Poland Vs Saudi Arabia Football Score Match 26 Nov 2022
Poland take on surprise group leaders Saudi Arabia on Saturday, in a crucial battle for qualification in World Cup 2022 Group C. Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty as the Bialo-czerwoni drew 0-0 to Mexico in Tuesday’s opener, while their opponents beat Argentina to pull off one of the greatest World Cup upsets in living memory. Following an uninspiring, perhaps overly-cautious first 45 minutes at Stadium 974 on Tuesday, Poland were presented with a golden opportunity to snatch all three points against Mexico, as their talisman Lewandowski was wrestled to the ground in the penalty area by Hector Moreno. World Cup hero Guillermo Ochoa was there to deny the country’s record goalscorer, however, as the Barcelona forward failed to convert from 12 yards for the second time this month.
Racking up just 0.04 expected goals in the first half, and 0.14 throughout the whole game aside from the penalty, Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side will feel that this was a missed opportunity against a side that they would have been expecting to compete with for that second qualification spot, particularly after favourites Argentina dropped unlikely points. If Poland are to stand any chance of progressing, a victory is vitally important here, and they will have to be on their toes against a high-pressing Saudi Arabia side, who will still be riding the wave of their greatest ever victory. Salem Al-Dawsari’s spectacular winning goal on Tuesday will go down in World Cup folklore, as the 31-year-old’s sensational curling finish condemned Argentina to their first defeat in 36 outings.
Herve Renard’s side impressed with their bold style of play, incorporating a dangerously high and aggressive line, springing the offside trap an incredible 10 times. In the middle, Mohamed Kanno played the role of midfield enforcer almost perfectly, while the Hassan Al Tambakti put in a heroic performance in the centre of defence. With three points already secured, another result here would put them well on their way to a first run to the knockout stages since 1994. For Poland, both Krystian Bielik and Bartosz Bereszynski were confirmed to have been carrying knocks since Tuesday by the manager, but both should be fit and available here.
In desperate need of points, there is a chance that we will see extra firepower in the form of Arkadiusz Milik brought in from the start. As for Saudi Arabia, full-back Yasser Al-Shahrani was reportedly flown home from the World Cup after successful jaw surgery, following a horror collision with his own goalkeeper late on in Tuesday’s famous win. As a result, we are likely to see Mohammed Al-Burayk in from the start, in an otherwise very familiar side to the one that shocked the footballing world just four days ago.
The World Cup rolls on for Group C as Poland take on group leaders Saudi Arabia on Saturday at Education City Stadium in Qatar. The two teams are meeting for the first time in the World Cup but have played each other four times prior in international friendlies, with Poland winning all the previous meetings. Saudi Arabia opened their group play with a shocking 2-1 win over Argentina, while Poland settled for a 1-1 draw against Mexico.
Poland: The Polish side have a golden opportunity to stake their claim in the group after Argentina’s stunning loss to Saudi Arabia. The team failed to take advantage of the chances in their first game, allowing Mexico to control possession while never looking particularly dangerous in their attack. The best chance came for forward Robert Lewandowski from the penalty spot, but his attempt was saved by Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa. He is still on the hunt for his first-ever World Cup goal. The team will need to be less cautious if they want to go toe-to-toe against a high-pressing Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia: They lead the group after their historical win against Argentina to kickoff group play. All eyes will be on Salem Al-Dawsari after he scored the curling game-winner on Tuesday. The team have a chance to lock up the group with a win, and if they can keep their timing right on their high line, they will break through on goal again. The back line will have to keep Lewandowski at bay, so look for Mohamed Kanno to make things difficult in the middle third for Poland.