Poland vs Saudi Arabia – World Cup: Team news, start time, channel

Saudi Arabia look to cause another huge upset against Poland after their stunning World Cup win over Argentina… but what time is kick-off? What TV channel is it on? What is their head-to-head-record? And what is the team news?

  • Saudi Arabia rocked the football world when they beat Argentina 2-1 in Group C
  • Now they can book their place in the knockout rounds if they overcome Poland
  • The Group C match takes place on Saturday with a UK kick-off time of 1pm
  • Match will be played at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan in Qatar 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Saudi Arabia registered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history when they stunned tournament favourites Argentina on Tuesday.

They fought back to win with two goals by Saleh Al Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari early in the second-half after falling behind to Lionel Messi’s penalty.

It required a brave rearguard action to weather late Argentina pressure but Saudi Arabia held on to get their tournament off to a fantastic start. 

Saudi Arabia caused a World Cup sensation as they defeated Argentina… now it’s Poland next

Poland were held to a goalless draw by Mexico with Robert Lewandowski’s penalty saved

Now, they will look to replicate that result and make the last-16 when they take on Poland in their second Group C game on Saturday. 

The Poles were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their tournament opener, with star striker Robert Lewandowski seeing a penalty saved, and so could do with three points to stand any chance of reaching the knockouts. 

Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know ahead of the game.  

When is Poland vs Saudi Arabia?

The Group C fixture will kick-off at 4pm Qatar time on Saturday, which is 1pm in the United Kingdom, 11am EST in the United States and 11pm Australian Eastern Time.

Date: Saturday November 26

Time: 1pm UK, 8am US and 11pm Australian Eastern Time.

How to watch the match

In the United Kingdom, the Poland vs Saudi Arabia match will be broadcast live on ITV 1 and STV, with their coverage getting underway at 12pm.

Streaming will also be available through ITVX and STV Player. 

In the United States, the game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 and is also available on Telemundo, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo and Sling Blue.

Saudi Arabian forward Saleh Al-Shehri celebrates with his team-mates against Argentina

Australian viewers can tune into the game via SBS, who will be televising every match during the 2022 World Cup. SBS On Demand will also stream the Wales vs Iran fixture for those on the move.

If you’re unable to watch the game live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The official YouTube channel will be posting highlight reels after each game.

Reliable penalty taker Robert Lewandowski couldn’t quite believe he’d missed against Mexico

Where is Poland vs Saudi Arabia being played? 

Poland and Saudi Arabia will kick-off at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, a municipality just west of Doha, Qatar.

The stadium can host just over 45,000 supporters (45,350), approximately two-thirds as big as the Al Bayt Stadium, which is hosting the curtain-raiser between Qatar and Ecuador. 

The Education City Stadium was deliberately built for the 2022 World Cup and  opened on June 15, 2020. 

It hosted the match between Denmark and Uruguay, which ended goalless, and will also witness Uruguay vs South Korea in Group H prior to this one.

Location: Al Rayyan, Qatar

Stadium: Education City Stadium

The Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan has a capacity of 45,350 and opened in June 2020

Team news

Poland squad

Goalkeepers: Kamil Grabara (FC Copenhagen), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus).

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Matty Cash (Aston Villa), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Robert Gumny (FC Augsburg), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Jakub Kiwior (Spezia), Mateusz Wieteska (Clermont), Nicola Zalewski (Roma)

Midfielders: Krystian Bielik (Birmingham), Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin), Jakub Kaminski (VfL Wolfsburg), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Shabab), Michal Skoras (Lech Poznan), Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens), Sebastian Szymanski (Feyenoord), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Szymon Zurkowski (Fiorentina)

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Krzysztof Piatek (Salernitana), Karol Swiderski (Charlotte FC)

Poland’s defender Bartosz Bereszynski (left) fights for the ball with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano

Saudi Arabia squad

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly).

Defenders: Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal).

Midfielders: Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Ittihad), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab).

Forwards: Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Shabab), Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahly), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal) Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh).

Saleh Al-Shehri was able to get ahead of Cristian Romero inside the Argentina box to slide home Saudi Arabia’s equaliser

Head-to-head record

The teams have met on four occasions previous, with Poland emerging victorious in all encounters.

Oddly, they met three times during 1994.

In April of that year, with the Saudis wanting to tune up for the USA World Cup, where they would reach the last-16 stage, they played Poland in Cannes, France. A late Tomasz Wieszczycki goal split the two sides.

Poland played two games in the Saudi capital Riyadh later that year, winning 2-0 and 2-1.

Their most recent encounter was in 2006, also in Riyadh when Poland won 2-1 courtesy of two Lukasz Sosin goals.



Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia; Mexico 0-0 Poland


Poland vs Saudi Arabia; Argentina vs Mexico


Poland vs Argentina; Saudi Arabia vs Mexico

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