Synopsis: Mexico vs. Poland: Mexico and Poland both passed up opportunities to capitalise on Argentina’s shocking defeat by Saudi Arabia, as their opening World Cup 2022 Group C match finished goalless.
Mexico vs. Poland final score and result
Mexico and Poland both passed up opportunities to capitalise on Argentina’s shocking defeat by Saudi Arabia, as their opening World Cup 2022 Group C match finished goalless.
Gerardo Martino’s team had the majority of possession and the better opportunities overall, but Poland could have won if star striker Robert Lewandowski had not missed a second-half penalty.
The Barcelona forward got the penalty after a skirmish in the box that was reviewed by VAR, but his feeble spot-kick was saved by veteran Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa, who became only the eighth player — and fourth Mexican — to appear in five World Cups.
Lewandowski has yet to score at a World Cup, but Poland did little to justify victory, preferring a containment strategy.
Mexico had chances in the first half with Alexis Vega’s header and the dangerous Jesus Gallardo, but Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a header from Henry Martin after the interval.
El Tri will face Argentina, who were defeated by Saudi Arabia earlier in the day, on Saturday, while Poland will face the Green Falcons.
The Sporting News was following live scoring updates and highlights from Mexico’s World Cup match against Poland in 2022. The complete Group C match results are available here.
Mexico (4-3-3, right to left): 13. Ochoa (GK) — 19. Sanchez, 15. Moreno, 3. Montes, 23.Gallardo— 4. Alvarez, 16. Herrera (Rodriguez-70), 24. Chavez — 10. Vega (Antuna-84), 22. Lozano, 20. Martin (Jimenez-70)
Poland (4-2-3-1 right to left): 1. Szczesny (GK) — 2. Cash, 14. Kiwior, 15. Gilik, 18. Berezynski — 13. Kaminski, 10. Krychowiak — 21. Zalewski (Bielik-46), 20. Zielinski, 19. Szymanski (Frankowski-72) — 9. Lewandowski
Mexico vs. Poland live updates and highlights from the World Cup 2022
3 mins from kickoff: Anthems are playing at Stadium 974. We’ll be on our way soon.
45mins from kickoff: TEAM NEWS IS HERE! Raul Jimenez is barely fit enough to sit on the bench for El Tri, while Poland is led by Robert Lewandowski.
Matty Cash of Aston Villa makes his World Cup debut for Poland.
1hrs 30mins from kickoff: Can Poland improve their World Cup record in Doha today?
2hrs from kickoff: An unwelcome record for Mexico before of the game in Doha, but can El Tri end their run of seven consecutive last-16 exits in Qatar?
1st min (Mexico vs. Poland): Mexico takes the field. Both of these teams have a great chance after Argentina’s dramatic loss to Saudi Arabia earlier in the week broke this Group C wide open.
5th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Poland’s error allows Mexico to unleash Hirving Lozano down the right. The Napoli striker sends a ball across the face of goal, but Alexis Vega, who arrives at the far post, is unable to get on the end of it.
8th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Robert Lewandowski’s wonderful pass puts Poland on the attack, but Mexico defender Jesus Gallardo rushes back to clear the danger and surrender a corner, which goes unanswered.
12th min (Mexico vs. Poland): This match started off with a good tempo and brightness. Mexico sends in a curling ball from the left, but central defender Hector Moreno fails to keep his header down.
17th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Hirving Lozano threatens for Mexico with a one-two on the edge of the box, but the overlapping Jorge Sanchez is whistled offside.
21st min (Mexico vs. Poland): Mexico has reached the final 16 in all seven World Cups since 1994, but has never advanced further. Could this be the competition that takes things a step further? El Tri is off to a good start.
23rd min (Mexico vs. Poland): After colliding with Mexico defender Cesar Montes, Robert Lewandowski goes to the ground on the edge of the area, but nothing happens.
26th min (Mexico vs. Poland): So far, the best opportunity of the game. Alexis Vega of Mexico gets a great head on a cross from the right but can only direct his effort wide of the right post.
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28th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Mexico gets another half-chance as Jesus Gallardo gets a toe to a through ball ahead of Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who gets half a hand on it before his defenders bail him out at the cost of a corner.
30th min (Mexico vs. Poland): In addition, Saudi Arabia appears to have announced a national holiday tomorrow following their amazing victory against Argentina earlier in this group. So why not?
33rd min (Mexico vs. Poland): Poland is quite content to remain deep in a defensive block and allow Mexico to try to break them down. After a decline in early energy levels, we’ve reached a tactical standstill.
37th min (Mexico vs. Poland): By the way, an important piece of history is being made today at this match.
39th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Luis Chavez of Mexico’s tempting pass in from the left eludes numerous teammates in the vicinity. Hirving Lozano adds it back into the mix, but Poland is out. El Tri is doing all of the pressure, but chances are still scarce.
44th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Hirving Lozano goes to ground after attempting a one-two on the edge of the box. The pass is intercepted by the overlapping Jorge Sanchez, who forces Wojciech Szczesny to tip his shot over the crossbar.
45th min (Mexico vs. Poland): We’ll have an extra two minutes…
HALF-TIME: Mexico 0-0 Poland
Mexico the better side and they have had a few half-chances, but Poland are holding firm. Let’s hope for goals in the second half…Mexico’s last 12 at World Cups have all come in the second half, incidentally.
46th min (Mexico vs. Poland): We’re back in action at Stadium 974. Poland has made a half-time substitution, replacing Roma youngster Nicola Zalewski with Birmingham City’s Krystian Bielik.
52nd min (Mexico vs. Poland): So far, the pattern has been similar to the first half. Mexico is doing most of the pressuring, with Poland – which has only had one shot on goal – content with containing.
54th min (Mexico vs. Poland): In the box, Hector Moreno and Robert Lewandowski are squabbling. Both players are battling for the ball and tugging on each other’s jerseys. Is there a penalty? It has been forwarded to VAR.
55th min (Mexico vs. Poland): POLAND IS PENALTY! Moreno received a yellow card for his troubles, which seemed a little harsh.
57th min (Mexico vs. Poland): SAVED! Robert Lewandowski attempts a right-footed kick, but Guillermo Ochoa, earning his 137th cap, dives to his left to keep it out. Lewandowski is yet to score his first World Cup goal.
60th min (Mexico vs. Poland): That has certainly energised the crowd, with Mexican fans celebrating as if they had won the World Cup.
64th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Mexico has a chance! Kevin Alvarez curls in a left-wing cross that Henry Martin heads goalwards, but Wojciech Szczesny is equal to it, diving to his left to palm it away.
70th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Mexico gets a double change. Raul Jimenez, who has been struggling with fitness in recent months, and Charly Rodriguez come in for Henry Martin and Hector Herrera.
72nd min (Mexico vs. Poland): Poland also makes a move, with midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski replacing Sebastian Szymanski.
75th min (Mexico vs. Poland): So 15 minutes of normal time remains in this Group C clash, plus at least another five minutes if the rest of the competition is any indication. Will either team score, or will we have our second goalless draw of the day?
77th min (Mexico vs. Poland): NEWS FLASH: Manchester United has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club “by mutual consent, with immediate effect.” They praised him for his “impressive contribution over two periods at Old Trafford.”
82nd min (Mexico vs. Poland): Back to the topic at hand. Raul Jimenez breaks into the Poland penalty area, but the Wolves striker’s touch fails him just as he is about to shoot.
84th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Mexico sent Uriel Antuna to replace Alexis Vega, who has worked tirelessly without reward.
87th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Poland made a late substitution as well, with Juventus forward Arkadiusz Milik replacing Piotr Zielinski.
90th min (Mexico vs. Poland): There will be an additional SEVEN minutes. Where do they get it all?
94th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Will either side have a final chance? Both appear to be exhausted.
96th min (Mexico vs. Poland): Grzegorz Krychowiak lines up a long-range shot from 25 yards away, but it always goes over.
FULL-TIME: Mexico 0-0 Poland
In some ways, it was a squandered opportunity for both teams. For the most part, Mexico looked the better team, but they couldn’t convert any of their chances. Poland only had one notable goal, but Guillermo Ochoa saved the great Robert Lewandowski’s poor penalty, which could have stolen victory.
After the first round of matches, Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in Group C!
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