The damn Robert Lewandowski was contained by the Mexicans and their goalkeeper Ochoa, who saved his penalty, drawing Poland (0-0) on Tuesday at the 974 stadium in Doha in group C of the 2022 World Cup. The first match played at this venue ended with a disappointing result for both teams. Like the game, far from the chills that Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina (2-1) provided a little earlier, in the other group game. Therefore, it was Saudi Arabia that took the lead in this group, much to everyone’s surprise. The Mexicans, encouraged by the “grinta” that usually characterizes the South and Central American teams, pressed high and many times went in numbers towards the goals guarded by Wojciech Szczesny, to no avail.
On the other hand, the Poles did not know how to impose their game or find their offensive weapon Robert Lewandowski. As in this counterattack in which Nicola Zalewski mis-dosed his pass to the FC Barcelona striker (17th), or this free-kick (50th) by Piotr Zielinski, who found no shot. So “Lewangoalski” wanted to force his fate, pursuing a lost cause, a poorly conceded pass in the Mexican area, which caused a foul on defender Héctor Moreno, penalized by VAR (58th).
But the top scorer in the history of Poland (76 goals in 134 teams) saw his shot, not crossed enough, deflected by veteran ‘Memo’ Ochoa, captain of Mexico who is playing, at 37, his fifth World Cup. And the bad run continued for the FC Barcelona striker, who at 34 has yet to score a single goal in a World Cup.
Lewandowski, the player who has worn the red and white shirt the most, will have at least two other opportunities to catch up with Saudi Arabia on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and then Argentina on November 30 (8:00 p.m.).
The Mexicans, encouraged by the “grinta” that usually characterizes the South and Central American teams, pressed high and many times led in numbers towards the goals guarded by Wojciech Szczesny, to no avail.