With two rapid-fire targets scored within the early minutes of the second half, Mexico managed to defeat Saudi Arabia 2-1 however didn’t advance to the final 16 as a result of group-rival Poland secured the identical variety of factors however had let in a single much less purpose.
Coming into the match, Saudi Arabia wanted a win to advance to the following spherical, whereas Mexico’s destiny can be decided by the dimensions of their victory and the results of the Poland-Argentina match that was going down on the similar time.
After an uneventful first 45 minutes, the second half of the match caught fireplace within the forty seventh minute with a purpose from Mexico’s Henry Martin, adopted 5 minutes later with a blistering free kick from Mexico’s Luis Chavez.
Mexican followers, who had one eye on the results of the Poland-Argentina match, have been excited because it appeared their aspect was going to advance on yellow playing cards – however their goals have been crushed when Saudi Arabia’s Salem Aldawsri scored within the ninety fifth minute.
The late Saudi purpose was not sufficient to vary their destiny but it surely did stop Mexico from shifting forward, leaving Poland to advance to the following spherical by a single purpose differential.