The opening match of Mexico at the 2022 World Cup resulted in a draw. However, Mexico needed a win against Argentina to increase its chances of them securing a spot in the round of 16. Unfortunately, Mexico’s captain Andrés Guardado suffered an injury.
According to TV Azteca journalist David Medrano, Mexico’s captain Guardado had his muscle pulled during their match against Argentina. He came off the bench in the first half.
The player will miss their third round of the group stage against Saudi Arabia as he is to rest for the next eight days. Guardado ends his run of five World Cup appearances after 42 minutes on the field while serving as Mexico’s captain.
During the first half, Mexico and Argentina gave fans at Lusail Stadium and around the world an excellent performance. Although there weren’t many clear goal opportunities. In fact for this match, there was a record-breaking attendance.
Mexico’s coach, Gerardo Martino, was surprised by his team’s decision to forego using a center forward. As they instead lined up five defenders to try and contain Lionel Messi and company.
With a few counterattacks trying to take advantage of their quick midfielders and forwards, the game was primarily played in the middle of the field. Andres Guardado had to leave the match due to his injury just before halftime and was replaced by Erick Gutierrez.