Poland will play at home with Argentina in the 3rd round of the group stage of the World Cup. The match will take place on November 30, starting at 19:00 GMT.
World Cup 2022
The Polish national team could hardly be considered a clear contender for a ticket to the playoffs in the company of Argentina and Mexico.
However, in the first round the team showed quite high-quality football in the duel with Mexico, having managed to take points from the opponent.
A good and cautious approach could fully justify itself, but a missed penalty by Robert Lewandowski forced us to settle for a goalless draw.
Such a result left no room for the team to make a mistake in the second round. In the duel with Saudi Arabia, the team managed to take the lead in the first half, but the opponent pressed the whole match and could not score a penalty.
As a result, in the second half, the Poles were looking for success on the counterattacks and managed to score the second goal. Which ultimately led to victory.
Before the start of the tournament, the Argentina national team was considered the main contender for victory in the group, but already in the first round it failed loudly.
Having won the first half against Saudi Arabia, the team allowed the opponent to score twice in the second half of the meeting. Despite numerous attempts to recoup, the Argentines failed to take even one point in this meeting.
The second round match with Mexico was a kind of group stage final for Argentina – a defeat would knock them out of the tournament.
The duel turned out to be not the most spectacular, but in a difficult struggle, Lionel Messi found his moment and realized it, after which they scored the second accurate shot from Enzo Fernandez. A 2-0) victory leaves excellent chances of qualifying from the group.
Players to watch
Aiming to be the fourth goalkeeper this century, Wojciech Szczęsny saved a penalty in Poland’s victory over Saudi Arabia, meaning the goalkeeper has now saved 13 of the 38 penalties he has faced since the start of the 2018/19 season.
Ángel Di María, who only saw Argentina lose once when a player scored or provided an assist, even though it was at the last World Cup.
Head to Head
Argentina have a good record against Poland and have won six out of the 11 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Poland’s three victories.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in a friendly in 2011 and ended in a (2-1) victory for Poland.
|Poland win 9.00||Draw 4.40||Argentina win 1.46|
The Argentina national team beat Mexico in the second round, leaving itself a chance of reaching the playoffs.
Today, Argentina will not be satisfied with any other result, except for a victory – theoretically, a draw will lead to the playoffs, but in this case, everything will depend on the match of the opponents.
Surely, the Argentines will only rely on themselves, the victory will clearly raise the spirit of the team to the limit, they are quite capable of coping with Poland.
Prediction for this match: Handicap Argentina -(1.5).
- Both teams to score.