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World Cup: all about Poland, opponent of the Blues in the round of 16

2022-12-01T05:10:11.834Z

France will face Poland on Sunday (4 p.m.) in the round of 16 of the World Cup. An affordable opponent, whom the Blues have not crossed



And now, Poland.

France will cross paths with the Poles on Sunday (4 p.m.) at Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha for the start of the defense of their planetary title in this knockout phase of this Qatari World Cup.

Presentation of this obstacle on the road to the quarter-finals.

The course

Poland was very hot.

Very largely dominated by Argentina's Lionel Messi, the Poles did very well, losing only two goals (2-0), with a penalty missed by the PSG star.

A difference that matters.

The Whites and Reds have only beaten Mexico, who have been in the round of 16 for the last seven editions, thanks to a better goal average (+1 against zero).

For a time, it was even their number of yellow cards, lower than that of the Central American selection, which virtually sent them to the next round.

Before that, Poland had held these Mexicans in check (0-0) for their entry into the running before beating the Saudis (2-0).

A draw, a victory, and a defeat to finish, two goals conceded for as many scored, the next opponent of the tricolors presents a record that could not be more balanced in this World Cup.

The star

He is the captain and the indisputable star of this selection.

At 34, Robert Lewandowski is a must in this Polish team.

The former Bayern center-forward, transferred this summer to FC Barcelona, ​​​​is having a contrasting World Cup for the moment.

Non-existent, like its partners, against Argentina, the second of the Ballon d'Or 2021 missed a penalty against Mexico.

Fortunately, he recovered against Saudi Arabia, scoring his team's second goal, the first in a World Cup.

The man with 77 achievements in 137 selections can rely on a few quality lieutenants, such as the midfielder of Naples Piotr Zielinski, or the goalkeeper of Juventus Turin, Wojciech Szczesny.

The latter performs an impressive competition, with two penalties taken out in his last two meetings.

If the Poles are still there, they owe it a lot to their porter.

History

It's an unprecedented confrontation since 2011. That year, the Blues had dominated Poland in June (1-0) in a friendly.

Only the two goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda, on the bench in Warsaw eleven years ago (Cédric Carrasso was the holder), are still in the tricolor group.

The two nations have faced each other sixteen times, including only once in a World Cup.

The Poles had beaten France (3-2) in the match for third place in the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

France will therefore go a little bit into the unknown against Poland, determined to create a surprise.

“France is the same level as Argentina.

We will play our luck, we are very happy with what we have achieved.

We will see on Sunday, ”explained the former defender of Monaco, Kami Glik, at the microphone of beIN Sports.

Source: leparis

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