Two goals from Andrzej Niedzielan gave Poland a 2-1 win in Hungary in their final UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4 qualifier on Saturday - but Latvia's surprise win in Sweden meant the Polish missed out on a place in the play-offs.
Sweden qualified for the 2004 UEFA European Championship finals after recording a splendid 2-0 victory against one of their chief Group 4 rivals, Poland.
Two first-half goals in Riga may have resurrected Poland's hopes of qualifying for Portugal.
Estonia 1-2 Poland
Poland will take a rediscovered confidence into their forthcoming UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifiers after a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Estonia in Tallinn.
Anders Svensson has not had the best of seasons following his breakthrough at international level during last summer's FIFA World Cup - but turned on the magic in Stockholm as Sweden defeated Poland 3-0.
Poland coach Pawel Janas has announced his squad for the friendly international against Kazakhstan and the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying game in Sweden.
Belgium 3-1 Poland
Belgium secured a confidence-inspiring win in Brussels, defeating Poland 3-1 in tonight's friendly international.
Poland regained top spot in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4 after a comprehensive victory that will boost confidence in their bid to qualify for Portugal.
Hungary produced a disciplined defensive display to keep Poland at bay in a fervent Chorzów atmosphere to remain second in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4.
Tomasz Hajto has come out of retirement to help the Polish national team in their crucial UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Hungary in Chorzow on Saturday.