France and Australia have progressed from Group D after two results which upset the odds. Tunisia defeated the French 1-0 and the Aussies also recorded a famous 1-0 win over Denmark.
In Group C, Argentina made it through after a 2-0 win over Poland, who also progress on goal difference ahead of Mexico, who could only carve out a one-goal advantage over Saudi Arabia.
Today’s fixtures in full:
- 3pm: Tunisia 1-0 France (Group D)
- 3pm: Australia 1-0 Denmark (Group D)
- 7pm: Poland 0-2 Argentina (Group C)
- 7pm: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico (Group C)
Follow the latest in our live blog, including reports from our football reporter Rahman Osman in Qatar...
World Cup 2022 - news and reaction
Gareth Southgate said the “big business starts now” after Marcus Rashford’s brace helped England reach the World Cup knockout phase and brought Wales’ first World Cup appearance since 1958 to an end.
The 104th meeting of the old rivals ended with last year’s European Championship runners-up wrapping up top spot in Group B on Tuesday evening at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Rashford’s brilliant free-kick and fizzing strike came either side of Phil Foden’s goal in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph against Wales, who head home as England gear up for the last 16.
Their reward for topping the group is a clash with Senegal on Sunday and alcohol-free celebrations in Qatar, having toasted progress with a beer in Russia four-and-a-half years ago.
“We’ve got loads of milkshake back at the hotel,” Southgate said with a smile.
“Everything is different, isn’t it? We’re embracing it. We love our base camp, the people that are operating the hotel are fabulous people. Really we couldn’t be happier.
“We’re enjoying each other’s company and the players are really tight, so to this point we’re very pleased. Of course the big business starts now, really.”
Our football reporter Rahman Osman recorded this video for us at full-time last night. He recaps their performance against Wales and looks ahead to their match against Senegal on Sunday:
Marcus Rashford dedicated his brace in England’s World Cup victory over Wales to a friend who recently died from cancer.
The Manchester United forward hit a superb free-kick and ended a mazy run by finishing through goalkeeper Danny Ward’s legs after Phil Foden had doubled England’s lead in what proved to be a 3-0 stroll against their British rivals in Al Rayyan. The 25-year-old forward pointed to the sky after finding the net and revealed afterwards that he was paying tribute to his late friend Garfield Hayward.
After the match, said: “Unfortunately I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He’s had quite a long battle with cancer, so I’m pleased I managed to score for him. He’s always been a big supporter of mine. He was just a great person and I’m pleased he came into my life, really.”
We’ve reached the business end of the group stages, as some nations look to advance while others pack their suitcases. Here’s what today’s matches mean for the countries involved...
France were the first nation to progress after winning their first two matches, but they’ll be looking to keep that momentum going at 3pm. Their opponents Tunisia will need to pull off a massive shock and beat the French if they’re to have any chance of progressing from the group.
Denmark, meanwhile, must beat Australia and hope that France do the business against Tunisia, if they’re to have any hopes of going through. It’s been a disappointing World Cup so far for the highly rated Danes, having picked up just one point so far. For the Aussies, a win against Denmark will secure a place in the knockout stages for the first time since 2006 in Germany.
It’s another crucial match this evening when Argentina look to defeat Poland and make it through to the last 16. After their diastrous loss to Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi and co bought some redemption with a good win against Mexico, but their status in Qatar is still at risk if they lose or draw and other results don’t go their way.
For Saudi Arabia, they have a chance of making the last 16 if they can defeat Mexico in the other evening fixture and hope Poland do them a favour against Argentina. Even Mexico on just one point can still qualify if it all goes their way. It’s all to play for in Group C.
Phil Foden believes the strength of the squad will give England a real shot of winning in Qatar.
“You can see the balance right through the team, it is not just the attackers doing well, Harry Maguire and John Stones have done brilliantly defending as well, it is a full team effort,” he said.
“A lot of different players have played but every time they have put on the England shirt, they have done the best they can. It is good to have that competition and everyone is ready to go – it’s important.
“To win a World Cup you don’t just have a strong XI, you have people that can come off the bench and change it, that’s what we have here. We have so much talent on the bench so it is important.”
England’s reward for topping Group B is a last-16 tie with Senegal on Sunday night.
Foden added: “There’s no easy game, you can see that by the group how tough USA was and Iran as well going on to beat Wales, it just goes to show there are no easy games.
“We don’t really know them too much, we just have to sit down and review them and be ready for the game.”
We were just about to post an update about nerves playing a part in today’s goalless matches, when up steps Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri to put his side ahead.
France have been toiling badly in this match, and the former Sunderland man took advantage of their lethargy when he rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris to give his team the edge.
Didier Deschamps will not be a happy man.
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It looked like Antoine Griezmann had just broken Tunisian hearts, but his late, late equaliser has been ruled offside.
Tunisia may not be progressing - Australia have just beaten Denmark 1-0 - but they can still hold their heads high. What a win!
In the other match in Group D, Australia pulled off another shock, beating the highly ranked Denmark 1-0.
Absolute joy for the Aussies and despair for the Danes. This is what World Cup drama is all about.
It looks like Argentina are going through. They’re 2-0 up on Poland and cruising towards a comfortable win.
But who will join them? At the moment it’s Poland, but only just. Mexico are also beating Saudi Arabia 2-0.
Here’s a reminder of how the group runners-up are decided.