Doha. Lionel Messi has already spearheaded Argentina once in the current World Cup and the team will be hoping for a similar performance when they take on Poland on Wednesday to ease their path to the knockouts. Lets do it. Messi, who is worshiped in Argentina, is probably playing his last World Cup and would like to add this coveted title to his trophy cabinet.
Apart from the World Cup, Messi has been a part of the team that has won major titles. It may also be the last World Cup for Poland’s star striker Robert Lewandowski. Talking about the team’s prospects in Group C, a win against Poland will ensure Argentina’s place in the knockouts. In case of a draw, Argentina will either finish second behind Poland or be ousted by Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
Argentina’s team can remain in the knockout race despite the defeat but it will not be easy for the team to face this embarrassing situation. Argentina suffered a shock 1-2 defeat against Saudi Arabia in their opening match and are now challenging to avoid a group stage exit for the first time since 2002. The match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico will also be played along with the match between Argentina and Poland.
If the Saudi Arabian team registers a win, then it will ensure a place in the knockouts. Even with a draw, his chances remain, but then the matter will depend on the results of the other group matches and if buts. Mexico will need a big win against Saudi Arabia if they are to keep their knockout hopes alive. In the event of a draw, Mexico would be eliminated in the successful group stage.