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Poland World Cup Qualifiers Update

23 December 2008 by

Poland sat on top of their group after the first two game of the campaign but never looked convincing against Slovenia and San Marino but managed to still sneak points the key in World Cup Qualifiers.

The real test was to come in the next two games with Poland facing group favorites the Czech Republic and a strong Slovakia outfit.

Poland vs Czech Republic
Poland hosted group favorites the Czech Republic in a game which would define the direction of their campaign over the next year lose at home and they face tough away trips later in the campaign in a tough group, win and they assert themselves as powerhouses of the group and can afford to slip up later on.

Match Reports have been difficult to find so I have some summaries on the goals only:

1:0 – Wonderful play from Jakub Błaszczykowski. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder beat four opponents, leaving them barely standing, before finding Paweł Brożek who instinctively hit a low drive from 22 yards which beat the helpless Petr Cech, going in just inside the post. It was the Wisła Kraków player’s second goal for the national team.

2:0 – Superb pass to Błaszczykowski, on the right-hand side of the pitch, from Roger. Despite the attention of Tomas Ujfalusi, Błaszczykowski clipped the ball over a helpless Petr Cech. That was also Błaszczykowski’s second goal for the national team.

2:1 – The Czech Republic pull one back. Vaclav Sverkos whipped in a cross from the left for Martin Fenin to head home from 10 yards, beating Artur Boruc.

So a strong 2-1 Victory over the Czech Republic pushed Poland into a strong position on 7 points after 3 games remaining on top of the group.

Poland Line Up:
[1] Artur BORUC (GK)
[4] Jakub WAWRZYNIAK (-43′)
[5] Dariusz DUDKA
[6] Roger GUERREIRO
[7] Ebi SMOLAREK
[9] Pawel BROZEK (-69′)
[10] Rafal MURAWSKI (-90′)
[13] Marcin WASILEWSKI
[14] Michal ZEWLAKOW
[16] Jakub BLASZCZYKOWSKI
[18] Mariusz LEWANDOWSKI
Substitute(s)
[2] Grezegorz WOJTKOWIAK
[3] Tomasz JODLOWIEC (+90′)
[8] Jacek KRZYNOWEK (+43′)
[11] Lukasz SOSIN
[12] Lukasz FABIANSKI
[15] Rafal BOGUSKI
[17] Robert LEWANDOWSKI (+69′)

Slovakia vs Poland

Poland headed to Slovakia in the top of the table clash of group 3 a game which would give either team a tiny bit of breathing space with a small gap on top of the table.

It was the Poles that started the stronger opening with the first goal:Jakub Błaszczykowski knocked a terrific ball into the penalty area to the well placed Paweł Brożek. Brożek passed the ball again on to Euzebiusz Smolarek and the Bolton forward easily found the net. That was Ebi’s fifteenth international goal.

Then an uncharacteristic mistake by keeper Artur Boruc from a throw in gifted the ball to Sestak to tie the game at 1-1.

2:1 – After a shot from distance was deflected by Dariusz Dudka, Boruc tipped the follow-up on to the post. The ball dropped again for Sestak who knocked in his second goal.

A disappointing result for the Poles after leading early but it was away and their is plenty of games left in the campaign in this tight and tough group.

Poland Line Up:
[1] Artur BORUC (GK)
[2] Grezegorz WOJTKOWIAK
[5] Dariusz DUDKA
[6] Roger GUERREIRO (-89′)
[7] Ebi SMOLAREK
[9] Pawel BROZEK (-84′)
[10] Rafal MURAWSKI (-65′)
[13] Marcin WASILEWSKI
[14] Michal ZEWLAKOW (C)
[16] Jakub BLASZCZYKOWSKI
[18] Mariusz LEWANDOWSKI
Substitute(s)
[3] Tomasz JODLOWIEC
[4] Lukasz GARGULA (+65′)
[8] Jacek KRZYNOWEK (+84′)
[11] Wojciech LOBODZINSKI
[12] Lukasz FABIANSKI
[15] Rafal BOGUSKI
[17] Robert LEWANDOWSKI (+89′)

Group 3 Ladder

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Slovakia 4 3 0 1 8 5 9
Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 5 2 7
Poland 4 2 1 1 6 4 7
Slovenia 4 2 1 1 5 3 7
Northern Ireland 4 1 1 2 5 4 4
San Marino 4 0 0 4 1 12 0

The group is extremely tight after four games with Poland overcoming the Czech’s but failing away to Slovakia. It leaves them third in the group with this group looking like it could go down to the wire.

The next three fixtures for the Poles include Northern Ireland away, San Marino home and Northern Ireland home. Three fixtures that need to be won otherwise wins will be needed against the stronger teams in tough away fixtures.

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