World Cup 2022, day 11: The schedule, what’s at stake for teams | World Cup

4 video games are scheduled for day 11 — Wednesday, November 30 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The schedule:

Australia vs Denmark (Group D): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Tunisia vs France (Group D): 6PM (15:00 GMT), Training Metropolis Stadium, Al Rayyan

Poland vs Argentina (Group C): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Group C): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

occer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group B - Wales v England - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - November 29, 2022 England's Marcus Rashford scores their first goal from a free kick past Wales' Danny Ward REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
England’s Marcus Rashford scores the staff’s first purpose from a free kick in opposition to Wales’s goalkeeper Danny Ward at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 29, 2022 [Hannah Mckay/Reuters]

 

After shedding their opening sport 4-1 to France, Australia striker Mitchell Duke’s purpose in opposition to Tunisia on Saturday has put the Socceroos proper again in rivalry for a spot within the ultimate 16.

Australia now sits second within the desk on three factors, three behind France, however nonetheless two forward of each Denmark and Tunisia.

That’s why Denmark should win their third sport of the event on Wednesday in opposition to Australia to face an opportunity for a spot within the group of 16.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group D - Tunisia v Australia - Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar - November 26, 2022 Australia's Awer Mabil celebrates after the match REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
Australia’s Awer Mabil celebrates after their win over Tunisia at Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Annegret Hilse/Reuters]

 

In a coaching session on Sunday, the Australians have been in excessive spirits but additionally conscious that they want at the very least a draw in opposition to the Danes to have any probability of qualifying for the knockout levels.

Australia’s star participant Ajdin Hrustic mentioned that the Socceroos should not be transfixed by Dutch footballing legend Christian Eriksen after they play Denmark. Hrustic mentioned a collective staff effort can be wanted if the Australians are to triumph.

Count on an thrilling sport as each groups battle it out to make it via to the subsequent stage of the event.

Gamers to observe:

The Danes will look to Christian Eriksen to ship his brilliance and beat Australia.

Denmark team
Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg (centre left) celebrates scoring their first purpose with Christian Eriksen (centre proper) within the Denmark v France match at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 2022 [File: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters]

 

Socceroos hero Duke is simply the eighth Australian participant to have scored a purpose on the World Cup. The Australian striker, who performs his membership soccer in Japan’s second division, devoted his purpose in opposition to Tunisia to his younger son who was watching from the stands.

Duke will do every thing potential to offer his son one other reminiscence for all times, and likewise get his staff via to the subsequent spherical.

Australia's Mitchell Duke celebrates after he scored the opening goal during the World Cup group D soccer match between Tunisia and Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Australia’s Mitchell Duke celebrates after he scored the opening purpose in the course of the World Cup group D soccer match between Tunisia and Australia on the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Luca Bruno/AP Photo]

Australian defender Harry Souttar may even remember to entertain following a video of his earth-shaking sort out on Tunisian Yassine Khenissi going viral. Souttar appeared virtually out of nowhere to slip in with a thunderous sort out that might have had hard-nut defenders of yesteryear nodding their approval. Souttar’s defending abilities have been extensively praised by pundits with many predicting he will likely be a goal for a Premier League membership in January.

Tunisia are confronted with the massive activity of upsetting World Cup title-holders France on Wednesday if they’re to face an opportunity of advancing to the knockouts. A goalless draw between Australia and Denmark may see Tunisia go second in the event that they beat France – it’s an enormous ask however the courageous Eagles of Carthage may nonetheless soar.

France's Kylian Mbappe runs during the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
France’s Kylian Mbappe runs in the course of the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Frank Augstein/AP Photo]

 

Don’t neglect that Tunisia have been the primary African nation to win a sport on the World Cup finals after they beat Mexico 3-1 in Argentina in 1978. Ten of Tunisia’s 26-man squad have been born in France and so they have three gamers based mostly at French golf equipment.

However, France have been the primary staff to safe qualification via to the spherical of 16 at his World Cup event with wins over Australia and Denmark, and with a sport to spare.

 

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Doha, Qatar - November 26, 2022 Tunisia fan is seen in Souq Waqif REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A fan of Tunisia – often known as the Eagles of Carthage – is seen in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

 

France seem to have shaken off the curse of the defending champions by turning into the primary World Cup champs to make it out of the group stage since 2006 – the 12 months defending champs Brazil emerged. Italy, Spain and Germany all have been eradicated early 4 years after successful their World Cup titles.

The staff’s pre-tournament damage blues are additionally fading, and Les Bleus are feeling upbeat once more and searching like one of many event favourites.

France will look to strike the precise steadiness between resting gamers and holding their World Cup momentum up in opposition to Tunisia, the place even a draw with the Tunisians will assure them prime spot of their grouping.

Ought to the French end first, they are going to face the staff who finally ends up second in Group C, which options Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.

Coach Didier Deschamps is about to relaxation a few of his key males and provides fringe gamers minutes within the sport.

Kylian Mbappe is perhaps held again in reserve however France’s talismanic ahead is chasing data in Qatar and Deschamps may give him some enjoying time to assist him add to his seven World Cup objectives – three of which have been scored in Qatar.

Gamers to observe:

France’s Antoine Griezmann has returned to his finest type and is more likely to play deep and likewise near lone strikers on the entrance.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen, left, and France's Antoine Griezmann challenge during the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meisner)
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen (left) and France’s Antoine Griezmann problem in the course of the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Denmark, at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, on November 26, 2022 [Martin Meisner/AP Photo]

Griezmann has performed as an attacking midfielder quite than a pure ahead, brilliantly making the hyperlink between midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni and Adrien Rabiot and France’s attacking trio of Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.

“I in all probability ask various things from him, however there isn’t a sacrifice on his half,” Deschamps not too long ago mentioned of Griezmann.

“I may have performed him on the precise flank of the assault as a substitute of Ousmane (Dembele) however that’s not the place he can be probably the most helpful to the staff,” he mentioned.

Two of probably the most proficient and lethal strikers in world soccer, Argentina’s 35-year-old Lionel Messi and Poland’s 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski, line up in opposition to one another on Wednesday with a final 16 place at stake within the World Cup.

Lionel Messi enters to the pitch for a training session of Argentina's national soccer team in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Lionel Messi enters the pitch for a coaching session with Argentina’s nationwide soccer staff in Doha, Qatar, on November 27, 2022 [Jorge Saenz/AP Photo]

 

Messi has scored twice in Argentina’s extraordinary begin to the marketing campaign in Doha, and likewise suffered one of many largest upsets within the event’s historical past by shedding to Saudi Arabia earlier than masterminding a euphoric victory over Mexico.

Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico was the most-watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast in US historical past, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo tv and the streaming providers of Telemundo and Peacock.

The good Argentinian, whose staff are one of many event favourites, is enjoying his fifth and ultimate marketing campaign, which means it’s his final probability to match Diego Maradona and elevate the trophy for his longing homeland.

With Argentina second in Group C on three factors, one behind the Poles, the Argentinians should win on Wednesday to make certain of progressing and holding alive their dream of a 3rd World Cup title.

Poland's Robert Lewandowski runs with the ball during the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Saudi Arabia, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski runs with the ball in the course of the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Saudi Arabia on the Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar,  on November 26, 2022 [Francisco Seco/AP Photo]

 

A draw can be sufficient for the South Individuals, too, if Mexico and Saudi Arabia additionally finish degree.

Like Messi, Poland’s Lewandowski can be his nation’s all-time prime scorer and can be on probably his final mission at a World Cup. He has been in scorching type for Barcelona (Messi’s previous membership) and has additionally had an eventful begin in Qatar.

Lewandowski uncharacteristically missed a penalty in Poland’s opening draw with Mexico earlier than scoring his first-ever World Cup purpose of their 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

Poland, who haven’t reached the World Cup knockout stage since 1986, may undergo with a win or draw in opposition to Argentina.

That is the third time Poland and Argentina will meet on the World Cup. Poland received 3-2 in 1974 and Argentina received 2-0 4 years later. Argentina have received six of their 11 conferences total, with Poland successful three. The groups final performed a world pleasant in June 2011, which Poland received 2-1.

Gamers to observe:

Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

Argentina, Mexico and Poland might all have been fancied to progress from Group C on the World Cup forward of Saudi Arabia, however after their beautiful win over the Argentinians, the Saudis are firmly within the combine forward of their Wednesday sport in opposition to Mexico.

Of their 5 earlier World Cup outings, Saudi Arabia have certified for the spherical of 16 solely as soon as, on their debut on the event in 1994.

Poland vs Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Group C, FIFA World Cup 2022, November 25, at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
Saudi Arabia gamers in motion in opposition to Poland of their Group C, FIFA World Cup 2022, match on November 25, 2022, at Training Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

At this stage in Qatar, Poland lead Group C on 4 factors, one forward of Argentina and Saudi Arabia, whereas Mexico are on one level.

If Saudi Arabia need to progress they must beat Mexico on Wednesday, whatever the final result of the match between Poland and Argentina. A draw would imply they want Poland to beat Argentina, whereas a defeat would make the permutations extra difficult, as they would want to lose by just one purpose whereas hoping that Poland win their match by a much bigger margin.

And the Saudi gamers can do  it.

Saudi Arabia surprised the soccer world after they defeated Argentina 2-1 of their opening group sport, solely to then lose 2-0 to Poland of their second match.

“Nobody around the globe thought that we may play with this degree. Sure, in Saudi Arabia we all know the gamers nicely, however they’re unknown to the followers around the globe,” Saudi coach Herve Renard informed a information convention after the Poland sport.

“We’re nonetheless alive,” he mentioned. The 54-year-old Renard indicated his staff will play the subsequent match in Lusail in opposition to Mexico with the identical vitality and want, and he rallied Saudi supporters.

“We’d like the followers to make historical past. I desire a inexperienced stadium once more, possibly we’ll play within the white jersey, however that isn’t vital, we wish the assist from the followers,” he mentioned.

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Mexico’s Raul Jimenez in motion with Sweden’s Isak Hien throughout a world pleasant in Girona, Spain, on November 16, 2022 [Albert Gea/Reuters]

Issues is not going to be simple for Saudi Arabia. Mexico even have an opportunity of reaching the final 16, and for them, it will likely be their eighth time in a row. Mexico must beat Saudi Arabia by at the very least a three-goal margin, with Poland not shedding to Argentina. If Argentina beat the Poles, it’ll rely on the ultimate consequence.

Mexico will likely be reminding themselves that they’ve by no means misplaced to Saudi Arabia in 5 earlier matches, and received twice with 5-0 and 5-1 leads to the FIFA Confederations Cup. However the Mexicans are struggling offensively and the staff didn’t rating a purpose within the first two matches in opposition to Poland and Argentina.

Mexico will likely be determined for Wednesday’s sport to not be the primary time they fail to attain at a World Cup event (they’ve now failed to attain of their final 4 World Cup appearances).

Gamers to observe:

Mexico’s hopes appear to relaxation on the shoulders of star striker Raul Jimenez.

Saudi Arabia’s Saleh al-Shehri and Salem al-Dawsari scored a purpose every in opposition to Argentina. Can the pair ship objectives in opposition to Mexico?

Actually two gamers to observe.

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