Poland’s games against England are always met with a great deal of excitement on both sides. Ever since the legendary game in 1973 at Wembley which ended in a 1-1 draw and promoted Poland to the 1974 World Cup and knocked out the English, Poland has hoped to repeat its past success, while English fans scare their children with the tale of the “Polish clown,” goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski, who destroyed the Three Lions’ dreams by cutting short almost every attempt on goal that came his way in that fateful game 40 years ago.
England's Steven Gerrerd scored the second goal of the game
Last Tuesday’s game against England was a completely different story, however. After losing to Ukraine four days earlier, Poland had no chance whatsoever to qualify for next year’s World Cup. England, on the other hand, had to win to secure a spot and avoid a play-off.
Poland started strong with two great chances by Robert Lewandowski and Waldemar Sobota. Unfortunately, in both cases the Poles were unable to put the ball past England’s goalkeeper. After that it was England who dominated the game.
After several minutes of continuous attack, four minutes shy of the halftime whistle, Wayne Rooney put the ball in the back of Poland’s net, sending the English fans wild. Steven Gerrard sealed the deal in the 88th minute, making sure that his team would win their qualifying group. Poland finished fourth in the group behind England, Ukraine and Montenegro, overtaking only Moldova and San Marino.
The game was the last one for Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik, who was fired the next day. The name of the new coach should be known within the next two weeks.
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