In the World Cup, France can plan through the knockout phase if they win against Denmark. For Argentina, on the other hand, it’s all or nothing.
Tunisia – Australia (11:00)
Tunisia: The Tunisians did not start the World Cup badly with a 0-0 draw with Denmark and the team is getting a lot of support in Qatar. “We know the value of Tunisian fans in Doha,” said national team coach Jalel Kadri. They give us great morale.” The transition to the qualifying round would be the first in six World Cup appearances.
Australia: The Socceroos are battling against the fourth consecutive qualifying round of a World Cup. They are under pressure after 1:4 against France. Minor league club FC St. Pauli’s Jackson Irvine said they wanted to go to the next game with “positive energy” after slapping the defending champion. But both offensively and defensively, the Australians will have to improve their game against Tunisia.
Poland – Saudi Arabia (14:00)
Poland: The 0-0 start against Mexico gives Poland every chance. With a win, Robert Lewandowski’s team would at least temporarily take over the top of the table from Saudi Arabia. The 34-year-old remains the number one penalty shooter even after he missed a penalty against Mexico.According to coach Czeslaw Michniewicz, there are no casualties to complain about.
Saudi Arabia: After the surprise 2-1 victory against Argentina, there is great enthusiasm in the team and in the country. For the first time since the 1994 World Cup, the eleven were able to return to the qualifying stages. But coach Hervé Renard has to give up two key players. Captain Salman al-Fardsch, the former player and post of the team, had to leave the game after being injured against Argentina. Defender Yasser Alshahrani broke his jaw in the game and needed surgery.
France – Denmark (17:00)
France: France got off to a good start in their 4-1 win against Australia and scored more goals than the entire group stage of their 2018 World Cup victory. Fits on offense, there are many question marks on defense. Left-back Lucas Hernández suffered a cruciate ligament rupture against Australia and will likely be replaced by his brother Theo. Munich club colleague Benjamin Pavard swings right. And in the center, recovered veteran Raphael Varane moves into the team.
Denmark: The Danes just don’t need a response for their disappointing 0-0 start against Tunisia. They also have to replace a key player for the remainder of the World Cup: former Dortmund and Bremen player Thomas Delaney (Sevilla) was flown home with a knee injury. Former HSVer Christian Nörgaard (FC Brentford) and quarterback Christian Eriksen in a more defensive midfielder role are possible substitutes.
Argentina – Mexico (20:00)
Argentina: Messi & Co. Maximum pressure for: No losing! Otherwise he will go home early and Lionel Messi will have to accept a sporty, dishonest World Cup finish. After losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia, coach Lionel Scaloni will change. There is much to be done, especially on defense. Attacking him will – logically – depend first and foremost on Messi, but his longtime chosen colleague Angel dí María will also need to develop significantly.
Mexican: The win could also leave former rivals Argentina out of the tournament as Mexico takes a big step towards their eighth round of 16 in a row. Mexico’s legendary goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa Robert had already driven Robert Lewandowski to despair at 0-0, now Lionel Messi will follow. Argentine manager Gerardo Martino will likely change a few positions in his starting 11 after the 0-0 draw with Poland.
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