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World Cup Predictions: Poland vs Mexico

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Mexico and Poland will meet in a Group C encounter that could potentially shape their group stage fate on Tuesday evening.

Mexico have been a mainstay in the World Cup lately, having featured in each of the last seven editions.

They played knockout football in all of those campaigns but failed to progress beyond the round of 16. Poland have not been that regular in the competition and did not make it out of the group stages since 1986 when Mexico hosted the World Cup.

World Cup track record

Ex-Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo Martino will draw the blueprint to end their round-of-16 hoodoo and take them to the last eight of the competition for the first time since they did on home soil in 1986. In fact, Mexico made it to the quarterfinals only twice, and both times they were the hosts (1970 and 1986).

So, if Mexico can make it to the quarterfinals in Qatar, it will be the first time Mexico will do it in a World Cup outside their borders. A win against Poland will be a significant first step towards fulfilling that target.

Under Martino, Mexico have won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2019 but failed to defend it in 2021.

They had a stellar qualification campaign under the Argentinian tactician as they trailed table-toppers Canada by only goal difference.

Poland stunned the world by finishing third in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. But they have failed to match those heights in subsequent years.

In their last three World Cup campaigns, which came in a span of 16 years, they could not get to the knockout stages.

Czeslaw Michniewicz is yet to complete his first year at the Poland job, but the ex-Legia Warsaw man has already risen to the ranks of a national hero in the country.

He oversaw Poland’s 2-0 playoff victory against Sweden, which confirmed the Baltic nation’s first back-to-back World Cup appearances since 1986.

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Once again, Robert Lewandowski will shoulder Poland’s World Cup expectations. The Barcelona forward could not find the target in 2018, so he will be keen on getting on the scoresheet on Tuesday evening.

Raúl Jiménez did not get a lot of gametime lately because of his continuous injury struggles.

After a long head injury layoff, his career fell into limbo once again in August when he suffered another lengthy injury. The 31-year-old got off the bench in Mexico’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Sweden last week, but he did not seem to be back to his best yet. So, Club América striker Henry Martín is likely to lead the line for Mexico from the start.

Sevilla winger Jesús Corona will not be involved as he had to return home with an ankle injury.

Poland also had to let go of Adam Buksa, Bartłomiej Drągowski, and Jacek Góralski because of injuries.

Lewandowski did not come off the bench in Poland’s last World Cup warm-up game against Chile as Michniewicz wants his best attacker fully rested before the crunch clash with Mexico.

Matty Cash will be available for selection after the right-back recovered from a shoulder injury.

Our Prediction

Robert Lewandowski could be the only differentiating factor between these two teams. Otherwise, the squad strength look similar.

We think Lewandowski will get his first World Cup goal and grab a memorable victory for his nation. Our prediction is a 2-1 win for Poland.

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.

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Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.

“The disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United

A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.

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Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.

The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.

Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.

Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments

Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.

The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.

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Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’

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Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.

The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.

In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli

The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.

Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.

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