Stadium 974 in the capital city of Qatar, Doha, saw an electrifying game as Argentina registered their win over Poland in their final Group C match. The team led by Lionel Messi took out team Poland for a score of 2-0, which welcomed the team into the knockout stage. Making it a step closer to the dream of lifting the World cup, Argentina will now face off against Australia in their next match.
Even though they lost their match against Argentina without scoring any goals, Poland also will now advance to the next round. The entry of Poland into the knockout came after considering the better goal difference with Mexico, who lost their final match to Saudi Arabia to a score of 2-1. In their next match, Poland will face off against the reigning champions France.
Right from the start, the game seemed to be in control of the Argentina squad, but despite their tireless efforts, they failed to make it past the watch of Wojciech Szczesny, the Polish goalkeeper. Even though the players were able to break the Poland defense from time to time in the first half, and also throughout the match, they were unable to score a single point during the first half.
One of the major events that took place during the first half of the game was the penalty miss by the captain Lionel Messi, who failed to make it past the Polish goalkeeper. Wojciech Szczesny gracefully saved the penalty which was awarded to team Argentina by VAR. The confidence and strength of the strikes from Argentine players grew with each strike.
The first goal for the Albiceleste was scored by Alexis Mac Allister in the 46th minute of the match. Mac Allister plays as a center midfielder for both the Argentina national team and also the Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. In his response to the press, Mac Allister said that the moment was so emotional for him and also his teammates. He said it was a dream come true for him to have scored in a World cup match and he was so happy to have one this for his team.
The second goal which marked the complete dominance of the Argentines over Poland came from Julian Alvarez, who found space in the box and smashed the ball right into the goalpost through the top corner. Julian is a player who plays as a forward in both, Argentina’s national football team and also the Premier League club Manchester City.
The clear dominance of Argentina in the game forced Poland to try different strategies so as to get a grasp of the game. Michniewicz, the Poland boss tried his best to take command of the game and also introduced two substitutes at the break. He put in Michal Skoras and Jakub Kaminski but the opening point for team Argentina came minutes after the game resumed for the second half.
The game on Wednesday night witnessed some absolutely magnificent moments. Even though Lionel Messi missed a golden penalty chance, it was his dedication and the support that he had from the crowd that played a major role in helping the Argentines win.
According to ESPN FC, Lionel Messi has never, in his entire football career, been eliminated in the group stages of a tournament, be it any club or country match.
When the music stopped for the final time of the match, Argentina emerged victorious over Poland with a score of 2 – 0 and the stadium erupted in celebrations. One of the major contributing factors to the confidence and strength of the Argentines was the enormous support that they received from the fans.
Almost every spectator in the stadium was dressed in white and blue and even after missing a penalty, the crowd chanted the name of the captain, which was definitely a boost of confidence for the team to come back with more strength and they delivered.