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Poles start Champions League campaigns

24th September 2012
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Robert Lewandowski starred in Dortmund's victory over Ajax

Robert Lewandowski (far left) continued his goal-scoring form

Poland’s top soccer stars began their Champions League campaigns with their respective European clubs last week. In total seven Polish players have a chance to be involved in this year’s competition. These include the Borussia Dortmund trio of Robert Lewandoski, Łukasz Piszcek and Jakub Błaszczykowski, Arsenal goalkeepers Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański, Celtic keeper Łukasz Załuska, and Anderlecht defender Marcin Wasilewski.

In the first round of matches it was last season’s top Bundesliga player – Robert Lewandoski – who grabbed the headlines. The 22-year-old Warsaw-born striker scored 30 goals last season for the German champions and it looks like he is set to carry on where he left off, following his deadly finish in Borussia’s 1-0 victory over Dutch champions Ajax.

Mr Lewandowski’s deciding goal came after he turned in the penalty area before firing a shot beyond Ajax goalkeeper, Kenneth Vermeer, with just three minutes left on the clock.

Elsewhere it was a bad week for the three Polish goalkeepers, as none of them made it on to the pitch. Both Mr Szczęsny and Mr Fabiański were injured for Arsenal’s 2-1 away win over Montpellier, while Mr Załuska was an unused substitute in Celtic’s scoreless draw with Benfica.

But for Anderlecht’s Wasilewski it was a good night at the office. He turned out to be the star man as his side earned a 0-0 draw against AC Milan at the San Siro.


From Warsaw Business Journal by David Ingham


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