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Czeslaw Michniewicz reacts to Robert Lewandowski’s missed penalty against Mexico

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Polish national team head coach Czeslaw Michniewicz confirmed Robert Lewandowski will continue to be the designated player to take penalties, despite failing to score one against Mexico. 

In the 58th minute of the game, a foul by Hector Moreno on Lewandowski inside the box gifted Poland their best chance at goal. The Barcelona star stepped up, attempting to find the lower right corner, but Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa denied him with a great diving save. 

“He will always take penalties. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t score one or two penalties, everything is in the hands of any player in the world who is doing it,” said the Polish coach after the match. 

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“If you look at Messi or Ronaldo you can see how many penalties they have missed in the past. It doesn’t happen very often to Robert, but unfortunately it happened to him during this game.”

The coach then quickly turned the attention on Poland’s upcoming match against Saudi Arabia, labeling the result as ‘worse’ for the team as they fight to qualify for the Round of 16. 

“Saudi Arabia played incredibly, it looked like one of the games where Argentina could win 4-0 and it looked like it could happen during the first half, but everything changed afterwards. This is soccer and soccer is teaching us about humility, but it’s worse for everyone in the group, including us and Mexico, that Argentina made such a big mistake in their first game that now they have fewer chances and can play much better,” said Michniewicz.

“Definitely [Argentina ‘s defeat] is not good news for everyone. But it doesn’t concern us and it doesn’t bother me. After all, there will be no personal best for Messi. We didn’t win, there was a draw. There are still two games left, so we will have to wait and see.”

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Poland are currently tied with Mexico for second place in the Group C standings with one point each. 

The Polish side faces Saudi Arabia on Saturday, November 26 at Education City Stadium, before concluding the group stage against Argentina on November 30.



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Monterrey signs midfielder Jordi Cortizo from Puebla

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Rayados de Monterrey have signed midfielder Jordi Cortizo from Club Puebla, ahead of the 2023 Liga MX Clausura. 

He joins the Guadalajara team on a four-season contract, according to Diego Armando Medina of TUDN.

“I have been delighted since the opportunity to come here was given, I always knew that I had to make a leap to these big leagues with one of the biggest clubs in Mexico,” Cortizo said of his transfer. 

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Cortizo kicked off his professional career with Queretaro in 2017, recording four goals in 76 appearances over the course of three years before seeing stints with Tijuana and Puebla. He managed well in Liga MX, but it wasn’t until the 2022 Apertura that he became a standout. 

The offensive midfielder recorded five goals in 20 overall matches to inspire Puebla to eighth on the table and the Liguilla quarterfinals. 

Overall, Cortizo has 12 goals in 149 Liga MX appearances. 

“They are going to see a player who always tries, that will never fail, who will go for the ball, will try to play, propose offensive play, go forward and who will always give himself up for the club. It is my dream to be champion of the Liga MX, there is no better option today than to be sitting here and with this squad to achieve it,” he said.

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Cortizo stands as the first signing under new Monterrey president Jose Antonio Noriega, who replaced Duilio Davino  following the team’s elimination from the 2022 Apertura. Upon his arrival, Noriega insisted he needed to evaluate the team’s needs before making drastic changes. 

But the arrival of Jordi Cortizo will now set off the several moves already planned. 

The 2023 Liga MX Clausura kicks off on January 6.



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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

On Sunday, England and Senegal, their opponents in the last-16 of the World Cup, square off at Al Bayt Stadium in a battle for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Three Lions take on the Lions of Teranga, who advanced to the knockout stages thanks to a crucial intervention from their captain, in a first-ever meeting after Gareth Southgate’s team defeated Wales to win Group B.

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England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson, Bellingham; Saka, Foden, Kane.  

Senegal XI: E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; Ciss, N. Mendy; Diatta, Ndiaye, Sarr; Dia. 

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USMNT players apologize for World Cup elimination

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US men’s national team players took to social media to apologize to fans following their elimination from the 2022 World Cup.  

After failing to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament, the American side entered Qatar with high hopes. The team kicked off with draws against England and Wales, before triumphing 1-0 over Iran to make the knockout round as second place of Group B. 

Gregg Berhalter’s side was forced to face the Netherlands on Saturday at Khalifa International Stadium for the highly anticipated match up. Despite an energetic start to the game, the USMNT ultimately lost 3-1, with goals from Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The Americans will now look forward to the 2026 World Cup where they will serve as hosts alongside Mexico and Canada. 

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