WARSAW, Poland. May 2 (PSN) – Legia Warsaw have won the 2018 edition of the Puchar Polski after beating out Arka Gdynia 2:1 thanks to goals from Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Cafu at the PGE Narodowy stadium in Warsaw.
Final score: Arka Gdynia – Legia Warsaw 1:2
In the first half Legia completely dominated Arka and fully controlled the game. The first goal for Legia was scored by Jaroslaw Niezgoda, for whom was his 14th goal this season. Cafu shortly afterwards added his name to the list of scorers to put the capital club up by 2, scoring the second goal in the 29th minute.
Dean Klafuric’s side continued to control the game into the second half as well, but ended up conceding a goal in the very last minute due to a defensive mistake which costed Legia the clean sheet.
“We deserved to win, but this is only the first step to the doublet. Today we have many reasons to be happy. Now we focus only on the league. We lost the goal in the last minute, but it did not cause nervousness in our game. We continued to control the course of the match. The Arka created a few opportunities to score today, but we had many more. We won deservedly” said Dean Klafuric at the post-match conference.
This win marks Legia Warsaw’s 19th triumph as Puchar Polski champions (out of 25 finals played in total). As a result, Legia are currently the nation’s leader when it comes to the number of most won domestic cups in Poland (with Gornik Zabrze just under who lifted the trophy 6 times).
Arka Gdynia – Legia Warsaw 1:2 (0:2)
Goals: Sołdecki 90′ – Niezgoda 12′, Cafú 29′
Yellow carded: Nalepa
Red carded: Grzegorz Piesio (71)
Referee: Piotr Lasyk (Bytom) Attendance: 47 037
Arka: 1. Pāvels Šteinbors – 33. Damian Zbozień, 29. Michał Marcjanik, 28. Frederik Helstrup, 23. Marcin Warcholak – 8. Marcus Vinícius, 4. Dawid Sołdecki, 90. Andrij Bohdanow (46, 13. Grzegorz Piesio), 14. Michał Nalepa (73, 17. Adam Marciniak), 10. Mateusz Szwoch – 22. Maciej Jankowski (46, 11. Rafał Siemaszko)
Legia: 33. Radosław Cierzniak – 20. Marko Vešović, 44. William Rémy, 2. Michał Pazdan, 14. Adam Hloušek – 18. Michał Kucharczyk (90, 9. Eduardo), 7. Domagoj Antolić, 6. Chris Philipps, 32. Miroslav Radović (66, 53. Sebastian Szymański), 26. Cafú – 11. Jarosław Niezgoda (74, 22. Kasper Hämäläinen)
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