last call for Leo, Arabia for a dream

The World Cup decides the passage to the second round of three teams: France is already certain of access to the knockout phase

If indeed Qatar 2022 it’s the World Championship of surprises, today is the right day to prove it. Beyond the match from in or out of Leo Messi and his Argentina against Poland, there are two other decisive matches: Saudi Arabia-Mexico and Australia-Denmark, with the North Africans and the Socceroos who have a sensational destiny in their hands: that of finding themselves in the round of 16 of a World Cup. Not an unprecedented feat for the two national teams but still an unthinkable result, given the quality of their respective groups.

There would be too Tunisia-France, but only a series of sensational results could allow Kadri’s national team to pass the round and Deschamps’s not to finish first in the group. That’s why the almost friendly match at Education City will be more of an opportunity to envy the immense squad available to the French coach who, just to please, seems determined to rest Lloris, Upamecano, Dembelé, Rabiot and Giroud to give space in Mandanda, Fofana, Camavinga, Coman and Thuram. Where he shoots, however, Deschamps fishes well.

The game of the day is Poland-Argentina. Messi can go ahead if he beats the team of Zielinski, Milik and Lewandowski and if he draws but only in case theArabia don’t beat the Mexico and that Martino’s team does not surpass Renard’s with a four-goal difference. Scaloni seems oriented to hand over the keys to the midfield to Enzo Fernandez, and it was about time, always aiming for the Di Maria-Lautaro-Messi mobile trident. Saudi Arabia has the golden opportunity to repeat Usa ’94, earning a place in the round of 16. It would be the crowning glory of Renard’s extraordinary career.

All in 90 minutes (plus recovery, and it must be said given what is happening in these world championships), even in Australia-Denmark. Hjulmand’s team is one of the biggest disappointments of Qatar 2022 so far. Just one point in the standings, performances far from those that took the Danes to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and the need to beat Arnold’s national team to go through . The Australians can repeat Germany 2006, with the round of 16 in which they complicated life for the then world champions Azzurri, who only managed to go through thanks to Totti’s penalty in the 90th minute.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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