European Championship Qualifying - Group G
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Poland 2-0 Latvia: Robert Lewandowski helps ensure hosts avoid embarrassing draw

Poland celebrate scoring
Poland disappointed at the 2018 World Cup, finishing bottom of a group containing Colombia, Japan and Senegal

Poland scored two late goals to avoid an embarrassing draw with 131st-ranked Latvia in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

Poland, ranked 20th, were in the top tier of teams in the Nations League, while Latvia were in the bottom tier.

The visitors won none of their six games in that competition against Georgia, Kazakhstan and Andorra.

But they looked set for a famous point until Robert Lewandoski headed in with 14 minutes left, before Kamil Glik added a second.

Poland are the seeded team in Group G, while Latvia are the lowest-ranked side in a group that also contains Macedonia, Israel, Slovenia and Austria.

The hosts were expected to win comfortably against a side who had won just two of their previous 26 matches, with those victories coming against Estonia and Andorra.

Poland did dominate, with 23 shots, 14 corners and 72% possession, but it took Lewandowski's late intervention to break the deadlock against a team who have lost to the likes of Macedonia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Gibraltar in the past 12 months.

Poland had been affected by illness in the build-up, with eight players - including influential Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik - affected.

Elsewhere in the group, Israel beat Austria 4-2 and Slovenia drew 1-1 with Macedonia.

Line-ups

Poland

  • 1Szczesny
  • 19KedzioraBooked at 69mins
  • 15Glik
  • 2Pazdan
  • 13Reca
  • 20Zielinski
  • 10Krychowiak
  • 14KlichSubstituted forBlaszczykowskiat 62'minutes
  • 11GrosickiSubstituted forFrankowskiat 83'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 23PiatekBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMilikat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jedrzejczyk
  • 4Cionek
  • 5Gumny
  • 6Góralski
  • 7Milik
  • 8Linetty
  • 12Skorupski
  • 16Blaszczykowski
  • 17Kadzior
  • 18Szymanski
  • 21Frankowski
  • 22Fabianski

Latvia

  • 23Steinbors
  • 18SavalnieksSubstituted forGabovsat 80'minutes
  • 4DubraBooked at 18mins
  • 3Oss
  • 2MaksimenkoBooked at 53mins
  • 8Laizans
  • 13Isajevs
  • 9IkaunieksBooked at 73mins
  • 15Rakels
  • 11KarasausksSubstituted forTobersat 85'minutes
  • 22GutkovskisSubstituted forUldrikisat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vanins
  • 5Kurakins
  • 6Gabovs
  • 7Rugins
  • 10Sabala
  • 12Ikstens
  • 14Tobers
  • 16Zulevs
  • 17Tarasovs
  • 19Jagodinskis
  • 20Uldrikis
  • 21Cernomordijs
Referee:
Aliyar Aghayev
Attendance:
51,112

Match Stats

Home TeamPolandAway TeamLatvia
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home23
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Poland 2, Latvia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Poland 2, Latvia 0.

Corner, Poland. Conceded by Janis Ikaunieks.

Arkadiusz Reca (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Janis Ikaunieks (Latvia).

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vladislavs Gabovs (Latvia).

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

Kaspars Dubra (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kristers Tobers (Latvia).

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Arkadiusz Milik replaces Krzysztof Piatek.

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roberts Uldrikis (Latvia).

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olegs Laizans (Latvia).

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Kristers Tobers replaces Arturs Karasausks.

Goal!

Goal! Poland 2, Latvia 0. Kamil Glik (Poland) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Poland. Conceded by Pavels Steinbors.

Attempt saved. Przemyslaw Frankowski (Poland) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Przemyslaw Frankowski replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Vladislavs Gabovs replaces Roberts Savalnieks because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Roberts Savalnieks (Latvia) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Poland 1, Latvia 0. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arkadiusz Reca.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Olegs Laizans (Latvia).

Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Janis Ikaunieks (Latvia) is shown the yellow card.

Piotr Zielinski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Deniss Rakels (Latvia).

Attempt missed. Arturs Karasausks (Latvia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Deniss Rakels.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Roberts Uldrikis replaces Vladislavs Gutkovskis because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Latvia) because of an injury.

Booking

Tomasz Kedziora (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tomasz Kedziora (Poland).

Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Montenegro10101101
3Bulgaria10101101
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5Czech Rep100105-50

B

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2Portugal10100001
3Ukraine10100001
4Serbia00000000
5Lithuania100112-10

C

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3Netherlands21016333
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D

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4Gibraltar100101-10
5Georgia100102-20

E

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4Croatia21013303
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F

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G

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3Israel21105324
4Slovenia20202202
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H

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I

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2Russia21015323
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J

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3Bos-Herze11002113
4Armenia100112-10
5Finland100102-20
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