Football: Poland draw against Austria in Euro Qualifiers

Poland drew against Austria 0:0 in the sixth game of the Euro 2020 Qualifiers held in Warsaw on Monday.

In contrast to the Friday debacle against Slovenia, coach Jerzy Brzęczek benched some of the underperforming players: Mateusz Klich, Michał Pazdan and Krzysztof Piątek. After a promising debut in the senior national team, Krystian Bielik received a chance to perform in front of the home crowd from the start.

Austria proved their form had progressed at the beginning of the game, as they were the better side. In the 10th minute, Marko Arnautović hit the goalpost after a nice header.

Poland created their first good goal chance in the 29th minute, when a header by Robert Lewandowski missed the target. Two minutes later, the Austrian goalkeeper denied another dangerous effort by Kamil Glik. After a good period by the Polish team, Austria regained their composure but the halftime score was 0:0.

The first quarter of the second half was a reflection of the first part, with Austrian attacks and a few counterattack attempts by the hosts. In the 65th minute, Łukasz Fabiański saved a shot by Arnautović in a one-on-one opportunity.

The rest of the second half did not bring more clear chances. In the end, after a slightly better performance than on Friday in Ljubljana, Poland drew against Austria.

Poland leads Group G with 13 points. Austria is third on 10. The team will have another opportunity to grab some points on October 10, in Riga against Latvia.