While Legia Warszawa dominates in Poland’s T-Mobile Ekstraklasa, they have so far lost both games played in the Europa League
After the first 10 rounds of games in Poland’s premier soccer league, the T-Mobile Ekstraklasa, Legia Warszawa is sitting comfortably in the top spot with eight wins and two losses, five points ahead of Górnik Zabrze, which is currently second.
Legia defender Tomasz Jodłowiec
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Despite the fact that the Warsaw side has been plagued with injuries this season, its coach, Jan Urban, could easily create two teams that would both have a good shot at the Polish championship.
But that which passes for exceptional in Poland’s premier soccer league has so far proven insufficient for European club competitions. After failing to advance to the Champions League group stage, the Warsaw side got the opportunity to play in the Europa League. However, fans’ hopes for a repeat of the club’s result from two seasons ago, when Legia reached the knockout phase, are currently slim after the team lost its first two group games.
The first loss, 0:1 to Lazio in Rome, was expected as the Italian side was always considered the group favorite. Despite the loss, Legia had a decent showing, especially in the first half. But the second loss against Apollon Limassol of Cyprus last Thursday was a display of pure ineptitude.
The Warsaw side dominated the whole game but was not able to put the ball in the back of the net and after one mistake, Apollon launched a counterattack, which resulted in Gastón Sangoy scoring the only goal of the game in the 56th minute.
After two rounds, Legia is the only team in its group, which also includes Turkish side Trabzonspor, without a point and it seems likely their European journey will end in December after the last round of group games.
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