Mexico Dramatic World Cup exit, missed out on last 16 berth poland on goal difference despite beating Saudi Arab 2-1 on Wednesday.
Mexico were leading 2–0 in stoppage time, which coincided with the defeat of group winners Poland. Argentina By the same scoreline, this means that both teams will end level on points, goal difference, goals scored, goals conceded and head-to-head records, drawing their opening group game 0–0. Will go
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But with Poland having a narrow lead on fair play points, Mexico had to continue in search of goals to send the men through to the knockout stage. And in doing so, they were held out on the break by Saudi Arabia which meant Poland advanced by a single goal (0 GD for Poland, -1 for Mexico).
For Mexico, it is the first time they will not feature in a World Cup knockout stage since 1990, when they were banned from the tournament. Last time al tri Qualified for the tournament and failed to make it out of the group stage in 1978.
Mexico’s chances of progress looked bleak after taking one point from their opening two games and needing a big win and/or help from Argentina or Poland in the second game to advance.
Urgently needing to boost their goal difference, Mexico took on Saudi Arabia in Wednesday’s opening game at the Lusail Iconic Stadium and never stopped running, long distances in a desperate bid to take control of their own destiny. With the efforts of
After going goalless in their first 2 1/2 matches and a total of 430 minutes at the 2018 World Cup, Mexico started the second half in a spectacular fashion.
henry martin finally broke the deadlock in the 47th minute, finishing from close range after a flick-on corner to give Mexico hope. Exactly five minutes later there was chaos. from about 35 yards away, louis chavez sent a free kick arrow into the top corner to put Mexico up 2–0 and within sight of the knockout stage.
When Argentina soon went 2–0 up on Poland, Mexico needed just one more goal to progress.
Again and again they came close to achieving it by yearning. hering lozano found the net but saw the goal ruled out for offside and then Martin really should have scored but volleyed over the bar to beat the goalkeeper, promptly dropping his head in his hands.
More pain was to follow when substituting uriel antuna Broke clear behind the Saudi defense and finished but again the offside flag went up.
and like Mexico continued to move through the seven-minute stoppage time, Saudi Arab broke and dealt the final blow to al trithanks to the hopes of Salem Al-DawsariThe goal of
This report used information from Reuters.