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Lechia Gdansk Rise as 2019 Puchar Polski Victors

Lechia Gdansk won its second Puchar Polski on Thursday at the PGE Arena in Warsaw / lechia.pl
Lechia Gdansk Rise as 2019 Puchar Polski Victors

WARSAW, Poland. May 3 (PSN) – Lechia Gdansk defeated Jagiellonia Bialystok in the final match of the 2019 Puchar Polski on Thursday, seeing the Bialo-Zieloni win the trophy for the second time in its club history.

Final score: Jagiellonia Bialystok – Lechia Gdansk 0:1 (0:0)

For the team from Podlasie, the clash with the Gdansk outfit meant that it was their best chance to play in European competition come next season. In turn, the Tri-City side was almost but guaranteed a spot in Europe, considering that the league is ending and it doesn’t seem likely Lechia will find itself outside the top three.

In the first half, the match at the PGE National in Warsaw was not the most interesting football spectacle, taking into account the fact that both teams did not create too many goal scoring situations. Despite a rather quiet half, Zlatan Alomerovic was forced to make an incomprehensible last minute save to deny Jagiellonia Bialystok from taking the lead right before the whistle.

After a change of sides, things only started to pick up in the last 20 minutes of the game. At first, in the 73rd minute, Guilherme found himself close to breaking the deadlock, but his effort was eventually cancelled out by a good save from Jagiellonia’s Marian Keleman.

Keleman then repeated his shot stopping in the 86th minute, this time Flavio Paixao’s chance on goal.

When it seemed that after 90 minutes of play and with the score still 0:0, then the game would head to extra time before eventually to penalties. However, it never came to that as striker Artur Sobiech took advantage of a the fatal mistake from Jagiellonia’s goalkeeper in the dying minutes of injury time, scoring the late game winner in extraordinary fashion.

With Lechia claiming the 2019 Puchar Polski, this now means that the fourth place team in the LOTTO Ekstraklasa will take part in UEFA Europa League qualification next season.

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Jagiellonia Białystok – Lechia Gdańsk 0:1 (0:0)
Goal: Sobiech 90′

Yellow carded: Arsenić – Augustyn
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Toruń) Attendance: 44 158

Jagiellonia: 25. Marián Kelemen – 2. Andrej Kadlec (90, 7. Jakub Wójcicki), 17. Ivan Runje, 15. Zoran Arsenić, 19. Böðvar Böðvarsson – 9. Arvydas Novikovas, 20. Marko Poletanović (90, 99. Bartosz Kwiecień), 6. Taras Romanczuk, 11. Jesús Imaz, 12. Guilherme – 98. Patryk Klimala

Lechia: 1. Zlatan Alomerović – 3. João Nunes, 25. Michał Nalepa, 26. Błażej Augustyn, 22. Filip Mladenović – 11. Konrad Michalak (69, 90. Artur Sobiech), 6. Jarosław Kubicki, 35. Daniel Łukasik (90, 5. Steven Vitória), 36. Tomasz Makowski, 17. Lukáš Haraslín (90, 9. Patryk Lipski) – 28. Flávio Paixão

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