Lewandowski’s next chance after the first goal in the finals… Ochoa’s ‘save show’ three recent tournaments
Robert Lewandowski (34, Poland), who challenged for the first goal in the World Cup finals, and Guillermo Ochoa (37, Mexico), who took part in the fifth World Cup, had a ‘spear and shield’ match, and Ochoa, the ‘spider hand’, laughs widely.
On the 23rd (Korea time), the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qatar World Cup Group C first leg match between Poland and Mexico held at the Guchilsa Stadium in Doha, Qatar ended in a 0-0 draw.
As both teams drew, Poland and Mexico should feel the same way, but in reality they didn’t.
In the 13th minute of the second half, Poland had a penalty kick and had a chance to score a goal, but goalkeeper Ochoa blocked Lewandowski’s shot, and Mexico pulled away as if they were winning.
On the contrary, Lewandowski was ‘lucky out of misfortune’ to get 1 point victory, but he could not shake his uneasy feeling and decided to play the second match.
Lewandowski, who plays for FC Barcelona, is a ‘scoring machine’ recognized by others.
In the 2021-2022 season, he scored a total of 50 goals, including 35 league goals, in Bayern Munich, Germany, and even after moving to Barcelona this season, he scored a total of 18 goals, including 13 league goals.
Lewandowski, a seven-time top scorer in the Bundesliga, is a goalscorer for both club and national team, scoring 76 goals in 134 games prior to this match in A games.
Although Lewandowski has the highest number of A games and goals as a Polish player, it had nothing to do with the World Cup finals.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he took part in three group matches, but failed to score a single goal and failed to prevent Poland from being eliminated from the group stage (1 win, 2 losses).
If he had scored a penalty that day, it would have been a good chance to give Poland victory with the first goal of the World Cup finals.
Ochoa, who saved Lewandowski’s penalty, is a world-class goalkeeper.
Ochoa, who stood on the World Cup stage from the 2006 German tournament, was a candidate who did not play a single game in 2006 and 2010.
He then made his debut at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and made several brilliant saves in the group stage against Brazil that year.
Ochoa, who led a 0-0 draw against Brazil with several magical saves, including a Neymar header, was named player of the match.
In the round of 16 against the Netherlands, Mexico lost 1-2 and was eliminated, but Ochoa blocked so many decisive chances that the losing team came out with the best player.
In addition, during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he led the first leg of the group stage to a 1-0 victory over Germany, and recorded the most saves after Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), who recorded 27 with 25 saves during the tournament. .
However, Ochoa left 25 saves in four games, ahead of Courtois (27 saves in 7 games) in content.
As this is actually her third World Cup, Ochoa has a deep relationship with Korea.
In the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he defended the goal when Mexico beat Korea 2-1, and in last year’s Tokyo Olympics, he came out as a wild card and led Mexico’s 6-3 victory in the finals against Korea.
Lewandowski will challenge for the first goal of the World Cup finals once again in the second match against Saudi Arabia on the 26th, and Ochoa will once again defend the iron wall against Argentina on the 27th.