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Argentina are aiming to reach the knockout stages for the 13th time in the last 14 World Cups. Sitting in what appears to be an unusual setting, Argentina must either win on Wednesday, draw Poland and Mexico either draw or edge Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, Poland is seeking to remain unbeaten after achieving a win and a draw in its previous two matches in the group stage. Just like Argentina, Poland is also in the position to win and move on to the knockout stage. Poland, who sit four points at the top of Group C, could qualify with a draw.
Lionel Messi Taking the field for the last time in the World Cup?
With Argentina facing elimination, Messi leads his country onto the pitch for what could be their last World Cup match, as he suggests that this will be his last World Cup.
7′: Messi wins the battle for the ball, but he doesn’t finish the chance.
The 35-year-old got the combination to win the ball back for Argentina. However, Messi was not able to complete the feature play and put a point on the board.
10′: More chances for Messi
Messi was able to parry his release along the left side of the penalty area before the Poland defense stepped in to clear the corner of the shot, resulting in an easy save. Wojciech Szysny.
28 ‘: Argentina is close but there are no cigars
33 ‘: Near Olimpico!
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria almost scored a goal for the ages with this corner kick.
36′: Szczęsny saves
The Polish goalkeeper continues to stop to get Argentina off the board.
38′: Messi concedes a penalty
A VAR review determined that the Argentine striker had been fouled in the penalty area, and awarded him a penalty kick.
39′: Messi stops at PK!
In the Battle of the Titans so far, Szczęsny bested Messi on the spot kick, guessing correctly to keep the match scoreless.
A penalty kick taken by Lionel Messi was saved by Wojciech Szczecin to keep Argentina and Poland without goals
First Half: Both teams are still scoreless
Despite the score being 0-0, the Argentina-Poland match was exhilarating. Argentina constantly created chances, but Chesney withstood the challenge, making nine saves in the first half. Former United States goalkeeper Tim Howard holds the record for the most saves in a World Cup match, with 15 goals in a single game in 2014.
If the current results continue in this match and in the Mexico-Saudi Arabia match, Argentina and Poland will qualify from Group C. However, the Saudi goal would put pressure on Argentina to take the lead in the second half. Argentina will need a victory to advance if Saudi Arabia win.
47′: Argentina finally break through
Szczęsny finally couldn’t stop when Alexis McAllister from a cross that fell into the net to give Argentina a 1-0 lead.
Alexis McAllister of Argentina scores a goal against Poland in 46 minutes
Mexico led 1-0 at the same time Argentina scored. However, Poland will continue to advance, along with Argentina, if the current results hold. Poland is two goals ahead of Mexico after the latter goals.
50′: Poland almost leveled it
Kamel Glik He got a good header on a set-piece for Poland, but his shot went wide as the Polish national team looked for a goal.
60 ‘: Poland is under pressure
Poland is still in a position to advance if the current results hold. However, Mexico took a 2-0 lead and almost added a third goal, which was erased due to offside. If Mexico leads 3-0, Poland will need another goal to qualify because Mexico will be tied with Poland on goal difference but will have the lead in goal scoring.
67′: Argentina double their lead
Alvarez found the net when he fired neatly into the top right corner to give Argentina a 2-0 lead.
Poland still finished second in Group C, but only because of fair play points. Any goal scored in the last 20 minutes and more in either match is likely to determine who progresses between Poland and Mexico.
87′: Poland is hanging by a thread
Poland’s hopes of moving to the knockout stage are on the thinnest of ice. Fair play points are the only thing separating Poland from being over Mexico instead of out.
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