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.



World Cup 2022: France qualified, Poland wakes up… the matches of Saturday November 26

► 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.



Basketball: France outclasses Poland and secures a place in the Euro final

A total demonstration: the French basketball players, intractable in defense, left only crumbs to Poland (95-54) Friday September 16 in Berlin and are only one step away from the gold medal at the Eurobasket-2022. Nine years after their first and only international title, in 2013, here are Vincent Collet’s men one step away from a second coronation on Sunday (8:30 p.m.). But undoubtedly the highest to the extent of their journey.

They will have to step over Germany or Spain who are fighting for the other place in the final on Friday evening. The result of this half will therefore offer either a shock against a Nationalmannschaft transcended in its capital and superior to the Blues in the group stage (76-63), or a classic of European basketball against the rival Roja, so often assassin of tricolor dreams.

A quickly imposed gap

After two extensions torn thanks to two miracles in the round of 16 against Turkey and in the quarter-final against Italy, this time, the Olympic vice-champions never trembled, led by their interior Guerschon Yabusele, author of his record of points in selection (22).

Poland, clumsy (32% success in total) and muzzled, was already relegated to 16 points at halftime (34-18). No team had conceded so few in half a Euro match since Czechoslovakia in 1946 (12 points against Hungary).

Evan Fournier’s band (10 points) followed in the wake of his triple best NBA defender (2018, 2019 and 2021), Rudy Gobert (6 points and 6 rebounds), who collected blocks in the second quarter. (3). The gap quickly widened, the executives were even able to rest since only one player spent more than 20 minutes on the floor.

A flawless defense

The weaknesses, in particular the loss of balls (7 in the first round), remain there but “you have to live with”had resigned coach Vincent Collet. “We don’t have all the qualities but in any case, we don’t give up”, he positively. His players have faults but a defense.

A help of fate too. They were expecting Nikola Jokic’s Serbia in the quarter, they had Italy. They were expecting Slovenia from Luka Doncic in half, they had Poland. And the Olympic vice-champions did not miss this “great opportunity”according to Vincent Collet, to go to the final.

It is thus, one does not choose his adversary, and especially not the team of France. When the Blues could have thrown away their last two group matches to avoid a perilous journey on paper, they did not. Fate rewarded them. “We are not playing an unplayable team”recapitulated with modesty Vincent Collet.

“We have never defended like tonight since the start of the tournament, they couldn’t attack. We had a lot of success in the second half.”analyzed on the W9 channel the coach after the meeting.

Third European final

Admittedly, the unexpected Polish guests brought down the Slovenian phenomenon Luka Doncic, defending champion, but this feat marked their first irruption in the last four for 51 years. When French basketball players have only missed it once in five editions since 2011.

This third European Championship final in eleven years (out of four in total) says something about the current reservoir of French basketball, still at the top without being complete. Synonymous with the seventh medal in thirteen years of Vincent Collet’s mandate, this final also says a lot about the Normand’s record.

Neither the routine nor the unglamorous course should minimize the moment. And if it is necessary to underline the circumstances, do not forget the opposites: the two major players and creators who remained at rest, Nicolas Batum and Nando De Colo.


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Russia says Poland locked embassy bank accounts

The Russian Embassy in Warsaw said it was blocked by the Polish government from accessing bank accounts on the grounds of “anti-terrorism and preventing money laundering”.

“Our accounts were blocked by the decision of the Ministry of Finance and then the decision of the Polish prosecutor,” Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev told Channel One.

He said the Polish side gave the reason that “the money in the accounts is suspected to be used to launder money or to finance terrorist activities”.

A day earlier, Warsaw announced the expulsion of 45 Russian diplomats on charges of espionage, setting a five-day deadline for them to leave Poland. Russian officials criticized the Polish government’s baseless actions.

Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev speaks to Russian media in January 2020. Photo: Sputnik.

In a series of comments on Russia-24 and Rossiya-1 news channels, Ambassador Andreev criticized Poland for bringing the bilateral relationship closer to the prospect that “if we don’t cut official ties, the relationship will also depreciate.” treat”. He stressed that Russia-Poland relations “have hit rock bottom” and Moscow has the right to respond with a commensurate degree after Warsaw’s actions.

During a press conference today, when it was clear that Poland had frozen the account of the Russian embassy, ​​Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Warsaw was “generally implementing an order to freeze Russian funds” but did not comment. more specific discussion.

Meanwhile, in an interview on RMF radio, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said that the prospect of Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev being expelled “could happen in the future”, but the agency he currently has ” No decision has been made yet”.

Relations between Moscow and Warsaw are strained because of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine. On March 21, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned Poland would pay a heavy price for “anti-Russian syndrome”. Mr. Medvedev referred to the previous decision of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to reduce the country’s dependence on Russian energy sources and cut economic ties with Moscow in protest of the military operation in Ukraine.

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has proposed deploying NATO peacekeepers to Ukraine. However, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on March 23 stressed that NATO is not part of the Ukraine conflict and will not send forces here to avoid an all-out war with Russia.

Trung Nhan (According to Reuters, TASS)