After their second group phase match at the football World cup in Qatar, Argentina will have difficulty qualifying for the knockout stage despite their win.
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Argentina, considered by many to be among the FIFA World Cup title favorites, began its Qatar 2022 campaign with a shock 1-2 loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. This was the sixth time Argentina had lost its opening game in the World Cup. The last time it happened was in the 1990 World Cup when the Diego Maradona-led side lost to Cameroon 1-0 before bouncing back to make it to the final.
After their first win against Mexico, only a win against Poland can secure their place in the knockout stage.
There is a possible scenario where two teams from Group C could end at six points, which would see a goal difference in deciding the final group order. It implies Argentina requires to outscore Saudi Arabia significantly to boost its qualification chances.
Argentina finishing second
If Argentina finishes second in the round of 16, it could potentially run into defending champion France. Incidentally, France beat Argentina 4-3 in the round of 16 in Russia in 2018.
Argentina finishing second in Group C would keep hopes of a potential Brazil-Argentina final alive as it would put both the South American giants on different sides of the bracket, of course, assuming the Selecao finish top of their group.