On the third match day of the World Cup in Qatar there is plenty of football: four matches are on the program on Tuesday, with two co-favorites wanting to prove their title right away. Reigning world champions France and Copa America champions Argentina will be involved in the competition.
Argentina - Saudi Arabia
All eyes are on superstar Lionel Messi at Al Daayen's Lusail Stadium. The now 35-year-old feels "physically very good" before what will probably be his last World Cup and only had one motto: "Winning the first game is fundamental for the right start in the World Cup."
Argentina are unbeaten in 36 games, with a win or draw equaling Italy's record. The Saudis have something against it, even if they have not progressed from their five World Cups so far.
After the EM semi-finals in 2021, a World Cup qualification in a hurry and two Nations League victories against France, the expectations of the Danes are high. Top star Christian Eriksen is back after his collapse at the Euro. The Tunisians around Ellyes Skhiri from Cologne are also aiming for the opening win, but the team is counting on the support of the Arab community in Qatar.
Mexico - Poland
In Poland, the star is not necessarily the team. Everything is geared towards world footballer Robert Lewandowski - as was the case in the first group game against Mexico. To qualify for their first World Cup knockout round since 1986, Poland will need to win the key Group C game against El Tri. The Mexicans are pinning their hopes on goalkeeper icon Guillermo Ochoa, who will certainly have a lot to do against Lewandowski.
France - Australia
There is a great deal of guesswork about the form of defending champions France. The recent underwhelming performance and the major injury worries dampen the mood. Above all, the absence of Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema hurts coach Didier Deschamps before the start in Group D. The Australians want to cause a surprise with a solid team performance, the lack of playful quality should be compensated for by high running and commitment.