Poland vs Saudi Arabia is next as Poland face Saudi side riding high from an earth-shattering World Cup opener.
Location: Doha, Qatar
Stadium: Education City Stadium
Date: Saturday 26 November
Kick-off Time: 6:30 PM IST
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Poland vs Saudi Arabia: Match Preview:
Having produced one of the greatest footballing shocks of all time in their 2022 World Cup opener, Poland are next on Saudi Arabia’s hit-list.
The team ranked 51st in the world face a striker to rival Argentina captain Lionel Messi in Poland skipper Robert Lewandowski, who missed a penalty for his side in their underwhelming 0-0 draw with Mexico.
With a wounded Argentina still to come, Lewandowski and his teammates will see this as a must-win match.
Czeslaw Michniewicz arrived in Qatar with a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Despite the disappointment of an opening day draw, Poland appear to have emerged from their tie with Mexico unscathed – although, centre-back Kamil Glik did sustain two blows to the head.
A serious head injury suffered by Yasser Al-Shahrani was a sour note in a match so historic, a Saudi Arabian national holiday was declared in its honour.
Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais collided forcefully with his teammate in the second half. Before departing on a stretcher, Al-Shahrani gave a double thumbs-up but he reportedly fractured his jaw and left facial bones.
Salman Al- Faraj also limped off on the cusp of half-time with a hamstring injury.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia: Head to Head:
This will be the fifth-ever meeting between the sides, with Poland winning each of their previous four encounters.
Poland and Saudi Arabia first met in April 1994, when Tomasz Wieszczycki netted an 86th-minute winner to hand Biało-Czerwoni a 1-0 friendly victory.
Their most recent encounter came in March 2006 at the King Fahd International Stadium, where Poland secured a 2-1 win.
Poland Starting 11 (3-5-2): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior; Cash, S Szymanski, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Zalewski; Milik, Lewandowski.
Bench: Skorupski, Grabara, Jedrejczyk, Wieteska, Bednarek, Gumny, Bielik, D Szymanski, Zurkowski, Frankowski, Grosicki, Skoras, Kaminski, Swiderski, Piatek.
rabia Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Al-Owais; Abdulhamid, Tambakti, Al-Bulayhi, Al-Burayk; Al-Abed, Al-Malki; Al-Buraikan, Kanno, S Al-Dawsari; Al-Shehri.
Bench: Al-Yami, Al-Aqidi, Al-Amri, Madu, N Al-Dawsari, Al-Ghannam, Al-Hassan, Otayf, Al-Najei, Al-Oboud, Bahebri, Asiri.
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