Update: 26.11.2022 16:22
Doha – Poland’s footballers defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in the second round of the group stage of the World Cup and claimed their first victory at the tournament in Qatar. At the Education City Stadium in Doha, midfielder Piotr Zieliňski opened the scoring in the 39th minute. In the 82nd minute, star striker Robert Lewandowski added another hit and his first hit at the World Cup.
Poland defeated today’s opponent in the fourth mutual duel and moved to the top of the incomplete table with four points. Saudi Arabia failed to follow up their sensational 2-1 win against Argentina to remain on three points. Today’s second Group C match between Argentina and Mexico is on the schedule from 20:00 CET.
Saudi Arabia – Mexico and Poland – Argentina will meet in the final third round on Wednesday.
Just like against Argentina, the Saudis entered the match with great energy, and the Poles even had to help themselves with a “yellow” foul three times in the beginning. After an extra quarter of an hour, Kanú could have opened the scoring, Szczesny sending his shot from mid-range over the goal.
The Polish team had a hard time advancing offensively, although they started with two thoroughbred strikers Lewandowski and Milik. However, captain Lewandowski finally had the first goal opportunity in the 39th minute when he took over the ball in the goal and returned it under himself to the onrushing Zieliňský. The support of Naples had no problem scoring the tenth goal in the national team into the open goal.
Moments later, Sahrí went down in the box after slight contact with Bielik, and Brazilian referee Sampaio awarded a penalty after consulting the video referee. However, captain Sálim Davsárí did not add the second goal of the championship, and Szczesny subsequently added another fantastic save against Braík’s stop. Even the second penalty in Poland’s matches did not end in a goal, Lewandowski did not succeed in the opening duel with Mexico.
The referee handed out five yellow cards in the first half, the most at the World Cup since the 2010 final between the Netherlands and Spain. After the change of parties, this trend did not continue, but the activity of the Arab team did not subside. In the 55th minute, after confusion in the defense, Szczesny flashed again against Sáli Davsári, and Buraikán’s promising shot from an angle did not end in an equalizing goal.
The defending Poles could thus add insurance from the breaks, but Milik’s header and Lewandowski’s neck-breaking knee finish ended up on the goal structure. The star of Barcelona and the best Polish scorer with 77 hits did get his first shot at the World Cup in the fifth game. In the 82nd minute, Lewandowski robbed Malki of the ball and himself did not hesitate with a left-footed shot in front of goalkeeper Uvaís.
The second goal broke Saudi Arabia and Poland finished the rest of the game with a clear overview. Coach Michniewicz’s team kept a clean sheet for the fourth time in a row.
FIFA World Cup – Group C (Doha, Education City):
Poland – Saudi Arabia 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 39. Zieliňski, 82. Lewandowski. Referee: Sampaio – Boschilia, Pires (all Braz.) – Fischer (video, Kan.). ŽK: Kiwior, Cash, Milik – Malkí, Amrí. Spectators: 44,259.
Polish: Szczesny – Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszyňski – Krychowiak, Bielik – Milik (71st Friday), Zielinski (63rd Kamiňski), Frankowski – Lewandowski. Coach: Michniewicz.
Saudi Arabia: Uvais – Abdal Hamid, Amri, Bulahi, Braik (65th Ghanám) – Najaí (46th Abad, 90th+5 Bahabri), Malki (86th Abud), Kanú – Buraikán, Shahri (86th N. Davsári ), S. Davsári. Coach: Renard.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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