Find all the highlights of this third day of the 2022 World Cup, with in particular the entry into the running of the French team against Australia.
The exploit of the day: Saudi Arabia erases Argentina from Messi
This is the first feat of this World Cup! The little Saudi thumb beat the Argentinian ogre 2-1, yet favorite for the title. However, everything had started well for the Albiceleste with a penalty from Lionel Messi at the start of the game (10th).
Only, the Argentines, too often offside, never managed to plant the second goal. And after the break, the Saudis came back fired up. They scored two sublime goals in quick succession by Al-Shehri (49th) and Al-Dawsari (53rd). Lionel Messi’s teammates insisted (15 shots, six on target) but never managed to come back. After the draw between Poland and Mexico, Saudi Arabia are top of Group B.
The failure of the day: still missed for Lewandowski with Poland
Decidedly, Robert Lewandowski does not succeed in the World Cup. Poland’s star striker (134 caps, 76 goals) has never scored in a World Cup in five games.
However, the FC Barcelona striker had a penalty shortly before the hour mark against Mexico but saw his attempt stopped by Guillermo Ochoa (59th). Captain of his selection, he could not prevent the draw (0-0) between Poland and Mexico.
The blow of the day: Sané absent against Japan
Germany will have to do without Leroy Sané when he enters in contention against Japan (Wednesday, 2 p.m.). The Bayern Munich striker is suffering from knee problems, as reported by the German Federation.
He did not participate in the collective training session on Tuesday morning. A hard blow for Hansi Flick who had to compose his group for Qatar without Marco Reus or Timo Werner, both of whom have withdrawn from the tournament. The other 25 German players present in training.
The story moment of the day: Giroud equals Henry
Olivier Giroud still him. Author of a double against Australia, the n°9 of the Blues scored his 50th and 51st goals with the France team and thus joins Thierry Henry in the ranking of the top scorers of the France team.
With a flat foot assured with his right foot, he allowed the French team to take the advantage in the score shortly after half an hour of play (2-1, 2nd). Olivier Giroud then gratifies us with his specialty. On a superb cross from Kylian Mbappé, the AC Milan striker places his head perfectly to allow the Blues to take off (4-1, 72nd). He now has 51 goals with the jersey struck by the rooster. Like Thierry Henry.
The gesture of the day: Giroud tried the impossible
Olivier Giroud, rewarded with the score of 8/10 by our special correspondents in Qatar, could even have won a hat-trick. Because he tried a crazy gesture at the very beginning of the second period.
After yet another cross from Theo Hernandez, who tried five in the match and who managed four last passes before a shot, Olivier Giroud tries to take back this volley ball. A spectacular but ineffective acrobatic recovery on the spot since the ball passed quite far from the Australian goal. We will have to wait a bit to overtake Thierry Henry.
The bad news of the day: the injury of Lucas Hernandez
It seemed like a harmless move, however, the left side of the France team collapsed on the ground after the Australian goal. Lucas Hernandez appears to have injured his right knee. All of his teammates ran up to him. The left-hander forced out at the start of the match (12th).
And it smells bad for Lucas Hernandez, who recently returned from injury with his club Bayern Munich, as evidenced by his teammates. “It doesn’t smell very good. I am very sad for him, breathes Benjamin Pavard at the microphone of TF1. Lucas is a great guy. I hope it’s not that serious.»
At the microphone of TF1, Olivier Giroud was also very touched. “I would like to underline the fact that we want to dedicate this victory to Lucas, who was injured tonight. Another big loss for the French team»
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