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2022 World Cup Qualifying - UEFA, Playoff Finals
  • Robert Lewandowski (49' PEN)
  • Piotr Zielinski (72')

Poland beat Sweden on Lewandowski, Zielinski goals to book World Cup spot

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Poland's 2 second half goals send them to WC (2:55)

Robert Lewandowski's penalty and a Sweden defensive mistake help Poland take down Sweden 2-0 and qualify for the 2022 World Cup. (2:55)

Poland beat Sweden 2-0 at the Silesian Stadium in their UEFA World Cup playoff on Tuesday night to book a spot in Qatar.

Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock after a scoreless first half, netting from the penalty spot in the 49th minute following Jesper Karlstrom's foul on Grzegorz Krychowiak in the area.

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The Poles battled throughout to contain a Sweden side bristling with youthful attacking vigour, but in the end they capitalised on the visitors' mistakes thanks to the experience of Lewandowski and his team mates.

The visitors threw caution to the wind and poured forward, with Szczesny getting down smartly to deny Emil Forsberg again, with Victor Lindelof sending the resulting corner just wide with a glancing header.

Sweden looked likeliest to score as they pushed for an equaliser, but a breakdown in the visitor's defence allowed Piotr Zielinski to break free on goal and curl a tidy shot past Robin Olson at his near post to double Poland's lead.

The Swedes brought record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic off the bench for the final 10 minutes, but the Polish defence held firm in front of the capacity crowd to book their spot in the World Cup finals.

Poland will learn their group opponents on Friday when FIFA holds the draw for the 2022 World Cup.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.