Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 but was not enough to advance from Group C and earned a spot in the last 16. Follow for more soccer on tv news here!
It was a thrilling final Group C match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico – Henry Martin and Luis Chavez scored for Mexico to down Saudi Arabia’s chance for knockout berth, but the Saudi Arabia side did the same thing as Salem Aldawsari scores in the stoppage time to deny El Tri for the World Cup knockout stage. To have real-time data and sure soccer football prediction here!
In Group C, Mexico were level with Poland on points, goal difference, goals scored and even on their head to head record. However Mexico’s yellow card count of seven compared to Poland’s five and a goal difference had Mexico crash-out of the World Cup in a dramatic fashion.
Throughout the whole match, Mexico had the upper hand and they were dictating the tempo by showing their aggressiveness and fantastic attacks early on in the first half. El Tri knew that they needed as many goals as possible to qualify for the knockout stage and pull a heartbreaker towards Poland. However, they find themselves struggling to score despite having a volume of shots on target. They found their breakthrough in the second half when Henry Martin saw himself unmarked after Chavez swung it into the box as he tapped it past Al Owais. Just five minutes after Mexico’s first goal in this match, Luis Chavez made it 2-09 for El Tri with his sensational free-kick. But for Mexico, it wasn’t enough so they continued their aggressiveness on both ends of the field to look for the third goal.
In the stoppage time, Saudi Arabia embraced Mexico’s massive series of attacks and saw themselves with a chance to have a counter attack as Hattan Bahebri immediately slipped the ball to Aldawsari to score a goal and break Mexico’s heart just like what they did in their match against Argentina. Despite Saudi Arabia losing their chance for knockouts, they still made a pretty significant football frenzy when they pulled a heartbreaker against Mexico and saw Poland’s progression to the knockout stage.
Truly, a FIFA World Cup MADNESS!
The final matches in the Group C turned out to be spectacular, a match truly came from a World Cup spirit. Both fixtures having an important bearing added a thick spice to the drama as all four teams could still qualify to the knockouts based on results.
If Poland had the same number of yellow cards and with the same result of the fixtures, FIFA will have a draw to know which team will advance. If Saudi Arabia won, then they will be the first seed and Argentina will go second. These Group C fixtures will go down as a World Cup classic that features moments of agony, ecstasy, disappointments, joy, and despair that all unveiled in almost two hours of football world cup actions.
This is the end of the Mexico football journey of the Argentinian manager Gerardo Martino as he held a disappointing output for Mexico at this World Cup.
“I have no reason at the moment to think anything different – the contract expired with the final whistle and there is nothing else to do.’
“I am the man responsible for this frustration,” Martino emphasized. “This is a source of great sadness. I must say I assume all responsibility for this huge failure.”
The Saudi also suffers from a heartbreaker and this will go down as one of the most disappointing tournaments for them, as they have all the momentum following a huge victory over Argentina.
“We won’t get the violin out and start crying. We did not deserve to win with how we played,” Coach Herve Renard said. “We dreamed before going through but this evening we didn’t fight enough. Mexico was much better. Next, we first prepare for the Asia Cup. It will be almost in one year’s time, so we still have time to. Also to start the World Cup qualifiers. This is our next goal for the Saudi national team.’
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