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World Cup 2022 live: Nightmare awaits England as France make history

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It’s getting towards business time at the World Cup and football’s heavyweights are taking over.

After powerhouses Argentina and the Netherlands won through to the quarterfinals on Sunday, defending champion France joined them with a 3-1 win against Poland on Monday morning.

The French will await the winner of a 6am (AEDT) clash between England and Senegal, a scary prospect for either side given how well Kylian Mbappe is playing.

4am — Foden and Saka to start in England shake-up

Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka are set to start against Senegal.

England manager Gareth Southgate is keeping Foden in the team while he is also poised to bring Saka back into the starting XI for the last-16 clash.

That is heartbreak for Marcus Rashford, who has scored three times this tournament including two against Wales.

And it is also a blow for Raheem Sterling who was pushing for a place after failing to feature in the 3-0 win over Wales.

Football fans will be pleased that Foden keeps his place. Saka started the first two games and will now be fresh as England look to reach the quarter-finals.

3.50am — France roars as Giroud creates history

Olivier Giroud became France’s record scorer on Sunday with 52 goals, eclipsing the mark he shared with Thierry Henry after striking against Poland at the World Cup.

Giroud, 36, gave France a 1-0 lead just before halftime in their last-16 tie at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on his 117th appearance for his country.

It was the AC Milan forward’s third goal of the tournament after his brace against Australia in France’s opening group game.

Kylian Mbappe added two more in the second half in a complete performance for the defending champion, although a late penalty — scored by Robert Lewandowski — blighted the scoreboard.

France will await the winner of England’s clash against Senegal.

England reached the semi-finals four years ago and finished runners-up at Euro 2020, and got off to a fine start in Qatar by winning Group B.

And they believe they can win the tournament in Qatar to finally end their agonising wait for a first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

“That is not being overconfident, that is being humble enough to see what goes on in our training and how the staff prepare, and believing in ourselves too,” said England defender John Stones.

Rocked by the loss to injury of talisman Sadio Mane before the tournament, Senegal reached the World Cup knockout stages for only the second time after Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Ecuador secured the runners-up spot in Group A.

— with AFP

Story Credit: news.com.au

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