WARSAW, Poland. September 9 (PSN) – Hosts Poland played to a goalless draw with Austria on Monday in a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier. The visitors were certainly better on the night, but the bialo-czerwoni had their own opportunities to score too.
Final score: Poland – Austria 0:0
Jerzy Brzeczek’s team wanted to make things up for the fans after Saturday’s defeat to Slovenia, and a win at home with Austria was in the cards. However, things didn’t go according to plan.
During the first 20 minutes of the game, the visiting side already were dominating the pitch and the tempo of the game. The first Austrian threat came from Marko Arnautovic in the 10th minute, where the striker hit the goal post instead of the net.
The White Eagles attempted to strike back, with Robert Lewandowski missing a sitter in the 29th minute. A cross from Kamil Grosicki to the Bayern Munich man in the penalty box saw Lewandowski head the ball directly over the net, wasting Poland’s best goal scoring opportunity of the game.
Poland’s second goal threat came not long afterwards in the 31st minute during a corner kick. This saw Kamil Glik pounce with a powerful header and forcing Austrian goalkeeper Cican Stankovic to a reactionary save in order to stop the Poland centre-back’s attack.
After the half, it was Austria’s turn to shine. Arnautovic attempted to beat Lukasz Fabianski twice, but was denied at each chance. First saw him try with a shot at the Poland goal at close range, and then afterwards with a one-on-one opportunity. Fabianski would later also be tested by Konrad Laimer, who tried his hand at a long distance shot but the West Ham goalkeeper continued to prove to be unbeatable today.
In the end, neither side could find the back of the net and each had to settle with a draw.
Poland still continue to be first in Group G, maintaining the position with 13 points. Slovenia are then in second place with 11 points, and Austria in third with 10. Brzeczek’s Poland next play Latvia and Israel in October.
Poland – Austria 0:0
Yellow carded: Klich, Bielik – Arnautović, Sabitzer, Laimer
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary) Attendance: 56 788
Poland: 22. Łukasz Fabiański – 21. Tomasz Kędziora, 15. Kamil Glik, 5. Jan Bednarek, 18. Bartosz Bereszyński – 20. Piotr Zieliński, 10. Grzegorz Krychowiak, 2. Krystian Bielik, 7. Dawid Kownacki (58, 16. Jakub Błaszczykowski; 77, 14. Mateusz Klich), 11. Kamil Grosicki (70, 19. Sebastian Szymański) – 9. Robert Lewandowski
Austria: 13. Cican Stanković – 21. Stefan Lainer, 3. Aleksandar Dragović, 5. Stefan Posch, 2. Andreas Ulmer – 22. Valentino Lazaro (77, 6. Stefan Ilsanker), 14. Julian Baumgartlinger, 18. Konrad Laimer (89, 11. Michael Gregoritsch), 9. Marcel Sabitzer, 8. David Alaba – 7. Marko Arnautović
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