Argentina vs. Mexico – World Cup: Team news, start time, channel

Argentina look to get back on track in 2022 World Cup campaign vs. Mexico in Group C… but what time is kick-off? What TV channel is it on? What is their head-to-head record? And what is the team news?

  • Argentina suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in tournament opener 
  • And they now face Mexico likely needing at least a point to stay alive in Qatar
  • Mexico were organized in 0-0 draw vs. Poland but toothless going forward
  • Here’s our WORLD CUP GROUP C GUIDE: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, and Saudi  Arabia
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Argentina will look to avenge their shock opening match loss to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, November 26 when they face Mexico.

Lionel Messi put Argentina in front within 10 minutes after converting a penalty, but they were unable to add to their lead as they saw three offsides goals disallowed.

And the underdogs Saudi Arabia struck back with two second half goals in a span of five minutes to earn a historic result for the Gulf nation.

Lionel Messi’s penalty kick was not enough to prevent Argentina from losing to Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile, Mexico can count themselves as somewhat fortunate to have gotten a point from their contest with Poland as Robert Lewandowski was denied from the penalty spot en route to a 0-0 draw. 

Argentina will be highly motivated to put in an improved performance, while the Saudis’ shock win has made Mexico’s knockout stage hopes far more tricky. 

El Tri converted 61 percent possession into just four shots on target vs. Poland, though they could find themselves more suited to a counter-attacking approach vs. Argentina.  

Mexico battled to a 0-0 draw vs. Poland on Tuesday, though Argentina should prove tougher

With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know below about the opening game of the 2022 World Cup.

When is Argentina vs. Mexico? 

The game kicks off on Saturday, November 26. It starts at 7:00pm in the UK, 2:00pm EST USA and 6:00am Tuesday in Australia.  

Date: Monday November 21

Time: 7:00pm (UK), 2:00pm (US) and 6:00 on Sunday (Australian Eastern Time)

How to watch the match

Fans in the UK can watch the match on ITV and ITV Hub.

Meanwhile, those watching from the US can watch on FOX and Telemundo (in Spanish). The match can also be streamed on fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo and Sling Blue. 

Australian viewers can tune into the game via SBS, who will be televising every match during the 2022 World Cup. SBS On Demand will also stream the match.

Massive amounts of Mexico fans have made the trip to Qatar to support their team

If you’re unable to watch the game live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The official YouTube channel will be posting highlight reels after each game.

US: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo, Sling Blu

UK: ITV and ITV Hub 

Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand  

Where is Argentina vs. Mexico being played?

The match will take place at Lusail Iconic Stadium, which is 20km north of capital city Doha. 

The stadium has a capacity of 88,966 and is the biggest stadium in Qatar.

It was opened last year, and was the site of Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia.

Including Saturday’s match, it will host five more group stage games and one match in each stage of the knockout rounds, culminating with the final on December 18.

After the tournament, the stadium ‘will be transformed into a community space of schools, shops, cafés, sporting facilities and health clinics,’ according to the official Qatar 2022 website. 

Argentina’s match vs. Mexico will be their second at Lusail Stadium in the group stage

Location: Lusail, Qatar

Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium

Argentina vs. Mexico: Team news  

While Messi is assured of his place in the lineup, there could be changes elsewhere in Lionel Scaloni’s XI.

Manchester United center back Lisandro Martinez could be handed a start after settling for a substitute appearance vs. Saudi Arabia, while Paulo Dybala will also hope to be more involved after not appearing in that contest.  

For Mexico, Tata Matino could also consider changes after his side failed to break down Poland.

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez only entered that match in the 71st minute but could offer El Tri Premier League pedigree from the start vs. Argentina. Andres Guardado could appear in his fifth World Cup if he gets on the field. 

Paulo Dybala did not appear in Argentina’s 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday


Goalkeepers:  Emi Martinez, Franco Armani, Geronimo Rulli 

Defenders:  Marcos Acuna, Juan Foyth, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella, 

Midfielders:  Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios, Guido Rodriguez, 

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Julian Alvarez, Thiago Almada, Alejandro Gomez 


Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera, Rodolfo Cota 

Defenders: Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez, Gerardo Arteaga, Kevin Alvarez, Johan Vasquez 

Midfielders: Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Orbelin Pineda, Uriel Antuna, Erick Gutierrez, Carlos Rodriguez, Roberto Alvarado, Luis Romo, Alexis Vega, Luis Chavez  

Forwards: Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano Henry Martin, Rogelio Funes Mori  

Head-to-head record

The sides have met 35 times in total, with Argentina winning 16 contests, Mexico winning 14 and the sides drawing five times.

However, it’s been all Argentina of late.

They’re unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with Mexico (eight wins, two draws), with their last loss to El Tri coming in 2004.

The last competitive meeting between the sides was Argentina’s 3-1 win in the 2010 World Cup round of 16. 

2018: Argentina 2- Mexico 0 (friendly)

2019: Argentina 4- Mexico 0 (friendly)

Rafael Marquez celebrates his opening goal vs. Argentina in the 2006 World Cup round of 16, which Mexico would go on to lose 2-1

Group C Table

Saudi Arabia are surprise leaders of the group so far after beating Argentina 2-1 – a result that not only makes life harder for the group favorites but also Mexico and Poland.

With those two dropping points against each other in their opening match, there now looks to be a legitimate four-way battle to get to the knockouts.

Saudi Arabia are surprise leaders of the group after one game

Group C fixtures

Argentina vs Mexico – Saturday, November 26

Poland vs Saudi Arabia- Saturday, November 26

Poland vs Argentina – Wednesday, November 30

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico – Wednesday, November 30

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