Poland win 2-0 over Saudi Arabia in 2022 Nov.26

Match report as Robert Lewandowski scores his first World Cup goal to give Poland a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia; Piotr Zielinski had given Poles first-half lead; Wojciech Szczesny’s superb double save from a penalty just before half-time helps send Poland top of Group C.

The Green Falcons failed to follow up their shock opening victory against Argentina as they spurned multiple chances at the Education City Stadium to suffer defeat in their second game.

Piotr Zielinski gave Poland the lead in the 39th minute before Szczesny’s penalty heroics in first-half stoppage time, as he first denied Salem Al-Dawsari from the spot and then saved Mohammed Al-Burayk’s rebound.

In a frenetic second half, Poland hit the woodwork twice while Szczesny denied Al-Dawsari again from close range.

But Poland’s victory was sealed in the 82nd minute as Lewandowski capitalised on Abdulellah Al-Malki’s mistake to score for the first time in the competition in his fifth World Cup game.

Poland need just a draw in their final game against Argentina on Wednesday to qualify for the last 16, while Saudi Arabia can still progress to the knockout stages in their final match against Mexico.

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