At halftime of both matches, Poland was in first place in the group, Mexico was last. Then Mexico scored two goals on Saudi Arabia and Poland gave up two to Argentina. Now Argentina is first, Poland and Mexico are essentially tied, and Saudi Arabia is last.
If there are no more goals scored, Poland wins the tiebreaker against Mexico on fewer yellow cards in the tournament and advances. Which would be the first time Mexico failed to advance in like decades. But another goal for Argentina, or Mexico, and Mexico advances. Or a goal for Poland or the Saudis sends Mexico home.
And just to make that a little more interesting, Poland just picked up another yellow. They’re still safe on that tiebreaker – for now. They would have to pick up two more yellows. If that one were to be tied, they flip a coin to see who advances.
(That would be like breaking a tie for the SEC basketball title on who got the fewest technical fouls during the season).
I saw an interview with him after the match (he played six years in London so his English is excellent) and he said the match felt like it lasted five hours.
I think he made 11 saves, which is almost as good a display of standing on his head as Tim Howard had in 2016 when he made 16 saves against Belgium in the round of 16 before they finally scored in extra time. (We missed a sitter at the end of regulation that would have won the match, which would have been no more than Howard deserved).