How Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland can qualify for knockouts: FIFA World Cup, Group C points table, scenarios

Qualification scenarios of World Cup Group C after the first round of matches.

Lionel Messi of Argentina holds an Adidas ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium on November 22, 2022, in Lusail City, Qatar.

Lionel Messi of Argentina holds an Adidas ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium on November 22, 2022, in Lusail City, Qatar. | Photo Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Qualification scenarios of World Cup Group C after the first round of matches.

Not many predicted Saudi Arabia to top Group C after the first round of matches, but that is exactly how the group has panned out.

Herve Renard’s Saudi Arabia, after its monumental win against Argentina tops the table with three points. Another win, and the Saudis will be in a prime position to qualify for the knockouts with six points. However, it will play a gritty Poland side led by Robert Lewandowski, which played out a goalless draw against Mexico in its opening match.

Group B round two matches (Timings in IST)
Poland vs Saudi Arabia - November 26, 6:30 PM - Education City Stadium
Argentina vs Mexico - November 27, 1:30 AM - Lusail Stadium

If Poland wins, it will reach four points from two games, with its qualification hopes hanging in the balance as it would face Argentina in the final round of matches.

Argentina has started its World Cup campaign in the worst way possible, suffering a 1-0 loss against Saudi Arabia in a major upset. It faces Mexico next in an almost must-win match and is the only team in the group without a single point till now.

Argentina qualification scenarios explained in detail

A win will propel Argentina to four points in two and will keep it in contention for qualification. A draw or loss would make it extremely difficult for Argentina. In that case, La Albiceleste would need favours from other teams in the final round of matches and would need to win its final match against Poland.

Group C standings:

PositionTeamsMatchesWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
1Saudi Arabia11002113
2Poland 10100001
3Mexico10100001
4Argentina100112-10
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