Ekstraklasa Round 20: Smolarek awakes Polonia

Ekstraklasa Round 20: Smolarek awakes Polonia

WARSAW, Poland. Apr 06 (PSN) – Wisła Kraków defeated Jagiellonia in a match in the 20th round of the Ekstraklasa to secure their top spot and expand the point lead over chasing rivals.

Meanwhile, both KKS Lech Poznań and Legia Warsaw FC lost points.

Górnik Zabrze – Cracovia Kraków 1:0 (1:0)
Beginning of the match was going strongly at the dictation of the Miners, however they struggled to jeopardize the goal of Cracovia. Finally they succeeded in 18th minute, with Sikorski firmly placing the ball into the back of the net after a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. It was the only goal in the match and allowed the Miners to take the much needed 3 points.

Wisła Kraków – Jagiellonia Białystok 2:0 (1:0)
Wisła took the lead already in the 26th minute, after Kirm shot to beat a helpless Sandomierski in the box.  In 63rd minute it was 2-0, with Pareiko sending a long ball into the opposing penalty area where Genkov made use of a defenders error to give himself a breakaway. Jagiellonia had many opportunities to score a goal, but even squandered a penalty kick – with Tomasz Frankowski hitting it almost directly at Pareiko.

Korona Kielce – Polonia Warszawa 1:3 (1:3)
The hosts opened the scoring of the match very quickly, already in the second minute. Edi’s cross from a free kick in the penalty area had Stano beat Przyrowski. However, in the 8th minute it was 1:1, with a play by Smolarek into the penalty area to Sobiech who struck at goal. Four minutes later, Polonia took the lead. This time it was Mierzejewski, who defeated Pilar with a measured ground shot from fifteen yards. In the 19th minute the Black Shirts raised the score to 3:1. Golański thoughtlessly played his hand in the penalty area and the referee dictated a penalty shot at goal which Smolarek scored on.

Widzew Łódź – Arka Gdynia 0:0
The Widzew match with Arka was not a great spectacle and ended in a goalless draw, which will harm nobody, except the fans, who surely would have preferred to see a better game. Arka for the first time was led by new coach Frantisek Straka, who replaced the head coach position of Dariusz Pasieka.

Legia Warsaw FC – Ruch Chorzów 2:3 (2:1)
Legia took the match to prove that they still are in the fight for the Polish championship. They pursued with the plan well and went into the break with a 2-1 lead. In the second half things took for the worse. Arkadiusz Piech, who in the first half scored a goal for Ruch, in the second half scored two more goals due to Legia’s defensive blunders and gave his team three points. This is the third victory of the Blues in a row, while a third defeat, in turn, for the Legion.

KGHM Zagłębie Lubin – Polonia Bytom 2:0 (0:0)
Five minutes before the end of regulation time Pawlowski decided to score a brace. The midfielder took a  low long shot at net, which a Bytom defender confused Juszczyk, and in turn allowing the ball to cruise into the net. In stoppage time, Pawlowski copied his earlier feat – in almost identical terms and scored to give himself a brace.

KKS Lech Poznań – Śląsk Wrocław 2:2 (2:1)
The most interesting match of the round, with Lech being very weakened due to missing Artjoms Rudņevs and defender Manuel Arboleda. The match started well for for the guests from Wrocław, who already in the 22nd minute took the lead after a penalty shot from Sebastian Mila. Lech before the break doubled against Kelemen. First a beautiful from Krivets inside the box, and then again in the 40th minute inside the box Ubiparip buried another goal in. 52 minutes into the game, and Sztylka scored a long range goal on Lech after confusion in the box after a corner kick to tie the game 2:2.The hosts ended the match with a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct for Hubert Wołąkiewicz, while the team led by Orest Lenczyk has now 13 consecutive matchs without defeat in the league.

Lechia Gdańsk – PGE GKS Bełchatów 0:0
In this game took place two teams aspiring to play in European competition and equal with league points. After a poor first half, in the second half Lechia took the initiative and a few times they were close to scoring. Lechia’s Buval Bedi wasted a goal scoring opportunity in the 46th minute to get his side ahead, who lingered too long with the ball. In turn, Dawid Nowak for GKS also failed to take advantage of a breakaway to put his team on top. Despite the efforts of both sides, the match ended as a goalless draw.

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