Reynard's plan fails face of experience and calm of the Poles


The Polish national team relied on factors of experience and calmness to snatch victory from Saudi Arabia with two goals without a response, today, Saturday, in the second round of the group stage in the “Qatar 2022” World Cup.

The result was not indicative of the course of the match, especially since the Saudi green did everything, except to score goals, after the ball turned its back on him.

While the Polish national team succeeded in taking full advantage of the limited opportunities that were available to it, taking advantage of the defensive mistakes of the Falcons, especially from the player Abd al-Ilah al-Maliki, who caused the second goal and killed the match.

The Saudi national team presented a tactical match with distinction, in which it was the best throughout, and missed a penalty kick at an important time, while Lewandowski and his companions relied on experience in deciding the match.

Saudi supremacy

The French coach, Hervé Renard, entered the Saudi national team, with a plan (4-2-3-1), while the Polish coach, Ceslaw Machnewicz, relied on a 3-4-3, which turned into 4-4-2 when the ball was lost.

Renard's choices were not only to form the Saudi green, with which he started the match, to replace the injured Yasser Al-Shahrani and Salman Al-Faraj, but also pushed defender Abdul-Ilah Al-Omari at the expense of Hassan Timbukti, to confront the tallness of the Polish players.

Although this change was logical, it had a relative impact on the harmony of the heart of the Saudi defense, and the confusion seemed somewhat clear in this area, especially the rapid and surprising Polish counterattacks.

Renard did not change much in Saudi Arabia's game plan, so he kept playing with advanced defense, to put Poland's players under pressure and prevent them from building from behind, and he had what he wanted throughout the first half.

one block

Mohamed Kno, the midfielder, played a pivotal role in preserving the unified unit with which the Falcons played, in both defense and attack.

And the Saudi team imposed its control in the first half by building from behind and gradually going up the ball, by retreating to the back and receiving from the heart of the defense, and then distributing forward.

The right back, Saud Abdel Hamid, played a distinguished attacking role on the right side, while Salem Al Dosari's movements on the left side were a source of annoyance for the Poles.

The Polish national team relied on sending long balls to Lewandowski, with a very high speed in switching from defensive to offensive positions, and from the only outright attack, Zelenski managed to score a goal in the first half.

While Saudi Arabia missed the opportunity to amend, missing a penalty kick by Salem Al-Dosari, and the first half ended with Poland advancing with a goal without a response.

Rapid intervention

Herve Renard intervened quickly, and with the start of the second half, he pushed Nawaf Al-Abed at the expense of Sami Al-Naji, to revive the offensive organization of his team, and Saud Abdel-Hamid was transferred to the left back, and Muhammad Al-Buraik to the right, while the Poland coach preserved the elements of the first half.

The Saudi green imposed complete control of the match, missed opportunities continued, and the Polish national team retreated in front of the Saudi rush.

However, the Poles remained dangerous in the rapid transitions and crosses, and they had more than one chance to double the score, had it not been for the crossbar and the post to save two consecutive balls.

The Saudi national team was affected morally after receiving the second goal from Al-Maliki's mistake, while the Poles were reassured of the result, so the match ended with Poland winning with two goals without a response.

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