Wojciech Szczęsny not only had to regret Poland’s 2-0 defeat by Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, but he also suffered another fall, not so important but no less hard.
He’s that goalkeeper from the European team He bet one hundred euros on Lionel Messi to the fact that Dutchman Danny Makkelie would not have awarded a penalty to the Argentine team in the action in which he unintentionally rammed the albiceleste captain, when the match was still going 0-0.
The sequence in question began in the 36th minute of the first half. The Polish goalkeeper, who was a great figure in the first half, had put his one-on-one up against Julián Álvarez, positioning his body with experience and efficiency and netting a save. But the former River caught the rebound and sent in a cross from the left sector.
Messi charged in at the far post and headed wrong, before Szczęsny’s left hand grazed his face. Rosario’s star collapsed on the grass and she put a hand on her face to sow even more doubts. Argentina’s coaching staff, led by Lionel Scaloni, also launched an angry complaint outside the bounds of the pitch.
At first Makkelie hadn’t considered that contact as a lack. But everything changed after the call to the VAR. Y while the Dutchman was watching the match on screen, Szczęsny challenged the PSG player.
“I bet 100 euros on Messi that the referee wouldn’t give the penalty… so I lost a bet with Messi”, Szczęsny revealed in statements on Norwegian television, after the match played at the 974 stadium in Doha, where the defeat did not prevent his team from progressing to the round of 16.
Eventually, the referee gave the offense and the Polish goalkeeper made a great save before Messi’s execution. He won that duel, but lost the bet.
“I don’t know if it’s allowed, maybe they will punish me… I won’t pay you, you already have enough money”, laughed the Juventus footballer, who in the best round of 16 of the World Cup will face the mighty France, after equaling second place with Mexico and passing to that instance to have a better goal difference.
Wojciech Szczęsny, the number of the first half
The Polish goalkeeper was the responsible for Argentina and Poland who left goalless at half-time in the match valid for the third date of Group C.
One of his first big saves came after 32 minutes, when his Juventus team-mate Ángel Di María tried to surprise him from a corner. Rosario’s man tried to score an Olympic goal, but the goalkeeper managed to score a shot that sent the ball over the goal.
Then he won the duel against Julián Álvarez which led to a penalty and also a shot from Messi’s maximum penalty. And before concluding the first chapter, he prevailed again against the Manchester City forward, who tried from the goal of the area.
In the second half, he could do little against Alexis Mac Allister’s poisoned, biting shot in the opener, nor against Álvarez’s powerful shot in Argentina’s second conquest. beyond this, Szczęsny finished the match as one of the high points of a little less than discreet Poland.
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