avoided argentina elimination on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Mexico at Lusail Stadium, while France became the first team to qualify for the knockout phase with their second win of the tournament.
Here’s everything that happened at the World Cup on Saturday and what to expect on Sunday.
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Australia got the result they needed against Tunisia, picking up a critical three points, but will need a win or draw against Denmark on Wednesday (10 a.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports App) to avoid entering a playoff with Denmark or, less likely, with Tunisia.
At last, Robert LewandowskiI scored his first goal in a World Cup. More importantly, he came in a win that put Poland on top of Group C. Poland can secure their place in the knockout stage with a win against Argentina on Wednesday (2 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App) — anything less than that would result in a tiebreaker or, worst case scenario, elimination.
France secured their place in the knockout stage with a 2-1 victory over Denmark, making them the first reigning World Cup champions since 2006 not to be eliminated in the group stage of the tournament. The curse, at least for the next four years, has been broken.
kylian mbappe he made a bit of history himself. With his two goals against Denmark, he joined Pele as the only player to score seven World Cup goals before the age of 24. He also reached Ecuador striker jan valencia in the Golden Boot race. It was a good day for The Blues.
It wasn’t pretty, but Argentina threw away a much-needed victory against Mexico. Now, they are in a position to qualify for the round of 16 with a win against Poland. Given the way his tournament started, things could be a lot worse.
The fate of Mexico will also depend on the result they obtain in their last game of the group stage. A win would give them four points, which is more than Argentina would have if they lost to Poland and than Poland would have if they lost to Argentina. A loss or draw would eliminate him from the tournament.
ENGLAND PLAYERS KNEELED BEFORE PLAYING WHILE THE USA REMAINED STANDING – OUTRAGE WAS PRODUCED
GOAL OF THE DAY
With elimination at stake, Lionel Messi arrived in Argentina.
ASSISTANCE OF THE DAY
Robert Lewandowski had to wait until Poland’s second goal to add his name to the scoresheet, but he made the first possible by rushing to keep the ball in play and finding Piotr Zielinski running towards the goal.
SAVING OF THE DAY
It’s hard to say which one by Wojciech Szczesny was more impressive: the penalty save or the follow-up save, in which he had to throw his body in the opposite direction of where the penalty was placed.
Let’s go with the second.
Japan vs. Costa Rica5am ET on FS1
Japan defeated the German giants in their opening group game, so a win against Costa Rica, who lost to Spain 7-0 on Wednesday, shouldn’t be a problem, right? Well, if that statement is true, then Japan would be the first team in E to qualify for the knockout round. Japan also qualified for the round of 16 in 2018.
Belgium vs Morocco8 a.m. ET on FS1
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Belgium grabbed three points in not-so-convincing fashion against Canada on Wednesday. Will it look more like the dark horse contenders many thought it would against Morocco, or will the Moroccans do what Canada couldn’t and earn points?
Croatia vs. Canada11 a.m. ET on FS1
Croatia and Morocco met goalless with their clashing defensive styles. Don’t expect the same on Sunday, as the Canucks have been known to spread out defenses. Croatia have to respond with their own scoring chances.
Spain against Germany2 pm ET on FS1
One of the most anticipated group stage matchups is now more important as the Germans could face elimination the moment the ball kicks off. The best case for Die Mannschaft it is a tie in Japan-Costa Rica.