Qatar 2022: This is how it has gone for Mexico vs. Poland; there is a bad precedent in World Cups

Only four times have the selections of Mexico and Poland until the fifth takes place this Tuesday at the 974 Stadium in Doha, at the premiere of both at the Qatar World Cup 2022.

In these precedents, Mexico and Poland are tied with one win each and two draws; although the only duel in a World Cup was taken by the Poles.

It was precisely the first time they met, in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina in which the Tricolor was eliminated at the first exchange, with zero points for the five with which Poland passed as first.

In addition, it was the only victory for the European team in that phase, 3-1 against José Antonio Roca’s team. 34 years later, those of ‘Tata’ Martino will have the opportunity to make up for that encounter.

The two following precedents, in friendlies played in 2005 and 2011 ended in the same way (1-1). And it was not until November 13, 2017 when Mexico balanced the pairing.

A goal from Raul Jimenez in the 13th minute during the friendly played in Gdansk it was the only goal in a match in which what will be Poland’s great threat this Tuesday did not play: Robert Lewandowski.

The one from Wolverhampton did see the door, whose presence on the list has been criticized for having played only four games this season due to different injuries.

Ochoa defends Jiménez

Guillermo Ochoa, goalkeeper for Mexico, defended his compatriot Raúl Jiménez from the criticism that has surrounded his presence in Qatar 2022, assuring that the press and society have been “unfair” to him.

“It is unfair because they take five seconds of a video and say that it is not right; without having the information of what happens. From the way he has been working and how well I have seen him in training, surely when he enters the field he will do it in a very good way, ”he said at a press conference.

Paco Memo assures that the Wolverhampton striker is “100 percent” after the blow he suffered to the head in November 2020 and the recent pubalgia what he suffered

“I see Raúl with enormous desire, hunger and ambition to be on the pitch. The desire to return to that level and play soccer again after what happened to him should be an example of motivation and life for everyone, soccer players and non-soccer players, ”he completed.

DT from Poland respects the experience of Mexico

The Polish coach Czeslaw Michniewicz appeared at a press conference before his debut match in Qatar 2022 against Mexico, a rival for whom he showed his “respect” and did not want to focus on whether El Tri arrives at a bad time or not.

“We have done our homework. We have all the respect in the world for an experienced selector [Gerardo Martino] and that he has worked in Barcelona. And it will be the fifth World Cup for Ochoa, some of our players have not had this experience… we have to respect them”, he said.

Michniewicz believes that Mexico and Poland are evenly matched and Argentina is the favorite in Group C and in the World Cup, but anything can happen in the tournament.

”Many times it happens in football that the favorites don’t end up winning. I don’t see a big imbalance against the Mexican National Team, nor against Argentina and Saudi Arabia. We respect all the teams and we firmly believe in ourselves”, he expanded.

Where and when to see Mexico vs. Poland?

  • Mexico vs Poland
  • Date: Tuesday, November 22
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. Central Mexico time (7:00 p.m. local time)
  • Stadium 974
  • Transmission: Televisa (Channel 5 and Las Estrellas), TV Azteca (Channel 7), TUDN and Vix+

(With information from EFE)

Qatar 2022: This is how it has gone for Mexico vs. Poland; there is a bad precedent in World Cups