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Qatar FIFA World Cup: Mexico vs Poland
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In a potentially pivotal encounter in Group C, Mexico take on Poland in Doha, Qatar, at Stadium 974.

The match between the South American side and their European counterparts will kick off at 1900hrs EAT in Doha, Qatar, at Stadium 974 which is the first temporary venue in World Cup history, having been constructed from 974 recycled shipping containers. This will be the eighth consecutive world cup appearance for Mexico who have been eliminated at the last 16 stage in each of their last seven entries. The man tasked with breaking this cycle is former Argentina boss and player Gerardo Martino who took over as Mexico's head coach in 2019. Before taking the Argentina job in 2014, he was at Barcelona for some time. 

A 2-0 win against El Salvador on the final match day of the qualifiers saw the South American nation secure a place at the World Cup as they finished level on points with Canada at the top of CONCACAF qualifying, and crucially three points clear of Costa Rica in the playoff spot. The outcome of their upcoming match against Poland could determine whether they go to the last eight for the first time since hosting the event in 1986. Whether they have the talent to do so remains to be seen, though. 

Poland, on the other hand, are aiming to qualify beyond the group stages for the first time since the 1986 Mexico world cup with their opening game against Mexico likely to be crucial given that outright second favourites to win the world cup, Argentina are also in their group. Poland have fallen at the first hurdle in each of their last three World Cup appearances in 2002, 2006 and 2018 - winning one match and losing two in each of those editions. Czeslaw Michniewicz, the former Legia Warslaw coach was appointed as Poland head coach earlier in the year making himself an instant hero by instantly guiding the nation to a 2-0 win against Sweden in a qualifying play-off to reach the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup.

Legendary forward, Robert Lewandowski is yet to score at a World Cup having blanked at all three matches in the Russia 2018 World Cup. The 34-year-old will be adamant to change that undesirable record against Mexico on Tuesday, possibly putting his country in the driver's seat for second place in Group C.

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