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Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026

Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026

Update: 2022-12-01
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The Athletic's Adam Leventhal, James Horncastle and Adam Crafton react to Argentina's 2-0 win over Poland on Wednesday night that saw both teams make it through to the last 16, but it wasn't without its drama as Messi had a penalty saved by Wojciech Szczęsny and Poland came perilously close to exiting the tournament on yellow cards.

If this World Cup isn't enough for you, we cast ahead to 2026 as Adam Crafton brings us news that FIFA are considering the possibility of having penalty shoot-outs pre-match in the group stages as a way of guarding against possible collusion in the expanded 48-team tournament

We also hear from the Athletic's Jay Harris who witnessed Australia's triumph over a disappointing Denmark

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Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026

Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026

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