How Raul Jimenez got on in Mexico's opening World Cup game against Poland
Mexico v Poland: Group C - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022


How Raul Jimenez got on in Mexico's opening World Cup game against Poland

Raul Jimenez’s Mexico have played out a goalless draw with Poland in their first game of the 2022 World Cup.

Tata Martino’s side are off the mark with a point in Qatar, which puts them above Argentina in their group.

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Argentina played earlier in the day against Saudi Arabia, and suffered a shock 2-1 loss.

It was probably a fair result in the end. But Mexico had goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to thank for coming away with the point they did.

The 37-year-old saved a penalty from Poland’s talisman Robert Lewandowski midway through the second-half.

For Wolves fans, this game was always going to be extra intriguing.

Many tuned in to see how much Molineux striker Jimenez would feature.

The star hasn’t played for Wolves since the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth at the end of August.

He has been fighting to be fit for his nation for weeks, with coverage of his situation leaving some Wolves fans a little frustrated.

Jimenez was named on the bench for Mexico today, and was introduced to the action in the 70th minute.

He got on the ball a few times, and looked to be moving fairly freely.

The best example of this came in the 82nd minute. The star collected the ball on the counter and surged forward with the ball, before ultimately losing control.

In statistical terms, he completed 7/8 passes according to Sofascore.

He couldn’t find a winning goal for his country. But the 31-year-old will be pleased with his brief showing considering his lack of football in recent months.

It was again clear that he was not 100% match fit, and hopefully there won’t be any setbacks following his cameo.