In the event of at least a draw today with Argentina in Doha, the Polish players will definitely qualify for the 1/8 finals of the World Cup – for the first time since 1986. In Group D, France has already achieved this goal, playing against Tunisia. Denmark is in a difficult situation, disappointing so far.
During the 2002, 2006 and 2018 World Cups, the white-red, after two defeats in the group, lost the chance to advance to the next stage. They won only their third match after that, which was no longer on the line.
Now is different. The Group C table is led by Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team With four points and a two-goal difference of 2-0. Around One point ahead of Argentina (3-2), Saudi Arabia (2-3) and Mexico (0-2) with three points.
Today, a draw is enough for the white-red to repeat the feat accomplished by Anthony Pekniczek’s team in 1986, when Poland played in the knockout stage of the World Cup for the last time.
In the event of a defeat, the Poles will need a positive result in the match between Mexico and Saudi Arabia. They will be eliminated from the tournament if the Saudis win, and if there is a tie, then everything will depend on how far the Mishniewich team is defeated.
In the event that the number of points is equal, the standings are determined first by goal difference, and then by the number of goals scored.
Before the World Cup in Qatar, the Argentines went on a 36-match unbeaten streak. They got stuck here in Saudi Arabia (1:2), which was welcomed One of the greatest sensations in the history of the World Cup.
Wednesday’s match will be an opportunity for the rivalry between Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.
The topic of their rivalry arose even before the World Cup, when at the first press conference one of the foreign journalists asked Leo about the alleged indecision of the Argentine.
Everything is fine between Messi and me. I have nothing against him and I have nothing against him – reassured the pole.
Attempts to separate the leading snipers have continued since 2021, when Messi won the Golden Ball for the seventh time, which is the prestigious “France Football” magazine award for the best player in the world, ahead of Lewandowski by only 33 points. Perhaps his triumph was determined by the victory of the “Albicelestes” in the Copa America. On the other hand, Antarctica won the “FIFA Best” referendum award for the second time in a row, but it is considered less popular in the environment.
Messi has also won the FIFA World Player of the Year twice on his own – in 2009 and 2019, and won three times when he was tied for the Ballon d’Or in 2010-15.
The Argentine also surpasses the Polish in club achievements. The Rosario-born joined Barcelona aged 13 and has been linked to a string of success in the team over the past two decades. Before moving to Paris in the summer of 2021, in a dense atmosphere with “The Pride of Catalonia” He was the best in the Champions League four times, enjoyed the Spanish Championship 10 times, and won the King’s Cup seven times. In total, he played 778 matches, scored 672 goals and made 288 assists. He continues his work in Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he became the champion of France this year, and then reached the Super Cup.
Lewandowski changed clubs quite often, he entered the wide waters of Borussia as a fully formed footballer, and his path to the top was even longer. The range of his achievements is also rich: 10 German titles, the European Cup, the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup, four German Cups, six German Super Cups, the Polish Championship and Cup, but Messi’s titles are still more valuable.
To achieve a big dream and face another challenge this summer, after hard battles, he achieved his goal and went to Barcelona, one of the biggest football brands in the world, where he was immediately appointed as “Messi’s successor”.
The representative jersey was a burden for Messi for a long time, because his compatriots saw him as a follower of the traditions of Diego Maradona, who was supposed to lead the “Albicelestes” to great success almost single-handedly.
In 2006 and 2010, Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, and in 2014 they lost the final after extra time – both times to Germany. Two decisive defeats in the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 led to a frustrated and frustrated Messi quitting the national team, but after two months he changed his mind. However, he waited for his first title until last year, when he led his teammates to victory in the Copa America. However, he would attain hero status equal to the “divine Diego” who died in 2020 only bringing the World Cup home. In Qatar, he has his last chance, as he announced before the tournament that this is the last World Cup.
He scored 93 goals in 167 matches for the national team. Lewandowski has recorded 77 strikeouts in 136 games, making his pole average by … 0.1 higher.
The situation for “Lewi” in the national team is similar – he has been captain, captain and top scorer for years. The attack power of white and red depends mainly on it, and the results depend to a large extent on it. And in the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia (2018) and the World Cup this year, he scored 25 goals in 19 matches.
The World Cup in Qatar did not start the way they had dreamed. Messi scored a goal for Saudi Arabia, but his team suffered a dramatic defeat 2-1. But in the game over everything, he once again rose to the occasion and with a shot from outside the penalty area made it 1-0, ending 2-0.
Lewandowski missed a penalty kick in the opening match against Mexico, and in the confrontation with the Saudis he first gave the ball to Piotr Zelensky, and in the end he used the opponent’s defense mistake and scored 2: 0. After the goal, he did not hide his emotions, but shed a tear, because – as he explained – His childhood dream came true.
The match kicks off in Doha at 20. Mexico plays Saudi Arabia at the same time.
However, the majority of respondents to the United Surveys poll of “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” and RMF FM believe that Argentina will win today’s match. This score is indicated by more than 59 percent. Requested.
11% believe in the victory of the Poles. Survey. Less than 15% bet on a tie.
The referee for the Poland-Argentina match will be Dutchman Danny Mekelle.He will be assisted on the front lines by his compatriots Hessel Steigstra and Jan de Vries.
Macley is 39 years old One of the most respected arbitrators. At last year’s European Championships, he led Two matches for England – in the group with Germany and the semi-final with Denmark.
He was a referee in the Qatar World Cup Spain – Germany.
Four hours before the start of both matches in Group D, with defending champions France making sure of promotion. “Tricolor” has all the points, and on Wednesday he will play with Tunisia, closing the table (1 point). Perhaps coach Didier Deschamps will let some key players rest.
in another meeting Australia (3 points) will face Denmark (1 point), one of the biggest disappointments of the World Cup so far. Today he must win the semi-finals of last year’s European Championship in order not to leave Qatar after the group stage.
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