Football: Poland concludes Euro 2020 qualifiers with victory

Having already qualified for the Euro 2020 tournament, Poland won against Slovenia 3:2 in their final game of the Group G qualifiers in Warsaw.

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Just like in the previous match in Israel, Poles pushed their opponents to defend from the very beginning, and Sebastian Szymański bagged his first international goal in the 3rd minute. However, in the same moment, Kamil Glik got injured in the penalty box turmoil, and had to be replaced by Artur Jędrzejczyk.

Slovenia turned out to be a more skilled opponent than Israel, and Tim Matavz equalised ten minutes later. Poland were unable to create clear chances against Slovenia’s tight defence, and the game became more tied.

The match against Slovenia was the 66th and the last one in the national team for Łukasz Piszczek, one of Poland’s best right backs in history. He was replaced by Tomasz Kędziora in the added time to the first half, when the score was 1:1.

In the second half, Poland had to wait until the 54th minute to create a goal opportunity, and it was thanks to a brilliant individual display by the captain Robert Lewandowski that Poland scored their second goal. The hosts pushed their rivals to deep defence and two minutes later, Slovenian’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak denied Piotr Zieliński’s effort in splendid style.

Yet, despite a moment of massive advantage, Slovenia equalised once again after unmarked Josip Ilicic got past Wojciech Szczęsny.

In the 81st minute, a Polish counterattack emerged successful as Jacek Góralski put the ball into the net, and the hosts took the lead for the third time. Slovenia did not finish the game in full power, as Jasmin Kurtić was sent off in the 86th minute. The result did not change and Poland won 3:2, finishing at the top of Group G with 25 points.

Another team that qualified for the next year’s European championships from Group G was Austria. In their last group game, they lost against Latvia 0:1.

The Euro 2020 draw will take place on November 30 in Bucharest. Poland is seeded in the second pot.