Unexpectedly, Poland advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup after losing to Argentina 0-2 at Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar.
Argentina finished the group games in first place with six points, followed by Poland and Mexico, who each earned four. Fortunately, Poland won second spot with a better goal difference.
MEXICO ARE ELIMINATED IN THE WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 44 YEARS ? pic.twitter.com/SDPnR9YOuK
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Poland was completely destroyed by the South Americans in order to win first place. Mac Allister and Alvarez scored the goals, but they really could have scored more if not for Messi, who missed a first-half penalty attempt.
Mac Alister and Nahuel Molina combined for Argentina’s opening goal in the 46th minute of the first half, and Julian Alvarez and Enzo Fernandez combined for Argentina’s second goal in the 67th minute of the second half.
FT: Poland 0-2 Argentina
?? Lionel Scaloni's side progress to the knockout stage with goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julián Álvarez.
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Mexican goals were scored by Henry Martin and Luis Chavez in the 47th and 52nd minutes of the second half of the game, respectively.
Hatten Bahebri assisted Salem Al-dawsari five minutes into extra time in the second half of the game, bringing the score down to 1-2.
Poland advanced to the round of 16 after placing second overall based on goal differential.
For the first time in 44 years, Mexico are ousted in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup.