Welcome to Sportstar’s stay weblog of the Saudi Arabia vs Mexico FIFA World Cup Group C match on the Lusail Stadium.
Mexico has by no means misplaced in opposition to Saudi Arabia in all competitions (W4 D1) with all 5 conferences between the perimeters coming from 1995 and 1999.
Saudi Arabia is seeking to qualify for the knockouts of the World Cup for under a second time, and first since its first-ever participation in 1994, when it was ultimately eradicated by Sweden within the second spherical.
Saudi Arabia has saved only one clear sheet in its 18 matches on the World Cup, conceding 42 targets within the ultimate.
Mexico vs Saudi Arabia beginning lineups!!
Saudi Arabia: Mohamed Al-Owais, Sultan Al-Ghanam, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Hassan Tambakti, Mohamed Kanno, Saud Abdulhamid, Ali Al-Hassan, Saleh Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari, Firas Al-Buraikan
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Cesar Montes, Edson Alvarez, Alexis Vega, Hector Moreno, Orbelin Pineda, Jorge Sanchez, Henry Martin, Hirving Lozano, Jesus Gallardo, Luis Chavez
Mexico goes to need to out of the blue discover targets — and even perhaps a number of of them — to increase its knockout-round streak on the World Cup.
Mexico has reached the spherical of 16 on the final seven World Cups, tied for the longest present streak with Brazil. However in Qatar, El Tri sits on the backside of Group C forward of a must-win match in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday at Lusail Stadium.
The final time Mexico performed at soccer’s greatest event and didn’t advance out of its group was in 1978.
However it’s not fairly so simple as successful: El Tri should additionally get assist. They’ll want Poland to beat Lionel Messi and Argentina at the very same time at Stadium 974.
That’s the best means ahead for Mexico. Past that, it will get sophisticated. If Mexico does its job and wins however Argentina, one of many event’s favourites, additionally wins, then aim distinction comes into play.
The issue is, Mexico has no targets but in Qatar.
In reality, El Tri hasn’t scored in 384 straight minutes on the World Cup, relationship again to their second group match on the 2018 event in Russia.
“We imagine in our possibilities. We maintain on to our possibilities,” stated veteran Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado, who’s showing in his fifth World Cup. “And clearly we are going to attempt till the very finish.”
The drought was prolonged Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Argentina. Neither group scored in Mexico’s opener in opposition to Poland.
Mexico hasn’t been eradicated from the group stage for the reason that event in Argentina 44 years in the past. El Tri didn’t qualify for the 1982 World Cup in Spain and was banned from the 1990 occasion in Italy for utilizing overage gamers at an under-20 event.
Since then, Mexico has superior to the spherical of 16 in its final seven appearances — however no additional. El Tri got here to Qatar seeking to play in an elusive “quinto partido” — a fifth recreation — for the primary time since Mexico hosted the event in 1986.
“Within the subsequent recreation now we have no extra possibilities,” Mexico ahead Henry Martin stated. “We now have to attain the targets that we will, and never fear about what occurs within the different recreation.”
With the dearth of targets, the criticism of Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino grew. He had already been questioned over a few of his selections, together with his choice to depart all-time main scorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez off the group.
Hernandez, who now performs for the LA Galaxy in Main League Soccer, scored the group’s final aim in a 2-1 group-stage victory over South Korea in Russia. LAFC ahead Carlos Vela, who additionally fell out of favour within the nationwide group, scored the opposite.
Martino might be on the lookout for a brand new job if Mexico doesn’t advance after taking part in Saudi Arabia, a group that pulled off one of many event’s greatest upsets ever when it beat Argentina 2-1 in its opener.
“Not getting by means of would go away quite a lot of frustration,” Martino stated Tuesday. “We want the targets to win, that’s what it takes to maintain us right here.”
Saudi Arabia couldn’t pull off one other upset Saturday when it fell to Poland 2-0. The Saudis reached the spherical of 16 again in 1994, the group’s World Cup debut, however hasn’t made it previous the group stage since.
“We’ll play to the final second of this event and we is not going to surrender,” Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard stated.
Nawaf Al-Abed sustained an ankle damage in opposition to Poland and it was unclear if he can be accessible in opposition to Mexico.
Mexico vs Saudi Arabia Predicted XI
Saudi Arabia attainable XI: Alowais(GK); Abdulhamid, Al-Amri, Tambakti, Al-Ghannam; Kanno; Al-Buraikan, Al-Hassan, Al-Najei, Al-Dawsari; Al-Shehri
Mexico attainable XI: Ochoa(GK); Sanchez, Moreno, Montes, Gallardo; Herrera, Guardado, Chavez; Lozano, Jimenez, Vega
When will the Mexico vs Saudi Arabia match kick-off?
The Mexico vs Saudi Arabia match will kick-off at 12:30 AM IST, December 1.
The place will the Mexico vs Saudi Arabia match kick-off?
The Mexico vs Saudi Arabia match will kick-off on the Lusail stadium.
The place are you able to watch the Mexico vs Saudi Arabia match in India?
The Mexico vs Saudi Arabia match might be telecasted stay on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and effectively as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup might be stay streamed on JioCinema.