World Cup 2022: Wojciech Szczesny equals 20-year-old record by saving Lionel Messi penalty

Szczesny Messi
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Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny equalled a 20-year-old World Cup record against Argentina on Wednesday when he saved Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty.

The Juventus stopper was penalised for catching Messi in the box as he came for a cross, as a spot kick was awarded following a VAR review.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.