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Messi helped Argentina reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup after France and England

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France’s bid to retain the World Cup against Poland on Sunday continues, while England will be tested by African champions Senegal to claim their first major trophy in 56 years.

France, led by Thierry Deschamps, are aiming to become the first team since Brazil to win back-to-back World Cups after winning Group D in Qatar in 1958 and 1962.

Led by electric Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, the French are desperately in favor of overtaking Poland at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

But in a World Cup full of shocks such as the group-stage exits of Germany and Belgium, subduing Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski is key to France’s hopes of avoiding another shock.

Poland’s all-time top scorer hopes to score in a meager World Cup against French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

France captain Loris Lewandowski paid tribute to fellow Poland Wojciech Szczesny, who made a fine penalty save that was crucial to his team’s second place in Group C.

“Lewandowski has been one of the world’s top nine figures for years, but together they make a good team,” Lloris said.

“Szczesny has had a great tournament and Poland owes its goalkeeper for the last 16 matches.”

If France is looking to take on Poland, their path to the World Cup final on December 18 includes a quarter-final clash against England.

Gareth Southgate’s side will face France in the quarter-finals if they beat Senegal at the Badd Stadium.

England reached the semi-finals four years ago and finished as runners-up at Euro 2020, and made a good start in Qatar by winning Group B.

They are hoping they can win the tournament in Qatar to finally end their agonizing wait for their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

England defender John Stones said: “It’s not about being overconfident, it’s about being humble enough to know what’s going on in our training and how the staff prepare and trust each other.”

Senegal reached the knockout stage of the World Cup for the second time after beating Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday to finish second in Group A, affected by talisman Sadio Mane’s injury before the match.

Lionel Messi celebrates Argentina’s victory over Australia to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup

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And on Saturday, he assisted Lionel Messi in setting up the quarter-final clash with the Netherlands, a 3-1 win over the United States, and a goal, Argentina’s shock 2-1 victory over Australia.

Messi scored his 789th goal in the 1,000th appearance of his career to lead Argentina to their 789th World Cup knockout match in front of a raucous crowd, capping an emotional evening.

“I know the effort they made to be with us, I know how much they appreciate it,” Messi said of his team’s cheering fans.

“We have a connection – it’s a beautiful thing and that’s what the national team should be like.”

Messi scored in the 35th minute of the match at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.

His goal led Argentina to a comfortable victory, especially since Julian Alvarez made a terrible mistake from Australian goalkeeper Matthew Ryan to double his team’s lead just before the hour mark.

However, Craig Goodwin’s errant shot bounced off the face of Enzo Fernandez into the Argentine net with 13 minutes left, and both teams should have scored.

Lautaro Martinez missed two great chances to seal victory for Argentina, while Aziz Behich was denied an equaliser, while left-back Lisandro Martinez issued a decisive final challenge to deny the Dundee United player after a run-down run. He was about to shoot.

Australia’s best chance went to youngster Karang Kuol in injury time, but goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made a desperate save to send Argentina through to the next round.


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