gave 2022 FIFA World Cup The lead continued with Group C on Wednesday. Argentina survived as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Poland (1-1-0) at Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Abboud, Qatar. Despite the loss, Poland will also advance because Mexico Not hit Saudi Arabia With enough goals.
Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was standing on his head IBy saving nine shots in the first half. However, Argentina rallied in the opening minutes of the second half with Alexis McAllister scoring and Julian Alvarez scoring another goal later.
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Poland vs Argentina
Setting the stage
Argentina are aiming to reach the knockout stages for the 13th time in their last 14 World Cups. Sitting in an unusual position, Argentina must either win on Wednesday, draw with Poland and Mexico or beat Saudi Arabia. Poland, on the other hand, look to remain unbeaten after picking up a win and a draw in their last two group stage games. Like Argentina, Poland are in a win-win situation going into the knockout stages. Poland, sitting at the top of Group C with four points, can also advance with a tie.
Lionel Messi Taking the pitch for the last time in the World Cup?
With Argentina facing elimination, Messi leads his nation’s squad onto the pitch for what could be his last World Cup match, as he has suggested it will be his last World Cup.
7′: Messi wins the ball battle, but doesn’t finish the chance.
The 35-year-old went head-to-head to win possession back for Argentina. However, Messi was unable to complete the highlight play and put a point on the board.
10′: More chances for Messi
Messi broke free on the left side of the box before Poland’s defense stepped up to take away his shooting angle, resulting in an easy save. Wojciech Szczesny.
28′: Argentina close but no cigar.
Julian Alvarez had a great chance to put Argentina 1-0 up in front of the net, but his shot was blocked. Marcos Acuna gets the rebound but his shot goes wide right.
33′: Close to Olimpico!
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria almost scored a goal for the ages on that corner kick.
36′: Szczęsny makes saves
The Polish goalkeeper continues to make stops to keep Argentina off the board.
38′: Messi is awarded a penalty.
A VAR review revealed that the Argentina striker was fouled in the box, earning him a penalty kick.
39′: Messi stops on PK!
In the Titans’ fightback so far, Szczęsny has done better than Messi on penalty kicks to keep the game goalless.
Lionel Messi’s penalty kick was denied by Wojciech Szczęsny to keep Argentina and Poland goalless.
Half time: Both teams still scoreless
Despite the 0-0 score, the match between Argentina and Poland was thrilling. Argentina continued to create chances, but Szczęsny rose to the challenge, recording nine saves in the first half. Former USA goalkeeper Tim Howard holds the record for most saves in a World Cup match, with 15 in 2014.
Both Argentina and Poland will be out of Group C if the current results hold in this match and the Mexico-Saudi Arabia match. However, a goal from Saudi Arabia would put pressure on Argentina to take the lead in the second half. If Saudi Arabia wins, Argentina will need a victory to advance.
47′: Argentina finally win.
Szczęsny couldn’t stop at the end when Alexis McAllister’s shot from a cross went into the back of the net, giving Argentina a 1-0 lead.
Argentina’s Alexis McAllister scored against Poland in the 46th
With Argentina’s goal, Mexico took a 1-0 lead. However, if the current scores hold, Poland will progress alongside Argentina. Poland lead Mexico by two on goal difference after the latest goal.
50′: Poland almost level it.
Kamil Glik got a good header from a set piece for Poland, but his shot went just wide to find the Polish goal.
60′: Poland under pressure.
If the current score holds, Poland is still in a position to advance. However, Mexico took a 2-0 lead and almost scored a third goal, which was ruled out for offside. If Mexico leads 3-0, Poland will need another goal to advance as Mexico will tie Poland on goal difference but have the edge in goals.
67′: Argentina double their lead.
Álvarez found the back of the net when he fired accurately into the top right corner to give Argentina a 2-0 lead.
Poland are still second in Group C, but only because of Fair Play points. Any goal scored in the final 20-plus minutes in either match will determine who advances between Poland and Mexico.
86′: Argentina make it 3-0.
Lautaro Martínez was one-on-one with Szczęsny and had a golden opportunity to make it 3-0. His shot went wide to the left though.
87′: Poland are hanging on by a thread.
Poland’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages are on ice. Fair play points are the only thing that separates Poland from Mexico’s over.
90′ + 3′: Poland get a great stop
Jakub Kiwior did his best Szczęsny impression, potentially saving their World Cup chances with a stop right in front of the net for Poland.
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