Mexico’s 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia was not enough for them to progress from Group C, as Poland and Argentina progressed.
Henry Martin and Luis Chavez scored for Mexico when they beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a tight match in Group C, but that wasn’t enough for El Tri to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup, as Poland took second place in the group behind Argentina.
Two consecutive goals early in the second half gave Mexico a 2-0 lead on Wednesday as Saudi Arabia’s defense appeared to be collapsing. In the remaining match of Group C, Argentina also led Poland 2-0.
The Mexicans needed one more goal to beat Poland on goal difference and get through the group stage but it was the Saudis who scored in the dying moments of the match, making it 2- first.
Saudi Arabia went into the match knowing that a win would get them a place in the Round of 16 regardless of the Argentina-Poland result. But the stars have to arrange for the Mexican players, who need to win their match by a big margin and hope for a favorable outcome from the match. Poland-Argentina battle.
The first 45 minutes, Mexico dominated the ball and tried to exploit the space behind the Saudi defense but they struggled to create clear opportunities.
With both Group C matches being goalless in the first half, qualifying for El Tri was inevitable. But a goal shortly after half-time gave new hope to the passionate Mexican fans in the stadium and to followers around the world.
In the 47th minute, Martin cushioned the ball from a corner kick. It was Mexico’s first goal of the tournament. Five minutes later, a stunning strike from Chavez – a free-kick from nearly 30 yards – doubled Mexico’s lead.
Meanwhile, Poland has struggling to contain Lionel Messi and his teammates took a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute thanks to goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez.
By then, all Mexico needs is to score one more goal to qualify for the round of 16. They equal Poland in goal difference, goals lost and head-to-head record, but the Polish team have a better fair-play record – fewer yellows than cards.
An Argentina goal is also enough for Mexico. But when the final whistle of the game between Poland and Argentina sounded, Salem Al-Dawsari scored against Mexico in the 95th minute, making it 2-1.
Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez said: “It was a powerful blow, there are no words left to say. “The whole team was looking for it from the beginning and we had a lot of chances. But we couldn’t score and that left a bitter taste.”
Hirving Lozano, who saw a late goal disallowed for offside, apologized to Mexican fans for not doing enough in the first two games – the goalless draw against Poland and the 0-2 loss. before Argentina.
“We can do more, but that’s football,” he said. “I always lived my life to the fullest with every game, always gave my best in every game, every ball… but then the results didn’t come.”
Despite the late goal, it was a disappointing result for Saudi Arabia, who started the tournament in high form. beat Argentina 2-1 in reverse.
Losing to Mexico after a 0-2 defeat to Poland means Saudi Arabia is at the bottom of the table.
In the round of 16, Poland will face France, and Argentina will face Australia.