France VS Poland FIFA LIVE Football Score 04/12/2022
The prospect of Harry Kane not scoring in any of England’s group games at the World Cup might have left fans fearing the worst. Instead, there is a growing sense of optimism as Gareth Southgate’s side eyes Sunday’s last-16 clash with Senegal. That’s because England have still managed to score a tournament-coleading nine goals with their other forwards stepping up to the mark, none more so than Manchester United’s rejuvenated Marcus Rashford with three goals already. Meanwhile, Senegal were crowned African champions earlier this year, and although they are playing in the World Cup without injured talisman Sadio Mane, the Lions of Teranga are a powerful side packed with experience and devoted to coach Aliou Cisse.
Dalia Abushullaih has travelled to Qatar from Saudi Arabia for the World Cup and said she is overjoyed to see women celebrating in public spaces. “Qatar has made sure that women feel safe and comfortable in being an active part of the tournament and enjoy freely,” the 29-year-old said. “The world is finally witnessing our beautiful Arab culture, and it is beautiful to see people taking it all in and going back home with a part of it.” Public health experts have warned that gatherings in pubs and homes across England in the event of World Cup success could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections, according to the Guardian newspaper.
Epidemiologists pointed to a spike following the Euro 2020 tournament, where Italy edged out England for the championship. England will play Senegal at 10pm (19 GMT) and could theoretically play three more matches if they continue to win. France will start their World Cup last-16 clash as overwhelming favourites but Poland are well equipped to derail Les Bleus’ title defence at Al Thumama Stadium. France often struggle against compact sides who defend deep, such as Poland, but coach Didier Deschamps believes he has tools to crack a game wide open with players Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud.
Poland, meanwhile, have been resolute at the back, having conceded just twice in the tournament, saves from keeper Wojcieh Szczesny doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Former French star Didier Domi has told Al Jazeera that Kylian Mbappe has the ability to lead France to World Cup victory for the second, ahead of the team’s first knockout match against Poland. “Now Mbappe is coming to certain maturity, he’s a leader, a technical leader, in the changing room,” Domi said of Mbappe, who was just 18 years old when the team won the 2018 World Cup. Senegal is proving they can win without superstar Sadio Mane, sports agent Bassirou Sakho told Al Jazeera.
The team will face England tonight in their first knockout match, after losing 0-2 to the Netherlands in their first match, beating Qatar 3-1 in their second and beating Ecuador 2-1 in their third. With questions over whether Senegal coach Aliou Cisse will miss tonight’s match due to illness, the team may have even more to prove, Sakho said. Two teams who ended their World Cup 2022 group-stage campaigns with defeat prepare for battle in Sunday’s last-16 clash at the Al-Thumama Stadium as reigning champions France take on Poland.
Les Bleus finished first in Group D to make it through to the knockout rounds, while Czeslaw Michniewicz’s men set up a tie with the holders after placing second in Group C. Having become the first manager to lead his side through to the knockout rounds of the 2022 World Cup, France coach Didier Deschamps was not afraid to ring the changes for Les Bleus’ final Group D showdown with Tunisia, but a second-string side could not remain perfect in Qatar.
With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann all kept in reserve, Tunisia took advantage and drew first blood through Wahbi Khazri in the 58th minute, although Griezmann thought that he had levelled the scores right at the death. However, VAR intervened after the final whistle to rule the Atletico Madrid man’s goal out for offside, which has reportedly led France to file a complaint with FIFA, but Les Bleus nevertheless held on to their first-placed standing, keeping Australia at bay on goal difference.
The 1998 and 2018 champions have now achieved a surprising first at the World Cup, as they have qualified for three successive knockout stages for the first time ever, while they have also become the first defending champions to make it out of the groups since Brazil in 2006. Furthermore, Les Bleus have managed to progress from each of their last five last-16 ties at the World Cup, and having missed out on a seventh consecutive win on football’s grandest stage, Deschamps’s side need no added motivation to see off a shot-shy Poland.
Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joked that he lost a bet with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi over the awarding of a penalty in his side’s defeat to the South American champions, but the Juventus man cannot put a price on saving a spot kick from the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner. The awarding of the penalty was criticised to the extreme, but Szczesny guessed correctly to keep out Messi’s effort in their Group C finale, although his efforts were ultimately in vain as Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez struck for La Albiceleste in the second half.
Despite taking just four points from their three Group C fixtures, Poland’s goal difference of 0 saw them pip Mexico (-1) to second place by the skin of their teeth and seal a last-16 spot for the first time since the 1986 edition, which was coincidentally held in Mexico. Michniewicz’s side have not brought their best shooting boots to Qatar, though, as they have recorded a mere five shots on target in the 2022 World Cup so far – three of which came in their matchday two win over Saudi Arabia – although they had kept four clean sheets on the bounce before Mac Allister breached their defence.
It has been 40 years since France last suffered defeat against Poland, who knocked them out of the World Cup in 1982 before a 4-0 friendly win later that year, but Les Bleus have since strung together a seven-game unbeaten streak versus the Group C runners-up, most recently prevailing 1-0 in a 2011 friendly. After goalkeeper Alphonse Areola recovered from back trouble to make the bench against Tunisia, France boss Deschamps should be afforded the luxury of a fully-fit squad for Sunday’s last-16 game – the ankle injury that Theo Hernandez sustained in training on Friday is not expected to rule him out.
A plethora of changes can be expected from the champions after Deschamps gave run-outs to several fringe players against Tunisia, with Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembele and Olivier Giroud – who needs one more goal to break Thierry Henry’s men’s record for the national team – all coming back in. Neither Jordan Veretout nor Youssouf Fofana, the latter of whom stood still to remonstrate with the referee as Khazri charged past him to score, covered themselves in glory last time out, so Aurelien Tchouameni and Adrien Rabiot will return to the base of the midfield here.
As for Poland, Michniewicz also has all of his troops available for Sunday’s knockout battle, although no fewer than six players would miss any potential quarter-final match if they are cautioned here. Suspension concerns should not factor into the thinking of the Poland manager, who took off Przemyslaw Frankowski and Karol Swiderski at half time against Argentina, but the former should not be in any danger of losing his place. However, Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek are both waiting in the wings to take the place of Swiderski alongside Robert Lewandowski in the final third.