Wojeiech Szczęsny

Wojeiech Szczęsny was the first half hero for Poland as the Juventus goalkeeper made a double save off a penalty in stoppage time of their match against Saudi Arabia at the FIFA World Cup.

Just six minutes earlier, Piotr Zielinski put Poland in the lead but after Saudi Arabia won a penalty, it was a reminder of their comeback win against Argentina on Wednesday. The penalty itself originally wasn’t called but once the referee went to VAR and saw Krystian Bielik clip the ankle of Saleh Al-Shehri. It could be argued that there wasn’t enough contact to warrant a penalty but the referee felt it was enough to overturn his original call.

Hopes for a Saudi Arabia equalizer didn’t come in the first half though as Szczęsny stepped up and stopped Salem Al-Dawsari’s penalty. Almost immediately, Szczęsny got up and got another save and kept the Saudis scoreless heading into halftime.

Szczęsny’s double save was impressive and keeps Poland in the match as a win would put them in the group lead. Many were impressed by Szczęsny’s save and his overall penalty saving prowess.

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