Late goal breaks Mexico's hearts despite win as they finish third

Late goal breaks Mexico's hearts despite win as they finish third
Chavez scored a beautiful goal from a free kick
Chavez scored a beautiful goal from a free kick
Mexico impressed in their last World Cup group stage match but a win over Saudi Arabia wasn't enough. Goal from Martin and a free kick beauty by Chavez brought the Mexicans incredibly close to taking over Poland at the second spot, but Al Dawsari's late goal made it 2-1 and gave them the worse goal difference to keep them third.

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Second Half

95': Heartbreak for Mexico! Salem Al Dawsari scores to keep Mexico third!

92': Lozano's free kick is parried away! The two corners after come to nothing.

90': Seven extra minutes of hope for Mexico. Yellow for Alamri and a free kick for Mexico.

89': Bahebri replaces Al Ghannam.

88': Antuna scores... but it's offside again!

87': Funes Mori replaced E. Alvarez, Kevin Alvarez in for Sanches.

78': HUGE CHANCE BY MEXICO! Saudi's somehow scramble the ball to safety.

77': Pineda and the first goalscorer Martín are off. Raul Jimenez and Charly Rodriguez join the action.

76': Pineda with a technical shot juuust missing the post.

73': Chavez going for another free kick screamer! Al Owais with a massive save!

70': Another huge chance by Mexico! Martin fires a volley over the goal.

67': Massive save by Al Owais as he stops Lozano's shot curling to the post.

In other match news, Argentina scores a second one, meaning Mexico and Poland are equal on everything. Except yellow cards - Poland would qualify thanks to having less yellows.

62': Al Oboud replaces Al Shehri.

60': Chavez tries to play his corner close to the goal and Al Owais has to punch the ball away.

56': Oh what could have been! Mexico have the ball in the net but it's waved off for offside.

53': Another one for Mexico and WHAT A BEAUTY! Chavez scored an incredible free kick to make it 2-0!

50': Saudis had a big chance to equalize after a dead ball situation, but miss Ochoa's goal.

47': Al Owais saves Chavez's intial shot, but concedes after the corner! Henry Martin scores the all important goal!

46': Perhaps surprisingly, Alexis Vega is taken off while Uriel Antuna comes on for Mexico. Abdullah Madu replaces Al Hassan for the Saudis.

Before we even start there's a goal for Argentina in the other match - Alexis MacAllister is the scorer.

First Half

45': Ali Alhassan had a huge chance with a header, but missed the goal.

45': Henry Martin was a little too forceful on the breakaway, it's a foul from him. Six minutes added on.

In news from the other match, Wojciech Szczesny just saved Lionel Messi's penalty!

37': Al Boleahi needs to leave the match because of his injury, Sharahili replaces him.

34': And a yellow for Al Hassan too.

29': Yellow card for Al Shehri, who elbowed Moreno in the face.

27': Pineda again, this time it's a header! But the defence steps in to block it.

25': ANOTHER well worked play by Mexico, this time Pineda tries his luck, but Al Owais holds on.

23': Al Owais tames a shot by Chavez.

16': Edson Alvarez gets a yellow card for an ugly challenge on Al Tambakti.

13': It's Kanno again, this time from the free kick, but the ball flies over the goal.

12': Chavez drops Abdulhamid and it's a first free kick for the Saudis

8': Always active Mohammed Kanno takes Saudi Arabia's first shot, but fires well over.

7': Al Owais is unable to tame Gallardo's cross and Mexicans nearly strike! Activity from Gerardo Martino's team early on.

3': Huge chance by Alexis Vega as he drives to the net! Al Owais keeps it 0-0 though.

2': Chavez with the first shot, but it flies by the post.

1': Mexico gets us underway with the kick off

0': The teams are out for the national anthems, a match for it all is close. Can Herve Renard's team pull of another upset? Or will Mexico break their goalless run? We'll see in the coming minutes.

Team News

Saudi Arabia: Mohamed Al-Owais, Sultan Al-Ghanam, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Hassan Tambakti, Mohamed Kanno, Saud Abdulhamid, Ali Al-Hassan, Saleh Al-Shehri, Salem Al-Dawsari, Firas Al-Buraikan

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Cesar Montes, Edson Alvarez, Alexis Vega, Hector Moreno, Orbelin Pineda, Jorge Sanchez, Henry Martin, Hirving Lozano, Jesus Gallardo, Luis Chavez


Saudi Arabia shocked the world when they beat Messi's Argentina in their opening match of the tournament. Unfortunately, they couldn't carry that momentum into the next match as they then lost to Poland.

Their opening win does set them up nicely, though, as a victory against Mexico tonight will see them through to the round of 16. A draw could be enough for the Saudis, as well, depending on what happens in the group's other clash - Poland versus Argentina.

Mexico have only managed to pick up a point so far in the group stage thanks to their draw with Poland. They MUST win this game and hope that the other match puts them ahead of either Poland or Argentina on goal difference in order to progress.

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