Poland and Saudi Arabia will square off in a contest that will be critical in determining how Group C plays out at the Education City Stadium on Saturday. The two teams enjoyed contrasting fortunes in their respective opening games and will be poised to get the result in their favor with a couple of group games left.
For Poland, any outcome other than a win could put them in a sticky situation considering they were unable to win their opening group game. The Eagles were dealt a massive disappointment in the curtain-raiser with Mexico, settling for a point following the goalless draw.
Indeed, it was not for the lack of trying as the Europeans had a golden opportunity to snatch all the three points but failed in their quest. Skipper Robert Lewandowski had a day to forget after seeing a penalty that he won being saved by Mexico's World Cup hero Guillermo Ochoa inside Stadium 974 on Tuesday. The significance of this cannot be understated considering Czeslaw Michniewicz's men still have Argentina to play in their final group game. Needless to say, they have the perfect opportunity to make amends, although it might not be as straightforward as seen on paper.
If the performance of Saudi Arabia in the win over Argentina is anything to go by, then Poland cannot rest on their laurels. In the white and blue sky, the Falcons soared, shocking the football fratenity and producing one of the greatest World Cup upsets in living memory. Having conceded Lionel Messi's penalty goal in the first half, not many would have tipped the Asians for an extraordinary remontada. However, that was exactly what happened, with Herve Renard's side impressively putting the current Copa America holders in an uncomfortable position in Group C.
With the win, the Arabians sit in first position and are well on course to securing qualification to the next round. A Rolls-Royce Phantom awaits the players following their historic win over Argentina and will certainly not be a better motivation than this going into the weekend's affair. A win should be enough to the Asians right on course to securing their first run to the knockout stages since 1994.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia - Head to head record and key stats
Poland and Saudi Arabia will meet for the first time in a World Cup game. Four friendly matches have been played between the two sides, with Poland winning all.
Saudi Arabia remains unbeaten in seven of their past eight games in all competitions since June (W3 D4).
Poland have won two of their last three games, with the exception of their stalemate with Mexico.
Poland have won two of their last three games, with the exception of their stalemate with Mexico. Poland have not gone past the group stages since 1986.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia - Team news
Krystian Bielik and Bartosz Bereszynski of Poland were both confirmed by the manager to have been suffering from injuries since Tuesday. However, both are expected to be well and available for the weekend's clash.
For Saudi Arabia, defender Yasir Al Shahrani will be absent from the upcoming game after breaking his jaw during the victory over Argentina in a tragic accident involving his own goalkeeper. Salman Al-Faraj, the team's captain, also had a left shinbone injury while leaving the field due to an injury sustained in the first half.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia - Broadcast information
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