Mexico and Poland fight for the eighth
The duel between Ochoa and Lewandowski can mark the game and the pass
MADRID, 21 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Mexico and Poland are the great candidates to accompany Argentina to the round of 16, from Group C of the World Cup in Qatar, so except for surprise, both fight for the ticket in Doha in their debut at the Qatar 2022 event, with a pulse between the Mexican goalkeeper Ochoa and the Polish striker Lewandowski who promises.
In a World Cup, with the little margin for error there is, the first game usually marks the future of the teams. And more if the premiere is between two applicants to pass. And it seems, except for surprises in football, that Saudi Arabia will be bottom and that the first two will emerge from the duel between Mexico and Poland, and from their respective matches against Argentina.
The history of Mexico in the World Cups goes a long way. Many appearances, many games and victories, but they do not go beyond the round of 16. This time they dream of doing it with a team without big names and as 'covered', with the Argentine Gerardo 'Tata' Martino on the bench.
"This team is very strong from the gates inward, I don't know if what happens outside makes us stronger, but it does inward," said Tata in the run-up to this duel, hoping to get through the group and break the bad run of seven World Cups without breaking the barrier of the eighth.
Poland is newer to World Cups. And he arrives at this with Robert Lewandowski as his flag, and his shiny Golden Boots, and the intention of leaving behind the bad feeling of Russia 2018, an appointment in which the now FC Barcelona striker could not debut as a World Cup goalscorer.
The great reference of Poland knows that he is before his great opportunity to lead his country to a greater feat. On a personal level, his challenge is to score his first goal in a World Cup, but he knows that he has the rest of the team behind him, where there is muscle at the back and speed up front to try to help make his team's nose explode. 9'.
Hence, the great duel is, on paper, in the one against one of the goalkeeper of Mexico Guillermo Ochoa -who has already played great roles in important appointments- against the Polish striker. Who knows if, whoever wins the fight, will contribute to his selection being, with the permission of Saudi Arabia and pending from the Argentines, in the next round.
MEXICO: Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Sanchez, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Luis Chavez, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera; Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin and Alexis Vega.
POLONIA: Wojciech Szczesny; Bartosz Bereszynski, Jan Bednarek, Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior, Nicola Zalewski; Gregorz Krychowiak, Szymon Zurkowski, Piotr Zielinski; Robert Lewandowski and Karol Swiderski.
--REFEREE: Chris Beath (AUS).
--ESTADIO: 974 Stadium.
--TIME: 5:00 p.m. peninsular time / World Goal.