World Cup Daily: Argentina got the result they needed, but not the one Mexico wanted

World Cup Daily: Argentina got the result they needed, but not the one Mexico wanted

After losing one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, Argentina will advance to the knockout stage as group winners. Unfortunately for Mexico, Argentina only missed a few goals to succeed.

Here’s everything that happened at the World Cup on Wednesday and what to watch for on Thursday.

Tunisia 1, France 0

France will enter the round of 16 with a defeat to their name after Antoine Griezmann’s last-minute equalizer was flagged offside by VAR. Lucky for Blues, a 1-0 loss was not enough to knock them out of first place in Group D, or move Tunisia forward. He will continue to play against Poland on Sunday (10 a.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app).

Highlights of Tunisia vs France | FIFA World Cup 2022

Tunisia faced France in the last match of the group stage for the two teams of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Australia 1, Denmark 0

The Footballoos secured their place in the knockout stage with a surprise victory against Denmark, a team ranked 28 places higher in the FIFA men’s rankings. Australia take on Argentina on Saturday (2 p.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app). Denmark were eliminated with the result.

Australia v Denmark Highlights | FIFA World Cup 2022

Australia v Denmark Highlights |  FIFA World Cup 2022

Australia and Denmark played each other in their third game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico 2, Saudi Arabia 1

Mexico came close to doing whatever it took to advance to the round of 16, but their yellow cards and Saudi Arabia’s late goal eventually knocked them out of the tournament. Mexico’s seven-game tournament streak to qualify for the knockout stage is now complete. Saudi Arabia were also eliminated with the result.

Highlights of Saudi Arabia vs Mexico | FIFA World Cup 2022

Highlights of Saudi Arabia vs Mexico |  FIFA World Cup 2022

Saudi Arabia and Mexico faced off in their third game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina 2, Poland 0

Argentina and Poland both advanced with Wednesday night’s result, but Argentina took first place from Poland. Poland will now face France on Sunday and Argentina will face Australia on Saturday.

Poland vs Argentina Highlights | FIFA World Cup 2022

Poland vs Argentina Highlights |  FIFA World Cup 2022

Poland and Argentina faced each other in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 022.

GOAL OF THE DAY

If that had been the goal that got Mexico through to the knockout stages, it would have been one of the greatest goals ever. The threelong history of the World Cup. Instead, it’s just our focus for the day. Say hello, Luis Chávez.

SAVE OF THE DAY

Any of Wojciech Szczęsny’s saves could have been the save of the day, but every time you register a penalty taken by arguably the greatest player of all time, it’s worth highlighting.

On the night, Szczęsny made nine saves, eight of them from shots fired inside the box.

Croatia vs Belgium10 a.m. ET on *FOX

Croatia’s path to the knockout stage is simple: win or draw, and it’s on. That of Belgium is much more complicated. While it could also advance with a win or a draw, a draw would have to come with a win for Canada over Morocco – and even then it would go to a tiebreaker with Morocco based on differential goals, a category in which Morocco has a two-goal advantage.

Canada v Morocco10 a.m. ET on *FS1

Belgium aren’t the team Morocco should worry about going into a tiebreaker with, for all the aforementioned reasons. Croatia, on the other hand, pose a serious threat in case Morocco lose to Canada and Belgium beat Croatia, as Croatia currently have the advantage in goal differential. Suffice to say that Morocco prefers to win or draw.

Japan vs Spain2 p.m. ET on *FOX

The only scenario in which Spain does not advance is a win by Japan and a victory by Costa Rica against Germany, which on paper is unlikely. However, Japan have already pulled off an upset in this year’s tournament and Costa Rica is coming off a win against Japan. The Red would be wise not to tempt fate.

Costa Rica vs. Germany2 p.m. ET on *FS1

Germany need a win and a win for Spain against Japan to avoid being knocked out in the group stage for the second consecutive World Cup. If Costa Rica wins, they will be there no matter what happens in Japan-Spain.

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