Martin Blackburn half-time assessment: Saudi 0 Mexico 0

Something is going to have to give here – or both these teams are going out of the World Cup tonight.

Nobody can doubt the efforts of the two teams in a frantic first half played out in front of a raucous crowd at the Lusail.

But the busiest man on the park was English ref Michael Oliver who seemed to be blowing for fouls every couple of minutes.

And the North East based ref must have known what to expect from the two teams with the most yellow cards in the competition so far.

Saudi keeper Mohammed Al Owais has made a couple of useful saves – particularly one to deny Alexis Vega early on.

But Mexico are still looking for their first goal of the tournament – two and a half games in.

Herve Renard’s Saudis were well drilled as usual but may need to show more adventure in the second half if they are to reach the knock-out rounds.

Ali Al Hassan’s diving header which zipped across the face of goal was as close as they came to breaking the deadlock. 

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