Robert Lewandowski ultimately scored a aim in a World Cup match on Saturday, serving to Poland beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 and boosting his staff’s probabilities of reaching the knockout levels.
Lewandowski shed tears after scoring within the 82nd minute. He raced towards the nook together with his arms outstretched, then stayed slumped on the sector as teammates rushed to congratulate him. He bought up, rubbed his face, and blew a kiss to the group.
“Right this moment every thing I had inside, the desires, the significance of the event, all these desires from my childhood got here via,” Lewandowski mentioned. “It was so vital.”
Top-of-the-line forwards on the planet, Lewandowski’s barren streak on the World Cup was considerably puzzling. Now, in his fifth match on the event, it’s over.
“I all the time wished to attain on the World Cup and this dream got here true,” mentioned Lewandowski, who had a penalty saved in Poland’s 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday. “It’s not straightforward, as a result of we didn’t have many alternatives within the first match and I missed that penalty.”
In opposition to Saudi Arabia, Lewandowski additionally arrange the opener within the fortieth minute when he stored the ball in play after goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais’ preliminary block, then laid it again for Piotr Zielinski to knock in.
Lewandowski, who had no involvement in any targets in his first 4 World Cup video games, additionally hit the submit, and Al-Owais later denied the Barcelona participant from scoring one other aim towards the top of the match.
It was the one which went in that introduced tears to the 34-year-old striker’s eyes.
“The older I get, the extra emotional I get,” Lewandowski mentioned, referring to his response after lastly scoring. “I’m conscious that in terms of the World Cup, that this may be my final World Cup. And I wished to underline that I performed at World Cups and I scored.”
Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz mentioned he wasn’t stunned by Lewandowski’s transferring response.
“I understand how deeply he lived the final match,” Michniewicz mentioned. “I’m very sorry he wasn’t fortunate sufficient, he hit the submit and the goalkeeper made a save. He may have had a hat trick at present.”
Poland was scrambling for lengthy intervals on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium because the Saudi staff was pushed ahead by enthusiastic followers in what appeared like a house sport. The frustration was clear on Lewandowski’s face as Poland’s yellow playing cards mounted.
Saudi Arabia had an opportunity to equalize on the finish of the primary half however Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Salem Al-Dawsari’s penalty kick. He then blocked Mohammed Al-Burayk’s shot from the rebound.
Poland will subsequent face Argentina, whereas Saudi Arabia will meet Mexico of their final Group C video games.