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Lewandowski, James provide stardust in Group H

Lewandowski, James provide stardust in Group H

A STUNNING first half double from Poland captain Robert Lewandowski was the highlight on the final day of worldwide friendlies before the World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation on Friday morning AEST. The 29-year-old doubled his tally after the half hour mark from a free kick cannoned off the bar and bounced out of the goal with the referee informed by goalline technology that the ball had crossed the line. The Napoli midfielder played in every qualification game and is among the first on Nawalka's teamsheet.

Glik, formerly Torino's captain, played a big part in helping Monaco win the French title in 2017. He is a physical centre back who has outstanding aerial ability in the offensive end.

The result means that South Korea recorded one win, one draw and two losses in their four warm-up matches for the World Cup in Russian Federation. However, when it comes to global tournament, Lewandowski has hardly ever set the stage on fire. The team finished third in both editions.

Despite being born in France, Koulibaly will represent his parent's native Senegal. After qualifying for the 2016 European Championship, where the team lost on penalties to eventual champion Portugal in the quarterfinals, and a strong qualifying campaign for Russia, Poland is now 10th. While James Rodriguez will be the key player on the team.




"After a dozen or so years of drought, we are back at the World Cup and I hope we will show our best".

Reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and they have the talent to do it again. Colombia is a younger team led by 26-year-old Rodriguez and should be expected to make it through the group. Since 2010, Kagawa has spent his career in the Bundesliga and English Premier League.

Okazaki is a high-end striker who has netted 50 goals for Japan in 113 appearances. The nation is hoping that Adam Nawalka's team can now reach the knockout phase on the world stage, although they have been drawn against Senegal, Columbia and Japan in a tricky Group H.

Following a string of second-half substitutions, including Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny coming on for Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski, Poland thought they had further extended their lead.


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