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 2018 World Cup is set to kick off on Thursday, June 14.
Poland reached the World Cup after winning 8 out of 10 games securing top spot in Group E of qualification. Here is a breakdown of what to expect from the teams in Group H.
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POLAND will arrive in Russian Federation aiming to get past the group stage at the World Cup for the first time in 32 years as they return to the finals after a 12-year absence. With 16 goals, one more than the Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo's tally, he became the first player to score as many goals in a single European World Cup qualifying campaign. Senegal were solid in qualifying and this side has many positive aspects.
The wideman is one of Poland's deadliest weapons aside from striker Lewandowski, combined the pair have been phenomenal in front of goal. As a child after seeing his mother stabbed to death by his father, this horror resulted in him quitting football before his uncle Jerzy Brzeczek encouraged him to resume playing. Also led his native Argentina to the quarter-finals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Poland is considered the favourite heading into the group but any team has the ability to win. Poland used a loophole that allowed them to boost their seeding for the World Cup draw by avoiding friendly matches, with the world rankings on which the seedings are based being weighted to ensure qualifiers have more significance than friendlies. Robert Lewandowski will make his World Cup debut after announcing his presence at Euro 2012 in his home country.
Adam Nawalka's team have been drawn alongside Senegal, Colombia and Japan in the group stages in Russian Federation, and the White and Reds will take confidence into the tournament later this month. They reached last 16 on both occasions. They have a solid backbone of experienced leaders, including center-back Kamil Glik, defender Lukasz Piszczek and midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.