Lionel Messi will be aiming to lead Argentina to the Round of 16 of the World Cup as they face Poland in their final match of the group stage.
The Albicelestes beat Mexico 2-0 last week to keep their qualification hopes alive and another win would secure their place in the next round.
Messi scored his eighth World Cup goal for his country to open the scoring in this fixture and one more would put him above icon Diego Maradona in the Argentine goalscoring charts at the showpiece tournament.
For Poland, a point would be enough for them to progress after Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever World Cup goal to help his side beat Saudi Arabia.
There is a chance that both teams can progress, but they won’t want to rely on any more results in Group C and should go all out for glory.
Poland vs Argentina: talkSPORT coverage
This Group C clash will take place on Wednesday, November 30.
The game will be played at 974 Stadium in Doha and will kick off at 7 p.m.
The action will be broadcast live on talkSPORT with Hugh Woozencroft as host.
Comments will then come from Kev Hatchard and former England defender Micky Gray.
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Poland vs Argentina: Squads
- Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Skorupski, Bartlomiej Drągowski
- Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Matty Cash, Kamil Glik, Robert Gumny, Artur Jędrzejczyk, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Nicola Zalewski
- Midfielders: Krystian Bielik, Przemysław Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Kaminski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Michał Skoras, Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski
- Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Pietek, Karol Swiderski
- Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani
- Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico, Juan Foyth
- Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Alejandro Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios
- Forwards: Angel di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez, Nicolas Gonzalez, Joaquin Correa, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi
Poland vs Argentina: the facts of the match
- Argentina had to wait until the 40th minute for their first goal attempt in their MD2 encounter with Mexico, with the entire match producing just nine shots in total (Argentina 5, Mexico 4), the lowest tally ever recorded in a World Cup match since 1966.
- Robert Lewandowski was directly involved in both of Poland’s goals at the 2022 World Cup (1 goal, 1 assist) and became their oldest World Cup goalscorer against Saudi Arabia last time out (34 97 days). He is the only Polish player to have attempted more than two shots at the World Cup this year (7), while no team-mate has created more chances than the Barcelona striker at this edition of the tournament (3, tied with Piotr Zielinski).
- Lionel Messi scored in six successive appearances for Argentina in all competitions, his longest scoring streak for his national team (also 6 between November 2011 and September 2012), while he now has as many goals in the Cup in the world than Diego Maradona (8), with only Gabriel Batistuta (10) scoring more for Argentina in the overall tournament standings
- Poland are looking to qualify in their World Cup group for the first time since the 1986 tournament under Antoni Piechniczek. Meanwhile, Poland last went unbeaten in all three of their first round group matches in 1982, when their third and final match in that group round was a 5-1 victory over their South American opponents, Peru.
- After winning last time out against Mexico, Argentina will be looking to reach the knockout stages in their last 14 World Cup appearances, with their only group stage elimination during that spell in 2002.
- Poland have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three World Cup matches, including both in 2022 despite 27 shots (9 on target) in this edition. Never before have Poland recorded four consecutive World Cup shutouts.
- Argentina have lost their last two FIFA World Cup matches against European nations, those losses to Croatia (0-3) and France (3-4) in 2018. They have never lost three matches consecutive World Cups against European teams before.
- After winning four of their first seven FIFA World Cup matches against South American sides (L3), Poland have lost each of their last three matches in the competition without scoring a goal.
- This is the first meeting of any kind between Poland and Argentina since a friendly match in June 2011, with the European side winning 2-1.
- This is the third FIFA World Cup meeting between Poland and Argentina – Poland won 3-2 in 1974, while Argentina won 2-0 en route to lifting the trophy for the first time in 1978.
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