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World Cup Day 7 Live Blog - Poland vs Saudi Arabia

Hello and welcome to Day 7 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, my name is Jidechi Chidiezie. Its been a week since the competition started. Stick around as I guide you through this game.

2022 FIFA World Cup: Poland vs Saudi Arabia live blog
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13:30

Hello there! Welcome back! Its our live blog coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup featuring the second game of Day 7 of the competition.

13:32

In case you missed the first game between Tunisia and Australia, you can click here for a recap of how it went down: TUNISIA 0-1 AUSTRALIA

13:34

The first game in Group C today is the one between Poland and Saudi Arabia. The other between Argentina and Mexico comes up by 8pm tonight.

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia - Highlights & All Goals
13:35

Perhaps you missed watching Saudi Arabia pull off one of the greatest FIFA World Cup upsets in their win against Argentina, well, let me get up to speed with the highlights of that one.

Group C
Group C
13:37

This is what that win meant for Saudi Arabia. Also Guillermo Ochoa prevented Robert Lewandowski's penalty from going in, with the game between Poland and Mexico finishing without any goals.

13:39

Now, the lineups for both teams...

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13:40

This is how the Saudi Arabians line up today. Herve Renard maintains an ALMOST similar squad against Poland

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13:42

Robert Lewandowski leads the attack and captains the Poland team this afternoon

13:45

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Poland and Saudi Arabia have met once, something in March 2006 in a friendly game. It ended 2-1 in favour of the Europeans.

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13:50

Ever got to see this leaked dress room speech from the tactical genius himself, Herve Renard?

13:53

LAST THREE MATCHES

Mexico 0-0 Poland (2022 WC)

Poland 1-0 Chile

Wales 0-1 Poland

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Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia (2022 WC)

Saudi Arabia 0-1 Croatia

Panama 1-1 Saudi Arabia

14:00

1' KICK-OFF!

Poland 0-0 Saudi Arabia

14:01

1' And we're underway at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. Brazilian official Wilton Sampaio is the referee for this one

14:12

OH MY! Mohamed Kanno comes close to scoring from the edge of the box after recieving a great pass, but his shot sent towards the top corner is immediately pushed over the crossbar by Wojciech Szczesny. Saudi Arabia with the best chance of the game so far.

14:16

Its back-to-back YELLOW CARDS to Poland for rough challenges on Saudi's players. Matty Cash and  Jakub Kiwior are the Polish men penalized

14:26

WHAT A BLOCK! Krystian Bielik gets himself onto the end of a Poland corner, but his header is superbly blocked by Saleh Al Shehri

14:30

30' We've gotten to the half hour mark now, and its really been an end-to-end stuff at the Education City Stadium

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 1-2

On Target: 0-1

Blocked Shots: 1-1

Freekicks: 5-5

Corner kicks: 2-2

Offsides: 0-0

Yellow Cards: 3-1

14:36

There's a pause in play right now as Ali Al Boleahiis being attended to by the medical team following a collision with Robert Lewandowski

14:38

And play resumes

14:39

GOAL! And Piotr Zielinski puts Poland in front! Robert Lewandowski attempts converting a chance for the Polish but he is unable to after being charged by Mohammed Al Owais. The Barcelona man instead passes to an unmarked Zielinski who shoots into the roof of the net. Its Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

14:43

Saleh Al Shehri is brought down in Poland's box by Kyrstian Bielik, and the referee will review this foul for a possible penalty

14:45

ITS A PENALTY FOR SAUDI ARABIA!

14:45

ITS MISSED! Wojciech Szczesny picks the right the direction of the penalty, and denies Salem Al Dawsari, a quick rebound by Mohamed Al-Burayak is also prevented from going in by the Poland goalkeeper

14:46

45+1' There will be 10 additional minutes in this first half

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14:52

Meanwhile, there's been 5 YELLOW CARDS in the first half of this game, alone. 3 to Poland and the other 2 to Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia missed a first half penalty and failed to get level with Poland
Saudi Arabia missed a first half penalty and failed to get level with Poland
14:56

HALF-TIME!

Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

15:10

46' We're back with the second half. Are Poland 45 minutes away from securing a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia?

15:19

Saudi Arabia come close to scoring again, but both Nawaf Al Abed and Salem Al Dawsari are denied an opportunity by the Polish defence and their goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

15:23

Saudi Arabia came close again but Feras Al Buraikan sends his attempt well over the bar

15:26

60' Its been a hour in this game and Saudi Arabia dominate in possession: 37% - 63%, while Poland lead the game, 1-0

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 2-11

On Target: 1-4

Blocked Shots: 1-2

Freekicks: 9-12

Corner kicks: 2-5

Offsides: 0-0

Yellow Cards: 3-2

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15:27

Poland makes a substitution

15:27

HITS THE WOODWORK! Arkadiusz Milik almost scores Poland's second with a header but his header comes off the crossbar

15:29

Saudi Arabia makes a substitution:

Its Sultan Al Ghannam WHO COMES ON FOR Mohammed Al Breik

15:30

POLAND HIT THE POST AGAIN! Robert Lewandowski connects to a pass sends a shot goal, but only hits the right post. What a game this is!

Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny
15:34

This man is the reason Saudi Arabia still trail in this game

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15:37

Its another Poland substitution

15:47

GOAL! Its Robert Lewandowski! A defence blunder from Abdulelah Al Malki gifts the Polish captain a glorious chance to beat Mohamed Al Owais for his first ever World Cup goal. Poland extend their lead against Saudi Arabia, its 2-0

15:53

Its a double change by Herve Renard:

Abdulrahman Al Oboud COMES ON FOR Abdulelah Al Malki (who committed the blunder)

Nasser Al Dawsari COMES ON FOR Saleh Al Shehri

15:55

Poland almost gets number 3 but Robert Lewandowski's lobs is intercepted by both goalkeeper Mohamed Al Owais and defender Sultan Al Ghannam

15:55

There will be 7 added minutes in the game

16:02

FULL-TIME!

Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia

16:04

It’s a memorable game for Robert Lewandowski who scored his first ever World Cup goal, and as well, recorded his 77th international goal - equaling Pele on the men’s football chart.

16:05

For the Saudi Arabians, you must give them kudos for their performance and keeping Poland on their toes, but the at missed first half penalty really did prove costly. They move on from this one with their 3 points form their first a game, sitting behind leader Poland (4 points).

16:06

France and Denmark by 5pm, and Argentina and Mexico by 8pm will be the other two games for the day, but for me, it’s a wrap for now. I’d be back another day. Do enjoy the rest of the day!

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