WROCLAW, Poland. November 17 (REUTERS) – An experimental Poland side beat the Czech Republic 3:1 in a friendly international on Tuesday as they tested their younger players in preparation for UEFA EURO 2016.
FT: Poland – Czech Republic 3:1
The 40 000 crowd packed into the stadium in the southern city of Wroclaw observed a minute’s silence for the victims of Friday’s Paris attacks with both teams wearing black armbands.
Despite fielding a team without established players like Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski or Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland’s young attackers had their side in the lead in only the third minute.
Teenager Bartosz Kapustka led a quick charge from the left side and fed 21-year old Arkadiusz Milik, who scored with a brilliant header.
Milik was involved again in the 12th minute, with an assist after a corner for another headed goal, by midfielder Tomasz Jodlowiec.
The Czechs regained some confidence towards the end of the first half, Vladislav Krejci scoring in 40th minute as he took advantage of a misplaced pass by Poland’s Tomasz Jodlowiec.
Poland’s third goal came in the 70th minute. Milik, instead of trying to score in a one-on-one duel against Petr Cech, unselfishly passed to Kamil Grosicki, who had no problems in finding the empty net.
Grosicki, who plays for a French team Stade Rennais, showed an undershirt with a picture of the Eiffel Tower, the French flag and a message that read “Pray for Paris”.
Poland – Czech Republic 3:1 (2:1)
Goals: Milik 3′, Jodłowiec 12′, Grosicki 70′ – Krejčí 41′
Yellow carded: Jędrzejczyk, Grosicki – Suchý
Referee: Sándor Andó-Szabó (Hungary) Attendance: 40 793
Poland: 12. Artur Boruc – 3. Artur Jędrzejczyk, 15. Kamil Glik (46, 2. Thiago Cionek), 21. Michał Pazdan (87, 28. Paweł Dawidowicz), 13. Maciej Rybus – 11. Kamil Grosicki (73, 17. Sławomir Peszko), 6. Tomasz Jodłowiec (78, 23. Ariel Borysiuk), 5. Krzysztof Mączyński, 8. Karol Linetty (77, 18. Sebastian Mila), 26. Bartosz Kapustka (83, 24. Artur Sobiech) – 7. Arkadiusz Milik
Czech Republic: 1. Petr Čech – 4. Tomáš Kalas (76, 11. Daniel Pudil), 17. Marek Suchý, 5. Václav Procházka, 8. Lukáš Bartošák (76, 2. Pavel Kadeřábek) – 20. Ondřej Zahustel (58, 10. Jiří Skalák), 14. Kamil Vacek, 13. Jaroslav Plašil, 15. Martin Pospíšil (84, 22. Vladimír Darida), 19. Ladislav Krejčí (58, 18. Josef Šural) – 21. Milan Škoda (67, 7. Tomáš Necid)
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