FIFA World Cup 2022 : Argentina vs Mexico Match Preview and Lineups

Argentina vs Mexico
SCHEDULE TIME
GAME Argentina vs Mexico
DATE 27/11/2022
TIME 12:30 AM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Lusail Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
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Argentina [2-0] Mexico

Match Preview of Argentina vs Mexico

With their World Cup hopes already on the line, Argentina seek to overcome their opening game calamity on Saturday, as they tackle Group C rivals Mexico.

While the Albiceleste kicked off their quest for a third global crown by losing to rank outsiders Saudi Arabia, their Central American counterparts survived a scare to draw with Poland on Tuesday.

Since losing to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America, Argentina had embarked on a national record 36-game unbeaten run, and as reigning South American champions, arrived among most pundits' favourites for the final four at least.

Yet, all that momentum counted for little on the first day of their World Cup campaign, as Lionel Scaloni's side let an early advantage slip from their grasp during the space of six second-half minutes at Lusail Stadium.

Leading through Lionel Messi's opener from the penalty spot, the Albiceleste seemed in control of affairs at half time, having seen three other 'goals' ruled out for offside. Two Saudi Arabian strikes shortly after the interval turned the game on its head, however, and Group C's underdogs held out to record a result that will echo through the ages.

With the last of their global triumphs coming back in the summer of 1986, Argentina were already under pressure to deliver a first World Cup trophy for approaching 40 years - particularly in what is set to be Messi's swansong on the game's grandest stage.

Therefore, Scaloni must quickly rally his troops before they tackle the nation that hosted their last success at this level: a Mexico side who sit one point above Argentina in the standings.

Having beaten El Tri in the World Cup's first-ever edition in 1930, the Argentinians have more recently eliminated their Latin rivals twice in the last 16, and they also remain undefeated in the countries' last 10 meetings dating back to 2004.

All of which plays in their favour if precedent is any guide, but the world will now be watching with anticipation as they respond to their seismic shock against the Saudis.

One of several goalless stalemates in the opening week of Qatar 2022, a 0-0 draw with Poland set Mexico's tournament off to a relatively steady start on Tuesday, and in some respects a single-point haul was gratefully received by Tata Martino's men in the end.

Our Predicted Lineups

Argentina possible starting lineup:E. Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister; Messi, La. Martinez, Di Maria

Mexico possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo; Alvarez, Herrera, Chavez; Lozano, Martin, Vega

Who will win the match?

We say: Argentina 2-1 Mexico. The last time Argentina were beaten in their first World Cup match was back in 1990, when Maradona ultimately went on to lead his side to the final. Faced by both the expectation of a football-mad nation and a transitional Mexico team, this Messi-led Albiceleste can now earn a vital first victory of the 2022 edition - but it will not prove a straightforward procedure.

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