Australia will try to revive their hopes of advancing against Tunisia, Poland will take on a losing Argentina


On Saturday, we will continue with four more matches, in which teams from groups C and D. A new day of football will kick off with Tunisia v Australia, followed by Poland v Saudi Arabia, then reigning champions France from 2018 against Denmark and the day us Argentina will end up with Mexico.

Australia celebrated their first win and messed up the group standings

Australia beat Tunisia 1-0 in their second World Cup appearance in Qatar, reigniting their chances of advancing to the knockout stage after their opening defeat to France. The Group D game at the stadium in Vakra was decided in the 23rd minute by Mitchell Duke’s brilliant header.

The Australians have won only the third time at the world championships and the first time after seven matches. After falling 4-1 to defending champions France, coach Graham Arnold’s side got their first point in Qatar and face Denmark on Wednesday for their second promotion from the group.

After the opening goalless draw, Tunisia did not score against the Northern team even in the second duel in the championship. The African team has only one point on their account, but before the final group match with France, they have not lost hope of major promotion into the elimination battle at the World Cup. In today’s second group match, France will play against Denmark in the early hours of the morning.

Both teams started with one line-up change compared to their opening group game. After losing to France, Australia needed points to keep their promotion hopes alive and start being more active. They haven’t converted a couple of leads, but they opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Goodwin’s broken cross from the left was found by Duke and from a somewhat difficult position with his back to goal, he headed the ball right at the far post. He scored in the second of the last three matches for the national team, and Australia, like France, scored the first goal.

Tunisia, who have kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 10 duels, looked stunned and only recovered before half-time. However, in the 41st minute, Drádžír’s shot was blocked by defender Souttar, and the advancing captain Msakní narrowly missed from behind the small net. Australia led at half-time for the first time in their 18th World Cup match.

After changing sides, Tunisia added and sometimes pushed opponents, but they didn’t get many chances. On the other hand, in the 71st minute, after breaking in a small area, Leckie almost lost the ball. Just across, keeper Ryan pushed Msakní’s shot at the near post.

Substitute Khazrí, the leading scorer in the Tunisian nomination, had the last significant chance, but in the 88th minute he only headed home Ryan. Australia won the World Cup after 12 years and didn’t even concede for the first time since 1974.

Tunisia – Australia 0:1

Target: 23. Duke. Referee: Siebert – Foltyn, Siedel – Dankert (video, all in German). ŽK: Laidúní, Abdí, Sasí (all Tunisia). Viewer: 41,823.

Tunis: Dahman – Bronn (73. Kachrid), María, Talbí – Drádžir (46. Sasí), Schirí, Laidúní (67. Khazrí), Abdí – Slití, Msakní – Jabalí (73. Khanísí). Trainer: Cadre.

Australia: Ryan – Karacic (75. Degenek), Souttar, Rowles, Behich – Leckie (85. Baccus), Irvine, Mooy, Goodwin (85. Mabil) – Duke (64. Hrustic), McGree (64. Maclaren). Coach: Arnold.

Poland defeated the conqueror of Argentina

Poland beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in the second round of the World Cup group stage to claim their first win at the tournament in Qatar. At the Education City Stadium in Doha, midfielder Piotr Zieliňski opened the scoring in the 39th minute. In the 82nd minute, star striker Robert Lewandowski added another shot and his first of the World Cup.

Just like against Argentina, the Saudis entered the match with great energy, and Poland even had to hold back with a three-time “yellow” offense at the start. After a quarter of an hour added, Kanú could have opened the scoring, Szczesny sending his shot from mid-range over the net.

The Polish team struggled to get forward, even though they started with the original two strikers Lewandowski and Milik. However, captain Lewandowski finally had his first goal chance in the 39th minute when he took possession of the ball in the net and returned it to the advancing Zieliňský. Napoli’s support had no problem scoring the national team’s tenth goal against an open net.

Moments later, Sahrí was brought down in the box after slight contact with Bielik, and Brazilian referee Sampaio awarded a penalty after consulting the video referee. However, captain Sálim Davsárí did not add to his second championship goal, and Szczesny then added another fantastic save against the stoppage of Braík. The second penalty in the Poland match did not end in a goal, Lewandowski was not successful in the opening duel with Mexico.

The referee handed out five yellow cards in the first half, the most in a World Cup since the 2010 final between the Netherlands and Spain. After changing the party, this trend did not continue, but the activity of the Arab team did not subside. In the 55th minute, after a flurry in defence, Szczesny again attacked Sáli Davsári, and Buraiikán’s promising shot from a corner didn’t end up equalizing.

Thus, the Polish defense could add insurance from the break, but Milik’s header and Lewandowski’s neck-breaking knee ended up in the structure of the goal. The Barcelona star and Poland’s top scorer with 77 strokes had his first World Cup shot in game five. In the 82nd minute, Lewandowski dispossessed Malki and himself did not hesitate with a left-footed shot in front of Uvaís’ goal.

The second goal broke Saudi Arabia and Poland finished the rest of the game in a clear light. Coach Michniewicz’s side kept a clean sheet for the fourth time in a row.

Poland – Saudi Arabia 2:0 (1:0)

Target: 39. Zieliński, 82. Lewandowski. Referee: Sampaio – Boschilia, Pires (all Braz.) – Fischer (video, Kan.). ŽK: Kiwior, Cash, Mine – Malkí, Amrí. Viewer: 44,259.

Poland: Szczesny – Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski – Krychowiak, Bielik – Mine (71. Piatek), Zieliňski (63. Kamiňski), Frankowski – Lewandowski. Coach: Michniewicz.

Saudi Arabia: Uvaís – Abdal Hamíd, Amri, Buláihi, Braík (65. Ghanám) – Najaí (46. Century, 90.+5 Bahabri), Malki (86. Abud), Kanú – Buraikán, Shahri (86. N. Davsári), S. Davsari. Trainer: Renard.

France can secure progress with a win over Denmark

The defending champions from 2018 are back in action when they take on the indomitable Denmark in the second round of the group stage. If France succeeds, they will have six points on their account, which will guarantee them a direct advance to the knockout stages.

Previously injured defender Raphael Varane returned to Deschamps’ coaching team. However, Denmark only drew their opening match, so they will be very hungry for points now.

French – Danish (starts at 5pm on CT Sport)

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