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Golden point: Against France, Poland needs another big game from Wojciech Szczesny Israel today


The Polish national team has not yet shone in Qatar, but they have the great goalkeeper of Juventus between the posts. the final

No one has any doubt who is the outstanding goalkeeper in this World Cup so far - Poland's Wojciech Szczesny.

Yes, the one who suffered in the Sami Ofer stadium twice from Omar Atzil.

But then it was when he stood in the hair of Juventus.

Now he is doing the work in the uniform of the Polish national team, which only thanks to him qualified for the round of 16 tonight (Sunday, 17:00) against France.

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The truth must be told, Poland is not impressive in Qatar.

Definately not.

She finished 0:0 from Heaven against Mexico, beat Saudi Arabia with a lot of luck and qualified for the eighth despite losing to Argentina, thanks to the Mexicans who did the job for her and beat the Saudis.

The increase came thanks to a better goal difference, and everyone knows who is mainly responsible for that.

The goalkeeper proved his ability in the extra time of the first half against Saudi Arabia, when Poland led 0:1 but was pressed to the goal by the players in the green of coach Herve Renard.

Salam Al Dusari, the big star of Saudi Arabia, kicked a penalty that wasn't bad at all, but Szczesny jumped and stopped, and added another - no less impressive - tip when he flew and sent Mohamed Al Buriak's bomb over the crossbar.

In the next game, against Argentina, Chesny alone could not prevent the Albiceleste from scoring twice in the second half - but he stopped Leo Messi's penalty in the 39th minute, reducing both teams to halftime with a score of zero, thus equaling the World Cup record.

Only four goalkeepers before him: Iker Casillas, the American Bardell Friedel and the Polish Jan Tomszewski did it before him.

Szczesny stops Messi's penalty, photo: AFP

"You haven't stopped a penalty in a year"

What's funny is that during his time at Arsenal, he was said to be bad at taking penalty kicks from the spot.

In 2014 he admitted: "Someone yelled at me, Vych, you haven't stopped a penalty in a year!".

But this is already distant history;

Last season he made three consecutive saves in a Juventus uniform, and in total he stopped nine in the last two and a half years - in the team and the national team.

By comparison, his history at Arsenal stands at 6 stops from 26 penalties (23 percent) and at Juventus it stands at 11 from 33 (34 percent).

In total, during his career, he stopped 26 of the 87 penalties that were kicked at him.

A very impressive average.

The Pole said that before every game he studies the previous kicks of 5 or 6 players in the opposing team.

"I prefer to deal with players who take sides and kick hard. Then if you jump fast, you have a good chance to succeed."

Tonight Poland will try to surprise the world champion France, and it is clear to everyone that their chances of preventing Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann from scoring are not great.

And with all due respect to Robert Lewandowski, her chance to stun the world and win is probably to finish the 120 minutes in a draw - and then win a penalty shootout, with the number one specialist between the posts.

Winner ratio for a France win 1.20, for a draw 4.80 and for a Poland win 9.80

Szczesny and Lewandowski.

With all due respect to the striker, this time the goalkeeper is the important one

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Source: israelhayom

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