Mexico and Poland will each be looking to kick off their World Cup campaigns at the other’s expense on Tuesday as they face off in Group C.
The teams occupying a group that also includes two-time champions Argentina and minnows Saudi Arabia will realistically be aiming for second place in the pool.
With that in mind, Mexico and Poland are each other’s biggest rivals in the group, and they will know that their fate in Qatar may actually hinge on the outcome of this match – the two teams’ first ever outing in the 2022 edition of the tournament. .
Mexico have lost in the round of 16 at the last seven World Cups, so they will be confident they can get through this group – although they won’t be sure of their chances of going any further than that – while whether Poland have exited in the first round or not qualified for the competition at all since 1990. They do, however, have one of the best strikers in world football in the form of their captain, Robert Lewandowski.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is it?
The Mexico-Poland match will kick off at 4:00 p.m. GMT (7:00 p.m. local time) on Tuesday, November 22.
The match will take place at Stadium 974 in Doha.
How can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on BBC One, and it will also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer.
Meanwhile, The Independent will provide live match updates.
What’s up with the team?
Mexico are set to start without Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, who is still on the hunt for full fitness after suffering a groin injury. His coach, teammates and fans, however, found hope with his ability to play 45 minutes in a pre-World Cup friendly against Sweden.
Poland, meanwhile, appear to be in good shape as they prepare to kick off their campaign in Qatar.
Mexico: Ochoa, Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo, Alvarez, Herrera, Guardado, Lozano, Martin, Vega
Poland: Szczesny, Bednarek, Glik, Kiwior, Frankowski, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Szymanski, Zalewski, Milik, Lewandowski
Mexico – 9/5
Poland – 9/5
Draw – 2/1
This is, on paper, the most even match in Group C, and it features two teams who should realistically be battling for second place – with Argentina naturally the favorites to top the group. As such, a draw would not be at all surprising. Mexico 1-1 Poland.