Argentina and Poland have both qualified for the knockout stage even though the Argentines comfortably beat the Poles with a 2-0 score. In bizarre circumstances Poland have qualified due to having a better goal difference than Mexico.
Argentina were awarded a controversial penalty in the 36th minute when according to the referee after closer inspection due to VAR Messi was fouled by keeper Wojciech Szczęsny. It was not to be for Messi as Szczęsny managed to make up for his initial foul and produce a great save.
After their tough first half, Argentina couldn’t have wished for a better start as in the 46th minute Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister managed to score the opener with a precise finish to send his country one foot into the knockout stage.
Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez managed to double Argentina’s lead in the 67th minute with a powerful unsaveable finish in the top left corner.
Poland will now have to face holders France whilst Argentina will go up against underdogs Australia in what they hope will be successful tie in order to achieve their World Cup dreams.