Argentina VS Mexico FIFA LIVE Football Score 26/11/2022
Argentina and Mexico go back a long way. All the way to the very first World Cup. They met in the 1930 group stage and it was quite the match. Three penalties were awarded, two of them scored by Mexico, one missed by Argentina, yet amazingly that wasn’t the main story. Step forward Guillermo Stábile, who notched a hat-trick for La Albiceleste on debut. Argentina won 6-3 and Stábile kept rattling them in all the way to the final, in which he put his side 2-1 up before Uruguay stormed back to win.
Then there was 2006, when everyone banged on about the 25-pass move finished off by Esteban Cambiasso against Serbia and Montenegro as being goal of the tournament. Glorious and all, but it wasn’t even the best goal scored by Argentina at that World Cup: Maxi Rodríguez settled a to-and-fro mini-classic last-16 rubber against Mexico by chesting down a crossfield pass and lash-looping a ferocious volley into the far corner, and there we have it. Sorry Esteban, close but no cigar. Elegance and ultraviolence in equal measure: nobody does it quite like Argentina.
They faced Mexico in the last 16 again in 2010, Carlos Tevez heading home when clearly miles offside, the crucial opening goal of a controversial 3-1 win. On the pitch, a slightly underpowered Lionel Messi; in the dugout, Diego Maradona. Germany spanked them 4-0 in the quarters. Still, that’s three wins out of three for Argentina, who love to meet the Mexicans at the World Cup. They even enjoy visiting: while they were going through a transitional phase in 1970, missing out on the greatest World Cup of all, they secured an invite 16 years later and El Diego made the Azteca his own for ever. (Well, he gets a share of the lease with Pelé, at least.)
Old results shouldn’t influence the present, not logically, but they invariably do. So all of this ancient history will give Argentina succour going into their latest World Cup fixture with Mexico, a match they really could do with winning, and certainly can’t afford to lose. Despite their orbit-bothering defeat by Saudi Arabia, they were still only a few inches here, a couple of centimetres there, away from a four-goal first-half haul. There’s misfiring, and then there’s misfiring, and so a Mexico side that struggled to make any memorable impact against a workaday Poland – and were dependant on Robert Lewandowski missing from the spot for their point – should hold little fear for Argentina. After all, up until Tuesday lunchtime, they were the tournament favourites.
Football doesn’t quite work like that, of course. So if Messi really is to fill that one bulbous gap on his resumé, he’ll need to dig deep down for another big Mexico-slaying contribution in the manner of his esteemed forefathers Guillermo, Maxi and Carlos. A hat-trick? A blistering volley? An extremely dubious effort allowed to stand by incompetent officials? With the pickle Argentina are in, they can’t be fussy, any of those will do.
Following a shock opening-day setback, Lionel Messi-led Argentina is set out to get back in game as they take on Group C rivals Mexico at the Lusail Stadium today on Saturday. The leading tournament’s action on Friday saw playing squads enter their second round of the group stage. Today’s encounter between Argentina and Mexico is said to be a must-win situation for Lionel Messi and his team.
A loss for Argentina will be disastrous and eliminate the famous team from the World Cup 2022. With the last of their international win coming back in the summer of 1986, team Argentina is already under pressure to deliver the first triumph in nearly 4 decades. Days before the much-anticipated game, fans of the two sides clashed in the streets on Wednesday, however, there were no arrests from the local police.
Those eight words captured Argentina’s aspiration as well as desperation. The Albiceleste landed in Doha as firm contender for the title. Now, they risk making a group-stage exit. Their shocking defeat to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener means Saturday’s (12.30 am Sunday, IST) match against Mexico becomes – as the goalkeeper put it – a virtual final. Another exit and they might as well be on the first flight back home.
The response in Argentina to their beloved team’s humiliating loss was philosophical more than being enraged. But as the magnitude of the result sunk in, there’s been a more cold-hearted analysis of the defeat. They aren’t panicking yet but every move the two Lionels – coach Scaloni and captain Messi – make is being scrutinised.
For instance, when Messi was late to reemerge from the dressing room after the loss, there were concerns – as Argentine football writer Marcela Mora y Araujo noted in the Football Weekly podcast – whether this was the return of the phase where ‘Messi goes into a dark room alone for many days and nobody knows what he’s thinking’. Messi’s relationship with his national team has been such – fraught with sad moments than happier ones.
The other Lionel has also been under increased observation. Scaloni has said he won’t change his team’s style because it did not work against Saudi. However, the roles of some players – especially in the defence and midfield – are being questioned.
There are suggestions that Scaloni will make a raft of changes to his backline against an opponent that isn’t shy to go on the front foot. Cristian Romero could make way for Lisandro Martinez in the central defence while the two wing-backs, Nahuel Molina and Nicolas Tagliafico could be replaced by Gonzalo Montiel and Marco Acuna respectively, because of Mexico’s threat from wider positions.
There are calls to bench central midfielders Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul as well for being unable to control the tempo of the match. But the duo has been integral to Scaloni’s plans since the beginning and so, it will be a surprise if the coach drops them. Argentina produced a dramatic late fightback to rescue a 2-2 draw against Mexico on Tuesday. Goals from substitute Sergio Aguero and captain Lionel Messi saw Argentina rally from a two-goal deficit at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Mexico—who next face the United States on October 10 to decide which nation will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup—looked set to clinch a famous victory. Javier Hernandez broke the deadlock by converting a penalty in the first half, giving El Tri a slender lead at the interval.
They doubled their advantage in the 70th minute when Hector Herrera fired a shot under Argentina goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman. However, Aguero tapped home a cross from fellow replacement Ezequiel Lavezzi before the scorer turned provider for the equaliser, his delightful ball over the top allowing Messi to level matters.