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Poland U-20 Win Four Nations Tournament After Defeating Germany

The Poles for the first time won the Four Nations Tournament after defeating Germany / Szymon Gorski / newspix
Poland U-20 Win Four Nations Tournament After Defeating Germany

JENA, Germany. March 28 (PSN) – The Polish U-20 national team reached historic success on Friday.

The team led by Marcin Dorna for the first time in history won the Four Nations Tournament after defeating Germany 2:1.

The Four Nations Tournament has been played since 2001.

Poland joined in the 2010/2011 edition, replacing Austria. Before Friday’s game with the Germans Marcin Dorna’s team led the tournament group with 10 points.

The German side consisted mostly of the current European U-19 champions.

Dorna was not able to benefit from calling up Arkadiusz Milik or Karol Linetty, who are currently attending the senior national team training camp. To make matters worse, Pawel Cibicki’s chances of playing were eliminated due to injury.

Despite the weaknesses, the bialo-czerwoni rose to the challenge and defeated the Germans 2:1 in Jena.

Mariusz Stepinski and Piotr Zielinski fired the two goals for Poland.

With this victory, the Poles for the first time in history have won the Four Nations Tournament, thus interrupting the ongoing four-year dominance of Germany.

The U-20 team features several players from the Poland U-21 team, including those which will compete in the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Poland.

The Four Nations Tournament has been used by Dorna to further monitor and analyze which players he will take for the U-21 side in 2017.

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Germany – Poland 1:2 (0:0)
Goals: Stendera 77′ (Pk) – Stępiński 69′, Zieliński 74′

Germany: 1. Marvin Schwabe – 2. Tobias Pachonik (46, 13. Robert Bauer), 4. Kevin Akpoguma, 5. Marc-Oliver Kempf, 3. Maximilian Wittek – 7. Maximilian Dittgen (87, 17. Benjamin Trumner), 6. Niklas Stark, 8. Julian Weigl, 10. Marc Stendera, 11. Sebastian Stolze (46, 21. Julian Brandt) – 9. Tim Kleindienst

Poland: 1. Damian Podleśny – 11. Tomasz Kędziora, 14. Paweł Dawidowicz, 5. Igor Łasicki, 4. Hubert Matynia – 17. Dariusz Formella (62, 16. Maik Lukowicz), 6. Alan Uryga, 8. Radosław Murawski, 10. Piotr Zieliński (90, 15. Adam Dźwigała), 18. Martin Kobylański (75, 7. Łukasz Wroński) – 9. Mariusz Stępiński

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Four Nations Tournament table

1. Poland            6 13 10- 7
2. Italy                4  6  6- 5
3. Germany        5  5  4- 4
4. Switzerland    5  3  3- 7

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