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Argentina 2-0 Poland: Eagles secure last-16 qualification despite defeat

Robert Lewandowski - Poland
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A dominant display from the Albiceleste saw them qualify for the next round as the Group C leaders.

Argentina defeated Poland 2-0 in their World Cup match on Wednesday. The Albiceleste secured the top spot on the Group C table with a solid attacking display.

Messi misses a penalty!

Argentina started their attacks to score the opener as soon as the game started.

The Albiceleste kept Poland inside their own half, bombarding them with attacks from both flanks.

Their efforts paid off when the referee awarded them a penalty for a foul on Lionel Messi in the 37th minute. However, Wojciech Szczęsny denied Messi by making his second penalty save of the tournament.

Poland survived the first half, but they conceded a goal only a minute into the second period.

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Following a low cross into the box from Nahuel Molina, Alexis Mac Allister made it 1-0 for Argentina with a precise shot into the far corner of the net.

Poland tried to bounce back after the goal as Mexico had gone up 2-0 against Saudi Arabia elsewhere in Group C.

Things got worse when Julian Alvarez doubled Argentina’s lead with a wonderful strike in the 68th minute. Mexico could’ve leapfrogged Poland from the second spot by scoring another goal against Saudi Arabia.

The Eagles, however, struggled to make any progress in their attempts to create goalscoring opportunities. They made sure to keep their defensive integrity against Argentina’s attacks, which proved to be vital for their qualification.

Mexico couldn’t score against Saudi Arabia and even conceded a late goal. The results sent Poland behind Argentina to the last-16 round, where they will face France.

Lionel Messi and co will prepare to lock horns with Australia in the next round.