World Cup Qatar 2022 – Day 3

We have the first major surprise of the tournament, two goalless draws and the reigning champions coming out with guns blazing. Read our daily update below!

Argentina1Saudi Arabia2
Group C
L. Messi 10′ (p)S. Al Shehri 48
S. Al Dawsari 53

Argentina: L. Martinez, 59′, J. Alvarez, 59′, E. Fernandez, 59′, M. Acuna, 71′,
Saudi Arabia: N. Al Abed, 45′, S. Al Ghannam, 78′, A. Al Amri, 88′, H. Asiri, 89′, M. Al Breik, 90′,

First big surprise of the tournament, in the first match of Day 3! Even though Argentina got an early penalty, which Messi converted, Saudi Arabia did not give up. They employed a very courageous high defensive line, catching Argentina’s attackers out of play on more than one occasion. Their brave style of play ultimately paid off in the second half, with two well taken goals, from Al Shehri and Al Dawsari. Argentina tried and tried, but they did not manage to equalize, puttting them in a hard situation for going through from the group.

Group D

Denmark: M. Damsgaard, 45′, M. Jensen, 65′, A. Cornelius, 65′, J. Lindstrom, 65′
Tunisia: N. Sliti, 67′, H. Mejbri, 80′, T. Y. Khenissi, 80′, W. Kechrida, 88′, F. Sassi, 88′

The first goalless draw of the tournament. Denmark, one of the favorites to reach the upper stages of the tournament didn’t manage to get the best out of a very physical and aggressive Tunisia. It was a balanced match, with some chances for both teams, but neither managed to break the ice. Interesting group!

Group C

Mexico: C. Rodriguez, 71′, R. Jimenez, 71′, U. Antuna, 84′
Poland: K. Bielik, 46′, P. Frankowski, 71′, A. Milik, 87′

The second goalless draw of the tournament. We don’t want to spend too much time talking about these matches with 0 goals, however this was also an interesting game. Mexico had most of the ball and more shots than their opponents, however it was Poland who came closest to scoring, as Lewandowski missed a penalty. With Argentina losing to KSA and this draw, this group is wide open!

Group D
A. Rabiot 27′
O. Giroud 32′
K. Mbappe 68′
O. Giroud 71′
C. Goodwin 9′

France: T. Hernandez, 13′, Y. Fofana, 77′, K. Coman, 77′, Kounde 89′, Thuram 89′
Australia: J. Cummings, 56′, A. Mabil, 73′, G. Kuol, 74′, K. Baccus, 85′, M. Degenek, 85′

Even though Australia opened the scoring early on, this game was all about Deschamp’s France and their well-oiled machine. Les Bleus, employing a 4-2-3-1, played a great match, created a lot of chances and even though Lucas Hernandez was taken off injured, it was mostly good news for them, as Giroud scored a double, Rabiot scored and assisted, Tchouameni ruled the midfield and Mbappe managed to get on the scoresheet as well. They looked impressive.