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Poland v Saudi Arabia Live Commentary, 26/11/2022

2 - 0
P. Zieliński (39)
R. Lewandowski (82)
Education City Stadium


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Poland only need a point from their final game of the group phase against Argentina to qualify for the Round of 16. That will take place on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, will take on Mexico that same day. What they need to qualify for the Round of 16 is dependent on the result of Argentina v Mexico later today.
Poland pick up three points to put themselves in pole position to progress to the Round of 16 ahead of the final game of the group phase. Saudi Arabia played well but goals from Zielinski and Lewandowski made the difference, ultimately, as did Al Dawsari's failure to convert his penalty. A competent performance from them.
90' + 6' Kanno tries his luck from distance only to see his effort fly wide of the target.
Hattan Bahbri
Nawaf Al Abid
Saudi Arabia
90' + 5' Bahebri replaces Al Abed, who had to come off through injury.
90' + 2' Poland whip in a corner from the left side only for Al Owais to punch it clear.
90' There will be seven minutes of additional time at the end of this second half.
90' CHANCE! Lewandowski finds himself clean through on goal once again but, this time, Al Owais makes the save.
88' Saudi Arabia are continuing to push forward but, in truth, it appears that the belief has gone out of their play.
Nasser Al Dawsari
Saleh Al Shehri
Saudi Arabia
85' Al Dawsari comes on for Al Shehri to inject fresh impetus into Saudi Arabia's attack.
Abdulrahman Al Obud
Abdulelah Al Malki
Saudi Arabia
85' Alobud replacs Al Malki, the man who lost the ball for Lewandowski's goal.
R. Lewandowski
82' GOAL! Lewandowski scores his first-ever World Cup goal to make it 2-0 to Poland. Al Malki is caught dwelling on the ball in a dangerous area and Lewandowski picks his pocket before finishing clinically.
80' Al Dawsari clips a beautiful pass into Alganham, whose squared ball across the face of goal doesn't find anyone.
78' CHANCE! After a nice period of build-up play Al Maliki pulls the trigger from the edge of the box only for his left-footed effort to flash inches wide of the target.
76' There's evident tension in the stadium as we enter the final 15 minutes.
74' Poland break like lightning, Lewandowski running clean through, only for Al Owais to come way off his line and clear the danger.
72' Saudi Arabia, by pushing forward, are leaving themselves exposed. They'll need to be careful to not give up too much space to Poland.
K. Piątek
A. Milik
70' Piatek replaces Milik to bring fresh legs to Poland's frontline.
68' Al Abded takes a free-kick from the edge of the area only to crash it into the wall.
66' CHANCE! Lewandowski rattles the near post after connecting with a cross from the right side.
Sultan Al Ghannam
Mohammed Al Burayk
Saudi Arabia
65' Alganham replaces Al Burayk in defence.
64' CHANCE! Milik, with a fine diving header, rattles the crossbar after a lovely ball in from the left flank. Close call for Saudi Arabia, who have been dominant.
J. Kamiński
P. Zieliński
64' Kaminski has replaced Zielinski, the goalscorer.
62' Al-Shehri does well to tee-up Kanno, whose blazed effort also just flies over the crossbar.
60' CHANCE! Al Dawsari does superbly to control the ball in a tight space before playing in Al Birakan, whose shot flies just over the crossbar.
58' Poland have set up to defend their lead rather than push for a second,
56' CHANCE! Al Dawsari gets a shot off from close range after a rather chaotic scramble inside the box. But Szczesny makes an impressive save to deny him.
54' Saudi Arabia have made a couple of intelligent tweaks at half-time that's changed their game up.
52' Kanno tries a Richarlison-inspired bicycle kick only for the effort to not come off as intended.
50' Al Amri plays a beautiful cross-field ball to find a teammate wide left only for Poland to recover the ball.
48' Al Abed whips in a free kick from the right side but fails to find a teammate in the box.
46' We're back underway here in Qatar.
Nawaf Al Abid
Sami Al Naji
Saudi Arabia
46' Al Abed has replaced Al-Najei in midfield.
It's been a thrilling first half. Poland are in the lead thanks to Zielinski's goal but, in truth, Saudi Arabia have been much the better side. Backed by a partisan crowd, they'll be disappointed to be trailing at the break, especially after Al Dawsari's penalty was saved by Szczesny. But there's still the whole second half to be played.
45' + 7' Every ball is being hotly contested by both sides, here.
45' + 5' Saudi Arabia are pushing hard to get back on level terms.
Abdulelah Al Amri
Yellow Card
Saudi Arabia
45' + 3' Al Amri is booked after making a poor challenge on Lewandowski.
W. Szczęsny
Penalty Save
45' + 1' Szczesny did superbly to make two high-pressure saves.
Salem Al Dawsari
Penalty Miss
Saudi Arabia
45' + 1' PENALTY SAVED! Szczesny saves Al Dawsari's penalty and then saves Al-Breik's follow-up, too.
45' There will be ten minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
44' PENALTY! The referee has given a penalty after a VAR review following Bialek's foul on Al-Shehri.
44' VAR are checking for a possible penalty.
42' Poland are playing with a lot more confidence now that they're ahead.
R. Lewandowski
40' Lewandowksi did well to pick out Zielinski.
P. Zieliński
40' GOAL! Zielinski makes it 1-0 to Poland. The ball falls to Lewandowski after a direct pass caught Saudi Arabia short and Zielinski finishes confidently after Lewandowski squares it to him.
38' Kanno tries to play in a teammate down the right flank only for the ball to run out of play.
36' Lewandowski breaks into the box with the ball but fouls Al Bulayhi in the process.
34' Milik receives the ball with his back to goal only for Al Amri to clatter into him with a big challenge.
32' Saudi Arabia have been much the better side here.
30' Lewandowski tries to take down a high ball into his channel only to lose out to his defender.
28' This has been an intriguing opening 28 minutes.
26' CHANCE! Zielinski whips in a corner from the right side to find Bielik inside the area, whose fine header is cleared off the line by Al-Shehri.
24' Saudi Arabia arrow another high ball into the box only for Glik to deal with it competently.
Abdulelah Al Malki
Yellow Card
Saudi Arabia
22' Al Malki is the first Saudi Arabia player to be issued a yellow card.
A. Milik
Yellow Card
20' Milik is booked after pulling back Al Amri to kill a nascent break.
18' Saudi Arabia aren't allowing Poland any space to breathe.
M. Cash
Yellow Card
16' Cash is issued a yellow card for a late challenge on Al Dawsari.
J. Kiwior
Yellow Card
15' Kiwior is booked after making a late challenge on Al-Shehri.
14' CHANCE! Kanno drives forward, deep into Poland's half, before combining with a teammate and then drawing a fine save from Szczesny.
12' Kanno sprints across the pitch to make a big challenge on Krychowiak and kill a dangerous break.
10' There's been quite a few spicy challenges flying in.
8' Al Dawsari, picking up the ball on the left, tries to loft a high ball into the box only for Poland to clear their lines.
6' Cash tries to cross the ball into the box only to miscue his effort and allow Al Owais to easily claim it.
4' Saudi Arabia have started aggressively, pushing up high to put Poland under intense pressure.
2' There's a huge Saudi Arabian crowd at the game.
1' We're underway here in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia have made three changes from the side that beat Argentina. Al Amri and Al-Breik have replaced Al Bulayhi and Yasser Al Shahrani in defence while Al-Najei has come in for Al Faraj in midfield.
Poland have made three changes from the side that drew with Mexico. Bielik has replaced Szymanski in midfield while Milik and Frankowski have come in for Kaminaski and Zalewski in the final third.
SAUDI ARABIA SUBS: Mohammed Alyami, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, Abdullah Madu, Hassan Al Tambakti, Sultan Alganham, Nasser Al Dawsari, Ali Al-Hassan, Abdullah Otayf, Nawar Shaker Al Abed, Abdulrahman Alobud, Hattan Bahebri, Haithm Mohammed Asiri.
SAUDI ARABIA (4-3-3): Mohammed Khalil Al Owais; Saud Abdullhamid, Abdulelah Al Amri, Ali Al Bulayhi, Mohammed Al-Breik; Sami Al-Najei, Abdulelah Al Malki, Mohamed Kanno; Firas Al Birakan, Saleh Al-Shehri, Salem Al Dawari.
POLAND SUBS: Lukasz Skorupski, Kamil Grabara, Artur Jedrezejczyk, Mateusz Wieteska, Jan Bedernak, Damian Szymanski, Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Kaminski, Karol Swiderski, Szymon Zurkowski, Sebastian Szymanski, Nicola Zalewski, Krzysztof Piatek, Robert Gunny, Michal Skoras.
POLAND (3-4-1-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior; Matty Cash, Krystian Bielik, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Przemyslaw Frankowski; Piotr Zielinski; Arkadiusz Milik, Robert Lewandowski.
Saudi Arabia can secure their place in the Round of 16 if they beat Poland. And even if they only draw they'll be in a great position heading into the final game of the group phase against Mexico.
Poland need to win to go into the final game of the group phase with a strong chance of progressing to the Round of 16. That's when they'll be facing Argentina, who most observers expect to recover after their opening day defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Group C is intensely competitive. Saudi Arabia lead the way with three points to their name while both Poland and Mexico have a point each. Argentina, one of the favourites to win the entire competition, are yet to accrue a point.
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary for Poland v Saudi Arabia in Group C of the World Cup.