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Who is the referee for Poland vs Argentina in the World Cup 2022 group C final game?

Lionel Messi goes up against Robert Lewandowski with places in the round of 16 to be decided, so let’s check out who’s going to be in charge.

Dutch referee Danny Makkelie looks on during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 27, 2022. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

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As we reach the final games in the group stage, many of them already have the feel of a knockout game. In Group C, one of our clashes involves two of the greatest ever goalscorers to have graced our Beautiful Game, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

Unlike their Argentinian rivals, Poland are not seen as a heavyweight of international football, but, thanks to their now Barcelona-based striker, always have a shock in them. And the Albiceleste are yet to truly convince in Qatar so are at risk of an unexpectedly early trip home.

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Danny Makkelie: the police officer in charge

When it comes to keeping control of tense situations, you can hardly do better than putting a member of the police force on the job. Step forward Danny Makkelie, who leads a double life, sometimes as a FIFA referee (listed since 2011) and sometimes as a police inspector in his home town of Willemstad in the Netherlands.

Yellow (and red) cards can prove crucial at this stage of the tournament, but at Doha’s 974 Stadium any naughty Poles are Argentines better watch out for a pair of handcuffs popping out too.

Assisting Mr Makkelie on the sidelines will be compatriots Hessel Steegstra and Jan de Vries, while the fourth official will be Said Martinez.

Poland vs Argentina: who is the VAR?

The Video Assistant Referee for the game is Pol van Boekel and he will be assisted by the AVAR who is Bastian Dankert. And let’s not forget the tech-led offside VAR who will be Kathryn Nesbitt and, for good measure, let’s throw them some more support from Juan Soto.

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