Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring from the spot towards Sweden© AFP
Robert Lewandowski slotted house a second-half penalty as Poland booked their berth on the World Cup finals with a 2-Zero win over Sweden in Tuesday’s play-off. After the Poland captain transformed a spot kick, Piotr Zielinski put the sport past doubt with an excellent second purpose for the hosts in Chorzow. Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny performed a key function in Poland’s victory with saves to disclaim Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg in each halves.
Poland go into Friday’s draw for the group levels of the World Cup finals, from November 21 to December 18, after dominating the second half.
The Poles have been awarded the essential penalty simply after half-time.
Attacking midfielder Sebastian Szymanski rolled the ball into substitute Grzegorz Krychowiak, who was fouled by Jesper Karlstrom.
The referee pointed straight to the spot and it was a trademark penalty kick by Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich ace casually arced his run, waited for Robin Olsen to maneuver after which slotted the ball to the left of the Swedish goalkeeper.
It was his 75th purpose for Poland and arguably one among his most essential.
Zielinski put the outcome past doubt when he capitalised on a slip by Sweden defender Marcus Danielson and sprinted clear.
He slotted his shot previous Olsen with 18 minutes left to spark wild celebrations from the house crowd.
Only an excellent save from Olsen denied Lewandowski a second purpose when the Poland striker was allowed a uncommon late probability within the space by the Swedish defence.
Veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic got here on for the ultimate 10 minutes, however the 40-year-old Sweden striker was unable to affect the course of the match and can miss out on a 3rd look at a World Cup finals.
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