We know new posters of the round of 16: Argentina-Australia Saturday (8 pm) and especially France-Poland, which we are talking about now.
the corner of the blues
It could have been played with yellow cards but the goal difference was enough: despite losing to Argentina, Poland qualified at the expense of Mexico, who beat Saudi Arabia (2-1), and will face France in the round of 16 on Sunday . afternoon. The essentials for the Blues are insured: avoiding Lionel Messi’s Albiceleste in a 2018 remake. For the rest… What can I say?
Didier Deschamps fielded a B team against Tunisia and it ended in defeat. Unless… The FFF wrote a complaint to FIFA on Wednesday night after Griezmann was “wrongly” denied a goal after extra time. The referee had whistled the end of the match then, called by the VAR, had reconsidered his decision (if not, the offside is questionable, the lack of Kolo Muani less). Anyway, the French finish first. But it will be necessary to see if this setback, the fourth in 2022, captures the dynamics of the first two games. If it hadn’t been for the Tunisians, this match would have been worse to watch than France-Denmark in 2018 (0-0). The sequel was beautiful…
Except for Konaté, who really floated, all the substitutes failed. There are objective reasons for that: many were discovering the national team or the World Cup and some were not playing in their position (Disasi, Camavinga, Guendouzi). But what is embarrassing is the attitude. They seemed to be careful not to hurt each other more than upset the hierarchy. This is now very clear, even too clear. Alternatives do not exist and it will take a minimum of failure to travel far.
As for Varane, who was also lost, there are more uncertainties about his fitness than before the match. Finally, there is a Pavard folder. Dropped after Australia, the Bayern defender didn’t play because Deschamps felt he “wasn’t not in a good mood “.
16:00, Group F
8 pm, group E
Costa Rica-Germany (TF1, beIN)
the star of the day
If the Blues who played on Wednesday night will not go down in history, a French woman will go down in history. Stéphanie Frappart is refining her pioneering career: she will become the first woman to referee a World Cup match, between Germany and Costa Rica. A date to remember after trivializing as soon as possible because ” This is the most normal situation in the world “, has rightly framed the German defender Lukas Klostermann. This first could not be isolated because Francilienne, 38, is one of the three field referees among the thirty-six selected for the World Cup, along with Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan.
The Itchy Forecast
Is Luis Fernando Suárez a good poker player? A good look at Costa Rica’s trajectory, one can imagine that the coach knows how to bluff. Defeated by Spain (7-0) at the start, his team stunned Japan (1-0) and can therefore still qualify despite their down goal difference. The equation is simple: you have to beat Germany or draw and hope that La Roja will slit the throats of Hiroki Sakai’s partners. Although the Nationalmannschaft have found a goalscorer in Niclas Füllkrug, they have given few guarantees as the Ticos have the assets in hand to produce one of the most spectacular comebacks in a World Cup first round.
When we met Roberto Martínez a month ago at the Tubize national training center, it was to talk about how he, the UK’s leading Catalan, had managed over six years to unite a nation under the Red Devils banner. The Belgian team, of course, was no longer what it had been, that dream team from a country of 11 million inhabitants that had dominated the football world for three and a half years (without having won anything), but all the same… A beating Canada (1-0) and slapping Morocco (0-2) later, Belgium falters on its old certainties.
“ diversity makes you stronger “, the Spanish coach told us, assuring that he had never witnessed fights between Flemings and Walloons that could have disturbed his group.
Since then, rumors of feuds between players have surfaced, personal disputes have been cleared up, and some executives (Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen) have sent each other scuds on match night. To clear the field, Hazard and Thibaut Courtois were sent at short notice in front of the media. And Kevin de Bruyne outlined the beginning of an apology for his poor performances and his grumpy attitude. Too late or too late? Semifinalist in Russia, Belgium is playing its skin in the tournament against Croatia, vice-champion of the world four years ago. One of the two is at risk of falling through the cracks.
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