The Polish U-21 national football team defeated Italy 1:0 in a match of UEFA European U-21 Championship in Bologna, Italy.
After a 3:2 victory over Belgium, Polish team coach Czesław Michniewicz announced that the line-up for the game with Italy will be modified. He decided to field a total of five defenders.
Italy, the team that won against Spain in the first match and the host of the tournament, started their attacks from the beginning of the game but were unsuccessful, also thanks to good performance of Polish defenders lead by Krystian Bielik and Mateusz Wieteska, as well as goalkeeper Kamil Grabara.
“Squadra Azzurra” dominated the match, but it was the Polish team that was able to put the ball in the net. In the 40th minute of the game, Poland’s striker Dawid Kownacki took a free kick, but the ball hit the wall and deflected. Nevertheless, Bielik managed to strike it with a volley kick. The ball hit the post but went into the net.
The second half was also dominated by Italian players, but they were unable to get past Polish goalie Grabara. Poland won the game and secured the first position in Group A of the tournament. In the second game of this group, Spain defeated Belgium 2:1.
Krystian Bielik❗ Dzięki jego bramce po 45 minutach prowadzimy z Włochami 1:0 �� W Bolonii dzieje się naprawdę dużo – na drugą połowę zapraszamy do TVP 1, #tvpsport, aplikacji lub tutaj �� #ITAPOL #U21EUROhttps://t.co/gmVXLVLxTM pic.twitter.com/B9raxmOeYH— TVP Sport (@sport_tvppl) June 19, 2019