans share second place with Poland. Both teams enter Game 2 injury-free in their optimal lineups.
Saudi Arabia – 3 points
Poland – 1 points
Mexico – 1 point
Argentina – 0 points