European Championship Qualifying - Group D
PolandPoland2ScotlandScotland2

Poland 2-2 Scotland

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland in Warsaw
Arkadiusz Milik scores for Poland against Scotland
Milik's sweeping strike ensured a thrilling match ended in a draw
  • First away point for Scots in Group D
  • The draw moves them onto four points
  • Strachan's side are level with Germany
  • Poland and Ireland lead group on seven

A ferociously-struck Arkadiusz Milik equaliser denied Scotland a famous win in Warsaw, but a hard-fought point was an impressive result for the visitors.

Poland threw everything at the Scots in the second half after going 2-1 behind to a clever Steven Naismith finish.

Earlier, Krzysztof Maczynski's cooly-converted opener was cancelled out by Shaun Maloney's equally calm strike.

But Milik earned the Poles a deserved point and Kamil Grosicki almost struck a winner when his effort struck a post.

The result ensured Poland kept pace with the Republic of Ireland at the summit of a delicately-poised Group D after Martin O'Neill's side drew 1-1 with Germany.

The world champions - who were beaten in Warsaw on Saturday - are level with Scotland three points back, with the Irish travelling to Celtic Park in November.

Another surprise appeared to be on the cards when Gordon Strachan's side took the lead early in the second half on Tuesday, but there was to be no repeat of the friendly win in March.

There was, however, plenty of poise about Scotland's performance, a trait that is becoming more and more evident under Strachan.

And though they were put under significant pressure as the game wore on, a combination of stout defending and poor finishing meant that they left with a point.

It will be a cherished point, too, given that Milik had already passed up three chances before he scored and Robert Lewandowski had a shot saved superbly by Marshall.

The Poles came into the match in buoyant mood and their confidence was enhanced after a rare Scottish defensive lapse allowed them to take the lead.

Alan Hutton the guilty party, his heavy touch on the edge of his own box presenting Maczynski with the chance and the midfielder took it in clinical fashion, side-footing off the inside of Marshall's left-hand post and over the line.

But the home fans had scarcely stopped celebrating when the Scots drew level with a wonderfully crafted goal.

Steven Fletcher switched play to Ikechi Anya on the left and the winger's cutback was slotted expertly past Wojciech Szczesny by Maloney from 10 yards.

Steven Whittaker was a surprise inclusion ahead of Andrew Robertson at left-back but the defender prevented a seemingly certain second Polish goal, nipping in ahead of Lewandowski to clear with the goal gaping.

That seemed to have paved the way for Naismith to give the Scots victory when he guided a James Morrison free-kick past Szczesny, but Milik had other ideas, ripping a strike past Marshall after Artur Jedrzejczyk's reverse pass.

Krzysztof Maczynski scores for Poland against Scotland
Maczynski coolly slotted Poland ahead
Scotland players celebrating
Maloney (far left) levelled with his third international goal
Andrew Robertson
Hull City's Robertson was left on the bench after impressing in Scotland's win over Georgia
Steven Naismith scores for Scotland against Poland
Naismith edged Scotland into the lead for the first time
Arkadiusz Milik celebrates after scoring for for Poland against Scotland
Milik's goal ensured Poland remain unbeaten in Group D

Line-ups

Poland

  • 1Szczesny
  • 20Piszczek
  • 4Szukala
  • 15Glik
  • 3Jedrzejczyk
  • 11GrosickiSubstituted forZyroat 89'minutes
  • 8KrychowiakBooked at 60mins
  • 16Maczynski
  • 5SobotaSubstituted forMilaat 63'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 7Milik
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 2Cionek
  • 6Wojtkowiak
  • 10Teodorczyk
  • 12Boruc
  • 13Rybus
  • 14Wawrzyniak
  • 17Olkowski
  • 18Mila
  • 19Starzynski
  • 20Zyro
  • 22Fabianski
  • 23Kucharczyk

Scotland

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Hutton
  • 4Martin
  • 5GreerBooked at 85mins
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7Morrison
  • 8Brown
  • 10NaismithSubstituted forMartinat 71'minutes
  • 6Maloney
  • 11Anya
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forFletcherat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gordon
  • 13Martin
  • 14Berra
  • 15Bryson
  • 16Forsyth
  • 17Bannan
  • 18McArthur
  • 19Fletcher
  • 20Burke
  • 21Gilks
  • 22Robertson
  • 23May
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco

Match Stats

Home TeamPolandAway TeamScotland
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Poland 2, Scotland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Poland 2, Scotland 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Poland. Grzegorz Krychowiak tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Gordon Greer (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Poland. Michal Zyro replaces Kamil Grosicki.

  7. Post update

    Darren Fletcher (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Poland).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Poland. Conceded by David Marshall.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kamil Glik (Poland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Mila with a cross.

  12. Booking

    Gordon Greer (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Scotland).

  14. Post update

    Sebastian Mila (Poland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sebastian Mila (Poland) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Kamil Grosicki (Poland) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Sebastian Mila with a through ball.

  17. Booking

    Sebastian Mila (Poland) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Alan Hutton (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Poland).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski following a corner.