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Argentina defeats Poland 2-0, through to playoff round of 2022 FIFA World Cup

Goals scored by Alexis Mac Allister and Julián Alvarez

DOHA, December 1. /TASS/. The national football team of Argentina defeated Poland 2-0 on late Wednesday night in their group stage match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but both teams advanced to the playoff round of the world championship.

The match was held at the Stadium 974 in Doha with 44,089 spectators in attendance.

The goals for Argentina were scored by Alexis Mac Allister in the 46th minute and Julian Alvarez in the 67th minute.

"It was a long game. It lasted about five hours for me," the official FIFA website quoted Poland’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as saying after the match. "We got through. I don’t care how we did it. We were ugly for about 95 minutes of the game."

The Polish goalie saved a penalty shot during the game cannoned by Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi.

"It was nice. I didn’t know it was going to help us get through," he said.

It was the 2nd penalty shot saved by Szczesny at this World Cup as he previously fended off another 11-meter shot on the goal during his team’s match against Saudi Arabia. He became a third goalkeeper saving two penalty shots at the FIFA World Cups (penalty shootout series not counted).

In the following knockout stage of the world championship (Round of 16) Argentina is set to play against Australia, while Poland will take on the Reigning Champions France with matches scheduled for December 3 and 4 correspondingly.

2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 20 and December 18 at eight stadiums in five cities across the Persian Gulf country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Al Rayyan.

The eight host stadiums are: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.

The coveted World Cup Trophy will be taken home by one of 32 teams divided into eight groups. The group stage matches are being held across numerous fields in Qatar between November 20 and December 2 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.

Qatar won the right to host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. The championship kicked off last Sunday with a spectacular ceremony and the subsequent opening match between host Qatar and Ecuador, which ended 2-0 in favor of Ecuador.

In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December of 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with - Qatar National Day. The objective, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.

The previous FIFA World Cup was hosted by Russia in 2018. The championship took place at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia, namely in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

On July 15, 2018, during an official ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed the baton for the FIFA World Cup’s host country to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.