Poland avoided a false start to the new Nations League season: the team surrounding captain Robert Lewandowski returned Wednesday night in the first game in Group D (League A) against Wales 2-1 (0:0). Jonathan Williams gave Wells the lead in the 52nd minute, and Jakob Kaminski equalized for Poland (72). Karol Swiderski perfected the opening win for the Poles with his late goal (82), which initially put the Poles first on the board. Belgium and the Netherlands could face off in a head-to-head duel on Friday (8.45pm, Watch live with dazn [Anzeige]) But tighten.
Lewandowski, who forced a summer change with unusually offensive statements about his future at Bayern Munich, was expected to be the leader in the Poles’ starting line-up. The heart of the striker – who scored 35 goals again as top scorer last season in the Bundesliga – was unable to make his mark on the match. Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward was present when the striker hit a low ball (21). Otherwise, the guests were largely in control of the star striker, who is closely associated with the move to FC Barcelona.
In the second round, the Welsh hit by their side. Williams used a model from ex-Schalke pro Rabbi Matondo to take the lead (52nd place). However, player swap also proved to be the right way for the Poles: Twelve minutes after coming on as a substitute, Jakob Kaminsky re-selected Michniewicz’s team to play (72). The Poles had the upper hand in the final stage and turned the game around completely: Karol Swiderski pushed Lewandowski’s skewed shot off the line from close range (82). Thus the Poles get their first three points against what is supposed to be the weakest opponent in their group. Wales went empty-handed after a good match and lost a respectable victory to the winner of the match between Scotland and Ukraine ahead of the important World Cup final on Sunday (6pm).