Wednesday’s international friendly between Chile and Poland at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw marks the finish of Poland’s World Cup 2022 preparations.
The visitors, meanwhile, won’t be in the tournament in Qatar because they were eliminated from the fiercely difficult South American qualifiers.
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It was always anticipated that Poland would find it difficult to defeat England to win their World Cup qualifying group. As a result, they were forced to enter the playoffs to guarantee their spot in the winter tournament. After their scheduled match against Russia was postponed, Poland defeated Sweden 2-0 in the tournament’s championship game.
When it comes to competing against the big boys, Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team has recently faced off against Belgium, the Netherlands, and Wales in the Nations League. They also faced the possibility of relegation before defeating the Dragons 2-0 on the final matchday.
Poland’s League A fate was rescued by back-to-back victories against Wales, but the White and Red only earned one point from their four matches against Belgium and the Netherlands, and their World Cup group is by no means friendly.
Poland is in Group C alongside Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico, and Michniewicz’s team will face Mexico in their opening matchup on November 22 in an effort to improve upon their group-stage performance from the 2018 World Cup.
The White and Red haven’t advanced past the round of 16 since 1986, and their Euro 2020 campaign also ended in the group stages, so players like Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski are under extreme pressure to demonstrate their prowess and act as a catalyst for better fortunes.
The Chilean crop, on the other hand, will be watching the World Cup from home for a second year in a row after failing to qualify for both the 2018 tournament and this year’s attempt to establish their dominance in South America.
La Roja finished in a poor seventh place in the 10-team region of CONMEBOL qualifying with just 19 points from their 18 games, with four losses to Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay in their final five games proving expensive.
In May, Eduardo Berizzo was brought in to try to turn around Chile’s woes, but his first four matches were very terrible, with Chile losing to South Korea, Ghana, Tunisia, and Morocco without scoring a goal.
Chile finally ended their dismal six-game winless streak and scoreless streak by drawing 2-2 with the World Cup hosts Qatar in September. They will also put their mettle to the test against Slovakia four days after playing Poland, but 2022 will go down as a year to forget for La Roja.
Lewandowski and Zielinski scored goals in Poland’s pre-2018 World Cup friendly versus Chile, which ended and marked the first-ever meeting between the two countries.
Poland will want to start the World Cup strong, but Michniewicz could do without losing some key players to injury, and the home manager will undoubtedly use a lot of substitutions during the game.
Chile will aim to end their recent scoreless run thanks to Sanchez’s good club play, but Berizzo’s leaky crop won’t likely find much happiness in Warsaw.