Argentina, Australia And Poland Through To World Cup Pre-quarter Final

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Argentina, Australia and Poland have advanced to the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

Argentina qualified with a 2-0 win over Poland in a crucial Group C match.

In the decisive other C group match, Mexico scored twice in the space of five minutes in the second half against Saudi Arabia but an injury time goal by Salem Aldawsari blew off their pre-quarter final hopes.

Although Both Mexico and Poland were tied at second place with 4 points each, the latter went through on better goal average.

It looked like being a bleak evening for Argentina, when Lionel Messi's 38th-minute penalty was saved by Polish goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, but goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez in the second half helped them advance to the second round as group winners.

In this match, Messi became Argentina's most-capped player in the history of World Cup football.

Argentina's next opponents are Australia, who finished as runners-up behind France in Group D.

Australia stunned Denmark to reach the last 16 and eliminate their opponents with Mathew Leckie scoring the lone goal following a fine counter-attack.

The Danes dominated the opening half, but could not find a way past Aussie goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

The Socceroos are through to the World Cup knockout stage for just the second time in their history.

Tunisia staged one of the biggest upsets of this World Cup defeating defending champions France 1-0 in group D, but that was not enough for them to qualify to the next stage.

Wahbi Khazri found the breakthrough in the second half for Tunisia.

Antoine Griezmann looked to have equalled in the 98th minute ?but after a lengthy VAR review the goal was ruled out,

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