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U21: Poland Qualify for Under-21 Championship After Ousting Portugal

Dawid Kownacki scored the second goal of the game to help Poland defeat Portugal / PZPN
U21: Poland Qualify for Under-21 Championship After Ousting Portugal

CHAVES, Portugal. November 20 (PSN) – The Poland U21 national team will make its seventh historical appearance in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship after guaranteeing qualification over a win with Portugal on Tuesday.

Final score: U21 Portugal – U21 Poland 1:3

Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team overcame a difficult task in the U21 playoffs, managing to defeat Portugal away 3:1 (3:0) in the second playoff match. The first encounter between the two sides ended with a Portuguese 0:1 win over the Poles.

An early goal from captain Krystian Bielik in the 5th minute from a corner allowed Poland to quickly pick up momentum and not look back. Two more goals soon afterward followed from Dawid Kownacki and Sebastian Szymanski to triple the bialo-czerwoni’s lead and set the pace for the rest of the match.

Portugal did eventually respond with a goal from Diogo Jota in the second half, but by then the Poles had full control of the match and allowed little room for the Portuguese to mount a comeback.

The 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship will take place in Italy (and some matches in San Marino) from June 16 to the 30th.

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U21 Portugal – U21 Poland 1:3 (0:3)
Goals: Jota 52′ – Bielik 5′, Kownacki 8′, Szymański 24′

Yellow carded: Jorge Fernandes, Stephen Eustáquio – Jagiełło, Kapustka, Dziczek
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)

Portugal: 1. Joel Pereira – 11. Diogo Gonçalves, 15. Jorge Fernandes, 4. Diogo Leite, 5. Yuri Ribeiro – 7. André Horta (77, 19. Heriberto Tavares), 23. Stephen Eustáquio, 10. João Carvalho (38, 16. Rafael Leão), 8. Gedson Fernandes (70, 18. Bruno Xadas) – 20. João Félix, 9. Diogo Jota

Poland: 12. Kamil Grabara – 14. Robert Gumny, 3. Mateusz Wieteska, 2. Krystian Bielik, 4. Kamil Pestka – 19. Filip Jagiełło (53, 23. Konrad Michalak), 16. Patryk Dziczek, 17. Bartosz Kapustka, 7. Szymon Żurkowski, 10. Sebastian Szymański (69, 21. Kamil Jóźwiak) – 9. Dawid Kownacki (90, 15. Karol Świderski)

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