After a lackluster World Cup campaign, Polish fans were pessimistic before a friendly match against the much higher-ranked Denmark in mid-August. But for once, Polish players proved the skeptics wrong.
Polish fans received a much-needed morale boost after the national team's win against Denmark
The game in Gdańsk started with a bang. After just four minutes, Mateusz Klich put the ball in the net from inside the box. It was quite a performance for the young midfielder, as it was only his second time playing for the national team. His first game for Poland was two years ago against Argentina, when he came onto the pitch in the 89th minute and didn’t even touch the ball.
In the game against Denmark, Mr Klich played from the start, got on the score sheet and had an assist with Poland’s third goal.
But while the game started optimistically for the home team, it turned sour quickly. Shortly after Mr Klich’s goal the Danes took over, scoring two goals in the first half. The first came in the 18th minute, when Christian Eriksen perfectly executed a free kick, while the second occurred just before the half-time whistle when Martin Braithwaite put his team in the lead.
Luckily for Polish fans, the second half of the game was a different story, with the Polish side in control. The crucial moments came between the 59th and 61st minutes, when the home team scored twice. The first of these two goals was scored by Waldemar Sobota, who scraped the ball after a pass from Jakub Błaszczykowski, putting it in the back of the net. The second came from Piotr Zieliński, in a shot that mirrored the first goal of the game.
The win, even in a friendly, has given fans some optimism before the national team’s September World Cup qualifying game against Montenegro, which will be played in Warsaw. Polish fans used to disappointment after last year’s disastrous European championship tournament and a spell of losses and draws in the World Cup qualifiers, can now hope that there is still a chance Poland could advance to the final tournament in Brazil.
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