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France will face Poland in the round of 16

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There will therefore be no immediate revenge between Argentina and France: the Blues of Kylian Mbappé, reigning world champions and executioners of Albiceleste in 2018 (4-3), have finished first in group D and will challenge Robert Lewandowski’s Poland on Sunday at the end of the afternoon at 4 p.m., a match to be experienced in full in Europe 1 Sport.

Poland has not reached this stage of the competition since the 1986 World Cup. France and Poland have faced each other 16 times since their first meeting, in a friendly on January 22, 1939. Les Bleus won 4- 0 at the Parc des Princes.

Since 2011…

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The last opposition dates back to June 9, 2011, a 1-0 victory for France in Warsaw in a friendly on a Polish own goal. Among the Blues currently in Qatar, only Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda were present, but only on the substitutes’ bench.

The two nations have faced each other only once in a major competition: on July 10, 1982, in Alicante, Marius Trésor’s partners lost 3-2 in the match for third place in the World Cup.

Known faces in France

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Two Poles in Ligue 1 are currently taking part in the World Cup: Lensois winger Przemyslaw Frankowski and Clermont defender Mateusz Wieteska, opponents on the last day of the Championship before the Qatari tournament (2-1 victory for Lens).

Poland also has OM striker Arkadiusz Milik in its ranks, on loan this season to Juventus Turin, where he rubs shoulders with French international midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Two former L1 players are also among the group retained in Qatar: the former Monegasque defender Kamil Glik, now at Benevento (Italian D2), and the former midfielder of Reims and Paris SG in particular, Grzegorz Krychowiak, currently Al- Shabab in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Europe1

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