Soccer players from Argentina and Poland qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar after the third-round matches in group C were played. Argentina deservedly beat desperate Poland, who completely failed in the match.
However, they managed to defend themselves in the first half thanks to goalkeeper Szczesny, who saved Messi's penalty. There was no escape for them in the second half. First, Mac Allister put Argentina in the lead in the first minute of the second half after an assist from Molina, and Alvarez made it 2:0 in the 67th minute after Fernandez's pass.
Until the end of the game, the result did not change, so Argentina confirmed the passage on time.
Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia
In the second match of the group that started at the same time, Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia, which showed itself in a better light than Poland.
Here, too, goals fell in the second half. First, Martin put Mexico in the lead in the 47th minute with an assist from Montes, and just five minutes later, Chavez doubled the lead with a great free-kick goal. The final 2:1 was made by Al Dawsari in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Argentina ended the group stage in first place with six points, while the Poles and Mexicans had four points each. However, the passage was secured by Poland due to a better goal difference. Poles had 2:2, and Mexico 2:3. Interestingly, at the end of the game, Poland and Mexico had the same number of points (4) and the same goal difference (2:2).
Since their mutual duel also ended in a draw (0:0), the decision would have to be based on the fair-play table, i.e. card counting. The Mexicans received several public warnings during the tournament, so Poland would go through to the knockout stage.
However, with Saudi Arabia's goal in stoppage time, Poland went through thanks to a better goal difference. Argentina will play against Australia in the round of 16 and this match is scheduled for Sunday. A day earlier, Poland and France will have their clash in the round of 16.
Results and scorers:
- Poland - Argentina 0:2 (Mac Allister 46', Alvarez 67')
- Saudi Arabia - Mexico 1:2 (Al Dawsari 90+5' - Martin 48', Chavez 52')