After their stunning win over the Argentines,unfancied Saudi Arabia are firmly in the mix ahead of their game against Mexico on Wednesday.
In their five previous participations, Saudi Arabia have qualified for the Round of 16 only once, at USA 1994.
In Qatar, Poland lead Group C on four points, one ahead of Argentina and Saudi Arabia, while Mexico are on one point.
If Saudi Arabia wish to progress, they will have to beat Mexico, regardless of the outcome of the match between Poland and Argentina.
A draw would mean they need Poland to beat Argentina, while a defeat would make the permutations complicated, as they would need to lose by only one goal while hoping that Poland win their match by a bigger margin.
“No one thought that wecould play with this level.Yes, in Saudi Arabia we know theplayers well, but they are unknownto the fans around theworld,” Saudi coach Herve Renard said.“We are still alive.”