France continue their World Cup defence against Poland on Sunday, as both sides head into the last 16 having suffered defeats in their final group stage matches.
The reigning champions were handed a shock upset at the hands of Tunisia on Wednesday, as Didier Deschamps opted to rotate his squad during the 1-0 defeat.
Meanwhile, Group C runners-up Poland narrowly scraped through on goal difference despite losing 2-0 to Argentina.
France’s two victories against Australia and Denmark were enough to earn top spot in Group D
French superstar Kylian Mbappe will almost certainly return to the starting line-up refreshed and recharged, but he will have to lead his team past fellow world-class forward Robert Lewandowski if he wishes to face either England or Senegal in the quarter-finals.
With the round of 16 fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know about the knockout clash.
When is France vs Poland?
France and Poland kick-off on Sunday December 4 at 3pm UK time, four hours before England’s round of 16 clash against Senegal on the same day.
Therefore, American viewers can watch the match at 10am from across the pond, and Australians can tune in for kick-off at 2am on Monday morning.
Date: Sunday December 4
Time: 3pm (UK), 10am (US) and 2am on Monday (Australian Eastern Time)
Poland’s prospects of beating France will likely fall on the shoulders of Robert Lewandowski
How to watch the match
The UK’s World Cup coverage will continue with matches shared between BBC and ITV, although the channel for France vs Poland has not yet been revealed.
As it stands, ITV can choose first for both the last 16 and quarterfinal games, while BBC have first pick for their semifinals.
SBS and SBS On Demand continue their coverage of all World Cup matches over in Australia, with several networks are airing the match in the US, including FOX, Telemundo and Sling.
UK: BBC or ITV (TBD)
US: UFORIA, fuboTV, PeacockTV, Futbol de Primera Radio, SiriusXM FC, Sling, Telemundo, Fox Sports 1, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand
ITV have first pick for the round of 16 and the quarter-finals games, as per broadcasting rules
Where is France vs Poland being played?
With a capacity of 40,000, the Al Thumama Stadium will hosts France’s last 16 clash with Poland, in what is one of eight matches it is set to stage at the tournament.
Located approximately 12km south of Doha, the stadium is named after a native tree and has a design inspired by a gahfiya, which is an Arabic hat.
Its capacity is set to decrease by 20,000 after the World Cup to make way for a hotel and mosque opening.
Location: Near Doha
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
France’s match against Poland will be staged at the Al Thumama Stadium, 12km south of Doha
Having rotated the squad against Tunisia, Didier Deschamps is expected to reinstate his superstars Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele in the front three.
Meanwhile, Czeslaw Michniewicz is likely to keep his faith in the team that helped him out of Group C, with everything, as always, built around Robert Lewandowski.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Alphonse Areola, Steve Mandanda
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Theo Hernandez, Lucas Hernandez, Benoit Badiashile, Ferland Mendy, Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, William Saliba
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Jordan Veretout
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Randal Kolo Muani, Kingsley Coman
Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Skorupski, Bartlomiej Dragowski
Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Matthew Stuart Cash, Kamil Glik, Robert Gumny, Artur Jdrzejczyk, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Nicola Zalewski
Midfieldiers: Krystian Bielik, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Kaminski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Michal Skoras, Damian Szymaski, Sebastian Szymaski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Karol Swiderski, Krzysztof Piatek
Hybrid forward Antoine Griezmann continues to play a major role in Didier Deschamps’ side
Although the two sides have failed to meet in over a decade, since a narrow 1-0 win for the French during an international friendly in 2011, France and Poland have shared a rich football history over the years, dating back to 1939.
Poland have won three, drawn five and lost eight against the two-time World Cup winners, who boast a superior record heading into Sunday’s showpiece.
However, the Poles beat France 3-2 in 1982, in what has been the only meeting between the two sides at a World Cup until this weekend.
1939 : France 4-0 Poland (Friendly)
1960 : Poland 2-2 France (Friendly)
1962 : France 1-3 Poland (Friendly)
1966 : France 2-1 Poland (European Championship)
1967 : Poland 1-4 France (European Championship)
1974 : Poland 0-2 France (Friendly)
1976 : France 2-0 Poland (Friendly)
1982 : Poland 3-2 France (World Cup)
1982 : France 0-4 Poland (Friendly)
1990 : France 0-0 Poland (Friendly)
1991 : Poland 1-5 France (Friendly)
1994 : Poland 0-0 France (European Championship)
1995 : France 1-1 Poland (European Championship)
2000 : France 1-0 Poland (Friendly)
2004 : France 0-0 Poland (Friendly)
2011 : Poland 0-1 France (Friendly)
In-form Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Lionel Messi from the spot against Argentina
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