Robert Lewandowski celebrated after scoring from a kick against Sweden© AFP
Robert Lewandowski scored a penalty in the second half as Poland booked a ticket to the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win over Sweden in the play-offs on Tuesday. After the Polish captain completed a penalty, Piotr Zielinski put the game up without a doubt with a great second goal for the hosts in Chorzow. Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny played a key role in Poland’s victory by saving to deny Swedish actor Emil Forsberg in both halves.
Poland will join the draw this Friday for the group stage of the World Cup final, from November 21 to December 18, after dominating the second half.
Poland were awarded a crucial penalty after half -time.
Striker midfielder Sebastian Szymanski rolled the ball to substitute Grzegorz Krychowiak, who was fouled by Jesper Karlstrom.
The referee pointed right into the spot of the kick and it was a trademark penalty kick by Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich ace casually diverted his run, waiting for Robin Olsen to move and then inserting the ball to the left of the Swedish goalkeeper.
It was his 75th goal for Poland and arguably among the most important.
Zielinski put the decision beyond doubt when he capitalized on a slip by Swedish defender Marcus Danielson and sprinted out.
He fired his shot past Olsen with 18 minutes left to spark a wild response from the home crowd.
Only a great save from Olsen denied Lewandowski a second goal when the Polish striker was given a rare late chance in the area by the Swedish defense.
Veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on for the final 10 minutes, but the 40 -year -old Swedish striker was unable to influence the course of the match and will miss his third appearance in the World Cup final.
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