The defeat against Saudi Arabia leaves Argentina with no margin for error against a team from Mexico that can certify their pass to the round of 16.A final before time: previous, analysis, prognosis and prediction
The defeat against Saudi Arabia leaves Argentina without error’s margin against a team from Mexico that can certify its pass to the round of 16
Argentina will play the match against Mexico as a final. A new defeat would leave the Albiceleste out of the World Cup. Scaloni will introduce some change in the line up to look for a reaction in the team. Mexico, after its good start in this the World Cup, hopes to take advantage of Argentine nervousness to leave certified its classification.
How Argentina arrives: Argentina’s defeat against Saudi Arabia has completely changed the plans of the team, which has not any possibility of error in this World Cup. It has generated a feeling of insecurity (at least externally) in a team that won the Americas and the Champions Cup, had been gotten incredible numbers: 36 consecutive games without defeat. Argentina has its favor that in the last five games played against Mexico it came out the winner.
How Mexico arrives: Mexico qualified brilliantly for the World Cup. It placed second in the group of Canada. Its start in Qatar has been Good, signed a draw against Poland and leaving his goal zero. Ochoa stopped a maximum penalty launched by Lewandowski. The Mexican goal will have a new and complicated exam today. On this occasion Ochoa and his defense will have to face the Argentine trident led by Messi, with Lautaro and Di María.
The duel of the match: Leo Messi vs. Chucky Lozano. The Argentine knows that he is playing his last chance to add a World Cup to his excellent record. He scored in the first game, but his goal was sterile. Today he will be the leader of the Albiceleste again. In Mexico, the Napoli player Hirving Lozano is the most dangerous player in Martino’s team. With Napoli he has scored four goals this season in 20 games between Serie A and the Champions League.
By Fernando Perez (Football Analyst, Spain)