Mexico vs Poland: Twitter reacts as Robert Lewandowski misses penalty; Poland, Mexico play out goalless draw

Mexico and Poland played out a goalless draw in their World Cup Group C match, earning one point behind Saudi Arabia. Mexico went head-to-head with Robert Lewandowski-led Poland at the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Doha. Under the services of Gerardo Martino, Mexico opted for the usual 4–3–3 formation with their star goalkeeper Ochoa between the sticks. Sánchez, Montes, Moreno and Gallardo started as the defensive formation, with Herrera, Álvarez and Chávez playing in midfield. Lozano, Martin and Vega started as the front three for Mexico. Mexico have been an exceptional model of consistency in their last seven outings at the World Cup and will back themselves for a deep run.

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Czeslaw Michniewicz’s Poland began their World Cup campaign with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Lewandowski the pole of their attack. Zaleski, Zielinski and Kaminski played in the engine room with Szymanski and Krychowiak behind Lewandowski. Bereszynski, Kiwior, Glik and Cash started as their main back four, with Szczesny as their number one. Poland were knocked out in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup after losing two of their three games, and they will be hoping for a better showing in Qatar.

Guillermo Ochoa denied Robert Lewandowski from the spot

Mexico got off to a great start in the early stages of the game, establishing some rhythm, and Mexico went down the right through Lozano and struck a ball across the face of goal. Vega attempted to steer it at the same time, only to throw it wide. Poland began to calm their nerves as they went forward with Załewski breaking into Mexico’s half, finding the ball wide and dominating it. Chavez passed the ball to Gallardo, but Szczęsny pushed it away.

As the second half began, Mexico came back on the attack thanks to Lozano, who cut in from the left flank and had a shot on goal, only to have it saved. Moreno was adjudged for pulling back Lewandowski inside Mexico’s box, earning Poland a penalty. Ochoa rebuffed Lewandowski’s attempt to break the shackles. Zielinski attempted to advance and feed Berezinski, but Sanchez came up with a solid block. During the final stages of the game, Krychowiak moves up the middle and has a number of options, but chooses to go wide. Poland and Mexico played out a goalless draw in their World Cup match at Stadion 974, scoring a point each.

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