Mexico fights against the consecration of Saudi Arabia
The 'Tri' seeks to forget the defeat against Argentina against some Saudis thirsty for feat
MADRID, 29 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
It is not at all clear which two teams will go to the round of 16 from Group C and Saudi Arabia and Mexico are fighting, in a third day with an interesting Poland-Argentina, for an expensive ticket that would be a feat for the Saudis and almost an obligation For Mexicans.
Only victory is worth, practically, to each other. So Saudi Arabia, after beating Argentina on the first day, is looking for another victim with weight in history and to enter the qualifiers almost 30 years after doing so for the last time, while Mexico needs to topple the Arabs so as not to be a surprise. appointment refusal.
Argentina already knows what it is to succumb to the speed of the Saudi striker. And, in fact, Poland was able to beat the Arabs but they left signs of their quality and that their victory against the albiceleste was not an oasis. So Mexico is more than warned.
Hervé Renard's men know that they are facing a final. "We will play the game with all our energy. We are still alive and things are not over yet," recalled the Saudi Arabia coach, who partly put himself in the hands of his striker Salem Aldawsari, the second Saudi player to score in two consecutive World Cups after Sami Aljaber (1994 and 1998).
That event in the United States 1994 was the last in which Saudi Arabia was able to overcome the group stage. Now he is 3 points away from doing it again, although a carom could make a draw good. But in front is the 'Tri', who is not worth drawing after their defeat against Argentina.
A setback that confirmed Mexico as the country with the most games lost in the World Cups, with its 28th defeat. And they don't want to add fuel to the fire. The pass is in their hands, and for this they must do something that they have not been able to do yet; win (after the initial draw against Poland, 0-0).
"As long as there is a chance, you always have to try. We need to score goals just like Arabia. We footballers are used to getting up and going for another chance. It's difficult. Poland's second goal hurt," acknowledged Gerardo Martino, Mexico coach.
ARABIA SAUDÍ: Mohammed Alawais; Saud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Alamri, Hassan Altambakti, Mohammed Alburayk; Mohamed Kanno, Feras Albrikan, Nawaf Alabid, Sami Alnaji; Salem Aldawsari and Saleh Alshehri.
MEXICO: Ochoa; Jorge Sanchez, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Nestor Araujo; Jesus Gallardo, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Luis Chavez; Hirving Lozano and Alexis Vega.
--REFEREE: Michael Oliver (ING).
--STADIUM: Lusail Stadium.
--TIME: 20.00/World Goal.