The top two places in Group C are up for grabs after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw between Mexico and Poland and Saudi Arabia’s shocking 2-1 win over Argentina. The second matchday of the group will take place on Saturday and one of the most important matches will be the match between Argentina and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium.
Mexico’s history against Argentina
The matches between the two teams are always intense affairs and in truth never one-sided, but Argentina have always prevailed. Their first meeting came during the 1930 FIFA World Cup and that day Argentina defeated Mexico 6-3, with Guillermo Stabile scoring a hat-trick in the first round of the group stage. It would be more than 70 years before the two sides would meet again, and it would be a dramatic clash if they did.
At the 2006 FIFA World Cup round of 16, Argentina had to come from behind to secure their place in the next round. Mexico had taken an early lead in the sixth minute when Rafael Marquez found the net. However, it was a lead that would not last long since La Albiceleste responded just four minutes later with an equalizer from Hernan Crespo.
The game eventually went into extra time where Maxi Rodríguez volleyed in a screamer from outside the box in the 98th minute to give Argentina a 2-1 win and a place in the last 16. The last meeting took place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this time in the Round of 16. The day went relatively smoothly for Argentina, who advanced with two goals from Carlos Tevez and one from Gonzalo Higuaín. Although Mexico would get a late boost from Javier Chicharito Hernández, who scored late in the game, it would not be enough and in the end Argentina would progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 3-1 win.
Now with a fourth game in their series coming up, it goes without saying that this will be a key game in deciding who will progress from Group C and who will not. After the aforementioned defeat by Saudi Arabia, Argentina now desperately need a win to keep their hopes of progression alive. Leo Messi and company, considered one of the big favorites to win the tournament, will probably give their all when they meet Mexico, knowingly The losing team will most likely end their hopes of advancing to the next round.