Argentina on Wednesday qualified for the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup after defeating Poland 2-0 in Qatar as they dominated the Group C match which was must-win encounter for them to advance further in the competition.
On the other hand, Mexico too did their job but not in an enough manner as they beat Saudi Arabia with the same score line after the Saudi goalkeeper made several spectacular saves while also scoring a goal late in the second half injury time.
It meant that both Poland and Mexico ended up at four points each. However, the Polish side progressed into the second round on basis of better goal difference.
During the first half, Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi from the spot in the 38th minute.
But soon after the play restarted, Alexis Mac Allister scored the first goal for Argentina by converting Molina’s cross.
In the 67th minute, Julian Alvarez doubled the lead by showing great control after receiving the ball through a cross from the left, hold off his man and beat Szczesny.
Argentina could’ve got more goals but the 2-0 victory kept alive Messi’s dream of emulating the legendary Diego Maradona by guiding the Albiceleste to the World Cup title.
They will now meet Australia in the Round of 16, who were the runner up in Group D.
Disappointed Mexico crash out
In another Group C clash, Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 but saw themselves behind Poland on goal difference, meaning that they failed to move further in the tournament.
All the goals came in the second half. Henry Martin scored the first goal in 47th minute by tapping in the ball after the Saudis failed to mark in the six yard box. Five minutes later, Luis Chavez scored the second from a spectacular free kick.
Mexico continued pressing for more goals to ensure that they could qualify for the next round failed to do so.
In injury time, Saudi Arabia pulled one back when Salam al Dawasari netted the ball after receiving a pass from Bahri.