Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the FIFA World Cup group C conflict between Argentina and Poland.
Within the different Group C fixture, Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 and was tied with Poland at 4 factors. READ: Why Poland, not Mexico, qualified for round of 16
Poland: Wojciech Szczesny (GK), Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior, Matty Money, Bartosz Bereszynski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zielinski, Krystian Bielik, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Karol Swiderski, Robert Lewandowski (c)
Argentina: Emiliano Martinez (GK), Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Acuna, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Angel Di Maria, Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi (c)
MATCH PREVIEW ( AP)
Lionel Messi has already come to Argentina’s rescue on the World Cup. He would possibly simply should do it over again.
One other emotionally charged night awaits Messi and the soccer-mad South American nation that worships him when Argentina meets Poland on Wednesday for a match with a lot on the road.
Argentina: E. Martinez; Molina, Otamendi, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; Fernandez, Paredes, De Paul; Messi, La. Martinez, Di Maria
Poland: Szczesny; Money, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski; Zielinski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Frankowski; Milik, Lewandowski
For Messi, who’s taking part in in seemingly his final World Cup. For Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who may additionally be too outdated when soccer’s largest match rolls round subsequent in 2026.
And for the World Cup as a complete. As a result of who actually doesn’t need to see Messi — one of many recreation’s biggest ever gamers — within the late phases of a match that’s heating up so properly.
There are a number of eventualities at play for the Group C finale. A win for the Argentines and they’re certain to advance, seemingly because the group winners. A draw, and so they can both end in second place behind Poland or be squeezed out by both Saudi Arabia or Mexico, who’re taking part in in a match going down concurrently.
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A loss? Effectively, that simply doesn’t bear fascinated by for anybody related to Argentina. The crew wouldn’t simply be eradicated however humiliated. Messi would possibly by no means be seen within the Albiceleste’s sky blue-and-white jersey once more.
That state of affairs is an excessive amount of for Argentina followers to take. It’s why tears have been shed on the sector, among the many technical employees and among the many fanbase after Messi scored the essential second-half aim to set Argentina on its option to a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday.
That victory meant Argentina bounced again from its stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in its opening match and now has a combating likelihood to avoiding a primary group-stage exit since 2002.
“Now one other World Cup has begun,” mentioned Messi, who will hope to attain for the third straight match at this World Cup and has netted 13 targets for Argentina in 2022 — already a career-high haul in a single calendar 12 months.
Issues about Messi’s well being have dogged the seven-time world participant of the 12 months on the World Cup, ranging from when he skilled alone for 2 days earlier than Argentina’s opening recreation. He performed the complete 90 minutes in opposition to Saudi Arabia and likewise within the Mexico recreation, which he completed in some discomfort after turning his ankle late within the match.
Messi later confirmed it was nothing severe. But it surely solely provides to the troubles concerning the bodily wellbeing of a 35-year-old participant who’s clearly pacing himself throughout matches, selecting and selecting his moments to blow up into life.
Nonetheless, he has scored in each of the crew’s video games and is used to coming via within the huge moments for Argentina.
“It’s an excellent query — how do you cease Lionel Messi?” Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz mentioned. “All of the world has been fascinated by it for years … I don’t assume we’ll ever discover the ultimate reply.”
Elsewhere, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni should resolve whether or not to stick with Lautaro Martinez, who has been nicely lined within the first two video games, or go along with one other striker in Julian Alvarez. Likewise, has extremely rated younger midfielder Enzo Fernández finished sufficient to drive his approach into the crew after a scoring cameo as an alternative in opposition to Mexico? And who will Scaloni choose at fullback, having performed a unique proper again and left again in every of Argentina’s video games?
As for Poland, a few of the weight is off the 34-year-old Lewandowski’s again after he lastly scored a aim at a World Cup within the 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Now he’s trying to advance past the group stage for the primary time at a World Cup. Poland hasn’t finished so since 1986.
“Is he the identical stage of Messi?” Scaloni mentioned of Lewandowski. “You simply should take pleasure in such a very good participant — why are we evaluating one participant with one other? It’s not useful.”
Argentina followers might be cautious of the specter of Lewandowski, who rivals France’s Karim Benzema as the very best striker on the earth.
They’ll know, although, that they’ve a good greater icon in Messi, who continues — even within the twilight of his magnificent profession — to bend soccer video games to his will.
Can he do it another time?
When is the FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Poland?
The FIFA World Cup Group C match between Argentina and Poland will begin at Stadium 974 on December 1, 2022 at 12:30AM IST.
The place to observe the stay telecast of Argentina and Poland within the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?
The stay telecast of the Group C match between Argentina and Poland might be out there on Sports18 in India.
The place to observe the stay stream of Argentina and Poland within the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?
The stay stream of the Group C match between Argentina and Poland might be out there on Voot, Jio Cinema in India.