QATAR: In the FIFA World Cup 2022, Argentina defeated Poland 2-0 to win Group C and advanced to the round of 16 in Qatar’s Stadium 974. Lionel Messi once again proved why he is the “greatest of all time”.
Argentina was previously shocked by Saudi Arabia in their group opener. In this match, goals from Alexis MacAllister and Julian Alvarez helped Argentina maintain its chances of winning the World Cup.
Poland also squeaked into the knockout phase in second place despite being significantly outplayed throughout the entire game.
Now, Poland will meet Group D champions France on Sunday. On Saturday, Argentina will compete against Australia for a place in the quarterfinals.
Messi broke the tie with Diego Maradona for the most appearances by an Argentine at the World Cup by participating in his 999th game overall for club and country and his 22nd World Cup game.
Argentina dominated the first 45 minutes but had little to show for it, as the halftime score was 0-0. Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a Messi penalty that VAR gave.
Meanwhile, Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1. Unfortunately, both teams are out of the tournament.
In the other games that night, a revitalised Tunisia won a famous encounter on Wednesday against a French squad that was primarily made up of backup players.
But their 1-0 triumph against the defending champions was not enough to advance the North Africans to the World Cup knockout stages.
Australia beat Denmark 1-0 in their final Group D encounter on Wednesday thanks to a last-minute goal from Mathew Leckie, advancing them to the round of 16 for the first time since 2006.