GDANSK, Poland. November 15 (PSN) – Poland’s poor international form continued on Thursday after failing to find a response to a Czech goal in an exhibition game at the Stadion Energa in Gdansk.
Final score: Poland – Czech Republic 0:1
With yet another loss in the record books under coach Jerzy Brzeczek, the morale for both the fans and the players in the Poland camp has taken yet another hit. Especially after an exhibition match where the hosts were the favourites to win.
Nevertheless, in practice Poland were unable to find the back of the net despite looking far more lively on the offense than the Czechs for majority of the match. The one thing stopping them mainly was a strong goaltending performance by Jiri Pavlenka, which meant that the Czechs wouldn’t be easy to beat.
After all, the result of the match was decided by the Czech Republic in a counter attack in the 52nd minute. Poland’s Jan Bednarek was beat by Patrik Schick, who in turn fired a shot on goal but landed straight onto Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski. However, the ball rebounded to the foot of Jakub Jankto, who took the opportunity to place the ball in the empty net to give the visitors a a 1:0 lead.
The Poles attempted to respond, but found no such luck. With Poland captain Robert Lewandowski even failing to capitalize on a point blank goal situation, a miss that ultimately saw Brzeczek’s team fail to equalize.
Poland will wrap up their UEFA Nations League A Division campaign on Tuesday against Portugal.
Poland – Czech Republic 0:1 (0:0)
Goal: Jankto 52′
Yellow carded: Darida
Referee: Stephan Klossner (Switzerland) Attendance: 34 783
Poland: 12. Łukasz Skorupski – 15. Tomasz Kędziora, 5. Jan Bednarek, 19. Marcin Kamiński, 18. Bartosz Bereszyński – 21. Przemysław Frankowski (63, 16. Jakub Błaszczykowski), 20. Piotr Zieliński (69, 17. Damian Kądzior), 10. Grzegorz Krychowiak, 8. Mateusz Klich, 11. Kamil Grosicki (78, 7. Arkadiusz Milik) – 9. Robert Lewandowski
Czech: 23. Jiří Pavlenka – 2. Pavel Kadeřábek, 3. Ondřej Čelůstka, 5. Jakub Brabec (46, 6. Tomáš Kalas), 22. Filip Novák – 9. Bořek Dočkal (89, 18. Michal Trávník), 15. Tomáš Souček (46, 8. Vladimír Darida), 21. David Pavelka – 20. Matěj Vydra (66, 4. Theodor Gebre Selassie), 19. Patrik Schick (78, 13. Martin Doležal), 14. Jakub Jankto (66, 10. Jiří Skalák)
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