Qatar 2022: Mexico and Poland drew goalless and give Argentina some relief

Mexico and Poland tied without goals, in a very weak match in Group C, which also includes Argentina and Saudi Arabia. With this result, the Argentine team was last, although the 0-0 left a sweet taste, because logically, it depends on himself.

The Aztec team played better, but the European team had a penalty, which Lewandowski missed. Ochoa guessed the foreseeable shot from the Polish artilleryman. Mexico will be Argentina’s next rival, this Saturday, at 4:00 p.m.

Sabor a poco: Mexico and Poland deliver a lackluster show. The Aztec team leaves a better image; The European team has a penalty, which it delivers placidly. Lewandowski, far from the best version of him, is halfway there. Ochoa ends up being indispensable.

Poland accuses the coup: to have everything available, to suffer again. Mexico lacks arguments, the party enters a hole again. Raúl Jiménez enters the attack, Rogelio Funes is still waiting on the bench.

Héctor Moreno commits a penalty against Lewandowski, a disputed infraction, for a mutual struggle. From a VAR decision, the maximum penalty is charged. The gunner aims and fires without conviction: Ochoa contains the shot. The match continues goalless.

Mexico attacks, but without fresh ideas, a relatively predictable whirlwind. Lozano must get more involved. Poland feels comfortable in the defensive attitude, only suffers from it at times. The show is lackluster.

The tension continues in the Group C match, which also includes Argentina and Saudi Arabia. Mexico searches, Poland responds. The show lacks shine.

Mexico deserves to be in advantage, but it has no pepper in the final meters. Poland is a passive team, far from its best years, with Lewandowski as a beacon, without company.

Henry Martin unable to advance, surrounded by Sebastian Szymanski and Kamil GlikAlex Grimm – Getty Images Europe

The Aztec team attacks, plays better, prevails in almost all sectors, except in the area. It is a worthy task for the team led by Martino, but without clarity in the final meters, development remains goalless. Poland is a disappointment.

Alexis Vega, the number 10 in Mexico, rises higher than everyone and hits a header, which passes close to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who after a while saves Poland again. Mexico is superior, but fails to uneven in the decisive meters.

The meeting is attractive, with a lot at stake. Mexico has the ball and is more judicious, Poland responds with bursts. One point to keep in mind: the progress on the left side of Luis Chávez, elusive and with a collective sense.

Robert Lewandowski tries to control the ball against Edson Álvarez
Robert Lewandowski tries to control the ball against Edson ÁlvarezDarko Vojinovic – AP

The overall idea is bold, on both platforms. However, there are subtle differences. Mexico leans towards a 4-3-3, with Chuky Lozano as the maximum reference, from the offensive characteristics. Czeslaw Michniewicz, the driver from Poland, prefers a 3-5-2, no less aggressive. Above, not only is the famous attacker from Barcelona: he is accompanied by Piotr Zielinski, a figure from Napoli.

Mexico, led by Tata Martino, and Poland, with its star Robert Lewandowski, begin their journey to the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday in a Group C match, which includes Argentina and is completed by Saudi Arabia. The game is played from 1:00 p.m. at the 974 Stadium in Doha, with the arbitration of Australian Chris Beath and televised by the TyC Sports and DirecTV signals.

Tata Martino arranged the first line-up for Mexico in the World Cup, without surprises, with Rogelio Funes Mori on the substitute bench. In Poland they also have everything ready, with the reference of Robert Lewandoski as the top star.

The Poles warm up their engines, at full speed. ław Michniewicz reconnoitered the field before the match against Mexico. Their first objective is to achieve one of the qualifying places in Group C.

Polish players at Stadium 974
Polish players at Stadium 974Claudio Villa – Getty Images Europe

Stadium 974, whose capacity for the Qatar 2022 World Cup has 40,000 seats, is the only one located on the seafront, with views of the Doha skyline. It was built using certified standard shipping containers and modular steel elements, paying homage to the nearby port and industrial history. In that particular scenario, Mexico and Poland will play from 13 o’clock.

General view of Estadio 974 before the Group C match between Mexico and Poland
General view of Estadio 974 before the Group C match between Mexico and PolandDean Mouhtaropoulos – Getty Images Europe

The fans of Mexico, some of the most passionate and numerous in the World Cups, begin to populate the 947 Stadium. They are excited to finally overcome the round of 16, an instance that they have not reached since Mexico ’86, when they lost in the quarterfinals against Germany.

Mexican fans at the 974 Stadium, waiting for the match between Mexico and Poland
Mexican fans at the 974 Stadium, waiting for the match between Mexico and PolandClaudio Villa – Getty Images Europe

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Sánchez Ramos, César Montes, Héctor Moreno, Jesús Gallardo; Carlos Rodríguez, Héctor Herrera, Luis Gerardo Chávez; Uriel Antuna, Henry Martín or Rogelio Funes Mori and Alexis Vega. DT: Gerardo Martino.

Poland: Tomasz Szczesny; Matty Cash, Jakub Kiwior, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek, Nicola Zalewski; Piotr Zielinski, Gregorz Krychowiak, Sebastian Szymaski; Karol Zwiderski and Robert Lewandowski. DT: Czeslaw Michniewic.

The experienced goalkeeper from Mexico, Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa, is chasing the record of five World Cups played. But he also drew a hard reflection regarding what surrounds the Mexican team: “That media pressure that is experienced in Mexico, one who has lived there for many years and who has been fortunate to grow up in such an environment for what it has Club América is allowed, it depends on how one takes it, it depends on how much attention you pay, see or read. It is already your own decision. We are a country with a lot of soccer, there are radio and television programs at all hours, many sports newspapers, a lot of space to fill and the trend has been the trigger for clicks, likes, audience pull, to see who wins that competition between audience. They no longer even talk about sports, they already make notes of people who have nothing to do with sports and start talking about football ”.

Guillermo Memo Ochoa, a leader of the national team, who was pointed out as responsible for the absence of Chicharito Hernández in Qatar
Guillermo Memo Ochoa, a leader of the national team, who was pointed out as responsible for the absence of Chicharito Hernández in QatarMark J. Terrill – AP

Mexico’s coach, Gerardo Martino, spoke about what awaits El Tri in their debut: “We always try to play the same way, propose the match. The first meeting guides the route of a Selection in the World Cup; Due to the characteristics of the group, against Poland it is even more decisive. They have versatile players; they always wait and then go to space. The style we saw in the friendly with Sweden could be repeated. Poland’s style is one and we prepare the game on that. We must find out what their arguments are to neutralize them without separating from the idea of ​​the game we have, we must know the risks we may have”.

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino, in the friendly that Mexico played against Sweden, the last one before the World Cup
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, in the friendly that Mexico played against Sweden, the last one before the World CupPAU BARRENA – AFP

Before the debut, Lewandowski spoke about the first rival. “Mexico is a difficult team that always fights and never gives up.. The Mexicans combine youth with experience and know how to play in big competitions. It is something that we are very clear about, for us it will be a great challenge”. And he expanded: “The first game will be super important against Mexico because the atmosphere and the attitude always depend on the first game and how the tournament goes depends on your confidence. I hope we can win, which is important, but we know it’s difficult, I hope we’re ready to rise, I can’t wait for the first game.”

All the experience of Lewandoski, Barcelona player
All the experience of Lewandoski, Barcelona playerJANEK SKARZYNSKI – AFP

In total, Peruvians and Mexicans met 9 times, but only in Argentina 1978 did they meet for a World Cup, with a 3-1 victory for Poland. In the overall balance, the team now led by Robert Lewandowski prevails in the statistics, since they achieved four wins, there were two draws and suffered three losses against the Aztecs.

Welcome to Mexico vs. Poland, corresponding to the second match of Group C, after the unexpected defeat of Argentina against Saudi Arabia. The game is played from 1:00 p.m. in the detachable stadium 974, with television from TyC Sports and DSports. Logically, it is a duel of great interest for the team led by Scaloni, who will expect a draw between the Mexicans and the Poles.


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