November 27, 2022, 10:41 pm

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2022-11-23 08:40:53 BdST

Lewandowski misses penalty as Poland and Mexico draw

Poland's Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty - and his chance to finally claim a World Cup tournament goal - in a 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday that left Saudi Arabia as the early leaders of Group C after their shock win over Argentina.

Poland’s Lewandowski, who never scored a world cup goal, faced fresh misery as he failed to convert a penalty in their first Group C clash against Mexico.

The opportunity arose for Poland when Hector Moreno pulled back Lewandowski in Mexico’s box as the latter tried to reach the loose ball in search of his maiden goal at the grand stage.

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, however, trusted the data against Lewandowski – who prefers to score at the bottom sides of the post – and dived to perfection to halt the Polish side from taking the lead.

Mexico brought on Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez as a substitute, capping his return from injury, but he failed to provide the breakthrough sought by coach Gerardo Martino.

The draw left Saudi Arabia top of Group C with three points after they came from behind to beat Argentina 2-1 earlier on Tuesday in one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history.

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