Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

Poland vs Saudi Arabia LIVE!

Poland bolstered their chances on Saturday of reaching the World Cup's last 16 for the first time since 1986 after goals from Piotr Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski killed Saudi Arabia's efforts to advance a game early.

Zielinski scored after 39 minutes against the run of play and Lewandowski put the match beyond Saudi Arabia eight minutes from time, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny's stunning double save from a penalty in first half stoppage time kept Poland in the match against a Saudi side that was always on the attack.

The result leaves Poland needing only a point from their final Group C match against Argentina to guarantee their spot in the next round. Saudi Arabia were the better team for the first half and had the advantage of a few favoruable refereeing decisions but will rue the missed penalty from Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored the winner in their historic victory over Argentina on Tuesday. Read back all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!

Poland vs Saudi Arabia updates

  • GOAL! Lewandowski wraps it up!

  • PENALTY SAVED! Saudi Arabia denied

  • GOAL! Zielinski scores against the run of play!

  • How to watch: BBC One

  • Evening Standard score prediction

Poland 2 - 0 Saudi Arabia

15:10 , Alex Young

Here’s our match report from the game. A hard-fought win for Poland, and great relief for Lewandowski.

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15:03 , Alex Young

98min: That’s your lot! Poland go top of Group C!

15:01 , Alex Young

91min: Seven minutes added on.

14:55 , Alex Young

90min: Almost a second for Lewandowski as he skips into the area, but waits slightly too long before trying to chip the ball over the keeper... who just about clears it.

14:52 , Alex Young

87min: Double change for Saudi Arabia as Al Shehri and Al Malki make way for Alobud and Al Dawsari.

14:51 , Alex Young

84min: The relief on Lewandowski’s face is evident. Made up for him.


14:48 , Alex Young

82min: That’s game, set and match as Lewandowski pounces on a mistake at the back to score his first ever World Cup goal!

Al Wahbi Al Malki was sloppy in possession, took his eye on the ball and Lewandowski swooped in to nick it off his toe before beating the keeper from just inside the area.


14:44 , Alex Young

77min: Had to score. Al Dawsari is found on the edge of the area but his sweeped shot skids past the post.

Had to score!

14:39 , Alex Young

73min: Saudi Arabia losing a bit of impetus as we approach the final 15 minutes. There will be more chances, you’d imagine, but they are playing more cautiously at the moment.

14:36 , Alex Young

70min: Piatek is on for Milik.


14:31 , Alex Young

66min: Poland denied again! This time Lewandowski’s shot is palmed onto the post!


14:28 , Alex Young

63min: Milik’s header crashes back off the bar. Completely free header seemingly out of nothing!

14:27 , Alex Young

62min: Change for Poland as goalscorer Zielinski makes way for Kaminski.

14:25 , Alex Young

60min: Huge chance!

Al Shehri is fed into the area on the left and with the angle getting tighter flashes a fierce drive wide. Has to hit the target.

14:23 , Alex Young

55min: Saudi Arabia just pushing and pushing but Poland are holding firm. Al Abid gets in behind Cash but the cross is sent behind for a corner, which is initially cleared and then sent back in with a speculative overhead kick.

14:16 , Alex Young

50min: Saudi Arabia on the front foot again, starting the second half how they did the first. Not too much in the way of clear-cut chances yet though.

14:11 , Alex Young

46min: Back underway. Saudi Arabia have swapped out Al Naji for Al Abid in one change.

14:05 , Alex Young

That really was a stunning double save from Szczesny, the second for the follow-up, especially.

Almost back underway.



13:55 , Alex Young

55min: That’s your lot!

Lewandowski’s poor control letting himself down on the break just before the whistle.

13:54 , Alex Young

51min: It’s got very sloppy as we approach half time.

13:49 , Alex Young

47min: Ten minutes added on, by the way.

13:47 , Alex Young


Al Shehri is denied and then the follow up is also pushed over the bar!

13:44 , Alex Young


13:43 , Alex Young

42min: Calls for a penalty to Saudi Arabia, with VAR having a look...


13:40 , Alex Young

40min: It’s been all Saudi Arabia but it’s Zielinski who fires home after Lewandowski cuts the ball back from inside the area!

13:38 , Alex Young

37min: Lewandowski is lucky not to get a booking of his own after bundling over Al Bulayhi and inadvertently stamping on his arm.

13:35 , Alex Young

34min: Poland enjoying their first bit of sustained pressure in Saudi Arabia’s half as Lewandowski bundles his way through but fouls the defender.

13:31 , Alex Young

30min: Frustration for Kanno who miscontrols the ball wildly and then, I guess instinctively, reaches up and slaps the ball back down, much to the bemusement of the Poland players screaming handball.

No booking.

Off the line!

13:26 , Alex Young

26min: A big chance as Bielik’s header is cleared yards out by a Saudi Arabia defender.

13:22 , Alex Young

21min: Break in play as Al Burayk gets treatment after a clash with Cash.

On another day, that could have been a second yellow.

13:19 , Alex Young

19min: Now Milik gets booked. Again, Poland need to chill.

13:17 , Alex Young

16min: Cash gets a yellow for a rash challenge. That’s exactly what Saudi Arabia wanted.

13:14 , Alex Young

14min: Corner again comes to nothing.

13:14 , Alex Young

13min: Chance!

A blistering shot from Al Dawsari from the edge of the area stings Szczesny’s palms and the Saudis win another corner.

13:12 , Alex Young

11min: Saudi Arabia appear to have identified Cash as the weak link in Poland’s defence, and it’s working so far as he’s not getting much help from his team-mates.

13:08 , Alex Young

9min: The corner is cleared.

13:08 , Alex Young

8min: They aren’t shy, the Saudis. Brimming with confidence. Left-back Al Burayk has just had a pop from 35 yards, and wins a corner.

13:04 , Alex Young

5min: Saudi Arabia firmly on the foot front, but it’s all a bit frantic and rushed. Poland could do with slowing things down a bit.

13:02 , Alex Young

3min: A few meaty challenges early on from Saudi Arabia, one leaving Lewandowski with a small limp. He’ll be fine.


13:00 , Alex Young

1min: We’re up and running.

12:53 , Alex Young

Here come the teams.

12:49 , Alex Young

Saudi Arabia announce a national holiday after Tuesday’s victory over Argentina. Another win today will see them book their place in the knockout stages - week off?

12:35 , Alex Young

Atmosphere building inside the stadium. Can Lewandowski do with Messi didn’t?


Lewandowski to end drought?

12:21 , Matt Verri

Robert Lewandowski is still waiting for his first goal at a World Cup!

It looked likely to come in the opening match against Mexico but his penalty was saved by Guillermo Ochoa, who seems to have played at every World Cup in living memory.

Argentina to come in the final group-stage match - Poland need their main man to deliver this afternoon.

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First the boss has heard of it...

12:10 , Matt Verri

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Szczesny: We can’t play out from the back

12:02 , Matt Verri

Poland faced some criticism after the Mexico game for their direct style but judging by Wojciech Szczesny’s comments ahead of this game, don’t expect much to change!

“We’re not a nation that can play the ball from the back forward,” Szczesny said.

“We don’t have it in us like others do, we’re not technically capable to be able to build beautiful plays from the back. So we have to resort to long balls.

“This is why the ball must first be sent out to the opponent’s half at all costs, as only then can we try to do something with it there. This isn’t done as a result of chaos or anything like that, but it’s all according to plan. This is how we play.”

Milik gets the nod

11:49 , Matt Verri

Milik comes into the side in the big team news for Poland, they’ll hope that gives them a bit more attacking impetus.

Bereszynski and Bielik were both doubts but the pair have overcome those injury concerns to start.

As expected, Saudi Arabia are without Al-Shahrani and Al-Faraj, so have been forced to change the side that beat Argentina.

Saudi Arabia team news

11:42 , Matt Verri

Saudi Arabia XI: Al Owais, Abdulhamid, Al Amri, Al Bulayhi, Al Burayk, Alanjei, Al Malki, Kanno, Al Brikan, Al Dawsari, Al Sehri.

Poland team news

11:38 , Matt Verri

Poland XI: Szczesny, Bereszynski, Kiwior, Glik, Cash, Zielinski, Krychowiak, Bielik, Frankowski, Milik, Lewandowski.

Poland need a result

11:29 , Matt Verri

Poland played out a goalless draw with Mexico in their opening match, Robert Lewandowski’s missed penalty the crucial moment.

With a clash against Argentina to come, you feel it has to be three points for Poland if they’re to have a realistic chance of making it out of the group.

Big improvement needed in the final third - they were fairly toothless against Mexico.

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Lot to live up to...

11:21 , Matt Verri

Saudi Arabia have got to somehow try and replicate the performance they produced against Argentina. Bit of a challenge, considering that was one of the biggest World Cup shocks ever,

There was a public holiday back home after that win - probably won’t get another one if they win again today!

They will have six points if that happens, and pretty much be through to the last 16.

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Evening Standard prediction

11:11 , Matt Verri

Genuinely one of the hardest games of this World Cup to predict, it seems most sensible to expect Saudi to crash back to earth but the Poles have not looked convincing for some time.

Draw, 0-0.

Saudi Arabia without Al-Shahrani

11:04 , Matt Verri

Yasir Al-Shahrani suffered a fractured jaw and required surgery after a horror collision with his goalkeeper, meaning he is expected to play no further part in the World Cup.

Salman Al-Faraj came off just before half-time against Argentina and is a doubt, so his country could be forced into shuffling the pack in midfield too.

Match-winner Salem Al-Dawsari will be a hero back home forever after his strike, and will have the chance to further enhance his reputation this weekend.

Predicted Saudi Arabia XI: Al-Owais, Abdulhamid, Tambakti, Al-Bulayhi, Al-Burayk, Al-Malki, Al-Brikan, Al-Abid, Kanno, Al-Dawsari, Al-Shehri

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Poland likely unchanged

10:55 , Alex Young

Robert Lewandowski will today be looking to put his penalty miss behind him as he looks for a first goal of this World Cup.

It would be no surprise if Poland were unchanged, though Arkadiusz Milik is an option should Czeslaw Michniewicz want more attacking ambition for his side.

Krystian Bielik came on at half-time in that game and is a minor injury doubt, as is Bartosz Bereszynski who has picked up a muscle injury.


Where to watch

10:46 , Alex Young

TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 12.30pm.

Live stream: The BBC iPlayer will broadcast the match live online.


10:35 , Alex Young

Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the World Cup clash between Poland and Saudi Arabia.

Kick-off at the interestingly named Education City Stadium is at 1pm GMT.

Stick with us.

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