Football: Substitutes send Poland to Euro 2020

After goals by the substitutes: Przemysław Frankowski and Arkadiusz Milik, Poland won against North Macedonia 2:0 in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Warsaw on Sunday and secured their spot in the finals.

The hosts’ coach Jerzy Brzęczek made three changes in comparison to Thursday’s match in Latvia. Jacek Góralski took the place of the injured Mateusz Klich in the centre of the field, while right back Bartosz Bereszyński and left back Arkadiusz Reca replaced Tomasz Kędziora and Maciej Rybus.

Poland put pressure on their rivals from the beginning of the game, and created two good chances: in the 15th minute, a Lewandowski volley slightly missed the target, while two minutes later Piotr Zieliński hit the crossbar.

In the course of the first half, the Spanish referee Lahoz showed five yellow cards: three for North Macedonia and two for Poland.

In the 50th minute, Sebastian Szymański hit the post from outside the box, and Poland began to dominate their rivals. However, it was not until the 74th minute that the substitute Przemysław Frankowski scored the opening goal.

Arkadiusz Milik, who also came off the bench, doubled the lead in the 80th minute with a brilliant technical finish. The result did not change and Poland won 2:0. Although Robert Lewandowski did not improve his impressive goal record in the national team, he provided two vital assists.

With two more games to go, Poland, with 19 points, tops Group G, three points ahead of Austria, and are already guaranteed a place at next year’s European Championships.