Day 3 in the World Cup 2022: Saudi Arabia defeats Argentina; France beat Australia

Another day of World Cup 2022 action returned as the Group Stage continued on Tuesday.

Previously on MondayEngland beat Iran 6-2, the Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0 late on, while Wales and the USA drew 1-1.

More surprising results then hit the headlines on Day 3. Here’s everything you need to know about what happened in Qatar.

FRANCE COMPLETES THE RETURN FROM AUSTRALIA

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Defending champions France opened their World Cup campaign against Australia with a 4-1 win.

Questions surround the French team with Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku due to injury, and things initially did not go well in the opening match.

Australia showed they were ready to attack and scored within the first 10 minutes on a counter through Craig Goodwin. France defender Lucas Hernández was forced to retire injured in the process, raising further concerns.

However, the starters increased the pressure and managed the comeback to relieve any pressure. Goals from Adrien Rabiot, Kylian Mbappe and two from joint top scorer Olivier Giroud solidified that they started the tournament strongly.

Group D now has France up on three points, Tunisia and Denmark have one, while Australia have zero.

DRAW MEXICO AND POLAND

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Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski had a 58th-minute penalty saved by Guillermo Ochoa, but Mexico were the better team in a 0-0 draw.

Both sides will feel this was a missed opportunity after Argentina’s upset loss to Saudi Arabia earlier in the day.

Group C is now wide open with the Saudis on top with three points, Mexico and Poland have one, and Argentina have zero with two games to play.

DENMARK FRUSTRATED BY TUNISIA

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Denmark and Tunisia drew 0-0 at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

The Tunisian fans created an amazing atmosphere to make it look like a home game for their team and the players put on an inspired performance. Issam Jebali found the back of the net in the 23rd minute but was ruled offside. Jabeli was also brilliantly denied by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 42nd minute.

The Danes had a few chances, substitute Andreas Cornelius hitting the post with a header, while Christian Eriksen headed into the top corner that Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen denied.

Group D now has France up on three points, Tunisia and Denmark have one, while Australia have zero.

SAUDI ARABIA STUNS ARGENTINA

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Salem Al-Dawsari’s imperious 53rd-minute goal capped 15 minutes of chaos early in the second half before Saudi Arabia held on impressively to deliver the first major upset of the tournament against Argentina.

Saudi Arabia played an inspired second half after Lionel Messi gave Argentina the advantage in the 10th minute. Saleh Al-Shehri scored with a deft left foot in the 48th minute to tie the game.

Entering the tournament on a 36-match unbeaten run and as one of the tournament favourites, this is a result that will shock the entire football world.

Group C is now wide open with the Saudis on top with three points, Mexico and Poland have one, and Argentina have zero with two games to play.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Day 4 is what we’ve all been waiting for like Canada plays its first Men’s World Cup match in 36 years. CTV/TSN will have a special three-hour preview starting at 11 am ET.

  • Morocco vs. Croatia at 4:45 am on TSN.
  • Germany vs. Japan at 7:45 am on TSN.
  • Spain vs. Costa Rica at 10:45 a.m. on TSN 1, 3, 4.
  • Canada vs. Belgium at 1:45 pm on CTV/TSN.

Watch the matches live on CTV and TSN.

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