After a slump, Argentina dominated the Group C to demolish their way to knockouts after beating Poland. Follow for more free livescores news here!
The Albiceleste made an impressive two games comeback after losing their first match against the underdog Saudi Arabia. Unlike in their second match against Mexico, the Argentines started the game with more tempo and chances to score a goal, however the first 45 minutes went into full of waste chances, highlighted by Messi’s penalty kick. For the accurate football prediction website click here!
On Poland’s side, things didn’t go well as they suffered a tremendous breakdown at the first half of this game. It was very obvious how they tried to contain Argentina’s massive offensive force but it was not enough that it cost them a penalty kick for Messi – lucky enough it was blocked by the goalkeeper Szczesny.
It was a brilliant performance for the Polish goalkeeper Szczesny who saved and denied all of the attempts, finishing the opening 45 minutes with nine saves as the first half ended scoreless. He became the second goalkeeper since 1966 to save a penalty at the World Cup having conceded it himself.
In the second half, Argentina made up for their wasteful attempts and ended the deadlock in just 60 seconds after the break with Alexis Mac Allister scores at the 46th minute after he converted Molina’s cross. Mac Allister’s goal is considered the easiest goal in a World Cup game since Daniel Agger’s own goal.
The marathon of Albicelestes continued as they continued their offensive race, punishing Poland’s lazy defense, keeping possession from the corner and crossing the ball down the left. Julian Alvarez books the second goal of Argentina with an assist by Fernandez to finish with a stunning strike past Szczesny. Poland was in really deep trouble, endangering their spot for the knockout stage.
The game ended with Poland doubling their effort on defense to contain Messi and Argentina from scoring the third goal in order to maintain the status quo of them qualifying to the round of 16. This is the first time since 1986 that Poland qualified for the knockout stage. While Argentina have qualified from the knockout stage at the World Cup for the fifth consecutive tournament and this is their 13th time qualifying progressing from the first round in their 14 World Cup appearances.
Poland was relieved after the Mexico versus Saudi Arabia result that ended with the score of 2-1, it means they advance to the last 16 and will have a battle with the reigning World Cup champion France, while Argentina will face Australia.
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