Lack of Lewandowski doesn't help Poland as Austria beat them, Netherlands draw with France

Since the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Qatar, several teams have been performing above expectations, like Morocco, and surprisingly, Saudi Arabia. On the other end of the spectrum, there are teams like Belgium, Argentina, and now Poland, who have underperformed and shockingly find themselves on the brink of elimination. After their 0-2 loss to the Netherlands, Poland needed to beat Austria to stay in the race. Unfortunately for them, Robert Lewandowski's debut couldn't change their fate as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Austria, who scored goals on either side of the striker's 30-minute appearance. This result keeps both Netherlands and Austria in a good position to advance from Group D, with goals from Klau Bazan and Marcos Liorente securing the win against a 10-man Poland side.

France's superstar striker Kylian Mbappe was kept out of the match against the Netherlands due to a broken nose, sustained in their opening match against Australia. Didi Deschamps, the French coach, was cautious with Mbappe's recovery, but he could return for their final group match against Poland. For the Netherlands, this was an impressive result that gives them a good chance of advancing, as they played most of the match with a one-man disadvantage after defender Denzel Dumfries was sent off midway through the first half. The Dutch will be counting on their impressive defensive discipline to secure a spot in the knockout stages; France, who have only scored twice so far in the tournament, will need to find their scoring touch to advance.

This matchday saw several teams close to elimination, like Mexico and Poland, fail to secure the win and put themselves in a must-win situation coming into the final matchday. On the other hand, England and Spain secured crucial wins that put them on the right track to advance. Currently, several groups, like Group C and D, are wide open and could provide some exciting finishes in the final match. This sets the stage for the final matches starting on Wednesday, where Group D will see Austria facing the Netherlands, while France and Poland face off, both looking to secure a spot in the Round of 16.

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