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Mundial2022: France lives up to its reputation, Argentina survives – Sports

Two goals from the ‘stellar’ forward Kylian Mbappé provided a tangential French victory over Denmark, by 2-1, and the probable conquest of Group D, in which Australia ‘jumped’ from last to second place – which is also worth a place in the round of 16 -, by beating Tunisia 1-0.

Argentina, world champions in 1978 and 1986, also began to breathe easier after the 2-0 triumph over Mexico, on the second day of Group C, rising to second place, one point behind Poland, which dislodged Saudi Arabia from leadership, by also imposing itself by 2-0.

France continues to show its ability to repeat the feats of the 1998 World Cup, at home, and 2018, in Russia, in which it was crowned champion, and, after thrashing Australia 4-1 in its debut, it has returned to impose today. moved, with more difficulty, to Denmark.

Mbappé ‘doubled’, in the 61st and 86th minutes, and equaled the Ecuadorian Enner Valencia in command on the list of top scorers of the tournament, both with three accurate shots, with defender Andreas Christensen scoring the insufficient goal for the Danes, at 68.

The Gauls broke a recent ‘curse’, which affected the last three world champions, unable to go beyond the group stage in the edition in which they defended the title. It was like this with Italy, in 2010, Spain, in 2014, and Germany, in 2018.

A strike by striker Mitchell Duke, in the 23rd minute, was enough for Australia to beat Tunisia, who had drawn 0-0 in the opening round with Denmark, getting ready to fight for the second presence in the ‘eighth’ with the European team, in last journey.

France, who face Tunisia on Wednesday, remained firmly at the top of the group, with a full six points, three more than Australia, while the Africans – who seem doomed to elimination – and Denmark total just a.

In ‘poule’ C, after having caused a scandal by beating Argentina by 2-1 in the opening round, Saudi Arabia ‘descended to earth’ and third place, losing by 2-0 to Poland, which benefited from inspiration from striker Robert Lewandowski and goalkeeper Szczesny.

The Polish scorer, who had missed a penalty on his debut, against Mexico (0-0), assisted Piotr Zielinski for the opening goal, in the 39th minute, and closed the scoring, making his debut in World Cups, in the 82nd minute, while Szczesny saved in the middle a penalty from Salem Al Dawsari, at 45+1.

In Argentina, who would be eliminated in the event of a defeat against Mexico, they also appealed to their most influential player, ‘star’ Lionel Messi, who opened the scoring with a well-placed shot from outside the area, in the 64th minute, and assisted the substitute Enzo Fernández for another ‘bomb’, at 87.

Messi, as well as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Germany’s Lothar Matthäus and Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Márquez, were joined by Andrés Guardado, who brought the number of Mexican players to play in five World Cup finals to three, despite having been injured before the break.

The final phase of the 2022 Football World Cup, in which Portugal made its debut on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Ghana, began on Sunday and ends on December 18, in Qatar.

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