Football: Poland beats Austria in Vienna

Poland won 1:0 against Austria on Thursday in an opening game of Group G’s EURO 2020 qualifiers in Vienna.

From the very beginning, the hosts were playing more offensive football, constructing dangerous attacks from the wings. After the initial advantage passed from Austria, the game became more levelled. In the 27th minute, Kamil Grosicki took a dangerous shot from outside the box, Lindler saved with his fingertips. From that moment, it was Poland who took over the initiative, but nothing notable happened until the half time whistle, and the result was 0-0.

In the 59th minute Krzysztof Piątek replaced Piotr Zieliński, due to his back injury, and the Polish fans got more excited, hoping that the in-form striker would make a difference. In the 67th minute, Marko Arnautović was close to putting Austria in the lead, but his free kick shot was slightly off target. Two minutes later, Piątek made the wishes of thousands of Polish supporters come true, scoring a header in penalty box turmoil.

The match became more open, and Poland were able to create dangerous counterattacks. After one of these, Piątek was close to scoring his second goal of the night, but he missed in a one-on-one situation.

In the 88th minute, the substitute Mark Janko was left alone by the defenders, but failed to take a clear shot. In added time, Wojciech Szczęsny saved a last-resort shot by Arnautović, and Poland won the first qualifying match 1:0.

On Sunday, the Polish team will face Latvia in Warsaw. On Thursday, Poland’s next rival lost against North Macedonia 1:3. In another game in Group G, Israel drew against Slovenia 1:1.