Robert Lewandowski has defeated his personal World Cup curse after 442 minutes.
The world footballer scored in the 2-0 (1-0) of his Poles against Saudi Arabia to the final score (82nd) and after salvation with his team has the round of 16 in view.
In the last group game against Argentina, the Poles now have four points in their own hands, one point is enough for the knockout phase.
Saudi Arabia, which caused a sensation at the start of the World Cup against Lionel Messi and Co., can continue to dream of a second place in a World Cup round of 16 after 1994 despite the defeat.
The Poles had last survived a World Cup preliminary round in 1986.
In the 39th minute, Piotr Zielinski surprisingly gave the Poles, who had been clearly inferior to date, the lead.
In injury time in the first half, Salem Aldawsari failed with a penalty kick from the outstanding goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Lewandowski prepared the 1-0 in an exemplary manner and then ended his slack in the fifth World Cup appearance.
Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard made three changes after the coup against Argentina, with Yasser Alshahrani and captain Salman Alfaraj absent through injuries.
Czeslaw Michniewicz also switched to three positions.
For the Poles, the game at Education City Stadium was an "away game".
Tens of thousands of Saudi Arabian fans celebrated a green and white party from the start.
Every action was enthusiastically applauded.
And Saudi Arabia started with the confidence from the Argentina game – very courageously, with a lot of speed and passion.
The team around the conspicuous Aldawsari also had a lot to offer in terms of play.
In the 13th minute, Szczesny saved Poland from going behind after a powerful shot by Mohamed Kanno.
Poland often only knew how to help themselves with fouls.
There were three yellow cards in the first 20 minutes alone.
The staid Poles, however, were only rarely able to free themselves.
Lewandowski was initially up in the air.
The lead was all the more surprising.
First Lewandowski failed because of Mohammed Alowais.
However, the former Munich player switched gears at lightning speed and put the rebound on Zielinski, who hit hard from a short distance.
Saudi Arabia was by no means shocked, but needed the help of the VAR for a great chance to equalize: Szczesny first suspected the corner, the Juve goalkeeper also brilliantly repelled the follow-up shot from Mohammed Alburayk.
Nothing changed after the change: Saudi Arabia pushed vehemently, but forgave negligently – or Szczesny held strong.
Poland remained dangerous with occasional counterattacks.
Milik (63') hit the crossbar, Lewandowski first hit the post (66'), then the Barca striker scored the emotional first goal - in the 90th minute his second World Cup goal was not far off.