Robert Lewandowski had by no means scored on the World Cup and Guillermo Ochoa merely refuses to select the soccer from his personal internet when the most important match comes round. Therefore it was no actual shock when the Mexican custodian saved the star striker’s penalty, the one actual try both of the groups had on objective, in a 0-0 draw of their Group C encounter at Stadium 974 on Tuesday.
The Poland-Mexico conflict skyrocketed in significance after Saudi Arabia took one have a look at the script and determined that their position on this World Cup wanted a rewrite or two.
The recreation started precisely as one believed Poland would function. They had been content material when Mexico stored the ball, allowed them to remain on the flanks and waited for crosses to be dropped in from these areas or the Mexicans to chop in and take a couple of pops at Wojciech Szczęsny’s objective.
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It was virtually just like the golden alternative supplied to the Poles by Saudi Arabia hours earlier was recognized to everybody however them.
Mexico, on their half, had been all about width. Their flanks had been overloaded and so they consistently stored switching the ball. However, there was some dissatisfaction in the direction of their strategy from a smattering of their very own supporters who needed a bit of extra direct model to the Mexican assault and might be heard groaning when a move went sideways or again. The first half-hour of the sport handed with no actual probabilities created by each groups however Mexico undoubtedly being the higher of the 2 sides.
The Central Americans continued to develop into the sport. They pressed frantically in the event that they misplaced the ball within the ultimate third of the pitch, by no means letting Poland acquire time and area when in possession. But when the Mexicans gained the ball, their ultimate ball was all that was lacking because the half got here to an in depth with the rating nonetheless firmly lodged at 0-0.
Poland have grow to be masters of grinding out wins. They’re recognized to take a seat and wait till a second of alternative beckons. That second introduced itself within the fifty fifth minute. Hector Moreno pulled Robert Lewandoski within the field and whereas initially not seen by the referee, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system put issues into Chris Beath’s arms. It took a couple of seconds however the verdict was a penalty to Poland and a yellow card to Hector.
Up stepped Lewandowski. Never having celebrated a objective on the World Cup however now with the very best alternative that would ever drop into his lap. Facing him was one more legend in Ochoa. The Mexican goalie, who gained cult standing when he made eight saves in opposition to Germany on the 2018 World Cup, now needed to cease one other monster in Lewandowski. And Ochoa did simply that, diving low to his left and placing a powerful palm in entrance of a weak shot to make the Polish striker’s anticipate a World Cup objective lengthen additional.
For a staff that hardly appeared like they had been attempting, that was the golden alternative that the Poles let slip from their arms. They common no different actual probabilities, nor did they ever seem to be a real risk to the Mexicans.
Mexico, on their half, managed the sport with their relentless press and vitality transferring ahead. But their efforts had been not often rewarded and an insistence on taking part in by the flanks allowed any and all alternatives to be swiftly extinguished by the Poles, who had congregated in the course of the park. A draw was a good end result for each however not many would have complained if Mexico had taken the honours. Both groups took one level apiece and have basically given Argentina the reprieve they had been hoping for. Saudi Arabia, in the meantime, high the group with three factors after the primary spherical of group matches.