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Can Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons qualify for the knockouts?

Saudis are hoping for another victory, which will guarantee them a place in the second round of the competition.

Who: Poland vs Saudi Arabia, group C

Where: Education City Stadium, Doha

When: Saturday, November 26, 4:00 PM (1:00 PM GMT)

FIFA ranking: Poland (26), Saudi Arabia (51)

Head to head record: 4 (Poland won all 4 games)

Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons hope to reach new heights when they clash with Poland at Education City Stadium on Saturday.

The Green Falcons sent a seismic shock to the football world when they defeated one of the tournament’s favourites, Argentina, led by seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

Tuesday’s historic consternation prompted Saudi King Salman to declare a short holiday for public and private sector workers, as well as students in the kingdom, to celebrate the victory.

Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 victory against the reigning COPA America champions and team in third place in the FIFA standings is one of the biggest shocking results in the competition’s 92-year history.

Before Tuesday’s historic victory, Saudi Arabia, in 51st place, had only three wins at a World Cup. It was also the first time for the Green Falcons won their opening match at the world’s greatest football spectacle.

The confidence-building win could give the team the necessary boost to extend their hot streak when they meet the Poles. But the team’s French coach Herve Renard has called on his players to stay focused on the task ahead.

“Our celebrations in the locker room only lasted 20 minutes or less,” Renard told reporters after the game.

“We have two games left and we need to focus on that. The players have worked really hard and always keep a good team spirit, never complaining. Now they just have to keep both feet on the ground,” he added.

In front of them are Poland and Barcelona’s goalscorer Robert Lewandowski – the 2020 FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.

Team captain and talisman, Lewandowski missed a penalty in the team’s first match against Mexico, which ended in a nil-nil draw. If the Reds are to progress, Lewandowski, who has more than 600 career goals for club and country, needs to regain his goal-scoring prowess.

If they want to get out of the group, which includes South American heavyweights Argentina, the Poles need a positive result this time.

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