Robert Lewandowski scored the first goal Globalism The trophy goal of his prolific career on Saturday when he scored in Poland’s 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia burst their bubble in the wake of the team’s giant killing spree against Argentina.
Barcelona forward Lewandowski made sure Poland took a big step towards the last 16 in Qatar when he came home in the 82nd minute after being gifted the ball away by Abdelilah Al Malki.
However, it was a battle for Czesław Micniewicz’s side, who were leading at that point thanks to Piotr Zielinski’s finishing touch and a stunning double save from Wojciech Szczesny after Salem Al Dosari’s penalty kick late in the first half.
Poland jumped over the Saudis to first place in Group C, while Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, will face Mexico later on Saturday.
Encouraged by the vocal crowd, the Saudi team, led by Hervé Renard, came away with a small piece between their teeth and the Poles struggled a lot to deal with their aggressive pressure.
Poland were given three early yellow cards.
Mohamed Kanu had the match’s first decent attempt on goal, which Szczesny turned on in the 13th minute.
Lewandowski initially found it difficult to get into the match as he was immediately surrounded by a gang of defenders led by Ali Al Bulayhi, who at one point appeared to be walking out of the match after being accidentally stubbed by the Barcelona star.
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Lewandowski played a key role in Poland’s opener against the run of play in the 39th minute, pulling back Zielinski to finish after nearly scoring his first World Cup goal.
Then Chesney rose to save his team minutes later after referee Wilton Sampaio awarded an easy penalty kick, when Saleh Al-Shehri fell hard under the pressure of Christian Bellic.
The Juventus goalkeeper succeeded in paying a tense penalty kick to Dosari, but the ball fell into the hands of Mohamed Al-Breik, who was blocked in the rebound by an exciting coincidence.
Szczesny was Poland’s savior again nine minutes after the break when he rebounded from his own line to clear Dawsari after a chaotic pass from play that ended up ballooning over the bar.
Poland were on the verge of collapsing again under heavy Saudi pressure, but should have led further midway through the second half when Arkadiusz Milik and Lewandowski both hit the woodwork within three minutes.
Then he dragged Al-Maliki from the edge of the box and it was his mistake that allowed Lewandowski to close the points.
Nothing was considered when Al-Maliki received a pass on the edge of his own area, but he let the ball slip past him and straight into Lewandowski’s feet, allowing him to roll in a simple end and finish his cover.
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