World Cup recap, Day 7: France are first by to Spherical of 16 | Qatar World Cup 2022

On day seven of the World Cup in Qatar, France has turn into the primary nation to earn their spot within the knockout levels after beating Denmark 2-1 on Saturday in a sport that noticed Kylian Mbappe put two objectives away for the French.

With their victory over Denmark, world champions France now have six factors on the prime of Group D and are the primary workforce to be assured a spot within the Spherical of 16.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez earned Argentina a 2-0 win over Mexico and stored their World Cup desires alive, whereas the Mexicans should now beat Saudi Arabia to have any probability of getting into the Spherical of 16.

It was additionally 2-0 for Poland of their tense match towards Saudi Arabia, which noticed the Saudis dominate the sport for lengthy durations, however the gritty Poles held the backline, and glorious goalkeeping saved them the day.

Australia earned their first World Cup victory in 12 years in a 1-0 win over Tunisia. The Tunisians are nonetheless hoping to advance from their group stage however should now beat France to attain that objective.

Here’s a fast information recapping all you must know from day seven — Saturday, November 26, 2022 — of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Argentina's Marcos Acuna kicks the ball during the World Cup match between Argentina and Mexico.
Argentina’s Marcos Acuna kicks the ball through the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Mexico on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Hassan Ammar/AP Photo]


France vs Denmark

France’s Kylian Mbappe scored two objectives and put the defending champions into the knockout stage of the World Cup with their 2-1 win over Denmark in a sport that early on appeared as if it might finish in a impasse.

Les Bleus attacked with may from the kickoff, and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel nearly tipped a harmful header from Adrien Rabiot. Denmark additionally had their first probability with Andreas Cornelius taking pictures vast proper.

It was France who lastly broke by with fantastic attacking when Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe gave his workforce the lead within the 61st minute. The French ahead swapped passes with Theo Hernandez down the left flank and poked the ball previous Schmeichel for the primary objective.

However that was rapidly cancelled out by Denmark’s Andreas Christensen, who scored an equaliser simply seven minutes later.

France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's second goal.
France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his aspect’s second objective through the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo]

To not be outdone, Mbappe then scored the winner within the 86th when he jumped acrobatically to information within the second after a cross from Antoine Griezmann to make Les Bleus the primary workforce to advance to the spherical of 16.

Mbappe scored 4 objectives when France received the World Cup 4 years in the past, together with one within the remaining. He now has 31 objectives for France, shifting him one forward of Simply Fontaine — the all-time main scorer at a single World Cup with 13 objectives on the 1958 match.

“I’m very proud of the way in which my gamers have responded,” France Coach Didier Deschamps instructed broadcasters TF1. “We’re certain to be certified after two video games. It brings peace of thoughts,” he mentioned.

“We now have a powerful and stable group of gamers who wish to do nice issues.”

Denmark defender Victor Nelsson mentioned after the match: “Proper now I’m very upset with the late objective. It’s unacceptable to let in a objective so late within the sport … We have to win over Australia on Wednesday.”

Denmark's Andreas Christensen celebrates scoring their first goal.
Denmark’s Andreas Christensen celebrates scoring their first objective towards France at Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar on November 26, 2022 [Hannah Mckay/Reuters]

Argentina vs Mexico

Argentina have been conscious that one other defeat would have despatched them out of the match on Saturday, and so they began poorly towards Mexico as they struggled to deal with the stress the Mexicans unleashed from the primary kick of the ball.

That battle continued at Lusail Stadium till Lionel Messi discovered the bottom-right nook of the Mexican internet from greater than 20 metres (66 toes) out within the sixty fourth minute, firing a low shot by a crowd of defenders into the again of the objective.

Messi was nearly in tears as he grabbed and shook his jersey in entrance of Argentina’s celebrating followers, then blew a kiss and seemed to the sky. It can go down as probably the most essential objectives of his profession because it has reignited his workforce’s World Cup possibilities.

Argentinian followers contained in the 89,000-seat Lusail Stadium hugged one another. Some cried. Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez fell to the bottom and appeared to bury his face within the turf.

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first objective towards Mexico at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Pedro Nunes/Reuters]

Argentina’s substitute Enzo Fernandez then added a second objective within the 87th minute, making certain the workforce has bounced again from their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia that now ranks as one of many World Cup’s biggest-ever upsets.

Fernandez — who’s 21 years of age — additionally turned the youngest participant to attain at a World Cup for Argentina since Messi himself in 2006.

“It’s a weight off our shoulders,” Messi mentioned after the match. “It offers us pleasure and peace of thoughts to start out once more.”

“We lived with discomfort and stored the defeat within the opening match in our minds,” Messi mentioned. “We have been desirous to have the prospect to show the state of affairs round and fortunately we received,” he mentioned.

“All of our matches are finals now. We will’t mess up.”

Argentina's Julian Alvarez jumps up to block Mexico's Cesar Montes from controlling the ball.
Argentina’s Julian Alvarez in motion with Mexico’s Cesar Montes on November 26, 2022, in Qatar [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]

Poland vs Saudi Arabia

It seemed like Saturday’s Group C match was not going to go Poland’s manner, with Saudi Arabia using on a wave of confidence after their historic defeat of Argentina earlier this week.

Poland have been enjoying earlier than a deafening, overwhelmingly Saudi crowd that was excited, rapturous and raucous, booing and jeering almost each Polish transfer.

In a primary half dominated by slick Saudi counterattacking and enormous quantities of gamesmanship from the Gulf aspect, Poland obtained three yellow playing cards within the house of 4 minutes and have been on the flawed finish of a VAR penalty determination the Poles will deem harsh.

Poland and Saudi Arabia players contest for the ball.
Poland and Saudi Arabia gamers contest for the ball on November 26 at Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

But it surely was Piotr Zielinski who opened the scoring for Poland within the thirty ninth minute with a wise end towards the run of play.

Salem Aldawsari had an opportunity to deliver Saudi Arabia again on degree phrases in the direction of the top of the half, however his penalty kick was beautifully saved by Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish keeper then saved a follow-up by Mohammed Alburayk, too.

With simply eight minutes left within the sport, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski dispossessed Abdulelah Almalki of the ball and slotted residence the second of Poland’s 2-0 win.

Saturday’s win mattered. Poland wanted no less than a draw to face any actual probability of attending to the final 16 for the primary time since 1986, and with Argentina left to play, few would fancy their possibilities.

“I believe the older I get, the extra emotional I get, and I’m conscious that with regards to the World Cup, it is perhaps my final World Cup truly,” Lewandowski mentioned after the sport and what was his 77th worldwide objective.

“The results of the workforce was most essential … There’s one other day and we have to prepare for the subsequent match as a result of we don’t know what’s going to occur subsequent. We have to do all we are able to.”

Saudi Arabia coach Hervé Renard mentioned he was pleased with his workforce’s efficiency; Saudi Arabia had twice as many pictures at objective as Poland did.

“I don’t suppose lots of people [thought] Saudi Arabia was in a position to play this sort of soccer,” he mentioned. “That is the explanation why I’m pleased with them,” he mentioned after the match.

Polish and Saudi Arabian players surround a referee holding the ball during their match.
Polish and Saudi Arabian gamers throughout their match in Group C of the World Cup on November 26, 2022, at Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Renard referred to the vocal assist the Inexperienced Falcons obtained at Training Metropolis Stadium, the place the enthusiastic Saudi followers turned the sport into a house one, and he hopes for extra of the identical for the ultimate group sport towards Mexico on November 30 again at Lusail, the place his workforce beat Argentina.

“I hope they received’t hand over,” Renard mentioned of the Saudi followers.

“As a result of if you find yourself followers, you must assist your workforce when it’s a implausible day, however you additionally have to assist your workforce to make the historical past through the third sport.”

Tunisia vs Australia

It was a scrappy begin to the match between Tunisia and Australia till the “Socceroos” went forward when striker Mitchell Duke scored halfway by the primary half with a glancing header previous keeper Aymen Dahmen to present Australia the lead.

Duke’s objective got here after he collected a goalkeeper’s cross close to the center of the sphere and made a rapid contact to set Craig Goodwin down the left flank. Duke then sprinted ahead to nod Goodwin’s deflected cross into the far nook along with his again to the objective.

Tunisian and Australian players race for possession of the ball.
Tunisian and Australian gamers race for possession of the ball at Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Duke celebrated scoring Australia’s successful objective by forming a “J” along with his fingers in a tribute to his son Jaxson, who was within the stands.

The rating quieted the massive contingent of Tunisia followers among the many crowd of 41,823 inside Al Janoub Stadium and despatched the small pockets of Australian supporters wearing yellow into delirium.

Tunisia had impressed once they held European Championship semi-finalist Denmark to a 0-0 draw of their opener, however solely often threatened towards Australia till the Aussies sat again and defended in the direction of the top.

Tunisia’s finest probability got here when skipper Youssef Msakni shot simply vast.

It was an emotion-filled day for Australia, whose 1-0 victory over Tunisia was solely their third win in 18 World Cup matches.

Tunisia remains to be searching for to advance from the group stage for the primary time in its six World Cup appearances however now must beat France.

“This version of the World Cup has had surprises for everybody. The bigger squads have been defeated,” Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri mentioned.

“We nonetheless have yet one more match to go and we’ll play our hearts out.”

Tunisians fans cheer at Al Janoub Stadium.
Tunisians followers cheer at Al Janoub Stadium on November 26, 2022, in Doha, Qatar [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]


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