Poland qualify for 2022 football World Cup

The referee pointed to the spot, and captain Robert Lewandowski calmly planted the ball in the back of the net. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Poland’s national football team shone at Chorzów’s rain-soaked but fervent Stadion Śląski to book their place in the World Cup finals in Qatar with a 2-0 win over Sweden.

After a tense first half with little between the teams, the deadlock was broken when Krychowiak was barged to the floor in the penalty box after 48 minutes.

The referee pointed to the spot, and captain Robert Lewandowski calmly planted the ball in the back of the net.

One became two when Zieliński capitalised on a defensive mix-up to fire past the Swedish goalkeeper with 18 minutes to go.

Sweden threw all they had for the remainder of the match into attack but with the Polish defence in little mood to give them even a faint whiff of hope their efforts came to nothing.