Poland vs Argentina LIVE Commentary: Lionel Messi aims to surpass Diego Maradona’s record and claim last 16 spot

Lionel Messi will aim to lead Argentina to the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on Poland in their final group stage match.

Los Albicelestes beat Mexico 2-0 last week to keep their qualifying hopes alive and another victory would secure their place in the next round.

Messi opened the scoring as Argentina secured a crucial victory

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Messi opened the scoring as Argentina secured a crucial victory

Messi scored his eighth World Cup goal for his country to open the scoring in that game and one more would put him above icon Diego Maradona on the Argentine scoring charts in the main tournament.

For Poland, one point would be enough to advance after Robert Lewandowski scored his first World Cup goal to help his team beat Saudi Arabia.

There is a chance both sides could progress, but they will not want to be dependent on other results in Group C and are expected to do everything they can for glory.

Poland vs Argentina: talkSPORT coverage

This Group C clash will take place on Wednesday, November 30.

The match will be played at the 974 Stadium in Doha and will start at 7:00 p.m.

The action will be broadcast live on talkSPORT with Hugh Woozencroft hosting.

Then will come comments from Kev Hatchard and former England defender Micky Gray.

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Lewandowski finally became a World Cup goalscorer last time

Lewandowski finally became a World Cup goalscorer last time


Poland vs Argentina: Squads

Squad of Poland

  • Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Skorupski, Bartlomiej Drągowski
  • Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Matty Cash, Kamil Glik, Robert Gumny, Artur Jędrzejczyk, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Nicola Zalewski
  • Midfielders: Krystian Bielik, Przemysław Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Kaminski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Michał Skoras, Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski
  • Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piątek, Karol Swiderski

argentinian team

  • Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani
  • Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Marcos Acuña, Nicolás Tagliafico, Juan Foyth
  • Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Alejandro Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios
  • Forwards: Ángel di María, Lautaro Martínez, Julián Álvarez, Nicolás González, Joaquín Correa, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi

A victory for Argentina will send them to the round of 16

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A victory for Argentina will send them to the round of 16

Poland vs Argentina: match data

  • Argentina had to wait until the 40th minute for their first goal attempt in their MD2 encounter with Mexico, with the entire game producing just nine shots in total (Argentina 5, Mexico 4), the lowest tally ever recorded in a Cup match. of the world since 1966.
  • Robert Lewandowski has been directly involved in both of Poland’s goals at the 2022 World Cup (1 goal, 1 assist), becoming the oldest World Cup goalscorer against Saudi Arabia last time out (34y 97d). ). He is the only Polish player to have attempted more than two shots in this year’s World Cup (7), while no teammate has created more chances than the Barcelona striker in this edition of the tournament (3, at the level of Piotr Zielinski). .
  • Lionel Messi has scored in six consecutive appearances for Argentina in all competitions, their joint longest scoring streak for his national team (also 6 between November 2011 and September 2012), while he now has as many World Cup goals as Diego Maradona (8), with only Gabriel Batistuta (10) scoring more for Argentina overall in the tournament
  • Poland are looking to qualify from their World Cup group for the first time since the 1986 tournament under Antoni Piechniczek. Meanwhile, Poland last went unbeaten in all three of their first-round group matches in 1982, when their third and final match of that group round was a 5-1 win over South American opponents Peru.
  • Following their last win against Mexico, Argentina will be looking to advance to the knockout stages for the 13th time in their last 14 World Cup appearances, with their only group stage elimination during this period coming in 2002.
  • Poland have kept clean sheets in each of their last three World Cup matches, including both in 2022 despite facing 27 shots (9 on target) in this edition. Never before had Poland recorded four consecutive World Cup shutouts.
  • Argentina have lost their last two FIFA World Cup matches against European nations, with these defeats coming against Croatia (0-3) and France (3-4) in 2018. They have never lost three consecutive Cup matches before. World Cup against European teams.
  • Having won four of their first seven FIFA World Cup matches against South American (L3) teams, Poland have lost each of their last three in the competition without scoring a single goal.
  • This is the first meeting of any kind between Poland and Argentina since a friendly in June 2011, where the European team won 2-1.
  • This is the third FIFA World Cup meeting between Poland and Argentina: Poland won 3-2 in 1974, while Argentina won 2-0 en route to winning the trophy for the first time in 1978.

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