<strong>Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico: </strong>El Tri fell one goal short of qualification for the last 16 despite victory at Lusail Stadium
El Tri started the final round of Group C fixtures in bottom spot but came so close to hurdling into the top two after second-half goals from Henry Martin and Luis Chavez, the latter scoring with a spectacular 25-yard free-kick. With Poland en route to a 2-0 defeat to Argentina, Mexico knew unless they scored again they would be heading out of the competition because the Poles had collected fewer yellow cards with all other tie-breakers equal between the two nations. Mexico had last suffered group-stage elimination in 1978, having reached the knockout phase in each of their previous seven World Cups.
<strong>Poland 0-2 Argentina: </strong>Messi saw a fortunate penalty saved, before Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez ensured their side topped Group C of the World Cup