Robert Lewandowski suffered clean World Cup misery because the Poland striker’s penalty was saved by Guillermo Ochoa in a zero-0 draw against Mexico on Tuesday.
Lewandowski has never scored at a World Cup and the Barcelona striker had admitted it would be a “massive dream” to eventually get off the mark on the global stage.Instead, the 34-yr-antique’s dream become a nightmare when he won a 2nd-half penalty, handiest to look Ochoa deny him from the spot.
Lewandowski, Poland’s report scorer with 76 goals, has netted 18 instances in 19 appearances for Barcelona, the club he joined in the near-season after bagging 344 desires in 8 trophy-crammed years at Bayern Munich.
Yet the World Cup has proved hellish for Lewandowski, with this modern day goalless trip coming after he failed to rating in Poland’s three video games after they bowed out within the institution level 4 years in the past.
Saudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 win over Argentina in advance on Tuesday had blown open the race to progress to the ultimate 16 from Group C.
But this changed into a irritating draw for each groups, with Lewandowski wasting the excellent chance of a cagey game and Mexico ruing their failure to show territorial dominance into desires.
“When Robert misses there is usually the query why. He will answer that excellent. Yesterday he trained and he by no means neglected together with his penalties,” Poland boss Czeslaw Michniewicz said.
“Other tremendous gamers have overlooked consequences. It’s a pity. I recognise how tons he desired to attain at a World Cup.
“I sympathise with him. He was very emotional about it. I desire there will be other opportunities for him. We understand he will assist us plenty on this event.”
Mexico boss Gerardo Martino added: “In the primary half of we were on the the front foot and deserved the advantage.
“We need to have received the game, but we had to be more accurate. We have a ‘very last’ ahead people inside the next game towards Argentina.”
The particular Stadium 974 — whose shape became partially created from a colourful tapestry of transport bins — overlooks Doha’s port and the location was converted right into a colorful fiesta as green-clad, sombrero-sporting Mexicans partied ahead of the night kick-off.
It become a good greater vibrant scene inside the stadium, with the estimated forty,000 ability almost completely full of vociferous, flag-waving enthusiasts of ‘El Tri’.
As the primary risk to their crew’s hopes, Lewandowski become right away subjected to ear-splitting jeers from the Mexico supporters.
Lewandowski attempted to silence the din with an early header but his attempt deflected harmlessly extensive.
With Poland interestingly content to take a seat lower back for long periods and Mexico’s power levels almost matching their raucous lovers, it was Martino’s aspect who carried the greater threat.
Alexis Vega looped his header inches past the a long way put up from Hector Herrera’s cross.
Mexico followed that close shave with another incisive flow that ended with Jesus Gallardo’s shot being palmed away by Wojciech Szczesny.
Jorge Sanchez’s deflected effort whistled just over Szczesny’s crossbar as Mexico saved up the pressure.
Isolated by using Poland’s conservative processes, Lewandowski mustered simply one contact in the Mexico place and finished best 3 passes in the first half.
Lewandowski couldn’t be contained for all time and his tenacity earned the 57th-minute penalty when he barged into the Mexico place, forcing a crude challenge from Hector Moreno that became ruled a spot-kick after VAR intervened.
But Lewandowski’s World Cup woe wasn’t over as the 37-yr-old Ochoa plunged to his left to make a excellent save, leaving the striker maintaining his head in melancholy.
It become Lewandowski’s 2nd successive penalty pass over after he failed to score for Barcelona in opposition to Almeria in advance this month.
Henry Martin’s glancing header drew a good prevent from Szczesny as Mexico attempted in vain to make the most in their escape.