Football: another loss for Polish team

Czech players celebrating the only goal in the match. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa

The Polish national football team lost 0:1 to the Czech Republic in a friendly game held at the Stadion Energa stadium in Gdańsk, northern Poland.

The match started with a small celebration. Robert Lewandowski, the captain of the Polish team, received a special trophy for his 100 matches in the national colours. The match against the Czech Republic was his 102nd, his 100th appearance in the Polish team occurred during the game against Portugal in October.

From the beginning, the Czech team dominated the match, but were unable to defeat the Polish goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski.

The Polish team tried to counterattack, but also did not manage to score. Midfielder Mateusz Klich had the best opportunity, but he failed to put the ball in the net. The first half ended without any goals.

After half time the image of the game barely changed. The Czech team had more opportunities to score and finally, in the 52nd minute a midfielder, Jakub Jankto, put the ball in the net.

Three minutes later Robert Lewandowski had a great opportunity to equalise, but failed to score from only a few meters.

The substitutions made by Jerzy Brzęczek, the Polish coach, did not significantly change the performance of Poland’s team and the game ended with the Czech Republic’s victory 0:1.

The Polish midfielder Jakub Błaszczykowski has broke his own record for the number of appearances in the national colours. After coming onto the field in the second half, he has 105 matches in the Polish national team against his name.

The next opponent for Poland will be Portugal. The UEFA Nations League game will be held on Tuesday in Guimarães, Portugal.

Poland - Czech Republic 0:1 (52’ Jankto)

Poland: Łukasz Skorupski - Bartosz Bereszyński, Jan Bednarek, Marcin Kamiński, Tomasz Kędziora - Przemysław Frankowski (63’ Jakub Błaszczykowski), Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zieliński (69’ Damian Kądzior), Kamil Grosicki (78’ Arkadiusz Milik) - Mateusz Klich - Robert Lewandowski (captain)

Czech Republic: Jiří Pavlenka - Pavel Kadeřábek, Ondřej Čelůstka, Jakub Brabec (46’ Tomáš Kalas), Filip Novák - Matěj Vydra (66’ Theodor Gebre Selassie), Tomáš Souček (46’ Vladimír Darida), David Pavelka, Bořek Dočkal (captain) (89’ Michal Travnik), Jakub Jankto (66’ Jiří Skalák) - Patrik Schick (78’ Martin Doležal)

Attendance: 34,783 viewers