France v Poland: World Cup 2022, last 16 – live | World Cup 2022

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15 minutes Griezmann’s through ball is just too heavy for Giroud.

15 minutes “Do you think,” says Anis Aslaam, “that Poland can do a Greece 2004 and go all out to lift the cup?”

How to say this politely?

13 minutes Tchouameni whistles a low drive from 25 yards out which is well saved by Szczesny, who dives low to the right to push him away. It’s all France.

12 minutes “The public is watching ‘early rounds of the Carabao’ more than World R-16 Championships,” says Ben Kybatt. “The variety of atmosphere at this tournament has been extraordinary, with some countries occupying the stands with extremely rowdy fans (e.g. Argentina, Saudi Arabia) and others struggling to draw crowds (the hosts and most of the European teams). All very strange.”

Indeed. Argentina v Mexico was a stinking match with an age-old atmosphere.

11 minutes Mbappe beats Cash with a terrifying change of pace to cross Dembele behind the far post. He collects, slides on his right foot and fires a shot that ricochetes off a defender for a corner kick.

9 minutes Hernandez beats Cash on the left and clips a dangerous cross that is headed back by the stooping Bereszynski (I think). This time a corner from Griezmann is kicked away by Szczesny.

9 minutes Griezmann puts a pass down the side of the defense towards Giroud. Cash (I think) read it right and knew it.

7 minutes “Rob, greetings from soggy Cali,” says Mary Waltz. “The discussion about which formation the Poles have deployed is somewhat pointless. France will spend 70% of the game in half of Poland’s field. Poland’s only hope is a zero-zero full-time followed by a shootout.”

5 minutes Varane passes the ball back to Lloris, who gives Upamecano a stinking pass with a Polish player in his behind. Upamecano narrowly manages to squeeze the ball to Hernandez on the left.

Raphael Varane looks unhappy. Photo: François Nel/Getty Images

4 minutes Griezmann’s swinging corner kick is headed well wide by Varane, five meters away. He was under quite a bit of pressure, so it wasn’t an easy opportunity. But it was an opportunity.

3 minutes Dembele’s cross deflects for the first corner kick of the match. It feels like the game pattern is already established: attack and defense, invasion and repulsion.

2 minutes Griezmann is fouled 30 meters from goal, approximately at the level of the right edge of the penalty area. He tops a swinging free kick and it drifts back for a goal kick.

1 minute It looks like a 4-1-4-1 for Poland instead of a back five.

1 minute Beep beep! France kicks off from left to right, in front of a full house.

Perhaps it’s the all-European angle – neither of them have much support here – but a pretty grim public picture for France against Poland unless some serious latecomers are caught up outside pic.twitter.com/jCOlHI7yFO

— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) December 4, 2022

“Great, that clip from the 1986 game – thanks,” says Charles Antaki. “It also makes one think about Pele (obviously not involved in 1986) and how the Brazilian camp will respond to the sadness of his situation. It doesn’t take more than a brief reflection on the giggly hysteria of 2014 to make them think a little dignity and discretion goes a long way here. But if he dies during the game…”

And if they play Argentina in the final… but luckily the latest news is a bit more encouraging.

The players line up for the anthems. This is our verdict on Poland.

It’s called Dabrowski’s Mazurka, which means “Poland is not yet lost”. The lyrics were written by Jozef Wybicki in 1797, but the composer of the music remains unknown. The anthem is filled with patriotism and belief in regaining independence after it was lost by Russia, Prussia and Austria in the Third Partition of Poland. It expresses the idea that despite no longer being an independent state, the nation would live on as long as the people fought in its name.

“If it’s anything like the last game, Poland’s formation should be 9-0-1, right?” says Kevin Ryan. “TDA.”

Well. A 5-2-2-1 formation is not without euphemistic potential.

Ten minutes before kick-off

Let’s have a memory of the teams.

France (4-2-3-1) Loris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
Substitutes: Mandanda, Areola, Pavard, Disasi, Guendouzi, Kolo Muani, Fofana, Veretout, Saliba, Coman, Konate, Camavinga, Thuram.

Poland (possibly 5-2-2-1) Szczesny; Cash, Bereszynski, Kiwior, Glik, Frankowski; S Szymanski, Krychowiak; Zielinski, Kaminski; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Skorupski, Grabara, Jedrzejczyk, Wieteska, Bednarek, Bielik, Milik, D Szymanski, Grosicki, Swiderski, Zurkowski, Zalewski, Piatek, Gumny, Skoras.

Referee Jesus Valenzuela Saez (Venezuela)

Olivier Giroud could make history today. He has 51 goals for France, as many as Thierry Henry, and needs one to become France’s all-time top goalscorer. Not bad for a player who has been lightly patronized throughout his career.

The BBC has Poland’s formation as 4-1-4-1, as below, instead of 5-2-2-1. Time will tell at this point.

Poland Szczesny; Cash, Kiwior, Glik, Bereszynski; Krychowiak; Kaminski, Zielinski, S. Szymanski, Frankowski; Lewandowski.

“That Brazil v Poland flashback video – we need a broadcaster to ‘start up’ spinning screens and the big flashing yellow R indicating a replay’, says Pat. “So 80s. So good. See it in all its glory at 5:30 p.m. in the video.

Give it to Messi

“France,” says Jeff Sachs, “are Brazil’s only serious challengers.”

They could also meet in the final. I still think Spain, England, Portugal or Argentina could win it, in that order, although France and Brazil seem most likely.

This is Poland’s first knockout match at the World Cup since 1986. as they shocked Brazil before eventually losing 4-0. Their spirits were broken early in the second half when Josimar scored another monstrous goal to make it 2-0.

The best shocks occur if you (think) know the result in advance

Whimper vs bang last

Team news: nine changes for France

Didier Deschamps makes nine changes from Tunisia and returns to the XI that beat Denmark eight days ago. Raphael Varane and Aurelien Tchouameni are the only men who started on Wednesday.

Polish national coach Czeslaw Michniewicz makes two changes compared to the team that lost to Argentina. Sebastian Szymanski and Jakub Kaminski replace Krystian Bielik and Karol Swiderski, which could mean a switch to a back five.

France (4-2-3-1) Loris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
Substitutes: Mandanda, Areola, Pavard, Disasi, Guendouzi, Kolo Muani, Fofana, Veretout, Saliba, Coman, Konate, Camavinga, Thuram.

Poland (possibly 5-2-2-1) Szczesny; Cash, Bereszynski, Kiwior, Glik, Frankowski; S Szymanski, Krychowiak; Zielinski, Kaminski; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Skorupski, Grabara, Jedrzejczyk, Wieteska, Bednarek, Bielik, Milik, D Szymanski, Grosicki, Swiderski, Zurkowski, Zalewski, Piatek, Gumny, Skoras.

Referee Jesus Valenzuela Saez (Venezuela)

Sebastian Szymanski

Hugo Lloris starts against Poland today and becomes the most capped player in French football history with 142 caps, tied with Lilian Thuram. What an incredible achievement!

— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) December 4, 2022

I see that Amélie Poulain is up to mischief again

Preamble

The best way to achieve greatness is to hold onto something. OK, no eachthing. Nobody put Modena in the pantheon when they won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1981 and 1982. But the World Cup, that’s the ultimate. It has only been retained twice, by Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962, and no team has come close since the turn of the century.

To win the World Cup twice in a row is not a sane argument, and that is what France hopes to achieve in the next two weeks. Qualifying for the knockout rounds is one big get started. Incredibly, and for once I’m not using that word wrong, four of the previous five holders went out in the group stage, including France in 2002. Don’t try to understand; just file it under F,BH.

Even without half a dozen of their best players, France, and Kylian Mbappé in particular, looked ominous beating Australia and Denmark. Their reserve side lost to Tunisia on Wednesday, although there is a reassuring precedent for this. At Euro 2000, France’s B team lost its third group match to the Netherlands; the A team won the tournament.

France’s path to victory in Qatar was complicated by Spain’s defeat to Japan this week. They may now have to beat England, Spain and Argentina or Brazil to win the trophy. But first, Des, they have to take care of Poland. That part feels straightforward, although we said the same thing before they lost to Switzerland at the same stage of Euro 2020.

Still, Poland looks ripe for evisceration after qualifying for the last 16 with their tail between their legs. It feels like they lost today’s game on Wednesday night. They were heavily criticized for their passive, pragmatic defeat to Argentina, and that sort of thing can destroy morale. Who knew good behavior could be so regrettable?

kick off 3pm GMT, 6pm in Al Thumama, 4pm in Paris and Warsaw. The winners play England or Senegal in the final quarter-final on Saturday night.


The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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