Is Argentina feeling comfy or is there any trouble in paradise?
Hey Argentinian fan, still wondering how Messi & Co. can qualify for the knockouts? All of their chances are on the final Group C match against Poland. Argentina announced that they are still alive after their impressive 2-0 win over Mexico.
What are the odds of Argentina qualifying for Knockouts?
Argentina was one of the favourites in the FIFA World Cup before this magnificent tournament began. But the devastating display against Saudi Arabia, which resulted in a disappointing 2-1 defeat for Messi and his men, rattled the bench.
This automatically made the match against Mexico a must-win game for them and they did exactly that. Messi provided them with the lead while the young gun Enzo Fernandez sealed the game nicely for Argentina with the second goal.
Argentina currently enjoys the 2nd position in Group C with three points. The table topper Poland has four points. Saudi Arabia is in 3rd position with three points but a lesser goal difference. Mexico right now is at last with only 1 point.
Qualification Process Now For Argentina:
The good thing for Argentina right now is that they do not need to pray for other teams’ losses or worse, wins.
Their fate right now depends highly on their final group match against Poland. The other important match of their group, between Saudi Arabia and Mexico will also be played at the same time.
Win against Poland will be the ideal scenario for the men in blue and white as it will make them table toppers with six points.
Even if Saudi Arabia wins against Mexico, they’ll need to win by a three-goal positive difference as Argentina is two-goal positive above them.
However, if the match against Poland ends in a draw for Messi and Co., things get a bit complicated. After that, if Saudi Arabia wins, they’ll be on top with six points.
Poland with five points will then be in the second spot and Argentina will be out. Hard to hear? In the case of a hypothetical draw between Arg and Pol, if Mexico wins against Saudi Arabia, then the goal-difference criteria will be applied and Mexico would need a massive 4-goal margin win to make it through to the knockouts.
But if Argentina loses against Poland, nothing would work for the South American nation.
But what’ll actually happen, we can only find out on Dec 1, The Final Match Day of Group C.