2022 World Cup: which opponent for the Blues in the round of 16?

After a group stage that looks like 2018, the Blues can afford a remake in the eighth. Argentina risks landing in second position in group C and, therefore, challenging the winner of group D: France. Only a defeat against Tunisia coupled with a big victory for Australia against Denmark would cost the French team the first place. In other words, French attention will be focused on the identity of the group C dolphin. A role that Poland (4 points), Argentina (3 points), Saudi Arabia (3 marks) and Mexico (1 point) can all still endorse.

The Polish leader would find the Habs in the next round in the event of a draw against Argentina and a Saudi victory against Mexico this Wednesday (8 p.m.). To finish second, the “White Eagles” can afford a defeat of less than three goals, provided that the “Tri” forces Saudi Arabia to draw. The general goal difference is authentic and Poland has the advantage (+ 2) over the Argentines (+ 1), the Saudis (-1) and the Mexicans (-2) before the last oppositions.

Robert Lewandowski, author of a goal and an assist, finally started to be decisive at a World Cup. In the cages, Wojciech Szczesny took care to keep his nets quiet, at the cost of a monstrous double parry against Saudi Arabia. This falls badly for the Albiceleste attack, out of ideas since a first period rich in opportunities against the same Saudis.

“No preference” for Tchouaméni

Dolphins, the Argentines would retain the second seat in Group C if the two meetings gave birth to a draw or if Mexico were to win narrowly against Saudi Arabia. Such scenarios would put a strain on South American nerves already strained by national pressure and the ambition to offer the planetary coronation to Lionel Messi.

A victory against Poland would ensure qualification for the Albiceleste but not the first place: Saudi Arabia would pay the head of the group with a success and if it reverses the goal average in his favour. Conversely, if the selection of Hervé Renard imposes itself by too narrow a margin, her ticket to the blue-white-red amusement park is hers. If Poland extinguishes Argentina, the Gulf country can sign for a draw with Mexico. The Blues would then fall in the way of Hervé Renard. Well oiled, her formation surfs on his achievement against the Argentinians and a complete game against Poland despite the loss.

His future Mexican adversary has not accumulated as many collective certainties. If “Memo” Ochoa still shines at 37, the weight of the years is heavier to assume for the rest of the workforce. Good last after two days, the Mexicans have no choice: imperative victory. The latter would nevertheless be far from enough for the men of Gerardo Martino. This success should be combined with an Argentine defeat or a draw between the Albiceleste and Poland, provided that Mexico win by at least three goals and have scored more than the Argentines in the whole phase. chickens…

The calculators will be out as soon as the first changes are made on the bulletin board this Wednesday. Interviewed at a press conference, Aurélien Tchouaméni claims to have forgotten his. “We don’t have a preference, the most important thing is to focus on the match tomorrow (Wednesday) and finish first in the group. In eighth, there are the best, so we will not have the right to hide. Whether we face Argentina, Poland, Mexico… We won’t hide. »

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