Robert Lewandowski had to wait a long time for this moment: The Polish super striker scored his first goal in a World Cup against Saudi Arabia. After his goal, the superstar becomes emotional, a load is visibly lifted from his shoulders.
With tears in his eyes, Robert Lewandowski pondered this long-awaited World Cup moment. "Dreams from my earliest childhood have been fulfilled. It was so meaningful and important to me," admitted the unusually emotional Lewandowski after scoring his first goal at a World Cup. "I felt the emotions as soon as I sang the national anthem. It's difficult to describe why it was so strong today," said the 34-year-old, taking a deep breath.
The world footballer from FC Barcelona shone in the 2-0 (1-0) in the emotionally charged second group game against Saudi Arabia as a goalscorer and preparer, and was unlucky when he hit the post. "I wasn't surprised by Robert's emotions because I know how long he hasn't made it," said coach Czeslaw Michniewicz. FC Bayern's long-standing goal guarantee only scored their first goal in their fifth World Cup game. "We're happy for him, just as we felt for him when he missed the penalty against Mexico," said the coach.
On a football afternoon in Al-Rajjan that was nerve-wracking for the Poles, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was the second guarantor, not only because of a saved penalty, that the chances of reaching the first round of 16 in 36 years are good. With the 0-0 draw against Mexico and the clear but shaky success over the previous group leaders Saudi Arabia, the Poles have control of progress against Argentina with superstar Lionel Messi on Wednesday.
One point is enough for the knockout round. "We're very proud of ourselves. But we still have one game to play in the group," warned Lewandowski, who, like Brazil's soccer legend Pelé, has now scored 77 goals for his national team.