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Mexico vs Poland: Twitter reacts as Robert Lewandowski misses penalty; Poland, Mexico play out goalless draw

After being fouled by Hector Moreno, Robert Lewandowski had the best chance of the game, but he failed to convert from the penalty spot.

Poland and Mexico in action, Credits: Twitter/@FIFAWorldcup
By K S Vignesh Bharadwaj | Nov 23, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Mexico and Poland play out a goalless draw in their World Cup Group C match, earning one point each to be placed behind Saudi Arabia. Mexico went head to head with Robert Lewandowski-led Poland at the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Doha. Under the services of Gerardo Martino, Mexico opted for the usual 4-3-3 with their star goalkeeper Ochoa between the sticks. Sanchez, Montes, Moreno and Gallardo started as the defensive structure, with Herrera, Alvarez and Chavez playing in the midfield. Lozano, Martin and Vega started as the front three for Mexico. Mexico have been an extraordinary model of consistency in their last seven appearances in the World Cup and will back themselves to have a deep run.

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Czeslaw Michniewicz’s Poland started off their World Cup campaign with a 4-2-3-1 formation making Lewandowski the pole of their attack. Zaleski, Zielinski and Kaminski played behind Lewandowski with Szymanski and Krychowiak playing in the engine room. Bereszynski, Kiwior, Glik and Cash started as their main back four, with Szczesny as their number one.  Poland were eliminated in the Group stage of the 2018 World Cup after losing two of their three games, and they will be hoping for a better showing in Qatar.

Guillermo Ochoa denies Robert Lewandowski from the spot

Mexico made a promising start in the game’s early stages, establishing some rhythm, and Mexico went down the right flank through Lozano and whipped one ball across the face of the goal. Vega attempted to push it through at the same time, only to steer it wide. Poland began to calm their nerves as they pushed forward with Zalewski and surged into Mexico’s half, pushing the ball wide and overpowering it. Chavez passed the ball to Gallardo, but Szczesny just pushed it away.

As soon as the second half began, Mexico was back on the attack, thanks to Lozano, who cut from the left flank and lined up a shot on goal, only for it to be saved. Moreno was adjudged to have pulled back Lewandowski inside Mexico’s box, earning Poland a penalty. Ochoa denied Lewandowski’s attempt to break the shackles. Zielinski attempted to advance and feed Bereszynski, but Sanchez came up with a solid block. During the game’s final stages, Krychowiak advances through the middle and has several options but chooses to put it wide. Poland and Mexico play out a goalless draw in their World Cup match at Stadium 974, earning one point each.



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