WROCLAW, Poland. September 11 (PSN) – Jerzy Brzeczek ended his first camp as national team coach with Poland drawing the Republic of Ireland at home with Leeds United midfielder scoring the late equalizer.
Final score: Poland – Republic of Ireland 1:1
For the second time in a row, Poland have drew a game under new coach Jerzy Brzeczek.
In a strongly changed squad after the UEFA Nations League game with Italy, the bialo-czerwoni entered this friendly fixture with primarily experimentation in mind. Among others, Tomasz Kedziora and Krzysztof Piatek were the new additions making the starting line-up.
Bad play and a lack of concentration by Poland allowed the Irish time and space to take the lead after the half, with an unguarded Aiden O’Brien finding the back of the net 54 minutes into the game with a header beating Wojciech Szczesny.
Substitute Mateusz Klich afterwards came on and awoke the sleepy Polish offense, with him not long afterwards scoring the anticipated equalizer, recording his second goal on the national team.
Przemyslaw Frankowski, another late substitution, also was close to scoring a game winner in stoppage time but missed a fantastic cross from Damian Kadzior only inches away in the Irish penalty box.
The Polish national team will play their next matches in October, both being UEFA Nations League fixtures against Portugal and then Italy.
Poland – Republic of Ireland 1:1 (0:0)
Goals: Klich 87′ – O’Brien 53′
Referee: Boris Marhefka (Slovakia) Attendance: 25 455
Poland: 1. Wojciech Szczęsny – 4. Tomasz Kędziora, 15. Kamil Glik (61, 5. Jan Bednarek), 19. Marcin Kamiński, 3. Arkadiusz Reca (72, 2. Rafał Pietrzak) – 21. Rafał Kurzawa (46, 17. Damian Kądzior), 10. Grzegorz Krychowiak (73, 13. Damian Szymański), 8. Karol Linetty, 7. Arkadiusz Milik, 16. Jakub Błaszczykowski (81, 20. Przemysław Frankowski) – 23. Krzysztof Piątek (61, 11. Mateusz Klich)
Ireland: 23. Darren Randolph – 3. Cyrus Christie (54, 18. Matt Doherty), 20. Richard Keogh, 10. John Egan, 21. Kevin Long, 12. Enda Stevens – 13. Jeff Hendrick (54, 6. David Meyler), 7. Shaun Williams (73, 22. Conor Hourihane), 8. Callum O’Dowda (90, 19. Alan Judge) – 11. Aiden O’Brien (81, 15. Daryl Horgan), 14. Callum Robinson (63, 9. Graham Burke)
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