Robert Lewandowski and Poland miss the mark against Mexico

A few hours after Saudi Arabia’s resounding success against Argentina (1-2), the other two teams in Group C, Mexico and Poland, failed to decide on Tuesday (0-0). Robert Lewandowski saw his penalty saved by Guillermo Ochoa.

Mexico 0-0 Poland

At the start of the afternoon, Argentina tripped over the carpet. But neither Mexico nor Poland managed to take advantage of it. The two presumed outsiders from Group C neutralized each other on Tuesday in a goalless match (0-0). Note that Robert Lewandowski was defeated by Guillermo Ochoa from the penalty spot. It is therefore the surprising Saudi Arabia, on the strength of its feat against theAlbiceleste (1-2), who is racing at the head of the pool.

The Polish container facing the Mexican arrows

Intended to be completely dismantled and reassembled elsewhere after the tournament, Stadium 974 takes its name from the number of shipping containers used during its construction. This Tuesday, we thought we saw a 975e, painted red and white and dropped just in front of Wojciech Szczęsny’s box. By opting for a very compact 5-3-2, Czesław Michniewicz first wanted to stabilize his team block and offer the minimum of space to the Mexican arrows. At times, these approached the target, as on a header from Alexis Vega passed just wide (26e). Despite their usual grinta and with enormous desire, the partners of Hirving Lozano however displayed too much waste to concretize their domination in the first period (63% possession, six shots to one). It would have taken much more, in any case, to unblock the situation before the break.

Ochoa as a hero, Lewandowski still stuck at zero

Fortunately, the second act was – a little – livelier. Using and abusing a long game as restrictive as possible, Poland did not go far from tipping the balance in their favor. On one of his rare balls touched in the opposing area, Robert Lewandowski saw his jersey pulled by Héctor Moreno and the referee designating the penalty spot after recourse to the VAR. The FC Barcelona striker started… but came up against Guillermo Ochoa, wisely starting on his left (58e). Saved by their guardian angel, Mexico moved on, Henry Martín putting Szczęsny to good use with a clever header deflection (64e). The Polish container didn’t crack though, and both teams had to settle for a point. Small consolation, no doubt, for “Lewy”, who is still running behind his first goal in the World Cup.
Mexico (4-3-3): Ochoa – Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo – Herrera (Rodriguez, 71e), Álvarez, Chávez – Lozano, Martín (Jiménez, 71e), Vega (Antuna, 84e). Coach: Gerardo Martino.

Poland (5-3-2): Szczęsny – Cash, Bereszyński, Glik, Kiwior, Zalewski (Bielik, 46e) – Kamiński, Krychowiak, Szymański (Frankowski, 72e) – Zielinski (Milik, 87e), Lewandowski. Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz.

By Raphael Brosse

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