Football: Poland draws 1:1 with Slovenia
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Poland’s national football team drew 1:1 in a friendly match against Slovenia in Wrocław, in Poland’s southwest, on Monday in front of a crowd of 40,000.
Slovenia's Miral Samardzic, Poland's Łukasz Teodorczyk and Slovenia's Rene Krhin during a friendly game in Wrocław in Poland's southwest on Monday. Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński.
After 23 minutes of play Slovenian defender Miha Mevlja slipped a goal past Poland’s goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Trailing 0:1, Poland upped its offense, but was unable to set up an opportunity in the first half of the match.
During the second half, however, star winger Jakub Błaszczykowski was brought in the game, and assisted striker Łukasz Teodorczyk in finally netting an equalising goal in the 79th minute.
After a 3:0 win against Romania in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match last week, captain Robert Lewandowski and others from the winning squad did not play in Monday’s game. They left Poland’s training camp and have returned to their club teams.
Two debut appearances were made on the Polish team, namely midfielder Jacek Góralski and midfielder Damian Dąbrowski, who joined the game in its final minutes.
Slovenia’s captain and some other players from its top lineup also sat out the friendly.
Poland chose to play against Slovenia because their style is similar to that of the Montenegrin national team, according to the Polish team’s manager Adam Nawałka, who has said that Montenegro is Poland’s main rival in the group round of the World Cup qualifiers.
The game was the last for Poland's national team this year. (vb/rg)