Monday, January 30, 2023

Poland goalkeeper Szczesny reveals he lost €100 bet with Messi over penalty

Poland goalkeeper Szczesny reveals he lost €100 bet with Messi over penalty

Wojciech Szczesny stated that he lost a €100 wager with Lionel Messi before Messi missed a penalty kick during Argentina’s 2-0 FIFA World Cup victory at Stadium 974 in Qatar.

Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez’s goals were enough to secure victory and first place in Group C for the 2021 Copa America champions, who will now meet Australia on Saturday in the Round of 16.

And Poland also advanced to the round of 16, despite losing to Argentina, by edging Mexico on goal difference on Sunday to set up a meeting with world champion France.

Szczesny’s penalty save from Messi was decisive for Poland in the goal difference battle with Mexico, but the referee’s decision to award the penalty startled the Juventus goalkeeper, who was deemed to have struck Messi in the face with his arm when collecting an aerial pass.

Before awarding the penalty, Makkelie assessed the event using VAR, and Szczesny was so confident that the referee would reject the penalty claims that he placed a bet with Messi.

“We spoke before the penalty and I told would bet him €100 that he [referee] wasn’t going to give it,” Szczesny told TV2. “So I’ve lost a bet against Messi.

“I don’t know if that’s allowed at the World Cup — I’m probably going to get banned for it! But I don’t care right now.

“I’m not going to pay him either — he doesn’t care about €100 I think he has enough.”

It was Szczesny’s second penalty stop of the World Cup after he saved Salem Al-attempt Dawsari’s in Poland’s 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

“I was fortunate twice this competition,” he told RAI Sport. “It’s a great moment in the career of a player, the World Cup is the maximum and this is special.

“There’s a bit of work that goes into it, too, but in order to save a Messi penalty, you need some luck as well.”\

Messi’s penalty miss prevented him from tying Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo, and Enner Valencia with three goals each in the battle for the World Cup Golden Boot.

After scoring a penalty kick against Saudi Arabia and a goal against Mexico, the star of Paris Saint-Germain now has two goals.

Poland goalkeeper Szczesny reveals he lost €100 bet with Messi over penalty

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