Day 11 at World Cup 2022: Australia knocks Denmark out; Argentina, Poland advance in thrilling Group C finish
Welcome to Day 11 coverage of the men’s FIFA World Cup. CTVNews.ca has all the match reports, latest injury updates and squad news.
Argentina advanced to the Round of 16 with a 2-0 win over Poland.
Despite the loss, Poland advances to the knockout stage on goal difference after Mexico only beat Saudi Arabia 2-1.
Earlier, Australia dumped Denmark out of the tournament with an impressive 1-0 victory.
Tunisia pulled off its own major upset with a 1-0 win over France but it still left them behind Australia for a place in the Round of 16.
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Tuesday’s play saw the Netherlands and Senegal advance from Group A to the Round of 16. England and USA also progressed from Group B with wins.
Here’s all you need to know Wednesday:
ARGENTINA VS. POLAND
Argentina will play Australia in the Round of 16 after a convincing 2-0 win over Poland.
Nerves might have set in after Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Lionel Messi from the penalty spot in the first half, but Alexis Mac Allister calmed all of Argentina by scoring in the first minute of the second half.
Julian Alvarez followed up with a super finish into the top right corner of the Polish net in the 67th minute to settle matters.
Poland will play France in the next round after having escaped Group C with four points and a better goal difference than Mexico.
ARGENTINA STARTING XI: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuna, Rodrigo de Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi (c), Alexis Mac Allister, Julian Alvarez.
POLAND STARTING XI: Wojciech Szczesny, Matty Cash, Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior, Bartosz Bereszynski, Piotr Zielinski, Krystian Bielik, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Karol Swiderski, Robert Lewandowski (c).
MEXICO VS. SAUDI ARABIA
Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 but the math didn't work out in the winning side's favour.
Henry Martin's finish off a smart corner routine and Luis Chavez's incredible 31-yard free kick left Mexico needing at least one more goal to advance with 38 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.
Mexico huffed and puffed but just couldn't get the ball in the net another time, although they did have two goals correctly ruled out for offside.
Saudi Arabia killed off Mexico's chances with a 95th-minute goal by Salem Al-Dawsari.
Mexico finish third in Group C with four points and one goal behind Poland, while Saudi finishes last despite a shock win over Argentina in its first match.
MEXICO STARTING XI: Guillermo Ochoa (c), Jorge Sanchez, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Edson Alvarez, Luis Chavez, Hirving Lozano, Orbelin Pineda, Alexis Vega, Henry Martin.
SAUDI ARABIA STARTING XI: Mohammed Al-Owais, Hassan Al-Tambakti, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Ali Al-Boleahi, Sultan Al-Ghannam, Ali Al-Hassan, Mohamed Kanno, Saud Abdulhamid, Firas Al-Buraikan, Saleh Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari (c).
FRANCE VS. TUNISIA
Tunisia took full advantage of an experimental French team to win 1-0 courtesy of a Wahbi Khazri solo run.
France had already clinched a place in the next round and head coach Didier Deschamps elected to rest virtually all of his main players.
The win gave Tunisia four points for the group stage, but Australia advanced with six after defeating Denmark.
FRANCE STARTING XI: Steve Mandanda, Axel Disasi, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Youssouf Fofana, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Matteo Guendouzi, Kingsley Coman, Randal Kolo Muani, Jordan Veretout.
TUNISIA STARTING XI: Aymen Dahmen, Montassar Talbi, Yassine Meriah, Nader Ghandri, Ali Maaloul, Aissa Laidouni, Ellyes Skhiri, Wajdi Kechrida, Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Wahbi Khazri, Anis Slimane.
DENMARK VS. AUSTRALIA
Australia pulled off a massive 1-0 upset win over Denmark to dump the Euro 2020 semifinalist out of the competition.
Mathew Leckie did extremely well to score the winner in the 60th minute after receiving the ball on a counter with still two defenders and the goalkeeper to beat.
Needing a win, Denmark seemed extremely uninspired in the final third and never looked a serious threat to score.
DENMARK STARTING XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Joakim Maehle, Andreas Christensen, Joachim Andersen, Rasmus Kristensen, Jesper Lindstrom, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Andreas Skov Olsen, Martin Brathwaite.
AUSTRALIA STARTING XI: Mathew Ryan, Aziz Behich, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Milos Degenek, Craig Goodwin, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Mathew Leckie, Riley McGree, Mitchell Duke.
Canada midfielder Stephen Eustaquio is nursing a hamstring injury and did not take part in Tuesday’s training ahead of their match against Morocco on Thursday.
FIFA opened a disciplinary case against Croatia on Tuesday after its’ fans taunted Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who has Serbian family ties, during Sunday’s World Cup match.
American Christian Pulisic is listed as day-to-day after sustaining a pelvic injury in the U.S.'s 1-0 win against Iran.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo may be on the verge of a move to Saudi Arabia club team Al-Nassr.
Welsh legend Gareth Bale dismissed suggestions he may retire after Wales exited the World Cup Tuesday.
Day 12 sees Canada play its final match of the tournament. Listed below are all the Thursday fixtures:
- Canada vs. Morocco at 9:45 a.m. on CTV/TSN 1, 3, 4, 5
- Croatia vs. Belgium at 9:45 a.m. on TSN 2
- Germany vs. Costa Rica at 1:45 p.m. on TSN 2
- Spain vs. Japan at 1:45 p.m. on TSN 1, 3, 4, 5
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.