Mexico had to ride their luck to hold off Poland for a goalless draw in their opening World Cup match.
Argentina will be desperate to bounce back from losing their World Cup opener when they take on Mexico in Group C. The Saturday night contest will be extremely pivotal for both sides. They both require the three points to keep their hopes of making it out of the group alive. It is not like the team that losses or drops points in this fixture will get eliminated, however, their destiny will no longer be in their own hands. Hence, both sides will be keen to give their all to secure the maximum points on Saturday.
|Argentina vs Mexico||Key details|
|Kickoff time in India||12:30 am (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in Argentina||4 pm (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in Mexico||1 pm (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||10 pm (Saturday)|
It is safe to say that Argentina’s 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia is the biggest upset so far in this World Cup. The South American nation entered the tournament on the back of a 36-game undefeated streak. Many pundits labeled them as one of the favourites for the trophy, however, their defeat in the opener sent shockwaves around the world. On the other hand, Mexico had to ride their luck to hold off Poland for a goalless draw in their opening match. They now have a chance of sending Lionel Messi and Argentina packing home early if they can beat them on Saturday night and the result in the other group match goes in their favour.
The last thing Argentina would need now is an injury to their talisman Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain attacker had to train away from his teammates on Thursday, leaving a lot of Argentinian fans worried. However, it is believed that Messi would be fit in time to start on Saturday night. Lisandro Martinez should start for them at the back, while Paulo Dybala could be in line to be involved in the game. On the other hand, Mexican striker Raul Jimenez is back to his full fitness. However, it is unclear if he is fit enough to start on Saturday night.
Argentina possible line-up: E Martinez, Montiel, Otamendi, L Martinez, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister, Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez
Mexico possible line-up: Ochoa, Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo, Alvarez, Herrera, Chavez, Lozano, Vega, Jimenez
|Saudi Arabia||1-2 (L)|
|Last 5 matches (all competitions)||Results|
|Argentina beat Mexico||4-0|
|Argentina beat Mexico||2-0|
|Argentina beat Mexico||2-0|
|Argentina draw Mexico||2-2|
|Argentina beat Mexico||3-1|
The FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Mexico will take place at Lusail Stadium on Sunday at 12:30 am IST.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Moreover, the match between Argentina and Mexico can be seen on TyC Sports Argentina, TyC Sports Play, DIRECTV Sports Argentina, Televisión Pública, DIRECTV Sports App, Las Estrellas in Argentina; and Azteca Deportes En Vivo, TUDN, Las Estrellas, Azteca 7, VIX+, Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Sky HD, TUDN En Vivo in Mexico.