Day 3 in the World Cup 2022: Saudi Arabia defeats Argentina

Another day of World Cup 2022 action returns as the Group Stage continues 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 VS. AUSTRALIA

Defending champions France open their campaign against Australia, a clash in which Les Bleus will be heavy favourites.

Questions surround the French team with Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku all missing this tournament due to injury.

Immediately after the first whistle, however, Australia showed they were ready to attack and scored within the first 10 minutes on a counter through Craig Goodwin. French defender Lucas Hernández was forced to retire injured in the process.

The starters then turned up the pressure and Theo Hernandez, replacing his injured brother, sent a cross into the box and Adrien Rabiot made it 1-1 before Olivier Giroux added a second before half time.

France starting eleven: Hugo Lloris (c), Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, Lucas Hernández, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud.

Australia from XI: Matthew Ryan (c), Nathaniel Atkinson, Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Aaron Mooy, Craig Goodwin, Riley McGree, Jackson Irvine, Mathew Leckie, Mitchell Duke.

MEXICO VS. POLAND

Full match report

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 stunning loss to Saudi Arabia earlier in the day and the group is now wide open with the Saudis on top with two games to go.

DENMARK VS. TUNISIA

Full match report

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.

ARGENTINE VS. SAUDI ARABIA

Full match report

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 send shockwaves throughout the football world and throws a Group C that includes Poland and Mexico wide open.

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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