The Poles still made a scandalous path to the World Cup in Qatar. In the decisive butt match for the 2022 World Cup, the Polish team won over Sweden – 2: 0. Lewandowski scored the first goal from the penalty spot, Zelinski scored the second. It will be recalled that Poland had to play against Russia in the first joint match, but managed to exclude Karpin’s team from the 2022 World Cup selection due to Russia’s special operation in Ukraine.
Poland – Sweden – 2: 0 (0: 0)
Goals: Lewandowski 49 (with pen.), Zelinski 72.
Poland has taken advantage of the threat of a boycott. The Poles have stated that they will not play against the Russian national team in a head-to-head match, but at the same time have done everything possible to get Sweden and the Czech Republic to join them. The pressure was so fierce that FIFA could not resist. Thus, the Polish national team, taking advantage of the political situation, eliminated its first rival in the playoffs. With the second – the Swedish team – had to meet on the field.
In Sweden, by the way, it was believed that the Polish national team gained an unsportsmanlike advantage. FIFA, having removed Russia, for some reason did not put us to replace another team. So while the Swedes played a very, very difficult match against the Czech Republic (1: 0 in extra time), the Poles warmed up in a friendly match against Scotland. The Swedes were unhappy with this.
Perhaps Swedish fatigue has indeed become a key factor. The team spent the first half in a tough fight. There were a lot of violations, but not a single goal. And just before the break at the Polish stadium “ленląski” part of the spotlights went out. So the first half was not played in such a bright light.
The second half started very well for Poland. Former Krasnodar substitute Grzegorz Krychowiak earned a penalty. Robert Lewandowski confidently executed a shot from the 11-meter mark – 1: 0. The Swedes went to win back and even created one moment, but the goalkeeper Schenna played great. in the 72nd minute they made another fatal mistake. Defender Danielsson gave the ball to Zelinsky, and the Pole realized the output alone – 2: 0. And even the exit of Zalatan Ibrahimovic could not change anything.
Thus, the Polish national team with a scandal went to the World Cup in Qatar, which will be held from November 21 to December 18. The draw for the final tournament is scheduled for April 1, 2022.