Robert Lewandowski scored his first World Cup goal and some slick goalkeeping by Wojciech Szczęsny boosted Poland to a 2-0 Group C victory over Saudi Arabia in World Cup action at Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar on Saturday.
The Poles (1-0-1, 4 points), who played Mexico to a scoreless draw in its opening match, took over the group lead while the Saudis (3) fell to 1-0-1.
Piotr Zielinski’s goal off a counterattack in the 39th minute put Poland into the lead before Szczesny’s produced some heroics in the a minute into first-half stoppage time when he denied Al Dawsari’s penalty kick. Krystian Bielik had fouled Saleh Al Shehri in the penalty area.
Lewandowski, 34, Poland’s all-time goal-scorer (77 goals in 136 matches), picked a Saudi defender’s pocket and turned it into a relatively easy goal in the 82nd minute for his first World Cup tally and a two-goal advantage. After scoring, Lewandowski cried for joy. Saudi supporters might have cried, too, but for other reasons, realizing their hopes of pulling off a victory just about went down the drain.