LIVE World Cup: Build-up to England v Senegal & France v Poland

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Callum Matthews and Lorraine McKenna

Match facts: Can Poland beat the odds?

France v Poland (15:00 GMT)

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  • This will be the second meeting between France and Poland at the World Cup and first since their third-place play-off match in the 1982 tournament – a 3-2 win for Poland.
  • France are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Poland in all competitions (W3 D4), with their last defeat coming in a friendly in August 1982 (0-4).
  • Since the last 16 stage was introduced in 1986, France have appeared at this stage five times and progressed on every occasion in 1986, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018.
  • This will be Poland’s first match in the knockout stage of a World Cup since 1986, when they lost 4-0 to Brazil in the round of 16.
  • Poland are facing the reigning champions at a World Cup for the third time, having avoided defeat in their previous two such games.

Is Wojciech Szczesny in for a busy shift today against France? Probably.

But at least the Poland goalkeeper has some decent stats to fall back on:

  • Szczesny has a 90% save percentage at the 2022 World Cup, and had saved each of his first 16 shots on target faced in the tournament prior to Alexis Mac Allister’s goal for Argentina.
  • Szczesny has saved a penalty in each of his last two games at the World Cup, while no goalkeeper on record has ever stopped three penalties in a single edition of the tournament (since 1966, excluding shootouts).

BREAKINGNeymar fit to face South Korea

Brazil v South Korea (Mon, 19:00 GMT)

We’ll just step away from France v Poland build-up for a second.

Neymar tweeted last night that he felt “good” after suffering from an ankle injury picked up in Brazil’s opening group match with Serbia.

There were doubts over whether he would play in their last 16 tie with South Korea tomorrow.

So, is the Paris St-Germain forward fit?

Yes, according to coach Tite.

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