Poland and Mexico play out disappointing draw as Ochoa saves Lewandowski penalty

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Poland and Mexico play out disappointing draw as Ochoa saves Lewandowski penalty
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Poland and Mexico missed the chance to make an early mark in Group C, as they played out a dire 0-0 draw. Guillermo Ochoa saved a Robert Lewandowski penalty in the second half, which was by far the most exciting moment of a match lacking in impetus or courage.

19:01 CET: That's the end of our coverage of this game. Not one for the history books. Check out our match report, written by Tom Thornton. Next up, reigning champions France take on Australia. Will we see another historic upset, or will France get off to the perfect start?

18:56 CET: A really dire game of football. There's nothing much else to say. Mexico showed a little more intent than Poland, but both sides looked a little timid and afraid of losing. Ochoa saving Lewandowski's penalty seemed to spark the game into life momentarily, but it reverted back to type after five minutes. Besides from that, there was nothing memorable. Mexico take on Argentina next, and Poland face giant-killers Saudi Arabia. One thing is for sure though, this group is poised nicely after today's results.

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Second Half

18:55 CET: The game is over. Frankly, after Argentina's defeat earlier today, both sides shouldn't be happy with this result. It was their chance to push on and make an early mark. But no. A game of few chances, little quality, and a lack of intent. The Mexican fans were good though, as they usually are.

18:49 CET: Seven added minutes, this game is petering out. Disappointing performance from both sides.

18:45 CET: Now a Poland change. Juventus man Arkadiusz Milik goes up front alongside Lewandowski, Zielinski is removed.

18:42 CET: Vega off, Antuna on for Mexico. Any chance of a goal?

18:40 CET: Both teams seem to be going for it a bit more, knowing that a win would be a huge result. But still, the lack of clear cut chances isn't a good sign.

18:29 CET: Two subs for Mexico, with star striker Raul Jimenez coming on after not being fit enough to start. Martin comes off. Hector Herrera is also substituted, with Carlos Rodriguez replacing him.

Szymanski is taken off for Poland, Przemyslaw Frankowski his replacement.

18:21 CET: A chance for Mexico. Alvarez's shot from long range is flicked on instinctively by Henry Martin, and Szczesny is forced into a reflex save. The game is livening up a bit.

18:18 CET: The replays show that Lewandowski's penalty wasn't quite in the corner. Ochoa guessed right, and pulled off the save. The atmosphere has gone up a few levels.

18:14 CET: Well, in a really dull game, in which Poland have been poor, they have a chance from the spot to go ahead. OCHOA SAVES LEWANDOWSKI PENALTY, GREAT STOP FROM THE MEXICAN. It looked to be a decent height for Ochoa, but good save nonetheless. Mexico fans celebrate like they've won the World Cup. Lewandowski still doesn't have his first World Cup goal.

18:11 CET: Finally, a chance for Poland. The ball ricochets into the penalty area, and it looks like it could fall to Lewandowski, but the striker couldn't get onto the end of it. Was there some pulling involved though? There could be, the referee has been sent to the VAR monitor... Was Moreno pulling back Lewandowski... YES, HE WAS ACCORDING TO THE REFEREE! PENALTY!

18:05 CET: Lewandowski skies a cross high into the night sky. Good start then...

18:02 CET: Poland are making a change as the second half starts. Zalewski comes off, with Krystian Bielik replacing him. Hopefully this half is a lot better than the first.

First Half

17:48 CET: The half-time whistle blows on a really uneventful 45 minutes. Mexico have tried at times to make something happen, but haven't had the quality or cutting edge to produce that one clear cut chance. Poland on the other hand, have been happy to surrender possession, but rarely threatened when they had the opportunity to break. They've been so poor. Lewandowski has cut an isolated figure up front. Proper stalemate. Nothing much else to report. Back for the second half.

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17:39 CET: More Mexico possession, but still more of nothing. A goal is needed to liven up this game.

17:27 CET: Vega has the best opportunity of the game as he outjumps Matty Cash, but his header drops wide of the post. The crowd are trying to lift Mexico now.

Another chance for Mexico. Gallardo bombs forward from the left back position, and just can't get onto the end of a ball over the top, with Szczesny getting his foot to it first.

17:25 CET: The game has totally simmered down, neither team asserting any sort of dominance on the occasion.

17:12 CET: Poland haven't really settled into the game yet, but despite that, Mexico are yet to create a real chance of note. Who will produce the first moment of quality?

17:05 CET: Mexico are responding to their fans too, starting by far the stronger of the two sides.

17:02 CET: The Mexican fans are in full voice, their chants bellowing across the stadium.

17:00 CET: And so it begins, Mexico kick things off.

16:55 CET: Powerful rendition of the Mexican anthem, with Alexis Vega in tears. Puts into context the magnitude of playing for your country at a World Cup.

16:53 CET: The players strut out, led by Lewandowski and Ochoa. It's nearly time for this huge clash.

Team News

Guillermo Ochoa, I'm sure you have heard that name before, is making a record-equalling fifth appearance at World Cups, at 37 years old. Raul Jimenez, however, is only fit enough for the bench.

Midfielder Edson Alvarez has been linked with a number of top clubs, and he will be looking to make his mark on the world stage.

Kamil Glik makes his 100th appearance for Poland, becoming just the fifth player to do that. He starts alongside Jakub Kiwior in the heart of defence.

Their danger man is, of course, Robert Lewandowski, and he is tasked with leading the line on his own.

Mexico - Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Hector Moreno, Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Chavez; Lozano, Henry Martin, Vega.

Poland - Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Kaminski, Krychowiak; S. Szymanski, Zielinski, Zalewski; Lewandowski.

Introduction

Welcome to live text coverage of the crucial Group C clash between Mexico and Poland. If we get a match with the drama and entertainment of the other game in this group, then we are in for a treat. We will have stats and graphics, provided by StatsPerform.

We will also bring you the lineups an hour before kick-off, which is at 17:00 CET.

Follow the live audio commentary right here, if you are unable to get yourself to a screen.