Mexico 0 - 0 Poland summary: Lewandowski misses penalty, scores, stats and game recap | Qatar World Cup 2022
Mexico 0-0 Poland: as it happened
Ochoa does it again
It's Guillermo Ochoa's fifth World Cup and he keeps producing the goods for Mexico.
Group C wide open
Group C after today's games:
1 | Saudi Arabia - 3 points
2 | Poland - 1
3 | Mexico - 1
4 | Argentina - 0
Saudi Arabia lead Group C after the first round of games, beating Argentina 2-1 to cause a major upset earlier in the day. Mexico and Poland are behind them with a point apiece after their 0-0 draw.
Lewandowski rues missed opportunity
Poland talisman Lewandowski saw his 58th-minute penalty saved by Ochoa.
Ochoa the hero
Mexico pick up a point in their World Cup opener thanks to Guillermo Ochoa, who guesses correctly to keep Robert Lewandowski's penalty out.
FT: Mexico 0-0 Poland
And that's it!
It finishes 0-0 between Mexico and Poland in Group C.
Grzegorz Krychowiak tries his luck from distance. It sails wide of Guillermo Ochoa's right-hand post.
Kaminski shoots! But it's an easy one for Ochoa. 0-0
Antuna looks for a gap through the middle of the Polish defence. Glik moves across and Poland move forward again.
Kiwior heads the corner away.
It comes back in but Raúl Jiménez is offside!
There will be seven minutes added on!
Antuna wins a corner for Mexico!
Glik is down holding his head after getting a shot right in the face.
Lozano goes down in the box!
The referee says it's a free out for a foul on Cash.
Poland can breathe!
Glik is playing his 100th match for Poland today. He absolutely loves to defend!
Can Mexico find a late breakthrough?
Antuna is going to play on the right, with Lozano moving to the left.
Gallardo wins a corner for Mexico. Cash does well to block his left-footed cross. Chavez takes the corner and Poland clear.
Cash gets forward for Poland and earns his side a corner.
It falls to Krychowiak at the back post but he can't take advantage and Mexico break.
Jiménez goes forward but he fails to take the ball goalward and Poland retain possession. 0-0
Vega, from outside the area, comes across the ball and it flies high and wide. Glik was quite reluctant to get in the way of that one.
A win for either side would give them a huge advantage in Group C after Argentina's defeat earlier today. And there is still plenty of time.
Tonight's official attendance is 39,369.
It's a yellow for Frankowski, who catches Lozano. That's a fully deserved booking.
It remains 0-0 with 15 minutes to go.
Poland win a corner after some good play through the middle.
Jiménez clears the corner. He could also pose more of a threat in attack than Martín.
OFF Sebastian Szymanski
ON Przemyslaw Frankowski
OFF Héctor Herrera
ON Carlos Rodriguez
OFF Henry Martín
ON Raúl Jiménez
Mexico are about to make a couple of changes and one of them will be Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez, who will probably replace Henry Martín.
Poland defend that well.
Chavez whips a free in from the left but it's dealt with properly. 0-0
Raúl Jiménez is on the bench and could be called upon.
Poland have not beaten Mexico since 1978, the only time the teams met at a World Cup. And the last time they played each other was in 2017 when Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez scored in a 1-0 win for Mexico.
Lewandowski will be absolutely kicking himself. He has been on fire for Barcelona this season but couldn't give his side the lead in Doha.
His penalty was low and hard but wasn't right in the corner.
Martin gets a glancing header on Alvarez's cross and the Polish keeper pushes it away. 0-0
Ochoa to the rescue
Five World Cups later and Ochoa is still producing the goods.
Will that miss affect Lewandowski?
Ochoa, 37, uses all his experience to deny Lewandowski from the spot.
Ochoa keeps Lewandowski out!
He guesses right and goes down to his left to keep Lewandowski out. it's a brilliant stop.
Moreno pulls Lewandowski down and it's the Barcelona man with the ball in his hands...
And it is a PENALTY TO POLAND!
It's a tangle between Moreno and Lewandowski!
Possible penalty for POLAND!
Sanchez gets more joy on the right and wins a corner for Mexico. Chavez sends it into the six-yard box. Poland clear the danger. Sanchez has been a constant threat on the right. 0-0
Zielinski sends his free too long and it goes out for a goalkick. Ochoa takes it. The Mexico netminder is playing in his fifth World Cup, an absolute legend of Mexican football.
Poland will need a huge improvement this half if they want to win the game. Mexico were dominate in the opening 45' but failed to create many chances.
OFF Nicola Zalewski
ON Krystian Bielik
We're underway for the second half!
It remains 0-0
Poland are going to make a change.
The Mexico players are in the tunnel and are about to come back out for the second half.
Mexico’s schedule and group in the 2022 World Cup
Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia
11 am ET Mexico vs Poland
2 pm ET Argentina vs Mexico
2 pm ET Saudi Arabia vs Mexico
Mexico 0-0 Poland
As things stand in Group C, Saudi Arabia are top after their shock win over Argentina earlier today.
Mexico have just about edged it. Despite having the majority of the ball, they have failed to really test Szczesny in the Poland goal.
HT: Mexico 0-0 Poland
It's halftime in Stadium 974 in Doha. It's Mexico 0-0 Poland.
Mexico get more joy down the right. Lozano whips it into the back post, where Aston Villa's Matty Cash heads it away.
There will be two minutes added on. There hasn't been a whole pile of action.
Szczesny saves well from Sanchez. Mexico have a corner on the right.
Vega's corner is eventually caught by Szczesny.
Sanchez and Lozano link up well down the right, before the former crosses from the byline. Glik is there to head it away as Szczesny comes off his line just in case.
Lozano fouls Krychowiak. Poland have a free. Lewandowski has barely touched the ball, by the way.
Mexico legends Guardado and Jiménez warm up on the touchline.
The Mexican fans have some glorious costumes and could probably win the best-dressed fans award. They have also been quite loud inside the stadium today.
As things stand, Saudi Arabia are top of Group C!
Gallardo does well to get a cross in from the left, but it's straight into Szczesny's hands.
Szczesny's goalkick comes off Herrera's head and its a throw to Poland. It remains 0-0. Poland are happy to play it about at the back. Mexico have looked to get in behind them but have so far failed to break Michniewicz's side down.
Robert Lewandowski is playing his 135th game for Poland today. It's a record for the national team.
Lewandowski is also the top scorer in the squad with 76 goals.
Poland have not beaten Mexico since 1978, the only time the teams met at a World Cup. And so far Mexico are the team that look like scoring.
Sanchez gets a booking for pulling Szymanski back.
Chavez plays a lovely left-footed ball into the box. Szczesny flies off his line before the ball deflects off the keeper and Poland have to clear.
Herrera sends in a left-footed cross from the right. Vega heads just wide of the post!
Mexico go close to breaking the deadlock in Doha.
It's an emotional one
The Mexico players have been feeling just how big of an occasion the World Cup is.
It's a high foot from Mexico forward Henry Martin. Poland have a free out. The Club America forward is not happy with that decision.
In the 2018 World Cup, Mexico were knocked out in the round of 16. Tata Martino will be aiming to go one better this time around, to silence all of his critics.
Glik tries to clear a cross from the right but he slices it up into the air. Szczesny comes off his line to claim. Mexico have been the more positive of the two sides in the opening twenty minutes.
Sanchez gets down the right once again but this time finds himself in an offside position. 0-0
This is a crucial fixture for both sides after Argentina's shock defeat to Saudi Arabia earlier today.
Sanchez flies down the right flank but his touch lets him down and it's possession Poland once again.
Mexico and Poland have played each other nine times, with both teams winning three games each and three ending in draws.
Krychowiak makes a good challenge and Mexico have a corner.
It goes short before eventually being played into the box. Moreno is up highest but can't keep the header down. 0-0
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Glik and Montes clash in the air but both will be fine. Glik played for Real Madrid C in his younger days and has been called 'Ramos' from time to time. He's not afraid to pull out of challenges, that's for sure.
Lewandowski's header comes off a Mexico player and goes out for a corner. Zielinski sends another corner in and there's a nasty clash of heads.
Martino's side use inverted wingers and overlapping full-backs, with one deeper-lying midfielder in the three. The deep-lying midfielder is the talented Edson Alvarez of Ajax.
Lozano breaks down the right and whips it across goal with pace. Poland manage to deal with it. An early sign of things to come, perhaps.
Mexico missed out on top spot in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers to Canada only by goal difference.
Mexico have set up in a 4-3-3. They like to build through the thirds.
Zielinski catches Chavez and Mexico have an early free-kick.
Mexico are competing at their 17th World Cup.
Poland are competing at their ninth and will be hoping to improve on their 2018 run when they finished bottom of their group.
It's Mexico vs Poland in Group C!
It's now time for the Polish national anthem.
Mexico are up first!
It's time for the national anthems!
Today will be Lewandowski's 135th international appearance.
The players make their way into the tunnel after having their final words in the dressing rooms.
Ochoa leads Mexico out, while Lewandowski wears the armband for Poland.
Poland's starting XI
- 14Jakub Kiwior
- 13Jakub Kaminski
- 2Matthew Cash
- 21Nicola Zalewski
- 19Sebastian Szymanski
Mexico starting XI
- 23Jesús Gallardo
- 19Jorge Sánchez
- 15Héctor Moreno
- 3César Montes
- 16Héctor Herrera
- 4Edson Álvarez
- 24Luis Chavez
- 10Ernesto Vega
- 22Hirving Lozano
- 20Henry Martin
Poland's qualifying record
Poland's qualifying record: P11 W7 D2 L2 GF32 GA11 (qualified through play-offs)
Mexico's qualifying record
Mexico's qualifying record: P14 W8 D4 L2 GF17 GA8
Kickoff in Doha is just 15 minutes away!
Raúl Jiménez starts on the bench
Mexico striker Raúl Jiménez will be in the dugout at kickoff but we could see the Wolves striker feature in the second half.
Ochoa plays in another World Cup
Guillermo Ochoa is a legend of Mexican football and this is his fifth World Cup.
Having played in Europa with clubs like Málaga and Granada, he'll provide a wealth of experience for Tata Martino's side. He's 37 and currently plies his trade with Mexican giants América.
Lewandowski, the danger man
Poland's talisman Robert Lewandowski scored nine goals in the World Cup qualifiers and the Barcelona striker has been in fine form this season, netting 18 times in 19 games in all competitions.
Today’s clash at Stadium 974 will be overseen by Australian referee Chris Beath.
Beath has been an international match official since 2011 and was appointed as one of the inaugural video assistant referees (VAR) in 2017 in the Hyundai A-League, the first top-tier football league in the world to implement the technology.
Our colleagues in Mexico will also be providing minute-by-minute coverage of Mexico vs Poland today.
Mexico XI vs Poland
Gerardo Martino has selected the following XI for Mexico's first group game.
Andrés Guardado starts on the bench for El Tri.
Vega, Lozano and Martín will provide the attacking threat as Mexico look for a win in their opener.
Poland XI vs Mexico
Robert Lewandowski leads the line and captains Poland against Mexico.
Matty Cash starts at right-back.
Martino: "Poland clash will be crucial"
It’s no secret that the Mexico vs Poland result will have a huge impact on both teams in Group C.
El Tri’s coach Gerardo Martino admitted that the team will be seeking to improve their previous seven tournament performances which have seen them eliminated in the round of 16 on each occasion.
Mexico have won their opening group game in five of the last six World Cups and they have not lost an opening group clash on the biggest stage since 1994.
“We are expecting to play our three group stage matches the same way. That will depend on the rival’s game plan, too. Tomorrow’s match is going to be crucial for us”, Martino admitted.
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It has ended goalless between Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.
Aston Villa's Matty Cash and Barcelona's Robert Lewandowskiare two familiar names but we've put together the whole Poland squad for you as a handy guide before they open their 2022 campaign.
Find out how you can follow today's Group C clash right here.
What it's all about!
It only comes every four years but when it does come, it's quite special. This will get you going ahead of kickoff in Doha.
Previous meetings between the sides:
Mexico and Poland have played each other nine times, with both teams winning three matches each and three matches ending in draws.
The last time Poland beat Mexico was in 1978, the only time the teams met at a World Cup.
November 2017 was when they last met, with Raúl Jiménez scoring in a 1-0 win for Mexico.
Massive Group C shock!
Argentina were stunned by Saudi Arabia in Group C's early kickoff today.
You can read all about how they pulled it off here.
It leaves this group wide open and we have only just started...
Mexico fans the best dressed?
Some of the costumes on display ahead of kickoff are fantastic. The Mexico fans certainly haven't shied away!
Fans of El Tri had to wait patiently as manager Gerardo Martino held back until Monday 14 November before announcing his official list of players.
No player under the age of 23 has been selected by manager Gerardo Martino.
Mexico vs Poland - Group C
Mexico are taking part in their 17th World Cup. It's their eighth in a row, but El Tri have been eliminated in the last-16 at every edition since 1994.
The 2022 World Cup is Poland's ninth and Czesław Michniewicz's side are looking to improve on their 2018 run when they finished bottom of their group.
Hello and welcome!
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