2022 World Cup daily preview: Argentina, Poland and France enter the fray


An assortment of talent is set to hit the pitches in Qatar on Tuesday, November 22 for the tournament’s busy first day. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski are all set to make their 2022 World Cup appearances on a day full of talent.

On Tuesday, Groups C and D face off in a variety of matches ranging from perhaps tournament bests to completely unbalanced ones. The first game may be the last; Argentina are set to face Saudi Arabia, followed by Denmark against Tunisia. By the time most of the continental United States settle in with a drink, Mexico will take on Poland in the opening matchday eve of the day which will end with France versus Australia.

Here’s a look at Matchday 3 of the 2022 World Cup:

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia – 05:00

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The game

Saudi Arabia are in an uphill battle against one of the favorite teams to win the cup. Lionel Messi and Argentina enter Qatar with the whole country behind them in hopes that the GOAT can cap off an illustrious career with the most prestigious award of all. Messi brings with him a crazy amount of talent like Julian Alvarez, Angel di Maria and a player that readers of this site will know intimately: Thiago Almada. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, will be looking to break their previous World Cup streak after reaching the knockout stages in 1994. They will field a squad of players drawn entirely from Saudi clubs, much like the host-nation that Qatar has done with the national team of its own country. It’s hard to single out one player who stands out, but perhaps the focal point will be Salem Al-Dawsari. He spent some (very minimal) time on loan with Villareal in 2017-18, but played an important role in the last Kingdom Cup in Russia. He will be a flashy goalscoring threat with the leadership ability the team will need.

Player to watch: Lionel Messi

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This one speaks for itself. Not only will this likely be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup, but he will take part in it playing some of the most mature football of his career. Expect him to put his stamp on the tournament early on, and don’t be surprised if he’s substituted if the Albiceleste score a few quick goals. If that happens, Atlanta fans could potentially see Thiago Almada get limited time.

Denmark vs Tunisia — 8:00 a.m.

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The game

A strong team of Danes will also be looking to capture a quick and, on paper, easy three points in their group. Players like Christian Eriksen and a stubborn defense that dominated their World Cup Qualifiers will likely cause attackers frustration throughout Group D, and the Tunisian side aren’t exactly full of attacking talent that could sneak in. a goal. Do not count them completely, because the Tunisian defense can defend themselves. In reality, this one has the potential to be a tight kick, but Denmark’s talent should be enough to comfortably bring a W home.

Player to watch: Christian Eriksen

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It’s wonderful that Eriksen can even play in this World Cup after suffering from a heart problem and collapsing on the pitch a year ago. He has since recovered well and now provides one of the few bright spots in a struggling Manchester United side. He will be an essential focal point in midfield as he transitions from the Dane’s solid defense to his exploitative attack.

Mexico vs Poland — 11 a.m.

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The game

This one is considered probably the most attractive match of the day. Tata Martino’s Mexican side will face a tough Polish side managed by Robert Lewandowski. Mexico have struggled in recent games, most notably in their losses to USMNT rivals and their inability to find a consistent goalscorer, but as Atlanta United fans know all too well, Tata Martino has the ability to pull a rabbit out of the hat. However, any team playing against Poland will have a tough challenge, especially with Lewandowski capable of scoring with an inch of space. This one has the potential to be a very enjoyable “prime time” game as a neutral spectator.

Player to watch: Robert Lewandowski

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Lewandowski is one of those players who can turn the worst game Poland can imagine into a victory simply through his talent and his desire to score goals. Any defender is going to have their hands full when it comes to managing their movement, and he’s the guy who can really make something out of nothing. Expect him to get on the board as soon as possible, but El Tri is sure to score him heavily.

France vs Australia — 2 p.m.

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The game

France will be looking to start their campaign strong against Australia and the dancing goalkeeper du Roos as they aspire to the first back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil in 1962. The French recently announced they would be without star striker Karim Benzema, but they also have the luxury of a host of other talents, including Kylian Mbappe. Australia, on the other hand, have barely made it to the tournament, and taking on the defending champions is going to require all the heart and soul they can muster. An upset doesn’t seem to be in the cards, but there’s something to be said for a team like the Socceroos who lay everything out on the pitch every 90 minutes.

Player to watch: Kylian Mbappé

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Although Mbappe’s recent tantrums and prima donna attitude may be a turn off for many, his talent on the pitch should never be in question. He will play an important role in France’s run into the tournament and will look to repeat 2018, where he really made a name for himself on the international stage.


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