The French national team seeks to continue the campaign to defend its world title steadfastly and regain its confidence, after the sudden loss in its last match in the group stage, when it faces - today, Sunday, at Al-Thumama Stadium - its Polish counterpart, who is looking for victory over his opponent, who has been absent since the 1982 World Cup in Spain, in Third final price matches.
As for the fourth meeting of the final price, which is hosted by Al-Bayt Stadium and brings together England and Senegal, the Teranga Lions will be on a difficult mission in order to continue the dream of repeating the achievement of the 2002 World Cup, when they reached the quarter-finals in their first participation in the World Cup.
Mbappe and Lewandowski .. Who will resolve the struggle of the adults?
France is seeking to restore its luster and continue the campaign to defend its title, when it meets in the third round of the final price of the World Cup in Qatar, at Al-Thumama Stadium, Poland, demanding to wake up from its slumber after its faint appearance in the group stage.
And after France decided its qualification with two consecutive victories over Australia (2-1) and Denmark (2-1), coach Didier Deschamps and his men stumbled in front of the Tunisian team, who believed in its chances of reaching the final price round for the first time in its history, and came out victorious (1-0) without achieving its goal. .
And the French national team, seeking its third World Cup title after being crowned in 1998 and 2018, enters it, burdened with obsessions about the turbulent performance that appeared in the matches in Denmark and Tunisia, and after a strong display against Australia.
Although Didier Deschamps played with a backup squad against the "Carthage Eagles", he pushed his main pillars after the goal of Tunisian Wehbe Khazri, led by Kylian Mbappe, Adrian Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann and Othman Dembele, without being able to adjust the result.
Deschamps sought to reassure the French fans, saying: "We were not required to gain points in order to secure the lead. I tell you that, but I am not nervous, I am not angry."
The French national team must turn the page on the third round of the group stage, and focus on confronting other more deadly eagles, which are the eagles of Poland led by its star and exceptional scorer Robert Lewandowski, who opened his first World Cup goal against Saudi Arabia (2-0), in the second round of Group Three competitions. .
The French national team aspires to restore confidence after a faltering performance and a surprising defeat against Tunisia (Reuters)
Lewandowski - the best player in Europe - will be face to face with a French battalion reinforced by its deadly attack line led by Griezmann, Dembele and Olivier Giroud, especially its star Mbappe, partner to the top of the scorers list with 3 goals with Ecuadorian Ener Valencia, Dutchman Cody Khakpo, Englishman Marcus Rashford, Spaniard Alvaro Morata and Argentine Lionel Messi.
Bayern Munich striker Kingsley Koeman warned his colleagues from Poland, specifically its top scorer Robert Lewandowski, his former colleague at the Bavarian club, saying: “It is a World Cup match, in any match everything is possible, we will deal with it with the necessary seriousness. Candidate status does not give you a goal lead, On the contrary, we have to be very vigilant."
Koeman added, "Poland is a completely different opponent. They have a special style of play as we have seen many times, so we will not be surprised because we know that they will be very strong on the counter-attack."
On the other hand, Poland hopes to restore its balance after its disappointing performances in the group stage, especially its loss against Argentina (2-0) in the last third round, which would have knocked it out of the tournament if Mexico had achieved a 3-goal victory over Saudi Arabia (2-1).
Robert Lewandowski, Poland's captain, who will find himself facing a strong offensive and defensive team as well, expressed his hope that his country's national team would be ready to face France.
The Poland national team qualified with difficulty for the final price of the World Cup (Anatolia)
"The Argentina match was not what we expected, but the important thing is that we qualified, and for the Polish national team, given our capabilities, what we achieved is tantamount to success. The important thing now is to be ready against France," Lewandowski said.
As for Poland coach Czeslaw Mikhniewicz, he admitted that his country "suffered a lot, but perhaps if we achieve some positive results, we will get out of this suffering. I am sorry that we played nervously in the Argentina match, but now is not the time to complain."
The two teams met once in the World Cup previously, and it was in 1982 in Spain, when Zbigniew Buniek's colleagues beat France (3-2) in the match for third place, but that victory is the last for the Poles in their confrontations against France, which makes them chase the achievement of defeating France. who missed them 40 years ago.
Teranga lions to extinguish the glow of the English
In turn, the England national team is seeking to confirm its strong entry into the World Cup in Qatar, after it had previously played 6 consecutive matches without victory in a series that is the worst since 1993. But the English are now in the mood to challenge everyone after qualifying for the final price of the Qatar World Cup, where they will face Sunday with Senegal is motivated to respond to those who took it out of the accounts.
England booked its seat in the final price with a completely convincing performance in two matches against Iran (6-2) and against its neighbor Wales (3-0), and less convincingly in the second round against the United States (0-0).
England is a strong candidate to go far in the World Cup (Reuters)
After overcoming the group stage in the lead, coach Gareth Southgate's men regained the high spirits that led them to reach the European Cup final for the first time in the history of the "Three Lions", before penalty kicks deprived them of the title that went in the summer of 2021 in favor of Italy.
Midfielder Declan Rice believes that his country deserves the respect of the best teams in the world, asking: "Other countries will look at the quality we have, and why don't they fear us?"
And he continued, "If you look at our offensive talents, you will see that they are world-class. There are players in all positions who have won the biggest titles, and it is up to us to prove that. We are not here to reach the final price only, we want to go to the end."
Senegal entered the home stadium, armed with infinite confidence in fighting the strongest teams, and moving forward with the achievement of 2002 when it became the second African team to reach the quarter-finals after Cameroon in 1990.
Despite the disappointment of losing their absolute star Sadio Mane before the start of the finals due to injury, the Senegalese succeeded in booking their ticket to the final price for the first time since 2002, after overcoming an opening loss against the Netherlands (0-2), by defeating host Qatar (3-1), then Ecuador. (2-1).
And after the French media began talking about an English-French confrontation in the quarter-finals, French Amiens defender Formoz Mendy responded by saying, "The French believe from now on that England will win against us, but we are confident in our strength."
He stressed, "We will do everything to win the match. It is an additional incentive and we believe in ourselves. The beginning of the Senegal team was difficult, but we have become stronger. We focus on ourselves and we will do our best. We are not here to spend the holidays, but to go far in the World Cup."
The winner of the Senegal-England match will face the winner of the Poland-France match in the quarter-finals.