Does the Mexico-Poland match create any problems for Argentina?

Does the Mexico-Poland match create any problems for Argentina?

Poland skipper Robert Lewandowski failed to interrupt his World Cup duck when he noticed a second-half penalty saved in a goalless however entertaining draw with Mexico in their opening Group C game at Stadium 974 on Tuesday.

Lewandowski earned the penalty after a VAR examination 11 minutes into the second half when Hector Moreno tugged at his shirt within the field. However the Polish striker, who has by no means scored in the World Cup, noticed his shot saved by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

“At present, I really feel sorry for Robert, as a result of I understand how a lot he wished to attain on the World Cup,” Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz mentioned. “Thus far he has not succeeded, however I hope that within the subsequent alternatives that lie forward of him he’ll convert them into objectives.”

In a short-lived environment constructed utilizing 974 recycled transport containers that overlook the Arabian Gulf, a sea of Mexico followers inexperienced outnumbered their Polish counterparts and so they made their presence felt within the 40,000-capacity venue.

A flowing sport of few fouls however fewer probabilities got here to life across the half-hour mark when Alexis Vega noticed his header fly vast earlier than Jesus Gallardo was denied with a last-man sort out when he had an open purpose at his mercy two minutes later.

Mexico had the majority of the possession however without Raul Jimenez spearheading the assault, Henry Martin struggled to get on the top of probabilities within the field.

On the different finish, Poland did not get Lewandowski concerned because the Barcelona striker who has scored 18 objectives for the Spanish membership this season — obtained little service as each keeper completed the primary half without having to make a save.

With Poland dropping the midfield battle, coach Czeslaw Michniewicz made a half-time substitution by hauling off Nicola Zalewski and bringing on central midfielder Krystian Bielik, which allowed Piotr Zielinski to play in a complicated function.

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The tactical change appeared to work initially as Poland started creating probabilities and ultimately received the penalty which Lewandowski shot low however Ochoa guessed appropriately and dived to his left to disclaim the skipper.

“These items occur,” Michniewicz mentioned of Lewandowski’s saved penalty. “Nice gamers have not been scoring at nice tournaments for as long as I can bear in mind. Zico, Socrates, [Michel] Platini, [Diego] Maradona — from these championships I bear in mind — but in addition many different nice footballers.”

To not be outdone by Ochoa’s brilliance in purpose, Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny additionally underlined his credentials moments later when he reacted shortly to vary the route and deny Martin’s glancing header that was on the right track.

Mexico coach Gerardo Martino changed Martin and introduced Jimenez with 20 minutes to go within the second half however the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, who’s coming back from an extended damage lay-off, did not have a shot on purpose.

“We had been on the entrance foot within the first half, we deserved a bonus at halftime,” Martino mentioned, including that they turned “predictable and cautious” as the sport wore on. “The penalty was a mistake from us, however basically phrases I feel we must always have received the sport given what we did within the first half.”

The consequence leaves Saudi Arabia as group leaders following their gorgeous upset of Argentina, one of many pre-tournament favorites, earlier in the day.

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