Argentina with striker Lionel Messi made it to the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar. The two-time world champions celebrated a 2-0 (0-0) win over Poland in Doha on Wednesday to advance to the knockout rounds as Group C winners. The Poles saved themselves in second place with world footballer Robert Lewandowski, who advanced ahead of the Mexicans, who were tied on points, thanks to the better goal difference. The 2-1 (0-0) win against Saudi Arabia was not enough for the Mexicans.
After a missed penalty by Messi, which failed in the 39th minute by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, Alexis Mac Allister (46th) saved the Argentines with his goal. Julian Alvarez (67th) made the final score. The Argentinians meet Australia in the round of 16 on Saturday (8:00 p.m.). One day later, Poland will face defending champions France.
Meanwhile, Mexico and Saudi Arabia have to return home. Henry Martin (47′) and Luis Chavez (52′) scored in the Mexicans’ ultimately worthless victory in Lusail. Salem Al-Dawsari’s stoppage-time goal (90+5) finally sealed Mexico’s exit.