Mexico and Poland drew goalless this afternoon, in a match where there was obvious Aztec dominance. The cast led by Gerardo Martino had unquestionable control of the ball, and thanks to their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and a mistake by Robert Lewandowski, they stayed alive during the second half.
The forcefulness of the tricolor cast was evident from the first minutes. When the clock marked 25′, the Americans created their first dangerous chance with a cross from Héctor Herrera from the right, which was connected by an Alexis Vega who narrowly deflected at the far post.
Two minutes later, Edson Álvarez sent a remarkable pass to a Jesús Gallardo who took a first-rate shot, demanding the intervention of an attentive Wojciech Szczesny.
Before the end of the first stage, and after a good associated play by Hirving Lozano on the right, Jorge Sánchez appeared with a powerful right hand to the near post, which the Poles’ goalkeeper managed to swipe.
In the second half, the Mexican power was maintained, but the Europeans sought to get closer to the goal guarded by Guillermo Ochoa. Thus, a criminal foul arrived that the referee sanctioned helped by the VAR, after a foul by Héctor Moreno on Robert Lewandowski.
The Barcelona goalscorer was the one who stood behind the ball, and with a right foot he tried to get ahead of his team. However, the legendary “Memo” threw himself to the left of him and with his hands he rejected the shot of “Lewy”, who only managed to grab his head.
Then, in the 63rd minute, the “Tata” team warned again, with a shot from Álvarez that was deflected by a header from Henry Martin. The path of the ball confused Szczesny who skilfully dived to his left to avoid the rival’s goal.
Near the end, the Poles tried to get closer with a near goal against Héctor Moreno at 73′, and a shot from distance by Grzegorz Kyrchowiak (90+5′), which passed a few meters from the Aztec goal.
With this result, the surprise squad of Qatar 2022, Saudi Arabia, remains the leader of group C with three points, followed by Mexico and Poland with one goal each. In the last place, Argentina is located with zero points.
For their part, the Aztecs will face Albiceleste on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., and the Europeans will do the same with the Arabs that same day at 10:00 a.m.
Stadium: Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
MEXICO: Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Sanchez, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Luis Chavez; Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin, Alexis Vega. (DT: Gerardo Martino)
POLAND: Wojciech Szczesny; Bartosz Bereszýnski, Kamil Glik, Jakob Kiwior; Matty Cash, Jakub Kaminski, Grzegorz Kyrchowiak, Sebastian Szymanski, Nicola Zalewski; Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski. (DT: Czesław Michniewicz)
GOALS: There were none.
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