Robert Lewandowski’s wait for a World Cup goal continues as veteran Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa added to his tournament highlight reel by saving the striker’s second-half penalty and sealing his side a potentially vital point.
After Saudi Arabia blew Group C wide open with a remarkable comeback victory against Argentina, neither team could afford defeat even at this early stage.
The Eagles talisman Lewandowski, still searching for a first World Cup goal fed on scraps during the first half as his side went into the break for the 10th time in the last 13 without hitting the net.
VAR was consulted in awarding the Poland penalty, but with only 37-year old Ochoa in his way Lewandowski failed to capitalise and saw his effort agonisingly saved.
Ultimately, the game fizzled out with a speculative Henry Martín effort the best to come out of the closing stages with both sides appearing happy with the stalemate.
Mexico will find solace in the fact they are now unbeaten in their last seven group stage openers however, and that resilience might yet help them in their search for ‘el quinto partido’.