Qatar 2022: Lewandowski and Szczesny descend from the clouds into remarkable Arabia


Robert Lewandowski, with an assist and a goal, and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, saving a Salem Al-Dawsari penalty on the verge of the break, gave Poland a vital victory (2-0), who came out of nowhere in the where Saudi Arabia’s selection was since they beat Argentina.

The Barcelona striker has finally managed to break the curse of the World Cup. It was unseemly for a scorer of his reputation. I still didn’t know what it was to mark a universal appointment. Eventually the spell wore off. His was the cut to goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais and the pass to Piotr Zielinski that allowed the Neapolitan to unlock the game, and the goal that sealed the victory after taking advantage of an indecision by Al-Malki.

The rest was done by Szczesny. He was providential, first by fending off a powerful shot from Mohammed Kanno after thirteen minutes and on the verge of half-time blocking a penalty awarded to Al-Dawsari after referee Wilton Sampaio went to video for Bielik’s foul on Al-Shehri . He also repelled Al-Burayk’s immediate shot.

Too much punishment for an Asian who was better than the Polish practically throughout the game. The pupils of the “white magician” Herve Renard, with intensity, pressure and enormous self-confidence, stifled the Central European team and deserved a better result.

Neither Bielik nor former Sevilla player Grzegorz Krychowiak could handle play in midfield. Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team, looking for victory after the draw against Mexico and in view of the last game against Argentina, appeared helpless, made numerous passing errors and barely managed to intercept with Lewandowski, caught by the central defenders Al-Amri and Al-Bulayhi.

Saudi Arabia had the opportunity to certify the qualification for the round of 16 on the fast track. He looks for him with more than decorum, but Zielinski’s mistakes on goal and in the penalty shoot condemn him on this occasion.

Against Argentina he found his way back, but this time he didn’t succeed because he lacked the same success. Czczesny appeared again against Al-Dawsari and Al-Brikan was inaccurate in moments of heightened pressure from the Saudi bloc.

Poland, on the other hand, had the finishing touch with a header to the crossbar by another Juventus player, Arkadiusz Milik, who formed an offensive partner with Lewandoswki, who shortly after, further demonstrating the spell he seemed to be suffering, sent a shot to the post.

The Central European team used the experience. With the roles reversed from what had been foreseen before the start of the World Cup, he geared up in the rear to stop attacks from Saudi Arabia and waited for a new opportunity to strike back.

It could only be Lewandowski who supported Poland’s victory. The captain, always attentive, takes advantage of a mistake by Al-Malki, puts an end to his spell and seals the 2-0. He also manages to put the icing on the cake with the third, but crashes into the goalkeeper.

Despite the suffering, a push for Michniewicz’s team and a punishment for a Saudi Arabia who once again gave a magnificent image and if it hadn’t been for the setbacks and interventions by Szczesny, they could have won. He was inferior in areas and paid for it.

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