February 5, 2023


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Kylian Mbappe’s goals ensure defending champions France are the first team to book their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup

Kylian Mbappe's goals ensure defending champions France are the first team to book their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup


Defending champions France became the first team in 2022 world Cup To reach the knockout stages with a 2-1 victory over Denmark, sealed with a late goal from superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Les Blues They enjoyed the majority of possession in the first 45 minutes, but Denmark’s defense held their ground as the teams tied the game at half-time.

The stalemate lasted until the 61st minute when Mbappe’s deflected effort found its way past Kasper Schmeichel, sparking wild celebrations from the French side as they put one foot into the knockout stages.

Denmark, however, equalized soon after when Andreas Christensen, rebounding from a corner kick, smashed the ball into the net.

It looked as though France had let their chance of qualification slip away as the clock ticked towards the end of normal time, but Mbappe showed his immense talent and instinct to score another goal and finish with a brace to propel his side into the last-1. 16.

Robert Lewandowski log in world Cup For the first time when Poland defeated Kingdom Saudi Arabia 2-0 to keep his hopes of qualifying alive in Qatar.

Striker Lewandowski, already Poland’s top scorer and third-highest scorer in Champions League history, behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, did not play in the 2014 World Cup after Poland failed to qualify, did not score in the 2018 tournament, and had a penalty kick effort saved on Tuesday. against Mexico.

Overcome with emotion, he slid across the field in celebration as teammates jumped on top of him as he buried his face in the grass.

He doubled Poland’s lead late in the game to seal an important victory over the Green Falcons, who were soaring after defeating Argentina on Tuesday.

Poland’s first goal came against the course of play in the first half when Lewandowski hit a missed shot but kept the ball in play and passed it to teammate Piotr Zielinski, who did not miss in the end.

Just before half-time, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) awarded a penalty to Saudi Arabia, but Salem Al Dosari’s initial penalty was saved by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, as was the follow-up attempt.

Saudi Arabia missed many chances to equalize in the second half, before Lewandowski sealed Poland’s victory.

Australia won first world Cup match since June 2010, defeat Tunisia 1-0 to give himself a chance to qualify for the knockout stages in Qatar.

A superb header from Mitch Duke in the first half proved the difference between the teams, as Tunisia wasted chance after opportunity and could not find a way past the tenacious Australian defence.

For both teams, who are seeking to reach the knockout stages of a group including France and Denmark, this was a must-win match.

The Carthage Eagles went off with the wind on their backs, after earning a 0-0 draw against Denmark in their opening match, while Australia succumbed 4-1 to defending champions France and needed a win to keep them in the hunt for the playoffs. .

Australia started the stronger of the two teams, with Tunisia stuck in their own half during the opening skirmishes and the Australian team took an early lead with an end-to-end goal.

They moved the ball higher, with Craig Goodwin finding space down the left wing and firing a cross into the box, which, although deflected, found Duke who leapt into the air to head the ball wide.

Mitch Duke celebrates with his teammates after scoring.

Attacking his teammates, Duke made a J with his hands, and messaged his young son Jaxson watching in the stands who responded in kind with a thumbs up.

Tunisia had a chance to equalize just before half-time as Mohamed Drager fired a shot on goal but Harry Sutar pushed the ball wide and out of danger before Youssef Msakni put the ball wide in front of him.

The Carthage Eagles continued to press after the break but, despite their multiple attempts on goal, were unable to open up the Australian defence.

With five minutes of normal time remaining, the match opened abruptly and Tunisia moved forward on the counter-attack.

Once again it was Souttar who came to Australia’s rescue, defending his team’s slender lead, and Australia held on for a historic victory.

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