Going into Tuesday’s slate of video games, most individuals had Argentina and Poland penciled into the spherical of 16 due to their celebrity forwards, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski. By the top of the day, Argentina and Poland had only a level between them.
Here is all the pieces that occurred within the 2022 FIFA World Cup as we speak.
Argentina continues to be alive within the event after Tuesday’s stunning consequence. Sadly, that is the place the excellent news ends for La Albiceleste.
Historical past tells us that making out of the group stage is extremely tough whenever you lose your first recreation, not to mention successful the World Cup — solely Spain (2010) has completed the latter. Argentina’s subsequent opponents, Mexico and Poland, are beatable, however as we noticed Tuesday, so is Argentina.
It isn’t all excellent news for Saudi Arabia both. Mockingly, it might need much more stress to get outcomes in opposition to Mexico and Poland than prior to now that qualifying for the knockout phases is an actual chance. However for now, Saudi Arabia is reeling in the truth that it beat one of many event favorites, and arguably the best participant of all time.
If Denmark is actually a darkish horse to win the event, it did not appear to be it on Tuesday. The truth is, had it not been for an unbelievable save from Kasper Schmeichel, it could have gone into its recreation in opposition to France (11 a.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app) needing all three factors. Darkish horse or not, Denmark have to be higher in its closing two video games if is to keep away from a possible tiebreaker with Tunisia or Australia on the ultimate day of group play.
Though technically a scoreless draw on impartial floor, it is protected to say Mexico’s followers will keep in mind Tuesday’s recreation extra fondly than Poland’s. Not solely did Memo Ochoa block skilled goalscorer Robert Lewandowski from the spot, however Mexico followers had Stadium 974 sounding like Estadio Azteca. That is the kind of momentum you need as a group that has to face a motivated Lionel Messi on Saturday.
Australia opened the scoring within the ninth minute on Tuesday, however France shortly responded with two of its personal and added two extra within the second half. Throughout each of France’s scoring bursts, 36-year-old Olivier Giroud scored, and his second purpose made him Les Bleus‘ all-time main goalscorer alongside Thierry Henry.
With a win in opposition to Australia and a scoreless attract Group C’s different leg, France sits alone on the prime of its group. Barring one thing unexpected, it must be the primary nation since 2006 to qualify for the knockout stage after successful the earlier World Cup.
GOAL OF THE DAY
The one factor extra particular than Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina was the purpose that sealed it for them.
ASSIST OF THE DAY
It isn’t that the help itself was spectacular — France had two extra identical to it in opposition to Australia. It is how Ousmane Dembele freed himself as much as get the ball throughout to Kylian Mbappe. When Dembele’s wholesome, he is a risk from these positions.
SAVE OF THE DAY
Each 4 years, Memo Ochoa known as as much as the World Cup roster and makes essentially the most ridiculous saves. On Tuesday, his legend continued with the primary save a non-shootout penalty by a Mexican keeper since 1966. “San Memo,” certainly.
Given the magnitude of the win that adopted, there wasn’t a much bigger play of the day.
What’s at stake for tomorrow
Germany is again on the World Cup after being eradicated within the group stage in 2014. Even with key gamers reminiscent of Marco Reus and Timo Werner injured, they’re going to be a risk to make a deep run within the event. Do not sleep on Japan both, although; the Samurai Blue are all the time aggressive on the event.
Spain will usher in a brand new technology in opposition to Costa Rica led by F.C. Barcelona stars Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati. We’ll see if that lack of World Cup expertise hurts La Roja in any method.
Belgium and Croatia are the protected bets to make it out of Group F, however Canada can be hungry in its first World Cup look since 1986. Be careful for Alphonso Davies on the left facet of the pitch.