Football: Cracovia lifts Polish Cup trophy

After a 120-minute struggle Cracovia won 3:2 against Lechia Gdańsk in the Friday final of the Polish Cup, grabbing their first such title in their 114-year history.

Although having taken the initiative in the first half, it was Lechia, the cup winners from 2019, who took the lead in the 21st minute when Omar Haydary converted a cross.

But Cracovia never ceased to chase Lechia which resulted in an equaliser by Pelle van Amersfoort in the 65th minute. Ten minutes later the referee rightly disallowed Cornel Rapa’s goal due to a handball.

When Mario Maloca got sent off with around ten minutes left it seemed a hard time was coming for Lechia. However, the team from Gdańsk stunned their opponents once again, as Patryk Lipski put his team in the lead in the 85th minute.

Yet, Friday night saw two tenacious teams that never give up. David Jablonsky scored in the 88th minute and the result after 90 minutes was 2:2.

With one less man on the pitch throughout the whole of extra time, Lechia set up a more defensive strategy aimed at counterattack, and, in the long run, to make it to the penalty shootout - which is how they defeated Lech Poznań in the semifinal. But it was Mateusz Wdowiak who turned another cross into a goal in the 117th minute, sending Cracovia fans wild.

The cup lifted on Friday was the first such trophy won by Cracovia, the five-time Polish champions (the last title in 1948). Despite coronavirus restrictions, fans of the longest functioning professional team in Poland (since 1906) have great days ahead of them.

Cracovia - Lechia 3:2 (0:1, 2:2)

Pelle van Amersfoort 65’, David Jablonsky 88’, Mateusz Wdowiak 117’ - Omar Haydary 21’, Patryk Lipski 85’.