Saudi Arabia v Mexico: Group C - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Mexico and Raul Jimenez eliminated from the World Cup on dramatic night

Mexico have been eliminated from the World Cup following a dramatic night of football.

El Tri have failed the make it to the knockout stages, despite winning 2-1 against Saudi Arabia.

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Argentina were beating Poland 2-0 in the other game being played at the same time.

Mexico were 2-0 up against the Saudis and needed to score one more goal in order to go through as runners-up. Or they needed Argentina to score one more goal to get the four-goal swing they needed.

But Saudi Arabia broke Mexican hearts, with Salem Aldawsari scoring a goal against the run of play in the 95th minute after the other game had just finished.

Poland will now advance through to the knockout stages and face France, despite playing extremely poorly against Argentina.

Lionel Scaloni’s side will face Australia next.

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So it is an early return to Wolverhampton for Raul Jimenez, who came on as a substitute for Mexico tonight.

Jimenez wasn’t on for very long and didn’t have much chance to affect the game.

He had 11 touches of the ball, and completed 5/7 passes (Sofascore).

The number nine was unable to find a goal that would have sent Mexico through, which would have been the justification for his selection by Tata Martino.

Time for Raul Jimenez to get properly fit and shine for Wolves

So Jimenez will now be returning to Wolves where Julen Lopetegui will be waiting for him.

The 31-year-old now needs to take his time to get properly fit, so that he can come back strong and help Wolves pull away from danger.

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It has been clear that the World Cup came too soon for him.

Hopefully, he will not be heading back to Compton Park having suffered any setbacks.