Speaking on Polish television after this Poland side’s 2-0 loss to Argentina in Qatar, striker Robert Lewandowski remained positive despite a poor display, as Poland made the last 16, saying:
“It wasn’t a great game for us but we’ll soon forget about it – qualification is the most important thing. We will play for a place in the quarter-finals against France who are even stronger than Argentina. We have to learn from today’s defeat, we will definitely play better on Sunday. The game with Argentina was not a match for a goal scorer, defence was more important. It was all about qualification, and we made it. It doesn’t matter if it’s by goal difference, cards or whatever. The goal we conceded quickly in the second half affected us a lot, our self-confidence was weakened. We have a lot of room for improvement before the meeting with the French.”
Poland last made the knockout stages at a World Cup in 1986 when a Zbigniew Boniek-inspired team reached the semi-finals before losing to Italy with Boniek suspended.