Argentina put their opening game defeat to Saudi Arabia behind them on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Mexico thanks to two second half goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernández. The Argies struggled to break down a resolute Mexico defence in the first half, but that soon changed in the 64th minute with Leo firing a long range strike past Guillermo Ochoa into the bottom corner, before Fernández curled one past the Mexican keeper to score his debut World Cup goal and ensure his side would take all three points.
Lionel Scaloni’s men will need to be at their very best on Wednesday, as only a win will guarantee his side a place in the last 16, although if Mexico beat Saudi Arabia, a point will be enough to see them finish as Group C runners-up.
As for Poland, they know that a draw will be enough for them to make it to the round of 16 at the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after picking up four points from their opening two matches. A first World Cup goal for Robert Lewandowski and a first half Piotr Zielinski strike was enough to see off a spirited effort from Saudi Arabia at the weekend to move the Polish to the summit of Group C.
Czesław Michniewicz will want his side to qualify as group winners, knowing that the second place side will more than likely face champions France in the next round.
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With his strike against Mexico on Saturday, Lionel Messi made it and incredible 12 goals in his last six international games for La Albiceleste and joined the legendary Diego Maradona on eight World Cup goals for his country, just two goals behind their record holder Gabriel Batistuta (10) and will be hoping to close the gap to Batigol on Wednesday. The PSG forward also set a new record as the oldest player to both score and assist in a World Cup game (35Y 155D), having already being the record holder as the youngest player to accomplish the same feat way back in 2006 (18Y 357D).
It wasn’t just Leo who scored and assisted in Group C on Saturday, with Robert Lewandowski finally finding the back of the net in a World Cup match in the 82nd minute after previously putting the ball on a plate for Piotr Zielinski to open the scoring in the first half against Saudi Arabia. The Barcelona forward will be relieved to finally make his mark in the biggest tournament in world football and will want more to ensure his country make the last-16 for the first time in 36 years.
Poland and Argentina have met 11 times in their history, with the South American coming out on top on six occasions, including their last World Cup tie back in 1978 when a Mario Kempes brace gave them a 2-0 victory.