Mexico and Poland are beginning their FIFA World Cup 2022 journey today, Tuesday, November 22. Mexico is heading into its 8th straight World Cup appearance, having been eradicated at the last 16 stages in each of its previous seven entries.
Looking at the World Cup history, Mexico has the advantage because they have qualified for every World Cup since 1994, while the Polish team has only managed to qualify three times since then. Besides, Poland has a strong team at their removal and placed 2nd in their World Cup qualification group.
Robert Lewandowski will be particularly attractive to Mexico, as he is easily the most recognizable name for the Polish, but Piotr Zielinski is also a player on the ground. Meanwhile, for Mexico, Edson Alvarez and Hirving Lozano are players to watch as they look to make their impacts on the world stage.
So, football fans may be aware of their lineups but if you need to become more familiar, keep reading till the end. Let's start with the team's history.
Kick-off Time: 11 am ET / 4 pm GMT / 6 pm CAT / 9:30 pm IST
Date: Tuesday, November 22
Stadium: Stadium 974
Location: Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar
TV channel: The match will be broadcast free-to-air on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 3.30 pm GMT for a 4 pm kick-off.
Live stream: The BBC iPlayer website will deliver live streams.
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Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: After finishing second in their CONCACAF qualification group
Coach: Gerardo Martino
Captain: Andres Guardado
Key players: Guillermo Ochoa, Andres Guardado, Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Edson Alvarez
Current FIFA world ranking: 26
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: After defeating Sweden 2-0 in the UEFA playoffs
Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz
Captain: Robert Lewandowski
Key players: Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik
Guillermo Ochoa, Jorge Sanchez, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Jose Andres Guardado Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin, Alexis Vega
Wojciech Szczesny, Jan Bednarek, Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior, Bartosz Bereszynski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zielinski, Damian Szymanski, Nicola Zalewski, Karol Swiderski, Robert Lewandowski
Mexico and Poland are on an even footing as far as the head-to-head record is concerned and have prevailed three games apiece out of a total of eight games played between the two teams. Poland has grown in stature over the past decade but has inflated to trick on the world cup stage.
Captain Lewandowski has been in great form this season and will need to be at his lethal best in a tough group. On the other side, Mexico has consistently punched above its weight at the World Cup in the past but has a few problems to address ahead of this match.
Both squads are evenly matched on paper and could play out a draw (1-1) on Tuesday. Predictors also say there is a very high chance of the ending with a 1-1 draw.
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