On 06/09/2021 at 10:14 AM CEST
Poland, Spain’s rival in the group stage of the European Soccer Championship, confirmed, with a draw (2-2) in opposition to Iceland of their final pleasant earlier than the begin of the event, fairly a couple of defensive deficiencies and in the creation of the recreation that have been masked with a purpose from Karol Swiderski in the 88th minute that saved the result.
Szczesny; Kedziora, Glik, Dawidowicz, Puchacz (Rybus, 80 ‘); Frankowski (Placheta, 64 ‘), Moder, Krychowiak (Linetty, 64’), Zielinski (Kozlowski, 46 ‘); Lewandowski (Swiderski, 81 ‘) and Swierczok (Jozwiak, 58’).
Runarsson (Kristinsson, 46 ‘); Sampsted, Hermannsson, Bjarnason, Thórarinsson; Gunnarsson; Anderson (Eyjólfsson, 74 ‘), Baldursson (Thórdarson, 78’), Bjarnason, Gudmundsson; Bödvarsson.
0-1 M. 26 Gudmundsson. 1-1 M. 34 Zielinski. 2-1 M. 47 Bjarnason. 2-2 M. 88 Swiderski.
Balázs Berke (Hungary). TA: Krychowiak (46 ‘) / Baldursson (43’).
The crew led by Paulo Sousa confronted the duel with out one in every of its key gamers, Arkadiusz Milik, who 24 hours earlier introduced that he wouldn’t contest the Eurocup because of an issue in the meniscus in his proper knee. It was the second main loss for Poland, which additionally misplaced Krzysztof Piatek by way of damage in mid-Might. With out two of their prime three attackers, all of them seemed to at least one identify to go along with Robert Lewandowski: Jakub Swierczok.
Sousa gave him the title for the second consecutive pleasant. In opposition to Russia he scored the solely purpose for his crew (1-1) and it was one in every of the few excellent news from a crew that till now has been grey. For that, and for the sure absence of Milik, he returned to eleven.
He did it along with the 5 most placing gamers left in Poland after the fall of two of them earlier than the European Championship: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Piotr Zielinski (Naples), Grezegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow) and Lewandowski (Bayern). In entrance, everybody had Iceland, which didn’t have the European Championship on the horizon. A priori, it was a great duel to mark the state of Poland.
Nevertheless, Sousa’s males didn’t work. He confirmed many defensive weaknesses, particularly from set items, and extreme doubts in assault with out concepts in the creation with a substantial jam regardless of monopolizing possession.
And, with that dangerous script, Iceland took the lead in the second leg of the first half with a heel strike from Albert Gudmundsson, to which Zielinski responded shortly after because of an look by Lewandowski, who participated in the starting of the purpose with a ‘Maradonian’ play, after leaving three rivals.
With 1-1 on the scoreboard at half-time, Iceland hit the pitch onerous in the second half and Poland virtually with out a break scored the second by way of Brynjar Bjarnason, who took benefit of a defensive imbalance after a set piece shot.
Poland, aside from an look by Lewandowski, who needed to go down to gather balls in midfield, and small capsules from Tymoteusz Puchacz on the left, barely confirmed something optimistic.
Sousa then tried to revitalize his assault with the departure of Jozwiak, an professional in revolutionizing matches, instead of the shutdown Swierczok. It labored. Swiderski, who took the subject for Lewandowski, saved honor eventually gasp. Though they tied in the 88th minute, Poland confirmed too many shortcomings earlier than the begin of the Euro.