the Blues first qualified, Messi maintains hope, Neymar intrigues … all the highlights of this Saturday

Find all the World Cup information for this Saturday, November 26 and in particular the qualification of the France team.

The croaking moment of the day: the Blues are already qualified

The main thing is there for our Blues! The France team won 2-1 against Denmark in their second group match. A victory synonymous with qualification for the round of 16. And a first place almost assured.

Against the Danes, everything was decided in the second period. In an intense match, Kylian Mbappé strikes first (61st). With a resumption of the right foot, the French striker relieves his people. A moment of breathing that will not last.

A few minutes later, Andreas Christensen (68th) equalized for the Danes. At the end of the match, Kylian Mbappé will secure a double (81st) and allow the French to win. Didier Deschamps’ players will play their last group match this Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Tunisia.

The French are the first qualified for the round of 16. KIM HONG-JI / REUTERS

Hope of the day: Messi allows Argentina to dream

Already the only scorer in Argentina’s first match, Lionel Messi has done it again. With a powerful strike from his left foot, the Argentine captain opened the scoring (61st) against Mexico in a very closed match.

The Albiceleste is relieved. At the end of the match, Enzo Fernandez doubled the bet (87th). A 2-0 success that puts Argentina in second position in Group C, with three points. A group dominated by Poland.

Lionel Messi has scored two goals in two games. PEDRO NUNES / REUTERS

Quote of the day: “We deserve respect”

At a press conference, Zlatko Dalic, the Croatian coach, was not kind to his Canadian counterpart, who believes he is the victim of provocative remarks.

«Canadians must respect us, insists the vice-world champion coach. Their way of speaking was not respectful. We are vice-world champions, have won two medals at the World Cup in the last thirty years. We deserve respect.»

Stat of the day: Lewandowski scores his first World Cup goal

At 34 years, three months and five days, Robert Lewandowski scored his first World Cup goal. Poland’s star striker scored his second goal against Saudi Arabia (82nd), securing the first victory for the Poles at this World Cup.

Before that, it was Piotr Zielinski who struck first (39th). A success that allows the Poles to place themselves at the top of group C with four points.

Robert Lewandowski against Saudi Arabia. KAI PFAFFENBACH / PANORAMIC

Social media moment of the day: enigmatic Neymar

Injured against Serbia this Thursday evening and already forfeited against Switzerland (Monday, 5 p.m.), Neymar continues to blow hot and cold. On Instagram, the Brazilian playmaker posted pictures of his ankle without giving any further news or explanations.

As a reminder, “Ney” was released at the end of the match against Serbia, before being seen in tears on the bench. The Parisian striker then left the stadium walking.

Neymar on Instagram this Friday evening. Instagram – Neymar.

The surprise of the day: Australia gives itself the right to believe it

In the first match of the day, Australia beat Tunisia 1-0 thanks to a 23rd-minute goal from Mitch Duke. A success that allows the Australians to take second place in Group D, that of France, with three points, and to keep all their chances of qualifying.

They will play their last match against Denmark (Wednesday, 4 p.m.). If Tunisia do not win against France, a draw would allow the Australians to qualify.

The declaration of love of the day: “Mbappé? He’s an exceptional player.”

Kylian Mbappé is already a triple scorer in this World Cup in Qatar. After the match, Didier Deschamps insisted on the talent of his young striker.

«Kylian? He’s an exceptional player, I’ve said it several times, explains the coach of the world champions. He has this ability to make a difference, even if the opponents mistreat him. Having other players (Giroud, Dembélé, Griezmann, etc.) who bring danger frees him up more. He is part of a collective and he makes a lot of effort. The France team has and will need a very good Kylian.»

In the absence of certain executives of the Blues (Kimpembe, Pogba, Benzema), Kylian Mbappé holds his rank assures Didier Deschamps. “Yes, he is a leader. If some of you were worried, because Paul (Pogba) not there, I can tell you that some are speaking up. Because of what Kylian does, he’s a locomotive.»

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