DIRECT. World Cup 2022: Lionel Messi opens his counter, Argentina leads 1-0 against Saudi Arabia

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The “der of the ders” for Messi. At 35, Lionel Messi argues “surely” his last World Cup. The Paris Saint-Germain player knows that he has his “last opportunity to achieve this great dream that we all have” : become world champion. To achieve this, it will be surrounded by a very solid team, with talent in all lines (Lisandro Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez…). In Group C, Argentina faces, from 11 am, Saudi Arabia in the first match on Tuesday, November 22. Follow our live.

Make way for world champions. The France team launches its World Cup, Tuesday, November 22, at 8 p.m., against Australia, for a remake of the meeting which had launched the victorious march towards the second star four years ago. In Russia, Didier Deschamps’ men won in pain 2-1. In Qatar, the Blues are advancing without too much certainty. They had to face a wave of packages, including that of Karim Benzema. To make the difference, they will therefore rely on a trio who broke the house in 2018: Kylian Mbappé, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. Follow our live.

An unprecedented central hinge. For this first match, Didier Deschamps will have to do without Raphaël Varane, still recovering. The coach of the Blues should therefore establish Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté. And here are the eleven players who should start the game tonight: Lloris, Pavard, Konaté, Upamecano, L. Hernandez, Tchouaméni, Rabiot, Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé, Giroud.

Four matches on the schedule. In addition to France, which ends the day against Australia at 8 p.m. in group D, Argentina opens the ball against Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. in group C. The other meeting of this group will oppose Mexico to Poland at 5 p.m. Finally, at 2 p.m., the other match of the Blues group will take place between Denmark and Tunisia.

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