The quarter-final of the World Cup which is about to play English and French next Saturday is a first. The two nations had never faced each other in a knockout match.
England-France, almost a (Site notre bureau spécialisé) classic, with its previous 40 for a record of 23 English victories, 11 French successes and 6 draws. Far from being a first, the quarter-final of the World Cup to come next Saturday at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor will nevertheless have the taste of the unprecedented, the two selections never having found themselves in a duel in such a cleaver match.
The previous official competitions were played as part of a European Nations Championship, in the group stage of Euro 2012 (1-1), 2004 (2-1 victory for the Blues) and 1992 (0-0). On the scale of a World Cup, the two countries met twice, always in the first phase, in 1966 and in 1982, for two English successes (2-0 and 3-1).
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The very last confrontation between France and England dates back to June 2017 and a friendly match played in Saint-Denis, with a result favorable to the Habs (3-2) and goals signed Umtiti, Sidibé and Dembélé to answer to a duplicate of Kane. A scenario which we would be satisfied with volunteers next weekend. And this even if Varane had seen red from the 47e minute…