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Match report: Mexico 0-0 Poland

Group C: Robert Lewandowski had a second-half penalty saved by Guillermo Ochoa as the sides shared the points at Stadium 974. Louise Taylor reports from Doha.

Group C: Saudi Arabia are the surprise leaders of Group C after the first round of games, their victory over Argentina having sent shockwaves around the football world. Mexico and Poland are behind them with one point apiece after today’s stalemate, while Leo Messi and chums whip them in with ne’er a point to their name.

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Full time: Mexico 0-0 Poland

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It’s all over and the two nations share the points. It was a curate’s egg of a game in so far as it was good in spots and both sides will feel they could and should have won it. Robert Lewandowsdki will be feeling particularly morose, as he missed the best chance of the game – a penalty he was awarded after Hector Moreno grabbed a fistful of his shirt and dragged him to the ground.

90+6 min: Grzegorz Krychowiak tries his luck from distance, sending the ball high and wide of the Mexico goal. Lewandowski gives him the stink-eye, as he was expecting a pass.

90+5 min: Hirving Lozano canters down the inside left and drills the ball towards the near post. Poland clear.

90+3 min: The deadlock remains resolutely intact with the game halfway through seven minutes of added time. Mexico face the wounded animal that is Argentina next, while Poland take on Saudi Arabia.

Breaking: Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United with immediate effect by way of a “mutual agreement” that is almost certainly more mutual on United’s part than it is on his. It’s typical Ronaldo; he even has to hijack a minute-by-minute report of a match between Mexico and Poland in a bid to make it all about him.

89 min: Kamil Glick ships a ball in the face from close range and is flattened. Play is stopped so he can receive treatment.

89 min: Lewandowski flings himself head-first at a curled cross from the right but is tightly marked by Montes and unable to steer a header goalwards from 10 yards out.

87 min: Poland substitution: Arkadiusz Milik on for Piotr Zielinski. He joins Lewandowski up front.

84 min: Mexico substitution: Uriel Antuna replaces Alexis Vega, arguably Mexico’s man of the match this evening.

82 min: An attempted Matty Cash cross goes out for a Poland corner off Vega. Zielinski’s delivery is flicked towards the far post but Mexico clear their lines. Attacking on the counter, Mexico get the ball into the Poland penalty area but Cash clears before the ball can reach Raul Jimenez.

80 min: A speculative Alexis Vega shot on the volley from distance flies high and wide of the Poland goal. It was worth a try.

77 min: Bartosz Bereszynski catches Hirving Lozano on the ankle and the very unhappy Mexican, who is getting kicked around the pitch, asks the referee why he hasn’t booked the Polish defender.

76 min: Just on as a substitute, Frankowski leaves one in on Hirving Lozano and gets a well deserved booking.

74 min: Poland corner. Frankowski’s delivery is cleared at the near post.

70 min: Mexico double-substitution: Carlos Rodriguez and Raul Jimenez on for Hector Herrera and Henry Martin. Poland substitution: Przemyslaw Frankowski on for Sebastian Szymanski.

67 min: Matty Cash robs Alexis Vega of the ball and prepares to gallop upfield but is penalised for a foul. He goes berserk with the referee but it’s a fair kop. He stamped on Vega’s foot as he relieved him of possesion.

From wide on the left, Luis Chavez sends in a delightful free-kick and the ball hits Hector Moreno on the shoulder and goes wide. That was a chance!

64 min: Wojciech Szczesny is called into action and parries a deflected Edson Alvarez shot from outside the penalty area clear. It was a great save, as Hirving Lozano got a little flick on the ball with his head as it sailed goalwards, forcing the wrongfooted goalkeeper to change direction.

61 min: Lewandwoski remains without a goal at a World Cup finals on his spectacular CV but only has himself to blame. He’ll never get a better chance than that to break his duck and looked disgusted with himself when Ochoa saved his sub-par effort.

59 min: Mexico’s fans are celebrating like they’ve just won the tournament, while the goalkeeper many of them love to hate and didn’t actually want in their team has excelled himself at yet another World Cup. Lewandowski’s penalty was a side-footed effort towards the bottom right-hand corner but Ochoa got down to save splendidly.

Robert Lewandowski with his head in his hands.
Robert Lewandowski will have to wait for his first World Cup goal. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Lewandowski's spot-kick is saved!

It remains scoreless! Guillermo Ochoa flings himself to his left and saves Lewandowski’s penalty.

Guillermo Ochoa dives to save the spot kick.
Guillermo Ochoa dives to save the spot kick. Photograph: Kieran McManus/REX/Shutterstock

PENALTY FOR POLAND!

Crikey! Hector Moreno gets booked for dragging out of Lewandowski’s shirt and Poland have a spot-kick.

54 min: Some long overdue excitement. Lewandwoski bursts between two defenders and goes to ground in the Mexico penalty area with Hector Moreno holding a large fistful of his shirt. Might Poland win a penalty? Referee Chris Beath is off to his pitchside monitor to have a look. I’ve seen them given for a lot less.

Hector Moreno with a handful of Lewandowski’s shirt.
Hector Moreno with a handful of Lewandowski’s shirt. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

50 min: Jorge Sanchez combines with Hirving Lozano, who flicks the ball his way down the right. The full-back is unable to get a cross in but wins a corner, which Szczesny punches clear.

49 min: Poland free-kick, wide on the left, Piotr Zielinski’s delivery into the Mexico penalty area is overhit and sails wide. Dreadful.

47 min: From the left touchline, Robert Lewandowski sends a cross into the Mexico penalty area. Well, tries to send a cross into the Mexico penalty area. He actually sends the ball high, wide and into the stand behind the goal. Perhaps he was hoping to send it airborne enough so that he’d have time to get on the end of it himself.

Second half: Mexico 0-0 Poland

46 min: Play resumes for the second half and Poland have made a change. Birmingham City’s Krystian Bielik is on for Nicola Zalewski.

Half-time: Mexico 0-0 Poland

Peep! The players go in for the break with the deadlock unbroken but it is those of Mexico who will be more content with their collective performance. They’ve looked far more enthusiastic than the Poles, who have been extremely cagey and bereft of ideas. Alexis Vega went closest for the Mexicans. Robert Lewandwoski has had one touch in the Mexico penalty area, to go with the nine touches he had in opposition penalty areas in three matches during the last World Cup.

45 min: Szczesny launches the ball long again, one of his teammates gets the flick on and Mexico clear up the second ball. This is fairly dismal from Poland.

44 min: The ball breaks towards Mexico right-back Jorge Sanchez on the right side of the Poland penalty area. He shoots from a tight angle, forcing a smart save out of Szczesny at his near post.

42 min: Not for the first, second, third, fourth or even fifth time in this game, Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny kicks the ball high and long upfield, only for Mexico to win possession. Robert Lewandowski must be getting very frustrated by his teammates’ apparent inability to win the ball.

39 min: An excellent Luis Chavez cross from the left sweeps through the Poland penalty area and somehow finds its way untroubled or untouched to Irving Lozano on the right side of the penalty area near the byline. He attempts to drill it across the face of goal but his delivery is blocked.

35 min: Mexico charge forward with Alexis Vega, who is looking extremely lively, playing the ball wide and left to Gallardo. He continues his run to meet the return pass from the touchline, but Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is first to the ball and clutches it to his breadbasket.

33 min: The match remains extremely scrappy as a contest, with Mexico having squandered the only real chance of note so far. Lewandowski is obviously the most powerful weapon in Poland’s armoury but he can do little or nothing if his teammates can’t get forward and bring him into the game.