WATCH: Messi misses ANOTHER World Cup penalty as Szczesny claims instant redemption for foul

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Wojciech Szczesny saved his second penalty of the 2022 World Cup to deny Lionel Messi and Argentina the lead against Poland on Wednesday.
  • Argentina won questionable penalty
  • Szczesny saves Messi's effort
  • His second save at 2022 World Cup

WHAT HAPPENED? Argentina had a glorious chance to take the lead in the first half against Poland when VAR awarded them what many considered to be a soft penalty. Lionel Messi stepped up to take the spot kick, but saw his effort pawed away well by Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Controversy surrounded the penalty from the off, which was awarded in questionable circumstances. Szczesny was declared to have fouled Messi when his hand came into contact with the Argentine after he had headed the ball, though the contact was minimal.

DID YOU KNOW? Messi is now one of only two players to have missed two World Cup penalties since 1966, alongside former Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan. The Argentina captain also failed to convert from 12 yards four years ago in Russia as his country slumped to a 1-1 group stage draw against Iceland.

WHAT NEXT FOR POLAND? With Group C wide open, Poland can actually secure top spot if all results remained goalless. But with Saudi Arabia looking good so far at the tournament, they need a favour from Mexico.

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