2022 World Cup results, final results, takeaways: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Robert Lewandowski score big

Day 7 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is officially in the books. Saturday’s action began with Australia’s 1-0 win against Tunisia. After losing 4-1 in their opening Group D match against France, Australia managed to put three crucial points on the board against Tunisia, putting the Socceroos in a strong position for the final game of the season. group stage against Denmark on Wednesday at 10am ET. Tunisia plays against France at the same time.

Les Blues become the first team to enter the knockout phase after beating the Danes 2-1 thanks to a double in the second half by star player Kylian Mbappé. Andreas Christensen had made it to the Scandinavian level, but Mbappe shot himself to the top of the scoresheets with his brace to usurp Jean-Pierre Papin and Just Fontaine in the scoresheets. The French hotshot also ties Pele with seven World Cup goals for most scored by a player under the age of 24 in tournament history.

Argentina, after surprisingly losing to Saudi Arabia in their opening match, secured a much-needed victory against Mexico to get back on track and avoid what would have been an unexpected and incredible group stage elimination. It took a brilliant long-range strike from Lionel Messi in the 64th minute to break through against a stubbornly defending Mexican side. And then Enzo Fernandez put the game away in the 87th minute to seal the points.

Meanwhile, Poland beat Saudi Arabia for first place in Group C. Robert Lewandowski scored his first ever World Cup goal, while Wojciech Szczesny made a double save from a penalty kick. The results mean Argentina can decide their fate and win the group if they beat Poland.

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World Cup results, results

Saturday November 26
Australia 1, Tunisia 0
Poland 2, Saudi Arabia 0
France 2, Denmark 1
Argentina 2, Mexico 0

Australia surprisingly resilient

The least announced match of the day quietly produced one of the tournament’s more surprising results. After being fired 4-1 by France in their opener, Australia came back and passed a tough test by beating Tunisia 1-0. That means the least-heralded Australian team in recent history, a team that only qualified for the tournament by doing well in its last chance qualifier against Peru, has their fate in their hands. A draw against Denmark would get the job done for the extreme underdog. The result against Tunisia was not pretty, but despite conceding 14 shots, they held Tunisia to just 0.94 expected goals and made their Mitchell Duke header goal in the 23rd minute on standby.

Lewandowski finally gets his target

The final score was comfortable for Poland with Piotr Zelenski scoring at the end of the first half and Lewandowski adding an insurance goal at the end of the second half. Poland’s talisman needed just 136 appearances to score that coveted World Cup goal. But in the meantime, Saudi Arabia gave as good, if not better, than it got. Football is a silly old game and the fact that Saudi Arabia scored twice on three difficult shots against Argentina means you can only smile regretfully in response to the fact that they played 16 times on goal against Poland, including one from the penalty spot and couldn’t buy a goal. But let Mexico be warned, if they think the Saudis are an easy opponent to finish the group stage against, a gross surprise awaits them at the end of this group.

France seems formidable against Denmark

The game was not as exciting as the 2-1 lead might suggest. France aggressively took the game to Denmark, a side that had beaten the French twice in the Nations League leading up to this World Cup. Kylian Mbappe again put in an excellent performance, scoring twice, but perhaps the most notable development was Theo Hernandez providing his second assist of the tournament from left-back. Hernandez, the brother of Lucas Hernandez whose serious knee injury in the opener opened the door for the younger Hernandez to play, is a more offensive option. His persistent overlaps have been impossible for teams to tackle this tournament so far, and they mark a change in style for this French side. The team that won the World Cup four years ago was much more defensive and kept their full-backs in reserve. Their ultra-attacking style may not hold up, but it’s a refreshing change of pace for the defending champions. Defending World Cup champions have failed to break out of the group for 20 years, but France has already secured a spot in the knockouts. Hernandez’s injury forced a change in style and that is a big reason why they are the first to qualify in Qatar.

Who else but Messi?

Argentina won, but this was not a performance that inspired confidence. Mexico fouled the game, committing a series of fouls and effectively taking Argentina out of everything they set out to do. To do that, Mexico sacrificed any semblance of attack of their own, so Argentina never hesitated to concede, but to win this tournament Argentina will have to come up with better ways to get around stubborn defensive performances. It took Messi a big moment to break the deadlock, and despite his 20-yard greatness, grass-cutting lasers don’t come around all that often.

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