All open in group C
Thanks to the first tournament victory, Poland can hope for a place in the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar. The team around Barça striker Robert Lewandowski, who scored his first World Cup goal and set up another goal, won 2-0 (1-0) against Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
In front of 44,259 spectators in Al-Rajjan, Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) in the 39th minute and ex-Bayern striker Lewandowski (82nd) scored the goals for the Poles, who in Group C have four points to Saudi Arabia ( 3) passed. The outsider not only played well, but was also superior at times – in the 46th minute, Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal SFC) failed from the penalty spot by the strong goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), who repeated it from his teammates after some outstanding saves was hugged.
After the change of sides, the Saudis, who had sensationally won against Argentina at the start, pushed vehemently for an equaliser, but failed because of their own precision or because of Szczesny.
Poland go into Wednesday’s group final game against Argentina with four points. But the boldly attacking Saudis also have three points and still have every chance of reaching the second round of 16 after 1994. The last opponent in the preliminary round is then Mexico, who drew 0-0 with Poland on the first day of play.
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