DOHA, Qatar – Mexico and Poland kicked off their run to the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday with a 0-0 draw.

In a crowded 974 stadium with 39,369 spectators, Mexico dominated possession and had furious support from all the stands, but struggled to break the defensive Polish side. In the second half, a penalty to Poland looked set to open the scoring before Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa snapped a Robert Lewandowski try in the 58th minute.

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With no score by the final whistle and a point each, Saudi Arabia is the current leader of Group C after a stunning 2-1 win over Argentina earlier in the day.

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Fast reaction

one. Guillermo Ochoa is the savior of Mexico again

Again and again, Ochoa literally saves Mexico. After decisive performances at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, Ochoa scored again with a 58th-minute penalty save from Lewandowski that infuriated the Pro-Mexican crowd.

Three failed to react at the other end of the field and ended scoreless with a 0-0 draw, but Ochoa’s save was undeniably as impressive as any goal a player could score that night for Mexico.

Expect the 37-year-old to once again become an invaluable figure in the draw in the remaining group stage matches.

2. Poland and Mexico cannot distance themselves from Argentina

On the air, fans from Mexico and Poland were rumored not only about their upcoming match, but also about the fact that group favorites Argentina had suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia earlier in the day. With the result tied for Argentina, both Mexico and Poland had the perfect opportunity to widen the gap between themselves and the South American giants by three points.

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Instead of playing ahead of the game, both avoided a big risk in the draw and now have just one point over Argentina. Depending on how things go in the now unpredictable group stage, at least one of the two will likely regret the opportunity to score three points on Tuesday.

3. Having problems with goals Three

Unfortunately for Mexico, Tuesday night’s game seemed like the perfect wrap-up of what has been a troubling year in their offensive line. As seen against Poland, Three usually great with the ball, switching the field, but in the last third they often run out of ideas.

With the significant amount of possession they had, it was disappointing to see that there weren’t enough dangerous scoring opportunities, and problems converting those chances. Tuesday’s result is not the worst for Threebut they won’t last long in the group stage if nothing changes in attack.

However, the silver lining was the appearance of Raul Jimenez in the second half. Recently recovered from a long-term groin injury, Mexico’s number 1 striker appeared to be in almost full form during his limited time on the pitch.

Player ratings (1 = worst, 10 = best)

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa 9, Jorge Sanchez 6, Cesar Montes 6, Hector Moreno 5, Jesus Gallardo 7, Edson Alvarez 7, Hector Herrera 6, Luis Chavez 7, Hirving Lozano 8, Henry Martin 6, Alexis Vega 7

Subscriptions: Raul Jimenez 6, Carlos Rodriguez 6, Uriel Antouna 6

Poland: Wojciech Szczesny 7, Bartosz Bereszynski 5, Kamil Glik 6, Jakub Kivior 7, Matty Cash 7, Jakub Kamiński 6, Grzegorz Krychowiak 6, Sebastian Szymanski 7, Nikola Zalewski 6, Piotr Zielinski 6, Robert Lewandowski 5

Subscriptions: Christian Belik 6, Przemysław Frankowski 6, Arkadiusz Milik 6

Best and Worst Performers

BEST: Guillermo Ochoa

Who else besides Ochoa? At the decisive moment of the match, the goalkeeper of the club “America” ​​straightened up and blocked the possibility of Lewandowski’s penalty.

WORST: Robert Lewandowski

The missed penalty alone was a weak light, as was his real lack of attacking threat. Lewandowski is one of the world’s greatest strikers, but on Tuesday he looked far from the same.

Highlights and Notable Moments

Ochoa saving Lewandowski’s penalty is undoubtedly the main theme of the match.

A miss by Robert Lewandowski could cost Poland dearly in the group stage.

After the match: what the players and managers said

Mexican Ochoa: “It’s been a while since I stopped a penalty. I am grateful for the help of the national team.”

Polish Szczesny.: “Congratulations to him [Ochoa]because he made an incredible save.”

Basic statistics (provided by Sportzshala Stats & Information)

– Ochoa fourth clean sheet at the World Championships. Most for the Mexican goalkeeper. Pablo Larios had 3 in 1986.

– Mexico failed to score in any of the last 3 second halves of the World Cup, in which they had a draw in the first half.

– Ochoa: 1st saved penalty with Mexico since the 2017 Confederations Cup. He missed the last 9 PKs he faced with Mexico.


Mexico: Three On November 26, they will take on an Argentine team desperate for their first win at the 2022 World Cup, followed by a match against Saudi Arabia on November 30.

Poland: Lewandowski and company will play Group C leaders Saudi Arabia on November 26, followed by a decider against Argentina on November 30.