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World Cup: the program, the stakes and all the information on this Wednesday's matches


Match without much stake for France against Tunisia, unlike Lionel Messi's Argentina, almost obliged to beat Poland. Here is the program.

Matches of the day

Low-stakes game day for the France team.

Unless there is a cataclysm against Tunisia (4 p.m.), the Blues will finish at the top of group D. The Tunisians (1 pt) are forced to win and hope for a draw or a defeat for Australia ( 3 pts) against Denmark (1 pt) at the same time.

Then it would come down to goal difference.

Australia and Denmark will therefore do everything to beat the other.

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But THE meeting of this Wednesday, it is Argentina which would be eliminated in the event of defeat against Poland.

The latter has 4 pts, the Albiceleste 3 like Saudi Arabia, and Mexico 1 pt.

A draw from the band to Lionel Messi could also put it out the window.

But Robert Lewandowski's Poland needs at least a draw to validate its ticket to the round of 16.

Total suspense.

Broadcast times and channels

Tunisia - France (Group D): 4 p.m. (TF1, beIN Sports 1)

Australia - Denmark (Group D): 4 p.m. (beIN Sports 2)

Poland - Argentina (Group C): 8 p.m. (TF1, beIN Sports 1)

Saudi Arabia - Mexico (Group C): 8 p.m. (beIN Sports 2)

The news of the Blues

After breakfast until 9 a.m., the players of the France team will have lunch around 1 p.m. before a refreshing siesta.

A small snack is planned before discovering the Education City Stadium, at 6 p.m. local time, against Tunisia.

Located in Al-Rayyan, a dozen kilometers west of Doha, the enclosure can accommodate 45,000 people.

The temperature should be around 24 degrees.

Night will have already fallen by then.


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statement of the day

Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz refused to reduce the decisive match against Argentina (8 p.m.) to a duel between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.


I think it's a Poland-Argentina match, not between Robert and Leo

," Michniewicz refuted at a press conference on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi is a fantastic player, as Robert is.

(But) it's not tennis, it's not one-on-one.

Robert needs his teammates and the same goes for Leo.

We can count on these scorers, but we can't win individually, it's a collective effort.


Player to watch: Piotr Zielinski (Poland)

Of course, Argentina will have to watch star striker Robert Lewandowski, one of the best players on the planet.

But how to ignore his lieutenant, attacking midfielder Piotr Zielinski?

At 28, the Pole is in his prime.

He is an essential part of the incredible Napoli team, leader of the Italian championship, this season.

Zielinski is a right-handed playmaker who likes to focus on the left.

He knows how to carry the ball and release it when necessary, as it is necessary.

Scorer in the last match against Saudi Arabia (2-0), he is the one who can destabilize an Argentina which concedes few scoring opportunities in this World Cup.

Piotr Zielinski during Poland - Saudi Arabia on Saturday November 26, 2022. SPP / Panoramic

Expression of the day: team of hairdressers

Against Tunisia, Didier Deschamps should play "the hairdressers", that is to say the usual substitutes.

The expression often comes up when France plays a game without stakes during a World Cup or a Euro.

But why are these players called "the hairdressers"?

Four hypotheses exist, and no one knows the truth.


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The first version would be that of the 1958 World Cup, where the Blues of Just Fontaine (13 goals) finished third.

Replacements would have been referred to as hairdressers as they cut the incumbents' hair.

Second theory: in 1986, the ex-tricolor midfielder Luis Fernandez would have claimed that the substitutes "

did not risk altering their brushing

", since they were not playing.

Another rumor has it that a Red Star match, exceptionally organized on a Monday and not the weekend, is the cause.

The Audonian leaders would have been challenged on the fact that there would be “only butchers and hairdressers in the stands” on a Monday evening.

Finally, the expression could simply come from the word "coiffer", in the sense of wrestling.

Reference to the fact that the substitutes would like to "style" the starters to take their place in the starting XI.

Everyone has their own version.


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