The Green Falcons stunned Argentina to open their tournament, and they’re underdogs once again against Robert Lewandowski and Poland. Follow along.
Saudi Arabia already has secured the shock of the World Cup, but now the Green Falcons are going for another.
Fresh off beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina, the Saudis are out to take down another world player of the year when as they face Robert Lewandowski and Poland in the second game of play in Group C. Entering the match, Saudi Arabia, the group long shot, sat alone in first, two points clear of both Poland and Mexico, which played to a scoreless draw in their opener.
Poland, and Lewandowski especially, will be feeling the heat to perform, considering the star had a penalty kick saved vs. Mexico in a moment that could alter its World Cup fate. The Saudis, meanwhile are eyeing another three points to vastly improve chances of what once looked like a highly unlikely bid to reach the knockout stage. In five previous World Cup appearances, Saudi Arabia has made the last 16 once, back in 1994.
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Here are the lineups for both teams:
Full World Cup Squads
GOALKEEPERS: Kamil Grabara (Copenhagen), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)
DEFENDERS: Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Matty Cash (Aston Villa), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Robert Gumny (Augsburg), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Jakub Kiwior (Spezia), Mateusz Wieteska (Clermont), Nicola Zalewski (Roma)
MIDFIELDERS: Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City), Przemysław Frankowski (Lens), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon), Jakub Kaminski (Wolfsburg), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Shabab), Michal Skoras (Lech Poznan), Damian Szymański (AEK Athens), Sebastian Szymański (Feyenoord), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Szymon Żurkowski (Fiorentina)
FORWARDS: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Krzysztof Piątek (Salernitana), Karol Świderski (Charlotte FC)
COACH: Czesław Michniewicz
GOALKEEPERS: Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly)
DEFENDERS: Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab)
MIDFIELDERS: Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Ittihad), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei (Al-Nassr), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha)
FORWARDS: Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Shabab), Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal). Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahly)
COACH: Hervé Renard