Lautaro Martinez has labeled Argentina’s group stage match towards Mexico on Saturday as a “last” following their unfavorable end result towards Saudi Arabia.
The Conmebol aspect presently sits in final place of the Group C standings, after falling 2-1 to Saudi Arabia of their inaugural 2022 World Cup match. Argentina wants a optimistic end result towards Mexico to keep away from being eradicated from spherical of 16 rivalry.
“Tomorrow would be the match for us, a last as a result of we now have to win. We have now to win, as a result of it is a crucial match for our future,” mentioned the participant. “Not solely the hierarchy however what we now have inside. I believe that must come out tomorrow as a result of we now have it and since it’ll be basic for the sport.”
Martinez continued to lament the misuse of VAR throughout Argentina’s first recreation, earlier than insisting the group has turned the web page, and is now prepared and ready to face Mexico.
“Concerning the VAR, it’s shocking that a majority of these errors proceed to be made. He was left behind, we learn about Mexico, we analyzed, today we noticed quite a lot of materials about how they defend and the way they assault,” he concluded.
Mexico head into Saturday’s match with one level, after drawing 0-0 towards Poland. Guillermo Ochoa heroically stopped Robert Lewandowski’s penalty to take care of El Tri’s World Cup hopes alive in Group C. However Mexico will struggle for a optimistic end result to keep away from relying on Iran and Poland to qualify to the Spherical of 16.
Past the pitch, tensions are escalating between followers of Argentina and Mexico as the large recreation approaches. Fights have damaged out all through Qatar, however Martinez defined it is a part of the ‘folklore’ of the event.
“Under no circumstances [do the fights affect us], as a result of that folklore is what the fan carries inside, we’ll play our recreation and never a lot else,” he mentioned.