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Blaszczykowski Helps Poles Squeeze Past Serbia

Fiorentina's Jakub Blaszczykowski scored the lone goal of the match / PZPN
Blaszczykowski Helps Poles Squeeze Past Serbia

POZNAN, Poland. March 23 (AP) – Jakub Blaszczykowski grabbed the only goal as Poland displayed their UEFA EURO 2016 credentials with a 1:0 friendly win over Serbia on Wednesday.

Final Score: Poland – Serbia 1:0

The Poles beat world champions Germany during an impressive qualifying campaign to help book their ticket to France, and they came through a tough test against a strong Serbia outfit in Poznan.

The visitors started well enough and looked solid with the likes of Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov at the back, but their failure to clear a low cross in the 28th minute gifted Poland the breakthrough.

The ball dropped perfectly for Blaszczykowski, who cut across his right-footed volley to send the ball spinning into the corner past Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Blaszczykowski has struggled to break into the Fiorentina starting team since joining on loan from Borussia Dortmund last summer, and a first goal for club or country since January could do wonders for his confidence.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who top scored in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with 13 goals in 10 games, failed to hit the net for the first time in seven internationals and was withdrawn in the second half for Lukasz Teodorczyk.

Poland will again face Germany in the Euro 2016 group stages on June 16 at the Stade de France in Paris, while they will also take on neighbours Ukraine and Northern Ireland in Group C.

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Poland – Serbia 1:0 (1:0)
Goal: Błaszczykowski 28′

Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria) Attendance: 38 271

Poland: 22. Łukasz Fabiański (46, 1. Wojciech Szczęsny) – 20. Łukasz Piszczek, 24. Bartosz Salamon (87, 2. Michał Pazdan), 15. Kamil Glik, 13. Maciej Rybus – 16. Jakub Błaszczykowski, 19. Piotr Zieliński (83, 5. Ariel Borysiuk), 10. Grzegorz Krychowiak (76, 6. Tomasz Jodłowiec), 7. Arkadiusz Milik, 11. Kamil Grosicki (75, 17. Bartosz Kapustka) – 9. Robert Lewandowski (73, 21. Łukasz Teodorczyk)

Serbia: 1. Vladimir Stojković – 6. Branislav Ivanović, 4. Nikola Maksimović (90, 15. Uroš Spajić), 5. Slobodan Rajković, 11. Aleksandar Kolarov – 7. Zoran Tošić (66, 8. Miralem Sulejmani), 16. Luka Milivojević (73, 13. Nemanja Maksimović), 21. Nemanja Matić (85, 20. Darko Brašanac), 22. Adem Ljajić, 17. Filip Kostić (78, 19. Filip Mladenović) – 14. Nikola Stojiljković (56, 10. Filip Đuričić)

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