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Football: Poland’s easy victory over Andorra

The Polish national team defeated Andorra 3:0 at home in their second qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Two goals for the Polish team were scored by Robert Lewandowski, and one by debutant Karol Świderski.

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Thursday saw the debut of the Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa. Poland with Hungary 3:3. It was clear Andorra would be the easier opponent, but very defensive.

The Poles had a definite advantage from the very beginning. They regularly attacked down the right hand side, where Kamil Jóźwiak, winger of Derby County played. The Andorran players, however, defended adeptly and the three strikers: Robert Lewandowski, Krzysztof Piątek and Arkadiusz Milik were largely stifled.

The Polish team had a chance to score in the 21st minute, but Grzegorz Krychowiak hit the side netting.

Mr Sousa’s players managed to break their opponents resistance in the 30th minute. Maciej Rybus took a free kick from the right corner of the penalty area, and Lewandowski finished with a precise volley.

Eight minutes later it should have been 2:0. Piotr Zieliński played in the penalty area to Lewandowski who just missed the target.

In the 55th minute, the often-involved Jóźwiak crossed and Lewandowski took the ball and converted from close range. The 32-year-old striker did not get the chance to complete a hat-trick. In the 63rd minute he was replaced by Karol Świderski of PAOK FC.

Poland scored another goal in the 88th minute. The lively Kamil Grosicki, brought onto the pitch in the second half, crossed from the left side and the debutant, Świderski scored the goal.

Kamil Piątkowski, Kacper Kozłowski also played in the national team for the first time. The midfielder of Pogoń Szczecin, at 17 years and 163 days, became the second-youngest rookie in history. Włodzimierz Lubański in 1963 was 16 years and 188 days old when he put on national colours for the first time.

On Wednesday, Poles will face a much more serious test. In London at the renowned Wembley stadium they will play against England, who started the qualification victorious. They won at home against San Marino (5:0) and away against Albania (2:0).

The group winners will directly qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, and the second-placed teams will go to the play-offs. The highest ranked UEFA Nations League teams that are not placed first or second in the elimination groups will also play in the play-offs.

A total of 12 teams will be divided into three play-off paths, in which they will play the semi-finals and finals. The remaining three participants of the World Cup from the European zone will be selected.

Poland – Andorra 3:0

Lewandowski 30’, 55’, Świderski 88’

Poland: Wojciech Szczęsny-Bartosz Bereszyński (60’ Paweł Dawidowicz), Kamil Glik, Kamil Piątkowski – Kamil Jóźwiak, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zieliński (73’ Kacper Kozłowski), Maciej Rybus (60’ Kamil Grosicki) – Krzysztof Piątek, Robert Lewandowski (63’ Karol Świderski), Arkadiusz Milik (60’ Przemysław Płacheta).

Andorra: Iker Alvarez – Moises San Nicolas, Christian Garcia, Emili Garcia, Albert Alavedra – Marc Pujol (58’ Jordi Aláez), Marc Rebés (87’ Marcio Vieira), Marc Vales, Marc Garcia (58’ Joan Cervos) – Aaron Sanchez (87’ Luigi San Nicolas), Cristian Martinez (74’ Alexandre Martinez).

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