France vs Poland: World Cup 2022 Round of 16 – live | World Cup 2022

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Team news: Nine changes for France

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

Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz makes two changes to the team that lost to Argentina. Sebastian Szymanski and Jakub Kaminski replace Krystian Bielik and Karol Swiderski, which could mean a move to the back three.

France (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tshouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
Substitutes: the rest

Poland (possible 3-4-2-1) Szczesny; Bereszynsky, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynsky; Cash, Krychowiak, S. Szymanski, Frankowski; Kaminski, Zielinski; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: the rest

referee Jesus Valenzuela Saez (Venezuela)

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

— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) December 4, 2022

I see that Amélie Poulain has been up to mischief again

preamble

The best way to achieve greatness is to keep something. OK, don’t anyThing. No one 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 held twice, by Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962, and no team has even come close since the turn of the century.

Winning back-to-back World Cups is no lonely, sensible argument, and that’s what France are hoping to achieve in the next fortnight. Qualification for the knockout stage is a big Beginning. Incredibly, and for once I don’t misuse that word, four of the previous five holders were eliminated in the group stage, including France in 2002. Don’t try to understand; Just put it under F, Bra.

Even without half a dozen of their best players, France and Kylian Mbappe in particular looked menacing in wins over Australia and Denmark. Their reserve team lost to Tunisia on Wednesday, although there is reassuring precedent for that. At Euro 2000, France’s B team lost the third group game against the Netherlands; The A team won the tournament.

France’s road to Qatar glory was complicated by Spain’s defeat by Japan during the week. They may now have to beat England, Spain and either Argentina or Brazil to win the cup. But first, Des, you must take care of Poland. This part feels easy, although we said the same thing before they lost to Switzerland in the same stage of Euro 2020.

Still, tail tucked in after qualifying for the last 16, Poland looks ripe for evisceration. It feels like they lost tonight’s game on Wednesday night. They were heavily criticized for their passive, pragmatic loss to Argentina and things like that can destroy morale. Who knew good behavior could be so deplorable?

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

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