Defending champions France and one of many heavy favourites Argentina start their campaigns on Day Three of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Didier Deschamps’ aspect, who gained the 2018 World Cup after beating Croatia within the remaining, want to develop into the primary aspect to win the match back-to-back since Brazil in 1958 and 1962. Les Bleus start their defence towards Australia with the opposite Group D opener seeing Denmark face Tunisia.
Day Three begins with Argentina and Lionel Messi’s quest to win the World Cup as they begin their Group C marketing campaign towards Saudi Arabia adopted by Mexico versus Poland in the identical group.
- Argentina vs Saudi Arabia – Group C, kick-off 10am
- Denmark vs Tunisia – Group D, kick-off 1pm
- Mexico vs Poland – Group C, kick-off 4pm
- France vs Australia – Group D, kick-off 7pm
Argentina star Lionel Messi has performed down rumours of a pre-tournament harm as his nation prepares to tackle Saudi Arabia.
The PSG star has been seen with padding on his proper ankle in coaching in current days however Messi says he’s not carrying something forward of the Group C opener.
“No points in anyway,” mentioned Messi, who was pictured at follow with further padding on the within of his proper ankle.
“I heard there have been rumors of getting to overlook a part of coaching or be away from the workforce due to a blow, nevertheless it’s nothing out of the unusual.”
Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard just isn’t fearful by two of the squad’s goalkeepers’ lack of enjoying time this season forward of their match towards Argentina.
Renard didn’t announce the identify of the goalkeeper who will lead the Inexperienced Falcons’ beginning line-up, however Muhammad Al-Owais has performed 42 occasions for the nationwide workforce, in comparison with simply seven internationals for Muhammad Al-Yami.
“The goalkeeper who will play tomorrow’s match has performed 17 World Cup qualifiers so there’s completely no drawback,” the Frenchman informed a information convention on Monday. The third goalkeeper within the squad, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, continues to be ready for his debut with the nationwide workforce.
Renard additionally stood by his choice to exclude veteran custodian Abdullah Al-Mayouf, who introduced his retirement in 2019 earlier than reversing his choice and saying he was accessible for choice.
Denmark’s World Cup opener with Tunisia will mark a private victory for playmaker Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest of their Euro 2020 opener in Copenhagen final yr however has since made a full restoration.
“We’re all completely happy and grateful that Christian is right here after what occurred,” Danish captain Simon Kjaer mentioned.
“As a soccer participant, in all probability among the finest I am ever seen by way of high quality and love of the sport. Each minute he performs, it is solely a plus for Denmark.”
Tunisia have two gamers within the Danish league, Anis Ben Slimane at Brondby and Issam Jebali with Odense.
The latter says he has not been in a position to present any particular perception into Tuesday’s opponents because the Tunisian technical workforce have been meticulous of their planning.
“We’ve an awesome technical employees and so they have ready nicely for the sport,” Jebali mentioned. “We all know the Danish set-up, how they play and even how they suppose. We’ve an excellent probability, we’re squad. We’re robust, we belief one another and have workforce spirit.”
Mexico ahead Raul Jimenez’s health stays a matter of concern forward of their opener with Poland.
Jimenez has not performed for Wolves since August as a consequence of a groin harm. He had a 45-minute run-out in a pleasant towards Sweden final week however appeared to look uncomfortable in a current coaching video.
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa mentioned: “It’s unfair they took 5 seconds of a video and mentioned he was not good.
“He has seemed excellent in coaching. In Raul I see a lot motivation, starvation and an infinite ambition to be on the sector.”
Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is backing team-mate Robert Lewandowski to make a big impact at Qatar 2022.
Regardless of his prolific document for membership and nation, Poland striker Lewandowski is but to attain at a World Cup finals.
Talking at a press convention, Juventus keeper Szczesny mentioned: “It is positively an important match to him. I can see that he’s very motivated for this championship.
“There isn’t a doubt that he’s, if not the very best, then considered one of them. He wish to fulfil his ambitions not solely at membership degree, but additionally with the nationwide workforce.
“I hope that years later we are going to keep in mind Robert’s nice efficiency on the World Cup in Qatar.”
France have been hit by a collection of accidents, which dominated out key midfielders N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, and most just lately Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who left the squad in the early hours of Sunday after withdrawing with a thigh injury, and centre-back Presnel Kimpembe.
“We nonetheless consider in our possibilities, in our squad. The last-minute withdrawals, particularly Karim’s, didn’t assist,” France captain Hugo Lloris informed a information convention. “However I need to suppose that the workforce will transfer on.”
Deschamps must reshuffle his attacking line within the absence of Benzema, with veteran Olivier Giroud prone to begin as a lone ahead.
On the again, Deschamps will be capable to depend on centre again Raphael Varane, who he says has shaken off a hamstring harm that had prevented him from coaching with the workforce final week.
“He’s doing nicely and accessible for tomorrow’s recreation,” Deschamps mentioned.
Australia coach Graham Arnold’s plans for his or her opener with France had been hit when winger Martin Boyle pulled out on Sunday with a knee harm.
Boyle has a good scoring document with 5 objectives from 19 appearances for Australia.
“All of us really feel for Martin and it’s a merciless blow for him,” Arnold mentioned. “He has been an integral a part of our journey to get to Qatar.”
One to observe on Tuesday: Aurelien Tchouameni
Opta stats: Argentina unbeaten towards Saudi Arabia, France opening match woes
- Argentina are unbeaten in all 4 of their earlier conferences with Saudi Arabia (W2 D2), with this the primary assembly between the edges on the FIFA World Cup.
- Argentina have made it previous the primary spherical in 12 of their final 13 World Cup appearances, the one exception coming in 2002.
- All six of Lionel Messi’s objectives on the FIFA World Cup have been scored within the group phases, by no means discovering the web in 756 minutes of play within the knockout part of the match. In the meantime, Messi can also be the one participant to have registered an help at every of the final 4 World Cup tournaments.
- France have certified for his or her sixteenth FIFA World Cup. It is their seventh look in a row, their longest ever run of participations.
- Since 1998, France have reached the ultimate of the FIFA World Cup in three of the six editions (1998, 2006, 2018), greater than every other nation on this time.
- France have gained their opening match in simply three of the final 12 editions of the FIFA World Cup (D4 L5) – Germany in 1994, and Brazil in each 1998 and 2006
Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “bulletproof and iron-clad” following his explosive interview last week and says he’s match for Portugal’s World Cup opener towards Ghana on Thursday.
He mentioned: “The environment is superb, no issues, we’re fully centered. You may assist by not speaking about me. I am fully bulletproof and iron-clad.
“Should you ask different gamers about Cristiano Ronaldo I might be upset. If you wish to ask him in regards to the World Cup and the workforce, I would really like you to try this.”
He added: “In my life, the very best timing is at all times my timing.
“I haven’t got to consider what different individuals suppose. I converse once I need. The gamers know me rather well for a few years and know the kind of individual I’m.
“Its an bold group that’s hungry and centered. So I am positive it [the interview] will not shake the altering room’s focus and focus.”