The good times are rolling for Poland after Robert Lewandowski netted his first World Cup goal in a 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Defying expectations by sitting top of Group C, they now need just a point against Argentina to guarantee round of 16 progression while a win will see them top a group stage for the first time since 1982, a campaign which saw them finish third.
Aiming to become only the fourth goalkeeper this century to record a hat-trick of group stage, Wojciech Szczeny saved a penalty in Poland’s win over Saudi Arabia, meaning he’s now saved 13 penalties from the 38 he’s faced since the start 2018/2019- a whopping 34.21%! He’ll face Juventus teammate; Angel Di Maria, who has seen Argentina lose only once when he’s assisted or scored (W35, D2), though that was in the last World Cup.
Since the 1970 edition, Argentina have had only one goalless draw in World Cup group stage games. The youngest coach at a World Cup was Juan Tramutola, who was just 27 when he led Argentina in the 1930 edition.
Would Argentina qualify to the next round? Time will surely be the best answer.