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Lewandowski, who missed a penalty in Poland’s opening draw with Mexico, was visibly emotional after pouncing on a mistake within the 82nd minute to double Poland’s lead after Piotr Zielinski had given them a first-half lead.
After finishing one of many event’s biggest shocks once they beat Argentina 2-1, the Saudis, who did not convert a first-half penalty, discovered Poland a more durable nut to crack on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium.
The win moved Poland to 4 factors, yet one more than the Saudis, and left them needing a draw of their ultimate recreation towards Argentina on Wednesday to ensure their spot within the knockouts.
The Saudis will head into their ultimate match towards Mexico with all nonetheless to play for.
The sport sprang to life within the thirty ninth minute when Poland shook themselves from their slumber to take the lead.
Matty Money skipped down the suitable and crossed low for Lewandowski who lifted the ball over the keeper and pulled it again for Zielinski to fireplace into the roof of the online.
Their hopes of cruising by to halftime, nonetheless, had been ended 4 minutes later when Krystian Bielik made minimal contact with the again of Saleh Al-Shehri’s leg and he hit the turf.
The referee had initially waved away Saudi appeals however he was instructed to have a look at the VAR monitor and pointed to the spot, sparking celebrations from the Saudi gamers.
These proved untimely, nonetheless, as Salem Al-Dawsari’s low effort was palmed away one-handed by Wojciech Szczesny, who was rapidly on his toes to brilliantly parry the observe up from Mohammed Al-Breik over the bar.
Poland might have prolonged their lead within the second half when Arkadiusz Milik’s header rattled the crossbar whereas Lewandowski hit the put up with an effort that deflected off his knee.
Lewandowski, who had drawn a clean in his 4 earlier World Cup video games, didn’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer for his objective.
Abdulelah Al-Malki slipped and Lewandowski pounced, sliding a tidy end past Mohamed Al-Owais and into the online. The striker was seemingly in tears as he was greeted by staff mates.
“At the moment all the pieces I had inside, the desires, the significance of the event, all these desires from my childhood got here by,” Lewandowski stated. “It was so vital.”
Lewandowski’s barren streak on the World Cup was considerably puzzling. Now, in his fifth match on the event, it is over.
“I all the time wished to attain on the World Cup and this dream got here true,” he stated. “It isn’t simple, as a result of we did not have many alternatives within the first match and I missed that penalty.
“The older I get, the extra emotional I get. I am conscious that with regards to the World Cup, that this could be my final World Cup. And I wished to underline that I performed at World Cups and I scored.”
Saudi coach Herve Renard stated he was pleased with his gamers.
“Nobody around the globe thought that we might play with this degree. Sure, in Saudi Arabia, we all know the gamers nicely, however they’re unknown to the followers around the globe.
“We’re nonetheless alive. I am pleased with my gamers. We should always have managed the match higher. If we scored the penalty kick, the primary half would have resulted in a 1-1 draw after which the match would have gone in another way.
“It’s simple accountable and shout on the gamers, I went to help Al-Malki after his mistake, and that is my means of teaching groups,” Renard stated.
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