World Cup 2022 live updates: Messi’s PK saved, Argentina-Poland scoreless

The FIFA World Cup 2022 continues on Wednesday with Group C at the forefront, as Poland (1-1-0) faces Argentina (1-0-1) at 974 Stadium in Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar.

You can watch this game and every tournament game on FOX Sports family of networks – the official English language broadcast partner of the tournament in the United States – and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream free full match replays on Tubi.

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Poland vs Argentina

Staging

Argentina are aiming to reach the knockout stages for the 13th time in their last 14 World Cups. Sitting in what seems like an unusual place, Argentina must either win on Wednesday or be level with Poland and Mexico or equalize or beat Saudi Arabia. On the other side, Poland are aiming to stay unbeaten after picking up a win and a draw in their last two group stage matches. Just like Argentina, Poland are also in a winning situation to advance to the knockout stage. Sitting with four points at the top of Group C, Poland can also qualify with a draw.

Lionel Messi on the field one last time at the World Cup?

With Argentina threatened with elimination, Messi is leading his country’s side onto the pitch for what could be their last World Cup match as he has suggested it will be their last World Cup.

7′: Messi wins the battle for the ball, but does not finish the chance.

The 35-year-old entered the mix to regain possession for Argentina. However, Messi was unable to complete the highlight game and score a point on the board.

10′: More opportunities for Messi

Messi broke free along the left side of the penalty area before the Polish defense stepped in to take away his shooting angle, providing an easy save for Wojciech Szczesny.

28′: Argentina close but no cigar

Julian Alvarez had a great opportunity in net to put Argentina ahead 1-0, but his shot was blocked. Marcos Acuna got the rebound but his shot went wide to the right.

33 ‘: A close Olimpico!

Argentinian Angel Di María almost scored a long-term goal from this corner.

36′: Happy to make saves

The Polish keeper continues to make saves to keep Argentina away from the table.

38′: Messi receives a penalty

A VAR review determined the Argentina striker was fouled in the box, awarding him a penalty.

39 ‘: Messi stopped on PK!

In what has been a battle of titans so far, Szczęsny got the better of Messi from the penalty spot, guessing correctly to keep the game scoreless.

Lionel Messi’s penalty denied by Wojciech Szczęsny to keep Argentina and Poland goalless

Half-time: both teams still scoreless

Despite the 0-0 score, the Argentina-Poland match was exhilarating. Argentina always created chances, but Szczęsny rose to the challenge, registering nine saves in the first half. Former United States goalkeeper Tim Howard holds the record for most saves in a World Cup match, recording 15 in a match in 2014.

If the current results hold in this match and in the Mexico-Saudi Arabia match, Argentina and Poland would drop out of Group C. However, a goal from Saudi Arabia would put pressure on Argentina to take the lead in the second half as Argentina would need a win to advance if Saudi Arabia win.

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