Disappointment in Mexico after defeat against Argentina 2:40
(CNN Spanish) --
(CNN Spanish) --
After the defeat against Argentina on Saturday, the chances of the Mexican team to go to the round of 16 in the World Cup in Qatar were seriously compromised.
However, even if only mathematically, El Tri's classification is still possible.
With two games played, Poland leads Group C with 4 points.
They are followed by Argentina and Saudi Arabia with 3 points each —Argentina is in second place by goal difference— and the team led by 'Tata' Martino is in last place with one point after the draw with the European team and the defeat against the albiceleste.
What does Mexico need to reach the round of 16 in Qatar?
The first thing you need, yes or yes, is to win the game of the third date against Saudi Arabia that will be played on Wednesday, November 30.
Both a loss and a draw would leave them sinking to fourth with 1 or 2 points, depending on the case, and they would go home without advancing to the next phase for the first time since Argentina 1978.
However, even winning against the Saudis, their luck depends on what happens in the match between Argentina and Poland to obtain the round of 16 ticket.
And, if he manages to qualify, he'll do so in second place.
The first is no longer an option due to the distance with the rest of the group.
If Argentina beats Poland, it is classified as first with 6 points and in this case Mexico and Poland would be left with 4 points each.
In that case, the pass to the round of 16 would be defined by goal difference (Mexico reaches the third game with -2).
If Argentina and Poland tie, La Scaloneta and El Tri would be left with 4 points each, behind Poland, which would lead the group with 5, and the classification by goal difference would also be defined.
If Argentina loses to Poland it is the easiest scenario for Mexico.
There Mexico ranks second with 4 points (Poland first with 6) regardless of the goal difference because both the Albiceleste and Saudi Arabia would be left with three.
to win to contemplate these scenarios.
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Who can El Tri face in the round of 16?
The two teams from Group C that advance to the next stage will face the two countries that have qualified for the round of 16 from Group D. There is one opponent from that group that is already known, France, and another that depends on the results of the third date.
At the moment, the other three teams that are part of the group are still in the race: Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
If fortune smiles on Mexico and it goes to the round of 16 in second place, it will have to face whoever has gone first in Group D, in a match scheduled for Sunday, December 4.
In this scenario, due to the difference in points that already exists within that group, there are two options: the most likely would be that they play against France, winner of Russia 2018, and there would be a remote possibility that they would play against Australia if this team they beat Denmark in the November 30 game by a huge goal difference and France lose to Tunisia.
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