Briefing World Cup 2022: the joy of the Mbappé and Argentina's escape plan

Опубликовано: 30-11-2022, 17:09, , 138, 0
The French forward lit up at this World Cup. Can teammate Lionel Messi join him in the playoffs?
Rob Smith, Martin Belam, Gregg Bakowski, Luke McLaughlin and Will Magee
Yes, yes, and you really need to check out a promising band called the Arctic Monkeys. This is an offensively obvious statement that you should watch Kylian Mbappe play football. But it's not about watching Mbappe per se, it's about watching him now that he looks fit and in the mood to do something career-defining, something we'll still be talking about when let's get old. If Mbappe plays for France against Tunisia - and thank God Didier Deschamps if he wants to talk about it - then the more important Group D game between Australia and Denmark should be abandoned.

Main event

Concept is looking at the mission to win a lot: World Cup, Golden Boot, Golden Ball, Golden Ball. As if emphasizing an old cliché about what his football says, Mbappe refused to speak to the media after the game in Denmark and faces a fine from FIFA's trusted referees for acceptable human behavior. He probably can afford it.
Unlike club football, the World Cup has nothing to do with money, at least not on the pitch, and Mbappe's performances had a flamboyant purity. When you combine his talent with the intent and focus he showed against Australia and Denmark, it's hard not to be overblown. His glittering excellence was tentatively reminiscent of the pinnacle of association football: Diego Maradona at Mexico 86. But Maradona peaked at the business end, and Mbappe could easily end up like Lionel Messi in 2014: electric in the group stage, completely drained when he mattered.
Mbappe has three goals and an assist in Qatar 2022; The remaining 18 players who received at least one vote at the Ballon d'Or this year have three goals and two assists between them. Many were absent literally (Karim Benzema, Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah) or metaphorically (Kevin De Bruyne, Son Heung Min). This, and the poignant spectacle of so many "  galaxies " in denial  , has made Mbappe even more visible as the consummate great player in an exciting but not particularly high-quality tournament. Only Casemiro was as influential; only Vinicius Jr. sent the pulse to the cardio zone.Advertisement

Topics for discussion

Coulibaly is important to Senegal on both sides Senegal misses
injured Sadio Mane, but the long run at any world championship is built primarily on defense. Chelsea fans (and club opponents) have been discovering the qualities of Kalidou Koulibaly since his arrival from Napoli in July. An uncompromising defender, yes, but also a natural leader who creates significant scoring threat. The central defender showed his ability to finish, scoring a goal that secured Senegal's progress at the expense of Ecuador. Along with his centre-back partner Abdou Diallo, who is on loan at Leipzig but registered with Paris Saint-Germain, the round of 16 clash with England on Sunday gives Koulibaly the chance to further showcase his undeniable talent at the very big stage. 
Maybe this is the year of the Netherlands?
Every qualified team arrives at the World Cup with big dreams; one of them goes home with a trophy. Maybe this is finally the year the Netherlands goes one better than the previous three runners-up? It makes sense that they have the raw material in terms of game talent. There's also an inspiring backstory: Coach Louis van Gaal, 71, was treated for cancer while leading his beloved  Orange in one of the last major tournaments. Cody Gakpo gets a lot of attention, but it's a united team that seems to be able to achieve great things. On Saturday they will face the United States in the 1/8 finals. 

Beyond football

Hassan al-Tawadi, the Qatari official in charge of hosting the World Cup, made a belated admission that the number of workers who died on projects related to the tournament far exceeded the official death toll in Qatar of three work-related people. On the TV show Piers Morgan Uncensored, Tavady said, "Estimates are around 400. Between 400 and 500. I don't have an exact number, that's what's being discussed." Following the interview, Nicholas McGeehan of the rights group FairSquare said: “This is just the latest example of Qatar's unforgivable lack of transparency on worker deaths. We need hard data and thorough investigations, not vague numbers given in media interviews.” An investigation by The Guardian found that 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, .

Global Media Clock

The Australian media is not in the frenzy you might expect as their team tries to reach the second round for the first time since 2006. The Herald Sun acknowledged that the game against Denmark was "Australia's biggest World Cup game in 16 years" but also focused on coach Graham Arnold explaining to the rest of the world "what place football occupies in Australia's hierarchy". Definitely not at the top.
In the Sydney Morning Herald, Vince Rugary was mildly distressed that all the talk coming out of the Danish camp before the game was about Australia's physical preparation, lamenting that coach Kasper Hulmand "didn't mention any clever technique or tactical use worth behind Australia's goals, so far away in this World Cup." Some things never seem to change in Murdoch's country, however, if you went to the Australian Daily Telegraph News Corp's sports page, the headline article about the World Cup on the Tuesday before the Socceroos decider was "Qatar slams." very racist coverage of the World Cup on the BBC" with a huge photo of Gary Lineker. 

The internet is reacting

With the whole world watching and Senegal needing a win, you could forgive Ismaila Sarr for just hanging his head and fully scoring a penalty on goal in their mandatory match against Ecuador. But no, the Watford winger felt ice in his veins as he put Hernan Galindez in goal with a light-hearted penalty. As you can imagine, Twitter is on fire. His Watford teammates loved it too

Today's matches

France vs Tunisia (Group D, 150
0 GMT, BBC One) No, we have no idea why Group D finishes before Group C.  Les Bleus were the most impressive team and should have been above the ability of the Tunisians who are still clinging to hope that a victory here and a draw between Denmark and Australia will help them win. Expect the stands to be tense – when Tunisia played in Paris in 2008, the atmosphere was so hostile that then-president Nicolas Sarkozy demanded no more matches be played on French soil against former colonies. 
Denmark v Australia (Group D, 1500 GMT, BBC Two) The Danes arrived as such popular dark horses after an impressive European Championship, but were disappointed against Tunisia and then lost to France, although it was an improvement. They have given themselves everything they need to do against a team that will be full of confidence in how they have recovered from the loss to France. If Australia can start with the same pace and mentality as the European rivals and stay in the back, Denmark will struggle.

Poland v Argentina (Group C, 1900 GMT, BBC One) The Great Escape has begun. After a humiliating loss to Saudi Arabia, a win here will almost certainly put Argentina at the top of Group C. Enzo Fernandez will get another chance to showcase himself. Poland will long for their glory years - they had two third-place finishes in 1974 and 1982, but in 1986 they made it to the second round for the last time. They just need a point. Will they be able to resist Argentina? 
Saudi Arabia v Mexico (Group C, 1900 GMT, BBC Two) There is something of Marcelo Bielsa's methods in the way Saudi Arabia presses and chases, and they were unlucky at the end that their defenders cracked against Poland in that that was an uphill struggle. conformity. Again, with the backing of a noisy crowd, you wouldn't mind them having the victory needed to progress. Mexico needs a win and the hope that Poland will do them a favor, but most of all they need a goal. Uruguay and Tunisia are the only two other teams that failed to score. 

Player to watch

Piotr Zielinski is just one of many Polish players who have yet to consistently showcase their exceptional club form on the international stage. He can beat players, he can create goals, he can score goals: and yet for his country, he has rarely, if ever, played with the kind of freedom and creativity that he displays in Serie A. Collectively, Poland has at times seemed laced with anxiety when faced with the prospect of another tournament disappointment. But there was something cathartic about the way Zielinski scored the first goal of the Poles against Saudi Arabia and hit the net. Robert Lewandowski also soon scored his first goal in the World Cup. Will the floodgates finally open? 

And finally...

No matter how much Fernando Santos tries to change direction, Portugal's World Cup campaign keeps coming back to Cristiano Ronaldo. “Ronaldo played a great game but our whole team put on a great performance… I think it was a great match, our team played very well and the rest doesn’t matter to me,” he said irritably when asked about the debate about whether Ronaldo really touched the ball for his team's first kick in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. They were so interested in having their aging talisman immortalized along with Eusebio as the country's record holder for goals in World Cups that, like the Portuguese Football Association was reportedly ready to present evidence to FIFA proving that that Ronaldo put the finishing touch on Bruno Fernandes' cross. Unfortunately for him, the Adidas evidence suggests otherwise: the technology in the ball allows the manufacturers to confirm that Ronaldo, despite the boisterous celebration, did not make contact at all.
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