DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has delved into the worlds of skiing and tennis when assessing the task facing his players in stopping Argentina great Lionel Messi at the World Cup. A draw for Poland in Wednesday’s game at Stadium 974 will secure a place in the last 16 but the team’s chances of advancing hinge largely on how it deals with Messi. Michniewicz used other sports as a reference. He likened Messi to former Italian skier Alberto Tomba. He also says reducing the game to a head-to-head between Messi and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is wrong because “it’s not tennis … they’re not serving to each other.”
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