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Brave Poland close in on World Cup round of 16 after stunning 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia – SABC News

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On Saturday, Poland boosted their chances of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after goals from Piotr Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski killed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to advance earlier.

Zielinski scored in the 39th minute from play and Lewandowski put the match out of Saudi Arabia’s reach after eight minutes, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s stunning double save from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time put Poland in the match against a Saudi side always on attack

As such, Poland only need a point in their final Group C match against Mexico to guarantee a place in the next round.

Saudi Arabia were the better team in the first half and had the advantage of several favorable refereeing decisions, but will rue a missed penalty from Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored the winner in their historic win over Argentina on Tuesday.

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