Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia
- One of the biggest World Cup shocks when Saudi Arabia defeated two-time winner Argentina.
- With goals from Al Shehri and Al Dawsari, they rose 2-1 in the second half.
- Lionel Messi, star of Paris Saint-Germain, had given Argentina the lead with a penalty in the first half.
- The game brings back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 victory against then-world champion Argentina at the 1990 World Cup.
Denmark 0-0 Tunisia
- Tunisia offers the most chances as both sides are still looking for the first goal.
- In this game, Christian Eriksen returns to a major soccer tournament after he collapsed and received a revival during a European Championship 2020 game against Finland.
Mexico versus Poland (17:00 CET)
Mexico will take part in a seventh consecutive World Cup, with each of these campaigns ending in the round of 16.
Their first task in this year’s tournament will be to mitigate the threat posed by Polish talisman Robert Lewandowski, who wants to score his first goal at a World Cup when the teams meet at Stadium 974 in Doha for what is likely to be a very close game.
However, the Barcelona striker is a world-class threat, having scored nine goals with four assists in qualifying games and his 13 direct goals were twice as many as any other teammate.
France vs Australia (20:00 CET)
Just like the 2018 World Cup, which France finally won, Les Bleus will start their group stage with a game against Australia. The “No Star” socceroos promise not to be a pushover as they’ve been in good form recently.
In the meantime, the ever-expectant French fans are hoping that the recent injury issues, which have ruled out Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, won’t prove decisive on their path to reprising fame.
France is the third most valuable team in the world and is estimated at 1.34 billion euros for its squad. Kylian Mbappe, Paris St. Germain striker, one of the stars of the 2018 tournament, is their best player with a value of 185 million euros.
What happened at the World Cup on Monday?
England beat Iran 6-2 after two goals from Arsenal winger Bakayo Saka and one from Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, Chelsea striker Raheem Sterling, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and Manchester City’s Jack Grealish.
Iranian Mehdi Taremi, Porto striker, scored two goals while goalkeeper Beyranvand was taken off following a head injury. His successor then conceded three goals for the first half.
The Netherlands scored 2-0 against Senegal, two goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen, who shot deep into injury time, two goals in the second half. Both teams manage without their most important players for the tournament, Memphis Depay and Sadio Mane.
USA and Wales were 1:1. The former scored a goal in the first half from Lille winger Timothy Weah, and in the latter, veteran Los Angeles FC striker and player Gareth Bale scored on penalties.
What are the most important topics of conversation so far?
The Iranian team declined to sing the country’s national anthem before kickoff. This was a gesture seen as a sign of support for the anti-government protest movement in their own country, which was severely suppressed by the authorities.
England was among the seven European teams — along with Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark — that stated that their captains would not wear “One Love” bracelets to show their support for the LGBT community after FIFA threatened in Qatar to issue yellow cards to any player wearing one, where homosexuality remains illegal.
National soccer associations expressed “frustration” over FIFA’s “unprecedented” action and stated in a joint statement: “We cannot put our players in a position where they can expect sports sanctions, including bookings.”
Wales made their first World Cup appearance in 64 years. With just over three million inhabitants, Wales is the smallest FIFA member country to qualify for this year’s World Cup — host Qatar was automatically given a starting place.