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The Mexican National Team sought the feat against its Argentine counterpart, something that could not be motivated to Lionel Messi was in charge of scoring the first goal of the night so that the Albiceleste could stay alive in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In addition, the same star was in charge of giving an assist to place the final 2-0 against El Tri.
With only two fixed forwards, Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano and Alexis Vega in the offensive part, and with five defenders, Gallardo, Moreno, Montes, Araujo and Kevin Álvarez, the Mexican National Team came out against Argentina with everything, as they constantly pressured the exit of the Albiceleste teambut although he generated two dangerous plays, he could not finish managing his plays in attack in a positive way.
In fact, this pressure made The first dangerous play generated by Argentina reached 24 ‘, this after Lionel Messi took the ball and to unload with Gonzalo Montiel to launch a center. Nevertheless, the latter was ahead and ended up taking away any chance of getting a bit on the scoreboard.
The first play where a direct shot was generated at the Mexican goal, It was after a foul made by Alexis Vega near the corner flag, where Messi shot at the three posts defended by Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa, something that the goalkeeper of the Mexican National Team and Club América he had no problem deflecting the shot. Then, after the high rebound, ‘Memo’ received a foul by Lisandro Martínez that nullified any possibility of moving the score to 34′.
Having a long and arduous task within the field, It was seen how the Mexican players lowered the rhythm of the game and the pressure, which helped keep the albiceleste away from Ochoa’s goal. To counter this, and Due to an injury suffered by Andrés Guardado, ‘Tata’ Martino made Érick Gutiérrez enter the playing field at 42′.
A minute later the newcomer generated a free kick from a great position to shoot straight at the goal, something Alexis Vega did. However, the Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínez did not concede any advantage and stopped the shot of the Chivas player who was going towards the right corner of the albiceleste team.
To finish the first 45′, Vega tried again, as the Chivas de Guadalajara striker took advantage of a rebound and launched a powerful shot from outside the rival area, but again he had no luck and saw how the ball went over the ‘Dibu’ crossbar.
After the break, the 22 figures returned to the field of play, and it was at 50′ when Erick Gutiérrez brought Messi down after a great play where he left him behind, something that forced the Mexican to take the foul. As a result, the former Barcelona star shot from outside the area a ball that went over the goal defended by ‘Memo’ Ochoa.
And it was at 64 ‘the moment where the first goal of the night fell, well from the right came a pass to the center given by Ángel Di María, which reached the feet of Lionel Messi, a striker who did not hesitate and ended up finishing off with his left leg to make the ball enter in a creeping way near the left post defended by ‘ Memo’ to 65.
Then, with a great job of pressing the defenders, with many metres, ‘Tata’ changed his team again, because it was there that Vega came out for Uriel Antuna to enter, thus refreshing the attack at 66 ‘. Also, Raúl Jiménez also entered, taking the place of Kevin Álvarez.
Later, with the score against, a new change came from the hand of ‘Tata’, because Roberto Alvarado entered 73′ to occupy the place left by ‘Chucky’ Lozano.
However, although Mexico was always on the attack, this made At 87′ the goal fell for Argentina, authored by Enzo Fernández who placed the second of the night when he received a pass from Lionel Messi from the left side that left him with the possibility of settling in and shooting with his right foot inside the area. An impossible shot for Ochoa to stop.
What does the Mexican National Team need to do in its last game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
With the result obtained, the Mexican National Team was left with a single point, something that is not good news for the next phase of the tournament in Qatar. Saudi Arabia and Argentina are with three points and Poland at the top with four points.
In order to enter the round of 16 of Qatar 2022, Mexico is obliged to win against the Arabs, but it will not depend entirely on itself, since it must be attentive to what happens in Poland vs. Argentina, thus hoping for a victory for Robert Lewandowski’s team in order to enter as second in his Group.
However, this is not the only way, because if Mexico wins and the Polish National Team cannot do the same, El Tri would need both markers to give a difference of +4 in favor of the Aztec team, for example a 2-0 victory in favor of Argentina and 2-0 in favor of Mexico; thus being the second way that Mexico has to enter the round of 16.
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