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Poland take on Saudi Arabia in Group C of World Cup 2022 this afternoon and will be hoping to improve on their goalless draw against Mexico which saw Robert Lewandowski mess up an opportunity to earn the European side three points when he missed a penalty in the second half. Group C is delicately poised and Poland will realise that a win today puts them within touching distance of the knockouts ahead of a difficult final group game versus Argentina.

Saudi Arabia meanwhile produced the shock result of the tournament so far when they came from behind to defeat Argentina 2-1 in their opening game. Such was the surprise of the result that a public holiday was called in their country to celebrate. That win means that the Saudis will reach the last 16 if they also defeat Poland today.

Reaching the knockout stage would be a historic landmark for Saudi Arabia. They did so on their World Cup debut in 1994 but haven’t made it out of the groups in their previous four campaigns.

Yet, injuries could be a factor in deciding which way the game goes. Poland’s Krystian Bielik and Bartosz Bereszynski both picked up knocks against Mexico and are doubts for the game whilst Saudi Arabia will be without defender Yasser Al Shahrani who is expected to miss the rest of the tournament.

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Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

60 mins: Chances! Saudi Arabia won’t get closer without scoring. Fera Al Brikan makes a run into the left side of the box and receives a pass. He’s got a narrow angle to shoot from but smokes his powerful shot over the bar.

A second attack quickly follows with Kanno getting into space outside of the area but he too sends a shot over the top.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:27


Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

57 mins: Saudi Arabia are firmly in control of the game now. It’s seriously impressive stuff from a team who were expected to roll over against their more experienced opponents in the group.

They’ll score today. Unless Poland add a second soon, Saudi Arabia’s momentum will get them a goal.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:25


Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

54 mins: Oh my! Saudi Arabia are really knocking on the door. Al Dawsari sweeps into the box from the left hand side and sets up a teammate for a shot.

It’s Al Abid who gets closed out and Poland’s clearance hits Bielik before rolling back towards Al Dawsari. He shoots but is denied but a low save from Szczesny before Poland eventually scoop the ball away.

Outside the area another Saudi player runs onto the ball but lifts an effort from range well over the crossbar!

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:23


Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

51 mins: What a pass this is from Al Amri. He fizzes a diagonal ball over to the left wing where the ball is brought and slipped into the penalty area.

Kamil Glik is aware of the potential danger and turns the ball behind before Poland confidently defend the resultant corner.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:17


Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

48 mins: Saudi Arabia will a corner early in the second half and Al Abid swings the set piece over to the far side of the box.

He picks out Al Amri on the opposite side of the penalty area but the defender can’t work his header back into the danger zone and Poland work the ball clear.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:13


Second half: Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Kick off: Saudi Arabia famously came from behind to defeat Argentina 2-1 in their opening game and will need to do so again if they’re to reach the knockout rounds today.

Nawaf Al Abid comes on for Saudi Arabia replacing Sami Al Najei as the match restarts.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:11


Qatar’s World Cup streaming service blocked in Saudi Arabia

A Qatar-based broadcaster is in talks with Fifa after its World Cup streaming service was blocked in Saudi Arabia by that country’s government.

The broadcaster, Bein Sports, holds the rights to World Cup matches in Saudi Arabia and will screen 22 of them free-to-air there.

However, the remaining 42 can only be watched via its streaming service, which has been blocked in Saudi Arabia since an hour before the opening ceremony last Sunday.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:04


HT Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Poland have a slender lead at the break against Saudi Arabia. Can they hold on to move top of Group C?



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Michael Jones26 November 2022 14:00


Half-time: Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

45+10 mins: There goes the whistle for half-time. A lot happened in the first half with yellow cards galore, a great goal against the run of play from Poland, VAR and a missed penalty from Saudi Arabia.

This has been an exciting contest and one that is far from over. Even though they’re behind Saudi Arabia will be happy with their performance so far.

Poland have the goal they wanted, now they need to maintain their lead.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 13:56


Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia

45+6 mins: Saudi Arabia really are playing some delightful football – especially on the right hand side. Kanno brings the ball down the channel before slipping it out to Abdulhamid on the wing.

He brings the ball into the area before attempting a cutback that Poland intercept and scramble clear.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 13:51

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