Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in their final Group C game in Qatar but the result was not enough to see El Tri leapfrog Poland and clinch a last-16 spot.
Orbelin Pineda, Hirving Lozano and standout Luis Chavez put in an intense and energetic performance but ultimately it came too late for Tata Martino’s men as they exited the World Cup at the group stage for the first time in 44 years.
Martin tapped in to clinch Mexico’s first goal of the game – and the tournament – while Chavez’s sensational free kick gave fans a glimmer of hope but Salem Al-Dawsari beat a barely-tested Guillermo Ochoa in stoppage time to break Mexican hearts.
Here, Sportsmail rates and slates players from both teams after the encounter at the Lusail Stadium.
Mexico agonizingly bowed out of the World Cup, despite a 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia
Luis Chavez scored a jaw-dropping free kick to offer Mexico a glimmer of hope
Guillermo Ochoa – 6
Largely a spectator and was barely tested but was beaten at the end with Salem Al Dawsari’s 95th-minute goal.
Jorge Sanchez – 6
Supported El Tri’s attack well by getting forward and making runs.
Cesar Montes – 7
Provided a lovely assist for Henry Martin’s opening goal.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was beaten at the end with Salem Al Dawsari’s 95th-minute goal
Hector Moreno – 6
Was decent on the ground and in possession but struggled to dominate aerial duels.
Jesus Gallardo – 7
Often burst forward and provided a number of teasing crosses into the box.
Edson Alvarez – 6
Was booked in the 15th minute and walked a defensive tightrope for the remainder of the game.
Luis Chavez – 9
A contender for goal of the tournament after a jaw-dropping free kick from 30 yards out and deservedly won Man of the Match.
Luis Chavez deservedly won Man of the Match for his sensational 30-year free kick
Hirving Lozano – 8
Ramped up the pressure in the second half and had the ball in the net but it was chalked off for offside.
Orbelin Pineda – 8
Was a creative spark for El Tri from the beginning and came close to finding the net with a diving header.
Alexis Vega – 7
Had a great chance to grab Mexico’s first goal on the break but was thwarted by Mohammed Al Owais.
Henry Martin – 7
Tapped in from Cesar Montes’s flick to open the scoring but missed a great chance to score a volley.
Henry Martin tapped in from Cesar Monets’s flick to open the scoring just after the break
MANAGER: Tata Martino – 6
Secured a victory in his last game in charge of Mexico but ultimately it was too little, too late.
Mohammed Al-Owais – 7
A busy day for the goalkeeper. On the losing side, but a reason why Mexico are heading home and not preparing for the round of 16.
Sultan Al-Ghannam – 5
Biggest contribution to the game was a missed header that he could have done better with.
Hassan Al-Tambakti – 5
Mexico’s attack looked like it fancied its chances against him. Struggled to assert any authority.
Mohammed Al-Owais is a reason why Mexico are heading home and not to the round of 16
Abdulelah Al-Amri – 6
Was under pressure for most of the game but fared better than his defensive partner.
Ali Al-Bulaihi – 5
Went off injured in the 37th minute, with the score goalless.
Firas Al-Buraikan – 5
Playing on the right of midfield and had very little joy against the energetic Jesus Gallardo.
Ali Al-Hassan – 4
Substituted off at the halftime interval after looking overwhelmed in the center of midfield.
Ali Al-Hassan (L) was substituted off at halftime after looking overwhelmed in midfield
Saud Abdulhamid – 6
Did better in the first half than his midfield partner and then had to move to left-back when Al-Bulaihi went off.
Mohamed Kanno – 6
Was unlucky with a first half free kick as he tried to break the deadlock for his team in a game they had to win.
Salem Al-Dawsari – 7
Quiet game but took his goal well in stoppage time as he wiped out Mexico’s hope of the last-16.
Saleh Al-Shehri – 5
A tough day for a lone striker and Al-Shehri didn’t have much luck in the first half of holding the ball up and bringing his teammates into the game.
MANAGER: Herve Renard – 5
His hand was forced by injuries to his team but ultimately failed to orchestrate a result for Saudi Arabia to advance. Will always be remembered for overseeing the shock Argentina win, though.
Mohamed Kanno went close with a free-kick, curled over the defensive wall but just too high
Herve Renard will always be remembered for overseeing the shock Argentina win