After missing a penalty, Robert Lewandowski remains cursed in the World Cup

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After missing a penalty, Robert Lewandowski remains cursed in the World Cup

As he is the equal of the greatest, in the country, Robert Lewandowski saw his coach summon a glorious former, Tuesday at the beginning of the evening, when he had to evoke the failure of his star on penalty, rejected by Guillermo Ochoa ( 58th). “In our base camp, there are many posters of Polish internationals, including that of Kazimierz Deyna, who missed a penalty during the 1978 World Cup, against Argentina (0-2, second round) »insisted on reminding Czeslaw Michniewicz.

And he also summoned the more recent examples of “Zico, Socrates, Platini, Maradona”, who also failed in this exercise, in the most prestigious of competitions. Not to mention that there was a brilliant goalkeeper in front of him. “We’ve been working on this for weeks, but it’s always difficult to know which side to choose”smiled the former goalkeeper of AC Ajaccio (2011-2014), who had not stopped any of his last 31 penalties.

He had already gone through the 2018 World Cup like a shadow

“Lewy”, leader of a hard-working team, probably has even less room for error. The fate of the White Eagles depends so much on him. The problem is that, despite respectable statistics (76 achievements in 135 caps), he never managed to bring Poland to a major tournament, certainly less well supported than in a club. In the four he took part in before arriving in Qatar, he only scored 5 goals in 14 matches (including 2 with extra time), none of which were decisive.

And he had gone through his first planetary exposure, in 2018, like a shadow (3 matches, 6 shots, 0 goal), the one we seemed to see again in Doha, even if we can always recognize that he knew how to snatch on one of his rare, half-negotiable balloons. “I couldn’t do anything, you don’t win a World Cup match alone, he fumed at the time. We needed talent and we lacked it. » Is there more around him today? Not sure. At 34, Poland’s most capped player and top scorer, of which he has been captain since 2014, Lewandowski has no time to waste if he wants to be the greatest.

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