September 24, 2021

LIVE: Poland vs England

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23′ England are starting to put their stamp on the game after a fairly even start. All Poland can do is sit back and defend for now.

22′ The offside flag goes up against Kane as he activates to reach Sterling’s flick-on.

21′ Chance for England! Sterling beats Puchacz down the right and hangs up a cross for Kane at the far post. Kane gets his header unusually wrong though and Poland hook it away.

20′ Krychowiak steals the ball from Kane. Poland have nowhere to go though. The first 20 minutes of this match have been very lively and easy on the eye.

18′ Buksa stretches to beat Maguire to Puchacz’s cross into the England box but is unable to connect with it. Up the other end, Mount bends an effort over the crossbar from the left of the box.

16′ Poland manage to escape their half. Jozwiak tries to free Lewandowski with an pass over England’s defence but the visitors are alive to the danger.

15′ Grealish wins England’s first corner of the game. Shaw fires it in towards Rice. It comes to Mount whose shot is blocked. Poland’s counter fails and England come straight back. Poland are penned in for the time being.

14′ Pickford gets down low at his near post to catch Moder’s effort from near the byline after Lewandowski slipped the midfielder into the box. 

13′ Shaw swings in the free-kick from the left. The second ball lands to Maguire who swipes at it but can’t get a clean shot at goal. Poland clear.

11′ Sterling is dispossessed to the right of Poland’s box. Poland can’t counter though and England win the ball straight back. Jozwiak is penalised for sliding in on Grealish. It’s been a feisty start to the game.

10′ Moder sends the ball over the top for Lewandowski who holds it up well. Poland can’t get a shot away but their movement is promising early on.

9′ Rice gallops down the left and tempts Krychowiak into a sliding tackle. Rice thinks he’s won a corner but the decision goes Poland’s way.

K. Phillips

Yellow Card

England

8′ Phillips is booked for a fairly innocuous-looking challenge on Puchacz.

7′ England see the corner out easily enough, blocking Glik’s shot from the centre of the box. The visitors are having to pull their sleeves up and get stuck in straight away.

6′ Poland are dictating much of the early play, egged on by the home fans. Rice concedes the first corner of the game, beating Krychowiak to a loose ball.

4′ Poland’s right wing-back Jozwiak flings a high cross into the penalty area. It’s met by Puchacz on the far side of the box who slams a shot against Walker. England smuggle the ball away.

2′ Contrary to pre-match reports, Poland have started in a 3-4-3 formation. It’s likely to spend more time looking like a 5-4-1. Szczesny tries a throughball for Lewandowski who’s offside.

1′ England take the knee before kick-off, a gesture that doesn’t go down entirely well with the home supporters. Poland get this game underway.

The two nations are out on the pitch at a packed PGE Narodawy. Both teams belt out their national anthems with gusto. Let’s do this!

England have lost just one of their 20 matches against Poland in all competitions, beating the Poles 2-1 earlier this year at Wembley. However, five of the last seven meetings between the sides on Polish soil have ended in draws. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either side, but England in particular will believe they can win this.

Sousa makes six changes to the Poland team that saw off San Marino so convincingly last time out. Bednarek, Glik and Krychowiak all come back into the starting line-up. England show their strength in depth by fielding a whole different 11 from the one that started against Andorra. 10 of them started the Euro 2020 final.

SUBS: Jordan Henderson, Bukayo Saka, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sam Johnstone, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, Kieran Trippier, Patrick Bamford, Conor Coady, Nick Pope, Jesse Lingard.

ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice; Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish; Harry Kane (c).

SUBS: Tomasz Kedziora, Bartosz Slisz, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Lukasz Skorupski, Karol Swiderski, Maciej Rybus, Nicola Zalewski, Michal Helik, Jakub Kaminski, Kamil Piatkowski, Bartlomiej Dragowski, Damian Szymanski.

POLAND (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Pawel Dawidowicz, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek, Tymoteusz Puchacz; Kamil Jozwiak, Karol Linetty, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Moder; Adam Buksa, Robert Lewandowski (c).

Visiting Poland here are England who dispatched minnows Andorra 4-0 at Wembley in their last game. Five points clear at the top of Group I, Gareth Southgate’s men are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions and look on track for automatic qualification. A victory here won’t seal their place in Qatar, but it would take them one big step closer. 

After demolishing San Marino 7-1 last time out, Poland have won consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since November last year. It’s good timing for Paulo Sousa’s team, who sit second in Group I currently and will want to firmly establish themselves in the group’s top two.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I match between Poland and England at the PGE Narodowy, Warsaw.

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