Zielinski Recalls Nervy Closing Minutes Poland Faced Vs Messi-Led Argentina

December 3, 2022
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Poland midfielder, Piotr Zielinski, has admitted that Orly (the Eagles) were anxious towards the end of their 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C match which they lost to Argentina.

Poland lost 2-0 to Argentina on November 30 at Stadium 974 with second-half goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez, but the Poles still finished second to advance ahead of Mexico on goal difference after the Mexicans defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1.

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In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Zielinski narrated Poland’s ordeal during the final minutes of the encounter.

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Zielinski works tough task of trying to stop Lionel Messi

“It was not easy to manage the wait,” Napoli midfielder, Zielinski said of the pressure his team faced against Messi and company.

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“From the bench, they were shouting at us not to concede another goal, because it could have been decisive for qualification. But how do you think when you’re up against Messi?

“He fakes you out, you turn your head, you can’t get a foul. It didn’t happen and it went well. Then Saudi Arabia scored then everything was calmer. At one point I was going to ask the Argentines who are in the Italian League to lower their pace.”

Zielinski has scored once for Poland in three matches at Qatar 2022 so far.

Poland will clash with France in the Round of 16 on Sunday, December 4 at the Al Thumama Stadium.

By Toju Sote

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