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Who will Poland play in Round of 16 knockout stage?

Poland has advanced to the knockout stage as the second place finisher in Group C. We break down what’s next for them in the Round of 16.

Lionel Messi of Argentina and Robert Lewandowski of Poland challenge during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Poland and Argentina at Stadium 974 on November 30, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images

Poland lost a tough one 2-0 to Argentina, but they will advance nonetheless. Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 to pull even with the Polish squad, but they were unable to accrue a better goal differential. That sends Mexico home and Poland on to the Round of 16.

Poland will now face France in the first round of the knockout stage. The match will take place this coming Sunday at Al Thumama Stadium and will air at 10 a.m. ET on FS1 and Telemundo.

This will mark the first time Poland has advanved to the Round of 16 since a 14th place finish in 1986. Their best finish ever came four years prior when they finished in third place. France enters the knockout stage as the defending World Cup champions.

This will mark the 18th meeting between the two squads. France leads the series 8-6-3, but Poland won the lone World Cup meeting between the two squads in 1982.