Argentina Advances To Knockout Round With a 2-0 Win Over Poland
On Wednesday, Argentina defeated Poland 2-0 to advance to the Round of 16 in the World Cup.
From the start of the match, the Argentinians pressured Poland’s defense and had several near misses as Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny kept making save after save.
Szczesny was spectacular in the first half, repelling Argentina’s attack time after time. The Polish keeper recorded a remarkable nine saves in the opening half.
Lionel Messi also failed to convert a penalty in the first half after Szczesny came up with a phenomenal right-hand save in the 39th minute. But the superb performance by Szczesny was not enough to stop the Argentinian’s superior gamesmanship.
In the second half, Argentina’s attacking prowess finally broke through in the 46th minute, when Alexis Mac Allister one-timed a cross from Nahuel Molina past Szczesny.
Julian Alvarez doubled Argentina’s lead in the 68th minute with a shot to the right top corner for the score.
With the victory, Argentina advances to the knockout stage. It will play Australia in the next round.
Despite the loss, however, Poland advances as runners-up and will next play France.
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