World Cup 2022: France, Denmark and Poland in motion on Wednesday

Eight extra groups are in rivalry on Wednesday, of their final video games of the pool stage of the competitors, and preventing for a spot within the closing 16. 

Three European groups take to the pitch: France, Denmark and Poland on the ultimate day of play for each Teams  and D, as simultaneous kickoffs proceed.

The observe of beginning two video games on the identical time started in 1986, 4 years after a match dubbed the “Shame of Gijon.” The match was scandalous as a result of West Germany and Austria each knew {that a} German win by one or two targets would advance each groups on the expense of Algeria.

Here is our at-a-glance information to Wednesday’s World Cup motion: 

Tunisia v France (16:00)

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France’s Kylian Mbappe, middle, shares a joke with teammates throughout a coaching session on the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.Christophe Ena / AP
  • Defending champion France has not gained all three of its World Cup group matches since claiming its first title in 1998.
  • Tunisia hasn’t even gained three matches in its World Cup historical past, however the staff must beat France on Wednesday to have any probability of advancing to the spherical of 16 in Qatar. 
  • The French wish to match the 1998 staff, however with Les Bleus already certified, they solely want a draw to ensure first place in Group D so key gamers may be rested.
  • France has six targets in two video games — three from Mbappé and two from Giroud — whereas Tunisia was held to a 0-0 draw with Denmark and missed some possibilities in a 1-0 loss to Australia.
  • The Tunisians have by no means been previous the group stage in 5 World Cups and their two wins had been 40 years aside — in opposition to Mexico in 1978 and in opposition to Panama 4 years in the past in Russia.

Australia v Denmark (16:00)

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FILE: Danish soccer fan in Qatar at World CupFrank Augstein/AP
  • Australia is hoping to achieve the final 16 of the World Cup for the primary time since Germany in 2006.
  • Australia faces European Championship semifinalist Denmark in its decisive closing group recreation Wednesday, with the winner probably advancing.
  • Denmark must win and hope that Tunisia doesn’t beat France. Australia will qualify with a win, or a draw until Tunisia beats France.
  • The groups drew 1-1 within the group section of the final World Cup in 2018.
  • Denmark will anticipate extra of itself after a lackluster 0-0 opening draw with Tunisia and a 2-1 loss to France.

Poland v Argentina (20:00)

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FILE: Poland gamers have fun a objectiveAijaz Rahi/AP
  • There are a number of situations at play for the Group C finale. A win for Argentina and they’re certain to advance, probably because the group winners. 
  • Within the occasion of a draw, Argentina can both end in second place behind Poland or be squeezed out by both Saudi Arabia or Mexico, who’re enjoying in a match going down concurrently.
  • A loss for Argentina means they’d be eradicated from the World Cup within the group stage for the primary time since 2002. 
  • Poland is trying to advance past the group stage for the primary time since 1986.

Saudi Arabia v Mexico (20:00)

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Henry Martin attends the Mexico official coaching on the eve of the group C World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Mexico, in Jor , Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.Moises Castillo/AP
  • Mexico goes to need to abruptly discover targets — and even perhaps a number of of them — to increase its knockout-round streak on the World Cup.
  • Mexico has reached the spherical of 16 on the final seven World Cups, tied for the longest present streak with Brazil. However in Qatar, the staff sits on the backside of Group C forward of a must-win match in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday at Lusail Stadium.
  • The final time Mexico performed at soccer’s greatest event and did not advance out of its group was in 1978.
  • Nevertheless it’s not fairly so simple as successful: Mexico should additionally get assist. They will want Poland to beat Argentina at the very same time at Stadium 974.
  • Saudi Arabia reached the spherical of 16 again in 1994, the staff’s World Cup debut, however hasn’t made it previous the group stage since.

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