After the defeat against Argentina, only victory is enough for Mexico to reach the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 and arrive for the ninth consecutive time, but if you don’t want to depend on other results you need to win by at least two goals to tie Poland or three to equal Argentina.
Mexico has 4 positive results with victory against Asian rivals in World Cups. The first antecedent was in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with victory against Iraq by 1-0. In France 1998, El Tri defeated South Korea 3-1, the same result with which they beat Iran in Germany 2006.
Mexico’s last victory against an Asian rival was in Russia 2018 where they beat South Korea 2-1. Carlos Vela and Chicharito scored, both still active in the MLS but without being called up by the ‘Tri’, and since then 384 minutes without seeing a goal in this tournament, the longest streak in their history.
Mexico has 3 precedents against Saudi Arabia: two results would give them a pass to the round of 16, since in 1997 they beat the Saudi team 0-5 and in 1999 5-1. The first meeting between the two teams, in 1995, was resolved with a 0-2 victory in favor of the ‘tri’. All of these matches took place in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
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