Memo Ochoa continues Robert Lewandowski’s World Cup woes.
Mexico and Poland failed to capitalise on Argentina’s shocking loss to Saudi Arabia in their Group C opener.
Gerardo Martino’s team had more control and better opportunities, but Poland might have won if Robert Lewandowski hadn’t missed a penalty.
The Barcelona attacker got a VAR-reviewed penalty after a skirmish with Hector Moreno in the area, but his feeble shot was saved by Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa, who became just the eighth player — and fourth Mexican — to appear in five World Cups.
Lewandowski still hasn’t scored at a World Cup, but Poland opted for a containment strategy.
Alexis Vega and Jesus Gallardo had first-half opportunities for Mexico, while Wojciech Szczesny saved Henry Martin’s header after the interval.
El Tri will play Argentina, which lost to Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, while Poland faces the Green Falcons.
The Sporting News covered Mexico vs. Poland in the 2022 World Cup. Group C match in Qatar results are below.
Mexico vs Poland live score
Mexico (right-to-left): 19. Sanchez, 15. Moreno, 13. 3. 23.Gallardo—4.Alvarez, 16.Herrera (Rodriguez-70), 24.Chavez—10.Vega (Antuna-84),22.Lozano,20.Martin (Jimenez-70)
Szczesny (GK) — Cash, Kiwior, Gilik, 18. Berezynski vs. Lewandowski, 9, Krychowiak, 21, Zalewski (Bielik-46), 20, Zielinski, 19, Szymanski (Frankowski-72)
Mexico vs. Poland 2022 World Cup FULL-TIME: 0-0 Poland
Both sides squandered a chance. Mexico dominated the encounter but couldn’t score. Guillermo Ochoa saved Robert Lewandowski’s bad penalty, which may have won.
Saudi Arabia is Group C’s early leader.
Grzegorz Krychowiak puts up a 25-yard long-range shot in the 96th minute but misses.
Will either team get a last shot? They’re both exhausted.
90th minute: 7-minute overtime. Who supplies them?
Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik replaces Piotr Zielinski in the 87th minute.
Uriel Antuna replaces Alexis Vega in the 84th minute.
Back to business. Raul Jimenez gets into Poland’s penalty area, but his touch fails him down.
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15 minutes of regular time remained in this Group C match, plus at least five more if the tournament thus far is any indication. Can either team win or will it be another goalless draw?
72nd minute: Poland replaces Sebastian Szymanski with Przemyslaw Frankowski.
70th minute: Mexico double-change. Henry Martin and Hector Herrera are replaced by Raul Jimenez and Charly Rodriguez.
64: Mexico’s chance! Henry Martin heads Kevin Alvarez’s left-wing cross goalward, but Wojciech Szczesny palms it away.
60th minute: Mexico’s supporters celebrate like they’ve won the World Cup.
Saved! Guillermo Ochoa dives to his left to save Robert Lewandowski’s right-footed strike. Lewandowski hasn’t scored yet.
55th minute: Poland penalty! Moreno’s yellow card seems a tad severe.
54th minute: Hector Moreno and Robert Lewandowski tussle. Both players grab for the ball and tug each other’s jerseys. Sanctions? VAR.
52nd minute: Similar to first half. Mexico pressuring, Poland containing (one shot on goal).
46th minute: Stadium 974 restarts. Poland substitutes Krystian Bielik for Nicola Zalewski during halftime.
Halftime: Mexico 0-0 Poland
Mexico is the superior team, but Poland is holding tight. We need second-half goals. Mexico’s previous 12 World Cup goals have all come after halftime.
45th minute: Two more minutes.
Hirving Lozano tries a one-two on the box’s edge and falls. Wojciech Szczesny tiptoes over Jorge Sanchez’s shot.
39th minute: Luis Chavez’s left-wing cross misses numerous teammates. Hirving Lozano re-mixes, but Poland clears. El Tri pushing, but opportunities are few.
37th minute: Today’s contest is historic.
Poland is content to remain deep in a defensive block and let Mexico attack. After an early energy decrease, there’s a tactical standstill.
Saudi Arabia has announced a national holiday tomorrow following their win against Argentina. Certainly.
Jesus Gallardo gets a toe to a through pass before Poland goalie Wojciech Szczesny, but his defenders bail him out for a corner.
26th minute: Game’s best opportunity. Alexis Vega heads a right-wing cross wide of the right post.
Robert Lewandowski collides with Mexico defender Cesar Montes in the 23rd minute, but nothing happens.
Since 1994, Mexico has reached the final 16 of every World Cup, but never beyond. Is this the tournament to advance? El Tri’s started well.
Hirving Lozano attempts a one-two, but Jorge Sanchez is offside.
12 minutes: Early speed and liveliness. Hector Moreno can’t keep his header down on a left-wing corner from Mexico.
Robert Lewandowski’s pass puts Poland on offence, but Jesus Gallardo clears the danger and concedes a corner.
Poland’s mistake frees Hirving Lozano to the right. Napoli’s attacker sends a pass across the goalmouth, but Alexis Vega can’t reach it.
Mexico starts off. Argentina’s defeat against Saudi Arabia opened up Group C for both teams.
Stadium 974’s anthems begin 3 minutes before start. Soon we’ll go.
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Raul Jimenez is barely fit for El Tri’s bench, while Robert Lewandowski leads Poland.
Matty Cash is Poland’s first World Cup player.
Can Poland improve their World Cup record in Doha?
Mexico has lost seven consecutive last-16 matches in Qatar. Can they end the run in Doha?
Guillermo Ochoa and Andres Guardado are competing in their sixth World Cup for Mexico.
Saudi Arabia’s triumph against Argentina puts even more focus on this game, with Mexico and Poland hoping to gain an edge in Doha.
Below are Lusail’s highlights.
3hrs 30mins till kickoff: Wow. Mexico and Poland’s Group C showdown suddenly become more important after events in Qatar. Saudi Arabia’s triumph against Argentina has opened the pool.
4h30 since kickoff: Still a few hours till kickoff, but preparations are already underway. This is the next leg in both teams’ arduous trek to the finals. Mexico finished second behind Canada in CONCACAF qualification, but Poland needed a UEFA playoff. Now, the minor things matter.
5-hour countdown: Mexico’s Qatar 2022 campaign begins today against Poland and Robert Lewandowski. If they start well, might this be the year they go beyond Round 16?
Mexico vs. Poland lineups
Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona’s absence hurts Gerardo Martino’s ambitions. The Sevilla attacker was essential in qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Alexis Vega is set to start in an adapted 4-3-3 style, with Guillermo Ochoa, Nestor Araujo, and Jesus Gallardo providing key experience.
Wolves’ Jimenez will be a danger off the bench, while Ajax’s Edson Alvarez is worth watching.
Mexico (4-3-3, right to left): 13. Ochoa (GK) — 19. Sanchez, 15. Moreno, 3. Montes, 23.Gallardo — 4. Alvarez, 16. Herrera, 24. Chavez — 10. Vega, 22. Lozano, 20. Martin
Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski scored in Poland’s March 2022 World Cup playoff triumph against Sweden.
Czeslaw Michniewicz has shifted to a 4-2-3-1 with Lewandowski as the focal point.
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, 20. Zielinski, 19. Szymanski — 9. Lewandowski
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