The strain was on Lionel Messi and Argentina to rebound from Tuesday’s surprising loss to Saudi Arabia and the Conmebol representatives did simply that towards Mexico on Saturday.
Messi scored the go-ahead objective for Argentina earlier than aiding on Enzo Fernandez’s insurance coverage strike in a 2-0 Group C victory over El Tri. Argentina moved to second place in Group C heading right into a last group stage showdown with Poland.
Each groups struggled in entrance of objective for the opening 60 minutes of the match, however Messi would name his personal quantity to assist ship the go-ahead objective. Messi picked up a move from Angel Di Maria from 25 yards out earlier than hitting a low, left-footed drive into the bottom-right nook previous Guillermo Ochoa.
It was Messi’s second objective of the match.
With Mexico pushing for a tying objective, it was Argentina who celebrated three factors as Fernandez delivered the insurance coverage strike. Fernandez acquired a move from Messi following a brief nook routing earlier than placing into the highest nook of Ochoa’s web.
Emi Martinez made one save to earn his first World Cup clear sheet as Argentina moved one step nearer to advancing into the Spherical of 16.
Mexico sits backside of the group needing a victory towards Saudi Arabia to have any likelihood of staying in Qatar. Argentina faces off with Poland, sitting one level again of Robert Lewandowski and his Polish teammates.
Here’s a nearer take a look at all of Saturday’s World Cup motion:
France 2, Denmark 1
(Kylian Mbappe 61′, 86′) – (Andreas Christensen 68′)
France clinched its spot into the Spherical of 16 on Saturday with Kylian Mbappe taking part in the hero for Didier Deschamps’ squad towards Denmark.
Mbappe scored twice together with the successful objective in a 2-1 victory over the Danes, sealing France the highest spot in Group D. Hugo Lloris made one save for France.
Kasper Schmeichel stored the edges stage within the first half after repelling Adrien Rabiot’s header within the twenty second minute. Mbappe had a terrific likelihood to interrupt the impasse earlier than halftime however skied his effort within the field over the crossbar.
The PSG star didn’t miss although within the 61st minute, utilizing Theo Hernandez’s decoy on the left wing to ship a difficult shot previous Schmeichel. Nevertheless, Denmark wanted solely seven minutes to tie issues up as Andreas Christensen completed off Joachim Andersen’s move within the field with a robust header.
Mbappe would play the hero for France although within the 86th minute because the 21-year-old completed Antoine Griezmann’s cross for a 2-1 victory.
Denmark sits in third place and can face Australia on Wednesday realizing a victory would clinch them a Spherical of 16 berth. France takes on final place Tunisia with prime spot already assured.
Poland 2, Saudi Arabia 0
(Piotr Zieliński 39′, Robert Lewandowski 82′)
Poland captured its first victory on the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Saturday with Robert Lewandowski celebrating his first objective within the match.
Piotr Zieliński opened the scoring six minutes earlier than halftime earlier than Lewandowski iced the victory within the 82nd minute. Wojciech Szczesny made 5 saves to protect the clear sheet for Poland.
Each groups had golden alternative to seize an early lead, however have been unable to attain. Szczesny made a tremendous save within the 14th minute to disclaim Saudi Arabia a surprising lead earlier than Krystian Bielik’s header within the twenty sixth minute was cleared off the goal-line.
Lewandowski helped arrange the opening objective for Poland, selecting out Zielinski who confidently drilled a shot into the again of the web.
Szczesny was known as into motion earlier than halftime because the Juventus goalkeeper denied Salem Al-Dawsari from the penalty spot. Bielik was whistled for a foul within the field, however Al-Dawsari nor Mohammed Al-Breik’s follow-up likelihood.
Saudi Arabia did its greatest to earn an equalizing objective within the second half however ended up conceding a second tally which finally handed Poland the victory. Abdulelah Al-Malki didn’t get the ball out from below his ft, permitting Lewandowski the possibility to steal possession and capitalizing with an insurance coverage objective.
Poland will face Argentina on Wednesday whereas Saudi Arabia takes on Mexico.
Tunisia 0, Australia 1
(Mitchell Duke 23′)
Australia stayed alive in Group D play on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia.
Mitchell Duke’s first-half headed objective paired with Mathew Ryan’s four-save shutout stored the Socceroos alive heading into their last group stage match on Wednesday.
Duke delivered the lone objective of the match within the twenty third minute, benefitting from a deflection within the field to attain. Craig Goodwin’s cross from the left wing hung round within the field and Duke made no mistake to punish the Tunisian protection.
Mohamed Dräger got here near tying issues up for Tunisia earlier than halftime, however Harry Souttar’s key block stored Australia in entrance 1-0.
Youssef Msakni was denied twice in fast succession within the 72nd minute, forcing Ryan to punch away his first effort earlier than the veteran shot-stopper caught the follow-up likelihood.
Australia would dangle on for its first victory and shutout of the match, establishing a Wednesday showdown with Denmark. Tunisia faces France on the identical day.