Robert Lewandowski’s 51st goal for club and country this season helped his side Poland to the World Cup finals in Qatar. Poland is now through to the World Cup in Qatar after the striker and Piotr Zielinski scored one each to give them a play-off final win over Sweden.
Robert Lewandowski’s Goal Help Poland Beat Sweden
Robert Lewandowski’s penalty early in the second half, after a foul on Grzegorz Krychowiak, broke the deadlock. Zielinski then took advantage of a defensive lapse to run clear and settle the tie in favor of the home side.
The draw for the finals takes place this Friday in Doha with the World Cup getting underway on 21 November. It will be the first time the tournament has been moved from its usual summer slot, for games to be played in milder winter temperatures in the Gulf. It was the first time Poland is beating Sweden in a competitive game in history.
Speaking after the game, Lewandowski said: “We had many problems before this match,” he said. “A lot of our players were injured, including me – I had a problem with my knee.” “We suffered, but now we can celebrate. I am proud and happy.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic was introduced 10 minutes to the end of the game following his injury but it was too little, too late for the legendary striker to do anything. The 40-year-old AC Milan forward has now likely played his final World Cup finals match.