World Cup Qatar 2022: France and England seek to advance to the semifinals

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World Cup Qatar 2022: France and England seek to advance to the semifinals

Those selected from France, current world champion, and England will star this Saturday from 4:00 p.m. (TV: TyC Sports, DirecTV) at the Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Khor, an exciting crossing through the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

If the great individual wealth and the functioning of both are taken into account, France is pure vertigo and withering to destroy defensive systems, while England, perhaps with less technique, is solid and forceful at the time of completion.

If at the end of the 90 minutes the game is tied, 30 minutes will be played. minutes supplementary; to persist equalitythe semifinalist Will be defined through auctions from the penalty spot.

The winner of the tie will advance to the semifinals, instance in which will face the winner of the match that they will previously animate this Saturday from 12 Portugal and Morocco in the city of Al Thumamaio.

big party promise, two European powers will go head to head with an offensive mentality, each one with their weapons, encouraged by the knowledge that it is a unique opportunity.

France takes to the field with one of the most dominating players of the tournament, striker Kylian Mbappé, World Cup scorer with five goals and an unresolved dilemma so far for the opposing defenses.

There is not a player that marks more difference than the Frenchman in the “one against one”as it’s an explosive mix of speed and skill usually capped off with a super-powerful spike that’s more than just a pass into the net.

Despite the fact that his figure perhaps outshines the rest, Didier Deschamps’ team is not limited to Lionel Messi’s PSG teammate, as it has Olivier Giroud as a partnerwho scored three goals and is the top scorer for “les bleus” in history.

France is a team with exquisite players. The quality and quantity of players it has is so great that The absences due to injury of N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe, Didier Pogba and Karim Benzema, the last Ballon d’Or, go unnoticed.

In the group stage, France beat Australia (4-1) and Denmark (2-1), fell 1-0 with an alternative team to Tunisia and beat Poland 3-1 in the round of 16.

Faced with such opulence, England will appear, a mature team, with the right mixture of the experience of many and the youth of many, but above all with the urgency of winning a title to add it to that distant one from 1966.

The defeat in the semifinals of Russia 2018 against Croatia, in extra time, and the painful loss against Italy at Wembley, on penalties, in the Eurocup final played in 2021, where the British were local for almost the entire tournament, are two thorns that they still remain.

Gareth Southgate’s England has Harry Kane, scorer and increasingly a player and assister, as a banner from experience and the budding talent of Jude Bellingham, with fresh 19 years as an element to break the adversary.

His scoring power is enhanced by Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, who has already returned from England after his family was robbed. In the background it has a leader: the defender Harry Maguire.

England beat Iran (6-2) and Wales (3-0) in the group stage, drew 0-0 with the United States and beat Senegal 3-0 in the round of 16.

History indicates that they played 31 times to England’s 17-9 lead with five draws. in World Cups They did it twice: in 1966, England won 2-0 and in Spain 1982 the Gauls prevailed 3-1.

A current data indicates that of the last eight games they played, France won five, two tied and only one was for England.

Match “to enjoy”

Deschamps took the pressure off the momentous game. “We are going to play the quarterfinals of a World Cup. Here there is no stress or anything like that; We have to enjoy the match against England.”stressed the 54-year-old DT, in the previous press conference.

“Since the World Cup began we have handled ourselves calmly and serenely; we must continue like thiswe know that it will be a difficult game and that we must take care of the counter-attack and set pieces in which England are strong”, he analyzed the former soccer player who was a member of the French national team that won the first world title for his country in the World Cup that was hosted by him in 1998; then he added the second as DT in Russia 2018.

“I imagine that England will have studied MbappĂ©’s movements, he is a player who knows how to make a difference. In the last game he was not at the same level as in the previous ones but even so he was decisive,” said Deschamps, referring to the victory in the round of 16 over Poland (3-1) with two goals from the PSG striker.

The coach received a proposal in the last few hours from the French Football Federation (FFF) to renew his contract and in this regard he said: “I appreciate the proposal through its president Noel Le Graet, but it’s not the moment. The only important thing now is to play a good game and go to the semifinals.”he concluded.

“Special Flavor” for the Captain

The goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, captain of France, also spoke in press conference. “A game like this, in a World Cup and against England makes the game have a special flavour. We are preparing to meet expectations and, if possible, reach the semifinals”, he analyzed.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper He highlighted the power of the English and especially the scorer Harry Kane, his teammate at Tottenham Hotspur.

“It will be a game in which all the details count, we must be solid. With Kane we have been together at Tottenham for almost nine yearsWe know each other very well He is a leader, a top striker, we will have to be very careful with him”stressed the goalkeeper born in Nice.

Moroccans and Portuguese, with CR7 in doubt

Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in doubt among the headlines, will face each other from 12 (TV: TyC Sports) to the amazing selected from Moroccofor the quarter finals of World Cup Qatar 2022 and with arbitration by the Argentine Facundo Tello.

In this match it will contrast two different shapes to conceive the game, since Portugal is based on offensive power (scored 12 goals) and Morocco on defensive closingwith three fences to zero in the World Cup and is undefeated with two wins and two draws.

Morocco has been one of the great World Cup surprises, with their figures in the arch as Bono – saved three penalties against Spain and got them out of Qatar-, Achraf Hakimi in defense and Youssef En-Nesyri in attack.

The Moroccan team faced Croatia (0-0), Belgium (2-0) and Canada (2-1) in the first round, and then left Spain on penalties after drawing 0-0.

Morocco will seek to be the first African team to qualify for the semifinal of a World Cupafter the frustrations of Cameroon in Italy 1990, Senegal in Korea-Japan 2002 and Ghana in South Africa 2010.

Opposite will be Portugalwhich beat Ghana (3-2) and Uruguay (2-0) in the group stage and in the same instance fell to South Korea (2-1).

Portugal is one of the teams that played the best football and in the last match against Switzerland (6-1 win) had Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench of substitutes by a tactical decision and his replacement Goncalo Ramos scored three goals.

In this regard, coach Fernando Santos pointed out that he had a talk with the Portuguese star to tell him that he was not going to play from the beginning. “Other coaches do it differently. That conversation had to happen. I don’t do it with everyone, but the captain of the team, someone who has already given everything, for his professionalism and for what he represents, I had to have this conversation with him.”detailed the selector.

In this regard, Santos added: “I thought the game was going to be very complicated, that his entry could be important. Cristiano was not very happy, obviously”the DT commented on a conversation that was “normal and without complications”, although the Portuguese striker did not accept it “easily”.

“He never threatened to leave the camp. I think it’s time to stop with some things. Leave Ronaldo alone, He doesn’t deserve it for everything he has done for Portuguese football,” he asked at the press conference.

It will be the third confrontation between the two teams in a World Cup after seeing each other in the group stage of 1986, with Moroccan success (1-3) and in Russia 2018, with a celebration for the minimum of the Portuguese with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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