2022 World Cup results: Senegal and the Netherlands qualified for the round of 16

Senegal and the Netherlands qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup on Tuesday (November 29th). The Dutch finished top of this group A (seven points), with two wins, against Senegal and Qatar, and a draw against Ecuador, while the African champions finished with six points, two wins, against Qatar and Ecuador, and a defeat against the Netherlands.

The Netherlands will open the ball for the round of 16 on Saturday at 4 p.m. French time against the second in group B, either England, Iran, the United States or Wales depending on the results of the matches. of this Tuesday. Senegal, African champion, will face the first of this same group B, Sunday at 8 p.m. French time.

► Senegal dispossesses Ecuador of its ticket for the eighth

Senegal recorded its second victory (2-1) in Group A of the 2022 World Cup against Ecuador on Tuesday, November 29, thus qualifying for the round of 16 in front of long-waiting South Americans.

As a tribute, this second ticket in the history of Senegal in a knockout match is confirmed two years to the day after the death of Pape Bouba Diop, defensive midfielder hero of the 2002 World Cup, during which the Lions had reached the quarter-finals.

Beaten in the opening match by the Netherlands, their distant heirs are not there yet. But with six points in pool, they improved their best passing time by one unit. Even deprived of Sadio Mané, their best injured player in Qatar.

► The Netherlands qualify by inflicting their third defeat in Qatar

Without stress or glitter, the Netherlands qualified at a slow trot for the round of 16, in first place in group A, by winning at the Al-Bayt stadium 2-0 against Qatar, who said goodbye in his tournament on a zero point.

The Dutch, put into orbit in the first period by the now inevitable Cody Gakpo, will face the second in group B on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will be accompanied in the next round by Senegal.

For the “Al-Anabi” (the “Bordeaux”), it’s a complete failure. Before the small Gulf emirate, only one of the host countries of the World Cup had been eliminated at the end of the group stage: South Africa in 2010, after a course however more honorable. Qatar is the first host country to lose its three group matches.



2022 World Cup results: Argentina and Poland qualified for the round of 16

► Argentina finish first in Group C

Argentina breathes! Badly started, Lionel Messi’s team invited themselves to the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday November 30, beating Poland 2-0 thanks to goals from Alexis Mac Alister (46e) and Julian Alvarez (67e). The Albiceleste had to whip, Lionel Messi missed a penalty at the start of the match against the Poles, but here they are first in Pool C and opposed on Saturday (8 p.m.) in the round of 16 to Australia, who tamed Denmark (1 -0).

There will therefore be no immediate revenge between Argentina and France: the Blues of Kylian Mbappé, reigning world champions and executioners of Albiceleste in 2018 (4-3), have finished first in group D and will challenge Robert Lewandowski’s Poland on Sunday late afternoon (4 p.m.).

► Mexico eliminated despite victory over Saudi Arabia

Mexico almost came back from the dead: in bad shape before the last matches of group C, the “Tri” beat Saudi Arabia (2-1) in vain, because they finished third in the group, behind the Poland.

Tied on points with the Poles (four), the Mexican players fail for a unit on goal difference, despite the defeat of Robert Lewandowski’s teammates against Argentina at the same time (2-0), in the qualifiers match.

What an infuriating fate for the “Tri”, as it dominated the match against Saudi Arabia! He only missed a goal for a long time against the “Green Falcons”, who finally failed in fourth place in Group C, far from their initial feat against Argentina (2-1).

► France is preparing an appeal for Griezmann’s canceled goal

The confusion over a French goal canceled by the VAR after the end of the match against Tunisia (1-0), Wednesday in Doha, led the French team to prepare an official complaint to the attention of Fifa, a- she announced.

The coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps had already expressed doubts about the validity of this goal. “I am awaiting an answer on the regulations”, he assured at a press conference. The coach criticizes less the existence of an offside than “the point of settlement”. “The second aspect is that the referee whistled the kick-off and the end of the match. Does he have the right to return (on purpose) ? I am not sure, he continued. I went to see him. I am awaiting the response. »

According to an arbitration source interviewed by AFP, this situation does not appear in the VAR protocol. “Once the kick-off has been given, then it is impossible to return to the offside situation”, explains this source.



Champions League: PSG will face Bayern Munich in the round of 16

Paris Saint-Germain will challenge Bayern Munich, a very big chunk, in the knockout stages of the Champions League in early 2023, in a rematch of the 2020 final won by the Munich residents (1-0), according to the draw made Monday, November 7 in Nyon (Switzerland).

The other poster will oppose Liverpool to Real Madrid, less than a year after the 2022 final won by the people of Madrid at the expense of the English club at the Stade de France (1-0). The round of 16 of C1 are scheduled from February 14 to 22 for the first legs, and from March 7 to 15 for the return legs.

At UEFA headquarters, fate was not very kind with PSG, who featured in the second hat and pulled one of the scarecrows among the top seeds.

First leg in February

The Parisian team, led by its attacking trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé, will have a hard time facing the Bavarian armada led by Sadio Mané, who largely dominated the toughest pool of the first round while Paris finished second in its group, preceded in extremis by Benfica.

It is nevertheless the occasion for the champion of France to take a new revenge on Bayern, his executioner in the final of the 2020 edition in Lisbon: in 2021, the Parisians had eliminated the Munich residents with mastery in the quarter-finals (3 -2, 0-1).

Small disadvantage, Paris will receive in the first leg in February before having to go to Germany on the return in March.

Inter Milan will challenge FC Porto

In other encounters, Germans RB Leipzig will challenge Manchester City and their wonderkid Erling Haaland, while Borussia Dortmund take on Chelsea and AC Milan take on Tottenham.

Less flashy but more open posters between the amazing Club Brugge and the Portuguese Benfica, or even between Eintracht Frankfurt, holders of the Europa League, and Naples, one of the most in-form teams on the continent. Finally, Inter Milan will challenge FC Porto.

The round of 16 of C1 are scheduled from February 14 to 22 for the first legs, and from March 7 to 15 for the return legs.



Alizé Cornet: round of 16 as a birthday present in Australia

This January 22, the French Alizé Cornet has just been offered a nice birthday present for her 32 years: a qualification for the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Giving, however, is not the right word. The one that is ranked 61and world player had to mobilize all her energy to reverse a very compromised situation against the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, 29th world player.

The Frenchwoman had indeed lost the first set 4-6, trailed 4-1 in the second, before reversing the course of the match to finally win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. “It was survival! I didn’t miss the Melbourne heat”, exclaimed Alizé Cornet, radiant after her victory. “I couldn’t find a solution in the first set, but I kept fighting and it’s magic to have won”, she commented before adding: “Thirteen years after my first round of 16 at the Australian Open, I’m back! »

Three Consecutive Eliminations

The French can be all the more satisfied that she remained on three consecutive eliminations in the 2nd round in Melbourne where she had not reached 8ands final than in 2009. Monday, January 24, she will try to qualify for the quarter-finals by facing the Romanian Simona Halep, ranked 15and world player.

At 32, Alizé Cornet is participating in Australia in her 60and consecutive Grand Slam tournament. She has already reached 8ands finals in each of the four major tournaments but has never played in a quarter.

A set against Tsitsipas

That same day, the fate was not so favorable to his compatriot Benoît Paire, eliminated in the third round of the Australian Open against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 4and global. However, the Frenchman managed to take a set from the Greek before finally losing 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4.

“Benoît is one of the most difficult players to beat because he has a lot of talent and he feels tennis very well. So I’m really happy.”, greeted Stefanos Tsitsipas, semi-finalist last year in Melbourne.



Euro 2021: the Blues already qualified for the round of 16, before Portugal

The France team will approach its match against Portugal on Wednesday 23 June with less pressure: the Blues are already sure to reach the round of 16 as the best third, even in the event of a defeat against the Seleçao in Budapest.

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Didier Deschamps’ men will be able to thank Austria, Belgium, and Denmark: Monday’s results spare them worrying and complicated calculations before challenging the European champions at the Puskas-Arena.

Be among the top four third

Leading Group F with four points in two games (a 1-0 victory against Germany in Munich then a draw against Hungary 1-1 in Budapest), the French know that they can no longer finish lower than to the 3e group place, a rank likely to qualify for the final round on condition of being among the four best third.

However, the matches of the last day of groups B and C gave birth to an ideal alignment of the planets for the world champions. Austria’s victory against Ukraine in Bucharest (1-0) first marked the 3e place the Ukrainians with only three points. Then the Belgian success against Finland (2-0) and the Danish victory against Russia (4-1) kept the Russians and Finns at three points in the standings.

Both third in groups with three points, the Austrians and Finns are sure to finish behind the Blues in the best third-place classification, which would validate the qualification of the Habs even in the event of a disaster scenario.

Aim for first place

But France, deprived of Ousmane Dembélé, injured and package for the rest of the Euro, will not aim for anything other than the first place in the pool. This will be obtained whatever happens in case of success against the partners of Cristiano Ronaldo. The latter, on the other hand, are not serene: with three points, a defeat could place them among the worst third in a group …

The classification of the “group of death” will have an impact on the rest of the course of the last two finalists of Euro-2016. A second place lets fear a tough round of 16 in London, potentially against England, while a first place lets consider a more affordable opponent, such as Switzerland, Finland or Ukraine, in Bucharest (Romania). A third place, on the other hand, would be synonymous with a duel against Belgium or the Netherlands, in Seville or Budapest.

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Monday’s results also enabled England, Sweden, Switzerland and the Czech Republic to also validate their tickets. Like France, these four teams have four points, a total enough to see the final round.