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Argentina vs Poland, FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: Lionel Messi and Argentina top Group C, beat Poland 2-0

World Cup 2022 Highlights, Poland vs Argentina: Scaloni's side top the group

By: Sports Desk
Updated: December 1, 2022 02:52 IST
Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, congratulates his teammate Alexis Mac Allister, second right, the scorer of the opening goal during the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Argentina at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Argentina vs Poland, FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: Second half goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez were enough to take Lionel Messi’s Argentina to a 2-0 win over Robert Lewandowski’s Poland. Both teams qualified, with Argentina topping the group.

There was late drama in the group, as Mexico led Saudi Arabia 2-0 to put them and Poland exactly clear on all qualifying parameters. A late Salem Al Dawsari goal knocked Mexico out on goal difference.

In the other matches of the night, An invigorated Tunisia claimed a famous victory over a French team made up mostly of back-up players on Wednesday but their 1-0 win over the reigning champions was not enough for the North Africans to progress to the World Cup knockout stages.

In the next Group D match, Australia reached the World Cup last 16 for the first time since 2006 after Mathew Leckie earned them a gritty 1-0 upset win over Denmark in their final Group D match on Wednesday.

Australia finished second with six points, level with group winners France after the world champions lost 1-0 to Tunisia. Denmark were bottom on one point with Tunisia third on four.


Argentina (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María

Poland (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski


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02:40 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Final thoughts

A brilliant win for Scaloni's side, who finally look like they have arrived in this tournament. Much more assured in midfield, as Fernandez took control of that area and allowed Mac Allister and De Paul to push higher. They did not need any Messi heroics today, who despite seeing a penalty saved, had a bright game. Constantly on the move, drawing and beating opposition players and creating space.

Poland had an off game, too conservative and defensive, ultimately undone by the incessant pressure from the Argentine attack. It was a nervy finish as they looked to lose no worse than 0-2. They'll need to be much better, especially considering it is the little matter of... world champions France up next.


02:32 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Round of 16s decided

Argentina take on Australia. Poland take on world champions France.

Both games to take place this weekend.

02:30 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Poland are through!

Mexico 1-2 Saudi Arabia. 

Poland are through on goal difference. Heartbreaking, ruthless, enthralling World Cup football.

02:28 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Mexico in with a chance

If Mexico score again, they can still go through on goals scored...

What a final few minutes over at the Lusail Stadium.

02:27 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Al Dawsari scores for Saudi Arabia and decides it!

Saudi Arabia score! Incredible scenes! Al Dawsari finds the net.

02:26 (IST)01 Dec 2022
FULL TIME: Clinical win for Argentina

Argentina win a big game, but Poland will hold their breath for the result in the other game...


02:23 (IST)01 Dec 2022
90 + 3': Chance for Almada

Poland could have been knocked out of the tournament there.

Sczcezny makes a brilliant save as Almada tries to dink it over him, and it needed a goal line clearance.

Nervy final scenes here.


02:18 (IST)01 Dec 2022
88': Lacklustre Poland

With 90m approaching, Poland are yet to hit a shot on target. Relentless Argentina have hit 10 shots on the mark.

Not only can they not concede, but two more yellow cards and they risk their place in the last 16. 


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02:16 (IST)01 Dec 2022
85': Lautaro scuffs a chance

That would have broken Mexican hearts more than Argentine.

In acres of space, Martinez gets onto a pass in the right channel and smashes the ball past the far post. Poor.


02:13 (IST)01 Dec 2022
The Dutch cop who awarded Messi a controversial penalty

Andrew Amsan: Referee Danny Makkelie's first-half controversial penalty awarded to Messi has come under heavy fire with several experts expressing their disbelief over the call. Jamie Carragher tweeted: "That is a joke, that is never a penalty! Embarrassing VAR"

Referring in a World Cup is a high-pressure job that every official is cut for but Makkelie is no stranger to dealing with tough situations. Born in Willemstad, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, he had a day job as a police inspector in Rotterdam apart from offering his services as referee and coach for the Royal Netherlands Football Association.

Makkelie, who was the video assistant referee at the 2016 Fifa Club World Cup finals, also officiated at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup where he took some bold calls.

02:09 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Incredible scenes in Group C

Shashank Nair: Poland and Mexico are level on points. They are level on goal difference. They were even level when they played each other to a 1-1 draw. What does this mean?

It triggers Fifa fair-play scenario where a team with fewer yellow cards in the group stage goes through to the next round in case of a tie. Poland has accumalated four yellow cards this tournament while Mexico has seven to their total team.  As of now, Poland are going to the Round of 16 along with Argentina. One goal either way changes things once again

02:08 (IST)01 Dec 2022
78': Argentina in cruise control

They're keeping slow possession and looking very assured.

Can't count them out from scoring another. Both Messi and De Paul have been brilliant in breaking the press on the half turn and starting attacks.


02:05 (IST)01 Dec 2022
Qualification scenarios

What happens in this group if the scores remain the same? Poland goes through over Mexico on their fair play record. (FIND OUT MORE)

02:03 (IST)01 Dec 2022
73': Alvarez misses

A free-for-all for the Argentines now.

Brilliant run from Alvarez, met by a well-executed through ball by Messi. The angle was tight, and he shot on the wrong side of the net.


02:02 (IST)01 Dec 2022
71': Chance for Messi!

Szczesny denies him again. Latched onto a cutback in point blank range, denied by a solid save.

Should have scored.


02:01 (IST)01 Dec 2022
69': Brilliant move for the goal

The goal was a result of what was arguably Argentina's best move of the day.

Started by Messi, who brilliantly got past two midfielders on the half turn and ran it out wide. Some great one, two-touch passing broke the ball to Alvarez. He took a few smart touches before shooting into the top corner.


01:59 (IST)01 Dec 2022
68': Poland nervous now

They are equal on points, goal difference, head-to-head, goals scored, and goals conceded now. Poland through on 'fair play record' - lesser yellow and red cards.



01:57 (IST)01 Dec 2022

An emphatic finish from Julian Alvarez!


01:54 (IST)01 Dec 2022
64': Messi a threat

Messi picks up the ball after a Poland error and glides past defenders to get a shot off. Eventually blocked.

The subsequent corner is taken shortly, and Scaloni's side keep control.


01:52 (IST)01 Dec 2022
62': Poland opening up now, Mac Allister gets a chance

Mexico's second goal will have them worried, and as they look equalise, there are spaces in behind their defence.

Another chance for Argentina as Messi grabs the ball in a deep are and finds Tagliafico, his cutback cross met by another late run into the box from Mac Allister. The shot is saved by Sczcezny.


Defending champion France has already advanced to the knockout stages in Group D with a full six points from its opening two games. Australia sits next with three points, while Denmark and Tunisia trail with one point each. Australia will qualify with a win, or a draw unless Tunisia beats France. Denmark needs to win and hope that Tunisia doesn’t beat France. Australia is counting on France performing well against Tunisia.

As Lionel Messi and Argentina look for group-stage turnaround, Saudi Arabia aim to script history

Lionel Messi, Argentina, FIFA world CUp, Football world cup, Qatar 2022, WHat to watch out for today, Australia vs Denmark, France vs Tunisia, Argentina vs Poland, Lionel Messi (L) and Saudi Arabia manager Herve Renard with members of his team. (Reuters photos)

Showcase game Saudi Arabia vs Mexico 12.30 am (Thursday), Lusail Stadium

At every World Cup since 1994, Mexico have reached the last 16. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, haven’t gone beyond the group stage since 1994.

On Wednesday, something’s got to give.

The ripples of Saudi Arabia’s shock win over Argentina can still be felt in the way Group C is shaping up heading into its final matchday. All four teams still have a shot at qualifying for the Round of 16.

To progress, Lionel Messi and Argentina will have to overcome the group’s only unbeaten team, Poland, who can top the pool by upsetting the Albiceleste. In their shadows, Saudi Arabia will be hoping to script history by beating Mexico, who’ll need a divine intervention to stay alive in the tournament.

It would have taken a brave person to predict that in a group comprising South and North American giants, along with a European middleweight, the Saudis would be the most entertaining and adventurous side.

Herve Renard’s men have shown a great appetite for risk: enthralling the spectators with their ridiculously high defence line, teasing and baiting their opponents to get past it, snatching possession and then hitting them on the counter.

Had Argentina got their runs right, the scenario would have been very different now. However, despite disallowed goals and the constant threat of Messi running through, again and again, Saudi stuck to their plan and for that, they should be credited. [Read More]

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First published on: 30-11-2022 at 16:59 IST
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