Saudi Arabia faced off against Poland at Qatar’s Education City Stadium during their second match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Saturday evening.
It was a deflating 90 minutes for the Green Falcons, who were unable to keep their momentum up after a stunning victory over Argentina on Wednesday, as Poland took the victory with 2 goals to 0.
Poland’s Piotr Zielisnki scored the first goal of the game in the 40th minute as the action ramped up at the end of the first half.
The Falcons were awarded a penalty minutes later, but striker Salem al-Dawsari could not convert it and the shot was saved by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Saudi head coach Herve Renard undoubtedly tried to boost his team’s spirits in the dressing room after a dramatic end to the first half.
Poland’s star striker Robert Lewandoski scored the team’s second goal in the 82nd minute, after a mistake from Abdulelah al-Malki allowed the Pole to take possession just outside the penalty box and score.
Here is how it happened:
- The Saudi side made an early attack, and Sami al-Naji unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty.
- Mohammed Kanno made a shot on goal but was unsuccessful after Poland’s goalkeeper saved.
- Matty Cash collided with al-Buraik in mid air, slamming his arm into the Saudi player.
- Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik and Saudi Arabia’s Abdulelah al-Malki were both been yellow carded.
- Krystian Bielik headed the ball dangerously close towards Saudi Arabia’s goal, but Saleh al-Shehri blocked it.
- Saudi defender Ali al-Bulayhi is down with what looks like an arm injury after Poland’s Robert Lewandoski stood on his elbow during a clash as Lewandoski made a run in goal.
- Officials have awarded ten minutes of extra time.
- Abdulelah al-Amri has been yellow carded after fouling Lewandoski.
- Saudi Arabia was granted a free kick. Nawaf al-Abid crossed it in but it was headed out by Lewandoski.
- Mohammed Kanno was injured after clashing heads with Lewandoski.
- Kanno attempted an acrobatic overhead kick, but didn’t find a target and the ball went out of bounds.
- Saudi Arabia made a strong attack, but was unable to overcome the Polish defense.
- Some strong coordination from Saudi attackers gave al-Brikan the chance to shoot, but he missed the target.
- An Arkadiusz Milik almost scored Poland their second goal of the match, but the ball rebounded off the crossbar.
- Lewandoski made a shot, but again Poland hit the crossbar.
- Sultan al-Ghannam came on to replace al-Buraik.
- Nawaf al-Abid took a free kick just outside the penalty box, but the ball was blocked by Polish players.
- Al-Dawsari shot from outside the box, but Szczesny saved.
- Poland was granted a free kick just outside the penalty area.
- Al-Malki made a shot but is unsuccessful.
- Robert Lewandoski scored Poland’s second goal of the match after capitalizing on a mistake by Saudi midfielder Abdulelah al-Malki, who lost possession of the ball just in front of the penalty box.
- Al-Malki and al-Shehri were substituted by Abdulrahman Alobood and Nasser al-Dawsari.
- Lewandoski made an aggressive attempt on goal, saved first by al-Owais and then cleared by al-Ghannam.