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France are wary of King Szczesny who saved his penalty in the round of 16

origin 1Poland’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after saving a penalty during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C football match between Poland and Argentina at 974 Stadium. Tom Weller/dpa

World champions France have great respect for Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny ahead of Sunday’s World Cup round of 16 match.

The Juventus goalkeeper has already saved penalties against Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia and star Lionel Messi of Argentina in the group stage.

The round of 16 tie could go as far as spot kicks, but France forward Antoine Griezmann is wary of discussing penalties.

“We won’t give the Polish goalkeeper any information. He’s already saved two,” he joked at a press conference on Friday.

“We haven’t practiced penalties yet. Obviously we have to do it at some point.”

Defender William Saliba added: “We’ll do everything to avoid the penalty shoot-out. But we’ll train and we won’t be afraid of the goalkeeper. We’ll just focus on ourselves.”

origin 1Poland’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saves a penalty kick from Argentina’s Lionel Messi (2nd R) during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C football match between Poland and Argentina at 974 stadium. Tom Weller/dpa