There is a lot at stake for Poland and Mexico at the start of the World Cup in Qatar. Today’s duel in Doha could already bring a preliminary decision in the fight for second place behind tournament favorite Argentina. The great advantage of the Poles: With Robert Lewandowski they have a proven striker. It remains to be seen whether that will be enough to get past the group stage after three failed World Cup attempts in a row. The game starts at 5 p.m., we report live (below).

Here’s the live ticker: Poland, who came third in the World Cup in 1974 and 1982, 2002, 2006 and 2018, couldn’t win more than one in the respective pools. In 2018, just like at the EM 2020, they even ended up in last place. That should change now. Because in addition to Lewandowski, coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has a number of seasoned professionals such as Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, who are capable of promotion. The bad news: The 52-year-old Michniewicz, who took over in January from Paulo Sousa, who moved to Flamengo in Brazil, has not found a formula to use Lewandowski profitably Lewandowski register himself in the scorer list. As a solo striker, the man from FC Barcelona, ​​one of the world’s most feared strikers, seems dull, he himself would like reinforcements in attack – for example through Karol Swiderski (FC Charlotte) or Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus). The latter was a reliable partner of the 34-year-old for a long time before injuries threw him back. Milik has developed well at Juve this season, which gives Lewandowski hope. “Milik, who plays and is in good form, and I, who is also in good form, can contribute a lot to the team.”Mexico’s biggest concern is attackMexico can only be jealous of this possible offensive configuration. The 34-year-old record striker Chicharito (52 goals) was not included by Argentina coach Gerardo Martino, to the astonishment of the fans. Of course, “El Tri” is not completely “naked”. In Hirving Lozano, Zielinski’s team-mate at Napoli, Martino has a dangerous player who can break through any defense from the center or on the wing Hear criticism – the main concern is the attack. They finished second to Canada in CONCACAF qualifying, having averaged just one goal in 15 games in 2022. “The mood around the team is full of pessimism,” admitted Martino, but also emphasized: “I think that will make the team stronger internally.” In any case, not to be taken: At the most recent six world championships, they are unbeaten in the opening games, celebrating five wins and one draw.

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