2022 World Cup Group C draw: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland and match schedule

Lionel Messi will meet his Ballon d’Or heir Robert Lewandowski in a World Cup Group C showdown after Argentina and Poland played each other for the tournament in Qatar.

Messi, who will likely make his last World Cup appearance, will travel to the Middle East to add the world team trophy to his already sparkling individual collection – which includes the accolade of FIFA’s best reigning player in the world.

Argentina and Poland will both be keen to progress, and they will meet on November 30 in the final group game, but it’s far from a straightforward pool – with Mexico likely to be up for a tall order, after crossing North America (CONCACAF) qualifier.

Saudi Arabia – one of the lowest-ranked sides in the tournament – hope to upset the more established powers, but they will have their hands full.

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World Cup Group C table and schedule

Team pls generalist O I D GF Georgia GD
C1: Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C2: Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C3: Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C4: Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group C match schedule

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Tuesday 22 Nov. Argentina v South Arabia 5 a.m. Lusail Stadium
Tuesday 22 Nov. Mexico vs Poland 11am Stadium 974
Sat 26 Nov Poland v South Arabia 8am Education City Stadium
Sat 26 Nov Argentina vs Mexico 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Wed 30 Nov Poland vs Argentina 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Wed 30 Nov South Arabia v Mexico 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium

The four teams selected from the pool will play a round robin format with each nation facing the other three. The group standings are based on the points from those three group stage matches – three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss.

The top two teams from each group based on total points qualify for the Round of 16. If the teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored. If teams are also tied in these categories, another set of tiebreakers is applied.


World Cup Group C draw

Argentina

One of the traditional powerhouses of the World Cup, the 2022 tournament in Qatar could see a return to Argentina’s old order as a major force to be reckoned with, but it could also mark the last hurrah. for one of the greatest players in the game.

Lionel Messi will be 35 by the time of the final, and Qatar is seen by many as the last chance for him to add the World Cup trophy to his already bloated cabinet and cap off a remarkable career.

Undoubtedly he will be the star name for the South Americans – who head to the Middle East as Copa America champions, following their win over arch-rivals Brazil last year – but there are plenty of extra talent from Lionel Scaolini’s side to, not least from the likes of Angel Di Maria, who scored the vital goal in that Copa final victory.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 4 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 2nd (CONMEBOL)
  • World Cup titles: 2
  • World Cup appearances (last): 17 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifier Finalist: 11W-0L-6D
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 3V-0L-1D (Goals: 7 scored / 2 conceded)
    • 2021: 10W-0L-6D (Goals: 26 scored / 7 conceded)
  • Coach: Lionel Scaloni (Argentina) since August 2018
  • Featured players: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreral / Spain)

Saudi Arabia

In their last four appearances at the World Cup, Saudi Arabia’s exit has come in the group stage – and it’s hard to imagine that being any better this time around in Qatar.

Herve Renard’s side deserve credit for finishing ahead of Australia in qualifying, but there is a feeling they could find things a lot tougher when faced with tougher tasks.

The entire Saudi Arabia team currently plays in their home country, although in Renard they have a coach who has experienced the full extent of international football, with previous stints in charge of Morocco, the Côte d Ivoire, Zambia (twice) and Angola. At Russia 2018, Saudi Arabia exited with just two goals, and Renard will look to striker Saleh Al Shehri to lead them this time after his four goals in the qualifiers.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 49 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 5th (CAF)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 6 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: AFC Third Round Group B Finalist 7W-1L-2D)
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 2V-1D-1D (Goals: 3 scored / 3 conceded)
    • 2021: 10V-2D-2D (Goals: 25 scored / 6 conceded)
  • Coach: Hervé Renard (France) since July 2019
  • Featured players: Saleh Al Shehri (Al Hilal / Saudi Arabia), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal / Saudi Arabia), Salman Al Faraj (Al Hilal / Saudi Arabia)

Mexico

Mexico extended their streak of appearances at every World Cup final since 1994 by earning CONCACAF qualification as Canada’s runners-up on goal difference in the final round.

El Tri has a roster that relies on people in Europe and North America. Of these, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and Atletico Madrid stalwart Hector Herrera will both be in heavy demand to boost the World Cup bid.

Mexico don’t score or concede many goals – averaging just over a goal per game scored in their bid to qualify – and they hope this compact game plan, devised by the Barcelona’s shrewd former coach Gerardo Martino, may prove enough to stifle group opponents.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 9 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 1st (CONCACAF)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 16 (Brazil 2018)
  • How qualified: (Concacaf qualifying runner-up: 7V-2D-4D
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 4V-0L-2D (Goals: 6 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 12W-6L-6D (Goals: 36 scored / 19 conceded)
  • Coach: Gerardo Martino (Argentina) since January 2019
  • Featured players: Raul Jimenez (Wolves / England), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid / Spain), Jesus Corona (Sevilla / Spain)

Poland

Poland’s Robert Lewandowski won the battle of talismans against Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic to book the Eastern Europeans a place in the final via the playoff route, after a 2-0 victory. Poland had previously been granted a bye to the final game after first-round opponents Russia were banned by FIFA following their country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Aside from their 33-year-old striker from Bayern Munich, the Polish roster consists of many experienced performers who play across Europe. Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski should provide valuable opportunities for Lewandoski to add to his stunning international tally of 74 goals.

Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side boast an illustrious history at the World Cup – having finished third twice – and will be confident of emerging from the group stage, having lost just twice throughout the qualifying process.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: No. 26 (March 2022)
  • Regional classification: 15th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 8 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: (UEFA Qualifiers winners: (2-0 v Sweden)
  • General assessment (all competitions and friendly matches):
    • 2022: 1V-0L-1D (Goals: 3 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 6V-4D-5D (Goals: 37 scored / 20 conceded)
  • Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz (Poland) since January 2022
  • Featured players: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich / Germany), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli / Italy), Matty Cash (Aston Villa / England)

WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWN:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H


Teams will move up from Group C of the World Cup

Shortly after the World Cup draw, sportsbooks are expected to suspend group odds for each team to advance from the group stage.

The top and runners-up from Group C will advance to the Round of 16 and face off against the two teams to progress from Group D on Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4.

The official 2022 FIFA World Cup match schedule outlines the following knockout pairings for the round of 16 through the final:

World Cup Round of 16

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Sat. 3 Dec. 1A versus 2B 10am Khalifa International Airport
Sat. 3 Dec. 1C versus 2D 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun 4 Dec 1D versus 2C 10am Al Thumama
Sun 4 Dec 1B versus 2A 2 p.m. Al Bayt
Mon 5 Dec 1E versus 2F 10am Al Janoub
Mon 5 Dec 1G versus 2H 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Tuesday, December 6 1F versus 2E 10am city ​​of education
Tuesday, December 6 1H versus 2G 2 p.m. Lusail

World Cup quarter-finals

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Fri 9 Dec QF1: 1E/2F versus 1G/2H 10am city ​​of education
Fri 9 Dec QF2: 1A/2B versus 1C/2D 2 p.m. Lusail
Sat 10 Dec QF3: 1F/2E versus 1H/2G 10am Al Thumama
Sat 10 Dec QF4: 1B/2A versus 1D/2C 2 p.m. Al Bayt

World Cup semi-finals

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Tuesday, December 13 QF2 against QF1 2 p.m. Lusail
Wed 14 Dec QF4 against QF3 2 p.m. Al Bayt

World Cup 3rd place

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Sat 17 Dec Semi-final losers 10am Khalifa International Airport

World Cup Final

Dated Meet Time (ET) Stadium
Sun 18 Dec Winners of the semi-finals 10am Lusail

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