Renard plots Saudi passage to the last 16 at the World Cup

Saudi Arabia take on Mexico in crucial Group C clash that could decide who makes it into the knockout rounds of the 2022 World Cup.

Saudi Arabia’s stunning win over Argentina in their opening game put them top of Group A but their defeat to Poland means there is still work to do and one point tonight may not be enough for them to qualify. They need the mindset of going out and winning the game against Mexico to ensure they make it through.

Mexico are in the same position. They must win tonight if they want to make it into the last 16 and hope that Poland defeat or draw with Argentina. There are a few permutations that could get Mexico into the knockout stages but to give themselves the best possible chance they need to defeat Saudi Arabia by two goals or more.

Salman Al Faraj is out of the tournament meaning that Saudi Arabia are without their captain whilst Mexico’s leader Andres Guardado is a doubt due to a muscle issue.

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GOAL! Saudi Arabia 0-2 Mexico (Chavez, 52’) ⚽️

52 mins: Jaw-droppingly good!

Michael Jones30 November 2022 20:14


Saudi Arabia 0-1 Mexico

51 mins: Montes clears his own lines and boots the ball up to Martin who is brought down by Al Tambakti. The Saudi Arabian defender goes in the book too.

Michael Jones30 November 2022 20:14


Saudi Arabia 0-1 Mexico

50 mins: As it stands Mexico are level on points with Poland but have a worse goal difference. They need a two goal swing in order for them to qualify.

That means they need to score again and hope Argentina increase their lead too.

Michael Jones30 November 2022 20:13


GOAL! Saudi Arabia 0-1 Mexico (Martin, 47’)⚽️

47 mins: Mexico take the lead! They’ve started the second half in the same fashion as they did the first sweeping up the pitch and winning a corner.

The corner is whipped into the box where Cesar Montes flicks it onto Henry Martin who gets to it before his marker and guides one into the back of the net!

Michael Jones30 November 2022 20:11


Second half: Saudi Arabia 0-0 Mexico

Saudi Arabia get the game back underway for the second half. There’s been some changes during the break.

In the other game Argentina have taken the lead over Poland through Brighton’s Alexis MacAllister.

Michael Jones30 November 2022 20:09


HT Saudi Arabia 0-0 Mexico




Michael Jones30 November 2022 19:59


Half-time: Saudi Arabia 0-0 Mexico

45+6 mins: The whistle goes to end an entertaining first half but there’s nothing to separate the two teams. Mexico need a clinical edge in the final third as a goal would see them go through.

Their dominance hasn’t been rewarded yet.

Michael Jones30 November 2022 19:53


Saudi Arabia 0-0 Mexico

45+5 mins: Chance! Saudi Arabia kick inot life right at the end of the first half and pressure the Mexico back line. Sultan Al Ghannam makes an overlapping run on the right and whips a cross into the box.

Ali Al Hassan meets it in the air and powers a headed effort wide of the back post!

Michael Jones30 November 2022 19:52


Saudi Arabia 0-0 Mexico

45+1 mins: There’s six minutes of added time to play before the end of the first half. Can Mexico break this deadlock?

Michael Jones30 November 2022 19:47


Saudi Arabia 0-0 Mexico

44 mins: It’s last ditch defending from Saudi Arabia who scramble inside their own box as Mexico move it quickly over to Alexis Vega on the left side of the area.

He cuts back onto his right then has his shot blocked.

The rebound comes out to Chavez but his follow up effort is also charged down.

Michael Jones30 November 2022 19:46

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