Qatar 2022: What happens if France lose to Poland in the round of 16?

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On Sunday, the Al-Thumama Stadium will host another match of the Round of 16 of the World Cup 2022, featuring France and Poland. Here, check out what would happen if Les Bleus lose this matchup.

On Sunday, France will face Poland at the Al-Thumama Stadium in the Round of 16 for the 2022 World Cup. France topped Group D during the group stage, while Poland finished second in Group C.

Reigning World Cup holders France avoided elimination at the group stage, ending an unfortunate run of ‘curse of champions’ form. All four previous European World Cup champions have been knocked out early in the tournament, so it would be a relief for the French players to finally break the streak.

It has been exactly four decades since Les Blues last lost to the Eagles when they were knocked out in the round of 16. Since then, Les Bleus have won seven games in a row against the Group C runners-up, most recently 1-0 in a friendly in 2011. Despite the bookies favoring France, this World Cup has shown us that anything is possible.

What would happen if France lose to Poland in the Qatar 2022 Round of 16?

Quite simply, if the French national soccer team suffer a defeat, they would be knocked out of the tournament in the last 16. For the World Cup, the Knockout Round consists of one-game playoffs.

Therefore, there is no opportunity to win the series by taking game two. There is no room for a mistake in this win-or-go-home approach. For Didier Deschamps’ squad to advance to the Quarter-Finals, they must win in regular time, after extra time, or after successfully taking a penalty series.

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