Argentina Looks to Lionel Messi to Save World Cup Bid On Saturday when Lionel Messi and his teammates face Mexico in a match they can’t afford to lose, Argentina will try to save their World Cup bid in Qatar.
When Lionel Messi and the rest of Argentina’s team take on Mexico in a match they can’t afford to lose on Saturday in Qatar, they will try to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Argentina, who arrived in Doha as one of the overall favorites after a stunning 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia, is in a precarious position.
The Argentines said they will use Diego Maradona’s memories against the Mexicans, their World Cup-winning captain from 1986 who passed away this week.
The surprising Saudis have a chance to show that they are not a flash in the pan when they play Poland and Robert Lewandowski, the prolific striker who is still looking for the first World Cup goal of his career. The Argentines are aware that they cannot afford a repeat of their opening match in Group C.
In the goalless draw with Mexico, the forward for Barcelona missed a penalty kick.
If France beat Denmark in other games on Saturday, they could advance to the round of 16 if they win at Stadium 974, which features shipping containers in its design.
In their first World Cup match, the French lost defender Lucas Hernandez to injury in their 4-1 victory over Australia. Benzema, the winner of the Ballon d’Or, was the latest player to miss the tournament.
A robust Tunisian team presents another difficult challenge for Australia.
Qatar lost its second consecutive World Cup host nation status in Friday’s action.
After the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 in the other Group A match to ensure their fate, Qatar became the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup after losing to Senegal 3-1.
Qatar, the Asian champions, came into the tournament with high hopes, but they were only the second home team to fail in the group stage after South Africa in 2010.
Senegal, the champions of Africa, came away with the victory thanks to goals from Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou, and Bamba Dieng.
In a deeply disappointing World Cup debut on football’s biggest stage, Qatar’s Mohammed Muntari scored the only goal so far. This is the first time a host nation has lost two games in a World Cup.
To advance to the knockout stage, Senegal must now defeat Ecuador, while Qatar will face the Dutch.
After a 0-0 draw with the United States, England’s lackluster effort cost them the chance to advance to the knockout stage.
England was booed off the field at full time after their 6-2 victory over Iran in their opening match. The USA’s well-organized team rarely had any trouble.
England knows that if they win, they will advance as group champions and only need to avoid a four-goal defeat by Wales, their neighbors, on Tuesday.
A World Cup campaign that had been overshadowed by widespread protests against the government at home was given new life earlier when Iran defeated Wales 2-0 with two goals in the final minute.
After choosing to remain silent during their opener in Qatar in an apparent show of support for the demonstrators, the Iranian players sang the national anthem prior to their victory over Wales.
They were deserving winners over a team that was down to 10 men late in the game.
Iran, who would have been eliminated if they had lost, were punished by substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi’s goal in the eighth minute of extra time against Wales, who were led by Gareth Bale.
When Ramin Rezaeian scored a second goal on the counterattack, the Iranians’ thousands of fans went wild.
Only on JioSaavn.com can you listen to the hottest songs. Brazil’s team camp said that superstar forward Neymar would be out of the team’s next game against Switzerland because he injured his ankle ligament in their first game, which they won 2-0 over Serbia.
According to a report from Brazil’s Globo Esporte, Neymar may also miss Brazil’s final group match against Cameroon.