Football: no goals in Polish-Italian clash

Poland and Italy drew 0:0 in a UEFA Nations League match held at Stadium Energa in Gdańsk in the northern part of Poland.

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Contrary to the recent friendly match against Finland, the stars of the Polish team, including Robert Lewandowski, were in the pitch from the beginning. But there were still some problems. Both nominal left defenders, Maciej Rybus and Arkadiusz Reca were unable to play, so the coach, Jerzy Brzęczek, chose to field Bartosz Bereszyński, who usually plays on the right side. After a good debut in the match against Finland, Sebastian Walukiewicz played along with Kamil Glik in the centre of defence. The hat-trick hero of the last match, Kamil Grosicki started the game on the bench.

“Squadra Azzura” started with attacks in the first quarter of the match. Poles tried to respond with counter-attacks. Italy dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, with ball possession of 67 percent in by the 16th minute. But just a minute later, Poland had the first good opportunity after a charge of Mateusz Klich on the left wing. The key player of Leeds FC centred the ball to the box but Lewandowski was unable to finish the attack. Italy dominated the first half, but no goals were scored.

The second half started with several attacks of Poles, but still unsuccessful. Grosicki was brought to the pitch in the 59th minute, substituting Sebastian Szymański. The game was tighter, Italy was not as dominating as in the first half. In the 64th minute, however, they were close to scoring as Emerson closely missed a header.

Arkadiusz Milik was brought to the pitch in the 70th minute, while Karol Linetty and Michał Karbownik entered the game in the 82th minute. They replaced Kamil Jóźwiak and Robert Lewandowski.

No goals were scored and the game ended with the result of 0:0. On Wednesday, Poland will face Bosnia and Herzegovina in Wrocław, south-west Poland.