MKS Cracovia, Piast Gliwice and Legia Warsaw drew their first matches in European competitions in season 2019/2020. All of them played away games.
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On Wednesday, Piast Gliwice faced FC BATE Borisov in the first qualifying round of UEFA Champions League. The Belarusian team was seeded and was widely considered as the favourite.
However, it was Piast that started its game with attacks and was a dominating side in the first half of the match. It was proven with a goal scored in the 36th minute by Piotr Parzyszek. Spanish midfielder Jorge Felix took a shot, the goalkeeper of BATE managed to bounce the ball, but straight to Parzyszek, who put the ball in the net.
In the second half, BATE managed to equalise. A Belarusian midfielder shot the ball in the corner of the goal guarded by František Plach of Slovakia and scored. The match ended in a 1:1 tie, which can be considered as a success of the Polish champion. The game was the first foray for Piast Gliwice in the UEFA Champions League.
Sensation in Gibraltar
After a season without a trophy, Legia Warsaw – one of Poland’s major clubs – ended the Polish league in second place. In the first round of UEFA Europa League qualification phase, the club from the capital of Poland faced Europa FC from Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Some of its players are not professionals, so the Polish team was an absolute favourite of the game.
Surprisingly, Gibraltar’s club stood up against Legia and in many moments of the game, it performed very well. The Polish team was unable to score and there were parts of the game when the hosts dominated on the pitch.
No goals were scored after 90 minutes and the surprising result started to sink in. Legia now has to prove itself in a home game in Warsaw.
Cracovia in a better situation
The third Polish club in the European trophies, MKS Cracovia from Kraków, southern Poland was playing against FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda from Slovakia.
Cracovia was the team that scored the first goal of the game. In the 40th minute one of DAC defenders, Dominik Kružliak, changed the trajectory of the ball shot by Dutch player Pelle van Amersfoort of Cracovia and scored an own goal.
The Slovakian team equalised only three minutes later. Croatian striker Marko Divković of DAC managed to defeat the Cracovia goalkeeper tying the score once again. No more goals were scored in the second half and the game ended in a 1:1 tie, which gives the Polish club an advantage before the rematch.
Piast will play with BATE on July 17, while Legia and Cracovia with their rivals on the following day.