Ballon d’Or Striker of the Year Robert Lewandowski scored his first career World Cup goal as Poland defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0, for the polish national team to gain their first win in a World Cup on Saturday, November 26, 2022.
Fresh off beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina, the Saudis were out to take down another world player of the year when when facing Robert Lewandowski and Poland in the second game of play in Group C at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar .
But the Barcelona star finally scored the first World Cup goal of his career to double the lead in a 2–0 win, after Italian Serie A league leaders Napoli midfielder Piotr Zieliński’s goal assisted by Lewadownski in the 39th minute.
Saleh Alshehri was brought down by English Football League championship Birmingham City midfielder Krystian Bielik in the penalty area, and after a video assistant referee (VAR) review, Saudi Arabia was awarded a 45-minute penalty.
But goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny of 36 times Italian Serie A winners, Juventus saved Saudi Professional League side Al Hilal winger Salem Aldawsari’s penalty kick as the first half ended with a 1-0 score in favor of Poland.
Full World Cup Squads
GOALKEEPERS: Kamil Grabara (Copenhagen), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)
DEFENDERS: Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Matty Cash (Aston Villa), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Robert Gumny (Augsburg), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Jakub Kiwior (Spezia), Mateusz Wieteska (Clermont), Nicola Zalewski (Roma)
MIDFIELDERS: Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City), Przemysław Frankowski (Lens), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon), Jakub Kaminski (Wolfsburg), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Shabab), Michal Skoras (Lech Poznan), Damian Szymański (AEK Athens), Sebastian Szymański (Feyenoord), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Szymon Żurkowski (Fiorentina)
FORWARDS: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Krzysztof Piątek (Salernitana), Karol Świderski (Charlotte FC)
COACH: Czesław Michniewicz
GOALKEEPERS: Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly)
DEFENDERS: Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab)
MIDFIELDERS: Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Ittihad), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei (Al-Nassr), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha)
FORWARDS: Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Shabab), Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal). Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahly)
COACH: Hervé Renard