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Mexico vs. Poland World Cup lineups for Group C match at Qatar 2022

Mexico and Poland start their 2022 World Cup campaign with an intriguing Group C meeting in Doha on November 22, and we have the latest lineup news.

Mexico coach Gerardo Martino will likely have a late decision to make when his side begin their World Cup challenge against Poland at Stadium 974.

The former Barcelona boss is already without key forward Jesus 'Tecatito' Corona for the tournament due to injury, and he will have to make a game-time decision on another focal point of his attack, who did make the final squad, ahead of the Group C clash.

Hirving Lozano, Edson Alvarez and Raul Jimenez were all included in the 26-man party, but the latter is struggling with a groin problem.

Current La Blaugrana star Robert Lewandowski is the leading light for Poland, and will be the man expected to shoulder the burden of their hopes.

Here's all the latest team news we know ahead of kickoff.

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Mexico vs. Poland lineups

Corona's absence is a blow to Martino's plans, with the Sevilla forward having played a key role in their qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

His starting place is likely to be taken by Alexis Vega, in an altered 4-3-3 system, with Martino able to rely on some crucial experience elsewhere in his squad through Guillermo Ochoa, Nestor Araujo and Jesus Gallardo.

Wolves star Jimenez will lead El Tri's attack, if passed fit, with Eredivisie-based duo Edson Alvarez and Erick Gutierrez worth keeping an eye on in midfield.

Poland's two key players stood up and made the difference in their 2022 World Cup playoff win over Sweden back in March, with Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski both on target in a 2-0 win.

Coach Czeslaw Michniewicz switched between tactical formations during their UEFA Nations League campaign but he looks to be settled on a 3-4-3, with Lewandowski as the focal point.

Mexico starting 11 (projected):

(4-3-3, right to left): 13. Ochoa (GK) — 19. Sanchez, 2. Araujo, 3. Montes, 23. Gallardo — 18. Guardado, 4 E. Alvarez, 14. Gutierrez — 10. Vega, 9. Jimenez, 22. Lozano

  • Injured: — Jimenez (groin injury) will be assessed ahead of KO.
  • Suspended: —

Jimenez's injury status will impact Martino's final selection, with the latter prepared to give him every chance to prove his match fitness.

If this game comes too soon for the Wolves forward, Lozano could move inside, with Cruz Azul's Carlos Rodriguez deployed in an attacking role.

Poland starting 11 (projected):

(3-4-3 right to left): 1. Szczesny (GK) — 5. Bednarek, 14. Kiwior, 15. Gilik — 17. Zurkowski, 10. Krychowiak, 4. Bielik, 21. Zalewski — 20. Zielinski, 9. Lewandowski, 19. Szymanski

  • Injured: — 
  • Suspended: —
  • Out: —
Mexico vs Poland World Cup squads Mexico

Here are the 26 names on Mexico's World Cup roster in Qatar:

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 12 Rodolfo Cota Club Leon (MEX) 35 8
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa Club America (MEX) 37 132
GK 1 Alfredo Talavera FC Juarez (MEX) 40 40
DEF 26 Kevin Alvarez Pachuca (MEX) 23 8
DEF 2 Nestor Araujo Club America (MEX) 31 63
DEF 6 Gerardo Arteaga Genk (BEL) 24 17
DEF 23 Jesus Gallardo Monterrey (MEX) 28 79
DEF 3 Cesar Montes Monterrey (MEX) 25 31
DEF 15 Hector Moreno Monterrey (MEX) 34 128
DEF 19 Jorge Sanchez Ajax (NED) 24 26
DEF 4 Johan Vasquez Cremonese (ITA) 23 7
DEF 4 Edson Alvarez Ajax (NED) 24 59
MID 24 Luis Chavez Pachuca (MEX) 26 9
MID 18 Andres Guardado Real Betis (SPA) 36 180
MID 14 Erick Gutierrez PSV (NED) 27 34
MID 16 Hector Herrera Houston Dynamo (USA) 37 102
MID 8 Carlos Rodriguez Cruz Azul (MEX) 25 37
MID 7 Luis Romo Monterrey (MEX) 27 27
FWD 17 Orbelin Pineda AEK Athens (GRE) 26 50
FWD 25 Roberto Alvarado Chivas (MEX) 24 32
FWD 21 Uriel Antuna Cruz Azul (MEX) 25 37
FWD 11 Rogelio Funes Mori Monterrey (MEX) 31 16
FWD 9 Raul Jimenez Wolves (ENG) 31 97
FWD 22 Hirving Lozano Napoli (ITA) 27 60
FWD 20 Henry Martin Club America (MEX) 29 27
FWD 10 Alexis Vega Chivas (MEX) 24 23
Poland

And these are the players aiming for World Cup glory with the Poland:

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus (ITA) 32 66
GK 12 Lukasz Skorupski Bologna (ITA)  31 8
GK 22 Kamil Grabara Copenhagen (DEN) 23 1
DEF 5 Jan Bednarek Aston Villa (ENG) 26 45
DEF 15 Kamil Glik  Benevento (ITA) 34 99
DEF 2 Matty Cash Aston Villa (ENG) 25 7
DEF 14 Jakub Kiwior  Spezia (ITA) 22 3
DEF 25 Robert Gumny  FC Augsburg (GER) 24 5
DEF 18 Bartosz Bereszynski  Sampdoria (ITA) 30 46
DEF 4 Mateusz Wieteska Clermont (FRA) 25 2
DEF 3 Artur Jedrzejczyk Legia Warsaw (POL) 34 40
MID 21 Nicola Zalewski  Roma (ITA) 20 7
MID 26 Michal Skoras Lech Poznan (POL) 22 1
MID 10 Grzegorz Krychowiak Al Shabab (SAU) 32 94
MID 20 Piotr Zielinski Napoli (ITA) 28 74
MID 6 Krystian Bielik Birmingham (ENG) 24 5
MID 11 Kamil Grosicki  Pogon Szczecin (POL) 34 87
MID 24 Przemyslaw Frankowski Lens (FRA) 27 26
MID 19 Sebastian Szymanski Feyenoord (NED) 23 18
MID 8 Damian Szymanski AEK Athens (GRE) 27 9
MID 17 Szymon Zurkowski Fiorentina (ITA) 25 7
MID 13 Jakub Kaminski Wolfsburg (GER) 20 4
FWD 23 Krzysztof Piatek Salernitana (ITA) 27 11
FWD 16 Karol Swiderski  Charlotte (USA) 25 18
FWD 7 Arkadiusz Milik Juventus (ITA) 28 64
FWD 9 Robert Lewandowski Barcelona (SPA) 34 134
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