México empata con Polonia / Lewandowski misses penalty as Poland draw with Mexico at World Cup

Ochoa salvan a México ante Polonia en el Mundial

Por Redacción de Noticias Telemundo Atlanta

DOHA (AP) — Otra vez, el arquero Guillermo Ochoa se puso la capa de salvador al detenerle un penal a Robert Lewandowski y México rescató un empate 0-0 ante Polonia en su debut en el Mundial de Qatar.

Ochoa, en su quinta Copa del Mundo, desvió el tiro al astro del Barcelona a los 56 minutos para rescatar un valioso punto para el Tri, que no ha perdido en un estreno mundialista desde Estados Unidos 1994.

Y todo fue gracias al arquero de 37 años, el mismo que en Brasil 2014 fue sensación global con una actuación de seis atajadas — todas de antología — ante Brasil, incluida una a Neymar con un espectacular lance.

Sin contar tandas de penal, Ochoa se convirtió en el primer portero mexicano en detener un disparo desde los once pasos en mundiales desde 1966.

Lewandowski, de 34 años y goleador histórico de la selección polaca, siguen sin poder marcar en una Copa Mundial.

Luego de la primera fecha en el Grupo C, mexicanos y polacos escotan a la sorprendente Arabia Saudí, líder tras vencer 2-1 a Argentina a primera hora.

Ahora, México procurará seguir en liza cuando el sábado enfrente a Argentina por la segunda fecha, mientras que Polonia chocará con los saudíes.

Robert Lewandowski falló el penal que le pudo haber dado la victoria a Polonia.
FOTO: ALEX GRIMM / GETTY IMAGES

Lewandowski misses penalty as Poland draw with Mexico at World Cup

DOHA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Poland skipper Robert Lewandowski failed to break his World Cup duck when he saw a second-half penalty saved in a goalless but entertaining draw with Mexico in their opening Group C game at Stadium 974 on Tuesday.

Lewandowski earned the penalty after a VAR check 11 minutes into the second half when Hector Moreno tugged at his shirt in the box. But the Polish striker, who has never scored at the World Cup, saw his shot saved by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

In a temporary arena built using 974 recycled shipping containers that overlooks the Arabian Gulf, a sea of Mexico fans in green outnumbered their Polish counterparts and they made their presence felt in the 40,000-capacity venue.

A flowing game of few fouls but fewer chances came to life around the half-hour mark when Alexis Vega saw his header fly wide before Jesus Gallardo was denied with a last-man tackle when he had an open goal at his mercy two minutes later.

Mexico had the bulk of the possession but without Raul Jimenez spearheading the attack, Henry Martin struggled to get on the end of chances in the box.

At the other end, Poland failed to get Lewandowski involved as the Barcelona striker – who has scored 18 goals for the Spanish club this season – received little service as both keepers finished the first half without having to make a save.

With Poland losing the midfield battle, coach Czeslaw Michniewicz made a halftime substitution by hauling off Nicola Zalewski and bringing on central midfielder Krystian Bielik, which allowed Piotr Zielinski to play in an advanced role.

More from the original source: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/lewandowski-misses-penalty-poland-mexico-draw-0-0-2022-11-22/