► France slips into eighth, Denmark at its worst
In a close match, the Blues of Didier Deschamps managed to win 2 goals to 1 against the rough Danes. Kylian Mbappé concluded a great collective action to give the advantage to France (61st), before Denmark equalized seven minutes later, through Andreas Christensen (68th). Salvation came at the end of the match, by the inevitable Mbappé who scored twice and his third goal in the world (86th).
Thanks to this victory, France qualifies directly for the round of 16, even before the meeting against Tunisia, Wednesday 30. With one point, Denmark is in bad shape and will inevitably have to win against the Australian to hope to see the rest of the competition.
► Australia pulls together
The Socceroos can still dream of a round of 16. After losing to France 4-1, the Australians managed to overcome a moribund Tunisia and now dream of a round of 16.
On a counter, Mitchell Duke victoriously headed a through ball from Craig Goodwin, the man who had scored Australia’s only goal against France. A goal that did not really wake up the Tunisians, certainly present in the physical engagement, but long devoid of inspiration when they recovered the ball. It took until the 38th minute to see the first interesting action of the Carthage Eagles, when their captain Youssef Msakni tried to infiltrate the opposing defense, in vain.
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Tunisia, who came back in the second half with the best intentions, lacked efficiency in front of goal and could not improve their handicap by one goal. Now she is on the verge of elimination from the World Cup after this defeat. It will imperatively have to win against France on Wednesday 30, to hope for a qualification.
► Poland and Lewandowski wake up against Saudi Arabia (2-0)
Robert Lewandowski’s Poland, finally scoring in a World Cup, took a step towards qualification by beating Saudi Arabia 2-0, which failed to repeat its feat against Argentina.
Held in check by the Mexicans at the opening (0-0), the Poles won thanks to Piotr Zielinski (39th) and the first goal of their star Robert Lewandowski (82nd). Mute in four World Cup matches (three in 2018 and one in 2022), the FC Barcelona striker has finally freed himself from a weight.
► Argentina – Mexico
For the last game of the day, Lionel Messi’s Argentina is condemned to victory against the Mexicans. After their big disappointment in their first match against Saudi Arabia, the Albiceleste must collect their first points against Mexico to hope to see the round of 16.
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Facing them, the Mexicans also need points. With a draw obtained against Poland in the first match, they will be keen to eliminate Argentina to hope, too, to reach the next round.