Here’s what’s happened today at the FIFA World Cup — and what’s happening tomorrow.
Netherlands, Senegal, England and the United States have become the first teams to qualify for the round of 16 with wins in today’s pool games.
Games played on Wednesday November 30, 2022
Ecuador 1 (Calcedo 67′)
Senegal 2 (Sarr 44′ pen, Koulibaly 70′)
Netherlands 2 (Gakpo 26′)
Qatar 0 (de Jong 49′)
United States 1 (Pulisic 38′)
England 3 (Rashford 50′, 68′, Foden 51′)
New Zealand referee Matt Conger will make his first appearance at the 2022 World Cup when he officiates at the Tunisia v France game, while Mark Rule will be one of his assistants.
Games to be played on Thursday December 1, 2022
Reigning champions France became the first team to qualify for the knockout phase when they defeated Denmark 2-1 with a Kylian Mbappé double on Saturday. A draw against Tunisia will mathematically guarantee first place in Group D for Didier Deschamps’ team, while their opponents, who have yet to score in Qatar, must win and hope Australia do not defeat Denmark in the group’s other final fixture to stand any chance of making further progress.
Australia’s third match at the Al Janoub Stadium could be one for the ages as they seek to qualify for the knockout rounds for only the second time. One-nil winners against Tunisia on their last visit, the Socceroos will advance with another victory against Denmark, while a draw will suffice unless Tunisia simultaneously defeat already-qualified France.
Poland and Argentina both won 2-0 on Saturday, with respective talismen Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi each scoring landmark goals. Both enter the final round of Group C matches as the section’s top two teams, with the European side leading the way on four points, one more than the South American champions.
Defeated 2-0 on Saturday by Argentina, Mexico’s long run of World Cup knockout-stage participations is in danger of ending as they face Saudi Arabia aware that only a win, in all probability a big one, can keep them in the competition, whereas their opponents, also beaten 2-0 last time out, by Poland, will clinch a first round-of-16 qualification since their USA 1994 debut with a victory.
Tunisia v France
Education City Stadium, Doha, 4am (NZT)
Australia v Denmark
Al Wakrah Sports Complex, Al Wakrah, 4am (NZT)
Poland v Argentina
Stadium 974, Doha, 8am (NZT)
Saudi Arabia v Mexico
Lusail Stadium, Lusail, 8am (NZT)
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