In match 59 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a pair of European heavyweights will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals when England play France on Saturday.
Didier Deschamps’ France are vying for consecutive World Cup titles, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times in this tournament.
France beat Poland 3-1 in the round of 16, while England got off to a bad start to beat Senegal 3-0.
No team can say they have faced such a challenge in the tournament and it could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.
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Here’s everything you need for England vs. France.
How to watch the match between England and France live, streaming link and start time
Kick off: 14:00 ET, Saturday, December 1st.
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Broadcast in Spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)
Key storylines, players to keep an eye on
England will have their eyes on Harry Kane, although the question remains who will be Tottenham’s flanking centre-forward. Marcus Rashford was very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting positions against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.
Kylian Mbappe has been on the brink of unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones and friends, with Antoine Griezmann pulling the strings behind and Aurelien Chouameni continuing to build his reputation in midfield.
Fast facts about England
Current FIFA World Ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Championship appearances: 15
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from UEFA.
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford.
Quick facts about France
Current FIFA World Ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Championship appearances: 15
How they qualified: Automatically qualified for UEFA (won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key Players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is on a tight schedule and this tournament in Qatar has been a sensation as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the world.
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Japan, Australia and Morocco were among the last 16 due to so much upheaval during the tournament, but the Atlas Lions are the only of the trio to make it to the quarter-finals. Germany, Denmark and Belgium were eliminated in the group stage.
Argentina will face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals for a familiar matchup between Lionel Messi and a semi-final date with either Brazil or Japan.
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On the other side of the grid, Morocco faces Portugal for the right to take on the winner of the England-France match.
So yes, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final should be explosive. Bring. It. On the.
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Below is the full schedule, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need.
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World Cup 2022: schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live
- When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
- Playoff start time: 10:00 am, 2:00 pm (both ET)
- Location: Qatar
- TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
- Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H | Full tables
Schedule 1/8 finals
Game 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands 3-1 USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Match 50 – Saturday 3 December: Argentina 2-1 Australia – Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Game 52 – Sunday, December 4: France 3-1 Poland – Al-Tumama Stadium, Doha
Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England 3-0 Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan 1-1 (AET, PC 1-3) – Al Janub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil 4-1 South Korea – 974 Stadium, Doha
Match 55 – Tuesday 6 Dec: Morocco 0-0 (AET, 3-0 PC) Spain – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Game 56 – Tuesday 6 Dec: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Croatia – Brazil (preview) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10:00.
Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands v Argentina (preview) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 14:00.
Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Morocco – Portugal (preview) – Al-Tumama Stadium, Doha – 10:00.
Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: England – France (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 14:00.
Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Match 57 Winners – Match 58 Winners – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2:00 pm
Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 – Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2:00 pm.
Playoffs for third place
Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Match 61 Losers vs. Match 62 Losers – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2:00 pm
Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Match 61 Winners – Match 62 Winners – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10:00 AM
Group stage results
Recap/Highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5:00
Summary/Highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Tumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Summary/Highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al-Tumama Stadium, Al-Khor
Recap/Highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Results: Mexico – Poland 0:0 – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/Highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Results: Poland – Argentina 0:2 – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/Highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/Highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/Highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – 974 Stadium, Doha
Recap/Highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/Highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark v Al Janub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Results: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Tumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Japan 2-1 Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/Highlights: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/Highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan