Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Poland fall to Ireland, 2-0, in friendly
It was supposed to be a bounce-back game after a 3-1 loss to Uruguay in November, however it wasn't, and the Polish national team suffered another dramatic loss as they prepare for their World Cup qualifiers next month.
An easier rival this time around didn't help, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Ireland in the last game before taking on Ukraine on March 22.
The Irish found the back of the net first, scoring in the 35th minute after a poor clearance attempt by Jakub Wawrzyniak led to an easy, open netter for Ciaran Clark.
Poland had their chances too. In the 29th minute, Jakub Blaszczykowski send a perfect pass to Robert Lewandowski, who one-on-one with the keeper but his first touch failed and got away from him which led to an easy save by the opposing keeper. In the 37th minute, Lewandowski had another chance, blasting a volley from 18 yards but his attempt was saved.
The Polish national team fell apart in the 76th minute, allowing another goal. Wesley Hoolahan scored a beauty after Marcin Wasilewski was late covering him man who got away and beat Wojciech Szczesny.
Poland: Artur Boruc (46. Wojciech Szczesny) - Sebastian Boenisch (46. Marcin Wasilewski), Damien Perquis, Kamil Glik, Jakub Wawrzyniak - Grzegorz Krychowiak, Daniel Lukasik (76. Adrian Mierzejewski) - Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ludovic Obraniak (60. Arkadiusz Milik), Szymon Pawlowski (46. Kamil Grosicki) - Robert Lewandowski.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 9:42 PM