World Cup 2022, Day 15: Round of 16 knockouts heats up | World Cup News

France takes on Poland adopted by an England vs Senegal match – the primary time the 2 nations will face each other.

The Spherical of 16 knockout stage on the Qatar 2022 World Cup continues with two extra matches scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2022 — the fifteenth day of the event.

  • France vs Poland (Al Thumama Stadium, 6pm/15:00 GMT)
  • England vs Senegal (Al Bayt Stadium, 10pm/19:00 GMT)

France vs Poland

Reigning World Cup champs France, recharged and unbeaten of their final seven matches in opposition to Poland, are projected to cruise previous the White and Reds into the quarter-finals.

Poland’s formidable defence will look to stifle France’s Kylian Mbappe, who’s coming off a two-goal efficiency in opposition to Denmark. Mbappe can also be now the one participant — aside from Pele — to have scored seven objectives on the World Cup earlier than the age of 24.

Poland's Robert Lewandowski warming up on the pitch.
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski warming up on the pitch earlier than taking over Saudi Arabia at Training Metropolis Stadium in Qatar on November 25, 2022 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

France’s 36-year-old Olivier Giroud, chasing his 52nd worldwide objective to maneuver previous fellow countryman Thierry Henry as France’s all-time main scorer, may even pose a big menace to the Poles.

Poland, aiming to bounce again after a 2-0 group loss to Argentina, might want to depend on the precision and tempo of captain Robert Lewandowski in the event that they want to stage a knockout spherical upset in opposition to Les Bleus.

England vs Senegal

England has by no means misplaced to an African crew, however will that change?

In 21 matches, together with seven World Cup contests, the Three Lions have crushed again or drawn with each African crew they’ve squared off in opposition to. And they’re closely favoured to win in Sunday’s match, too — the primary between the 2 nations.

However, in a 2022 World Cup outlined by plenty of large upsets, Senegal, competing within the event’s knockout spherical for simply the second time in historical past, shouldn’t be discounted.

Senegal, led by talisman Kalidou Koulibaly, rebounded to positive kind after sustaining a gap loss to the Netherlands, occurring to edge hosts Qatar and Ecuador, regardless of the absence of an injured Sadio Mane.

Senegal's Ismaila Sarr celebrates qualifying for the knockout stages by crying out while on his knees with arms raised in victory.
Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr celebrates qualifying for the knockout levels [Reuters/Dylan Martinez] (

 

Suspended Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye will sit out Sunday’s match after choosing up a second yellow card in his crew’s thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador on November 29.

Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse, suffering from sickness, may even be sidelined for Sunday’s contest.

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