Football: Poland to take on Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifier
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After being thrashed 4-0 by Denmark in a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup, the Polish national football squad is looking to make amends in a game against Kazakhstan on Monday.
Poland coach Adam Nawałka during a press conference in Warsaw on Sunday. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej Zborowski
On the eve of the match, which kicks off at 8:45 pm at Warsaw’s National Stadium, Poland manager Adam Nawałka told reporters that while the “overall principles of how we play do not change,” the team was likely to undergo "some adjustments" for the clash with Kazakhstan.
He added that Poland players were upset after the disappointing game with Denmark in Copenhagen on Friday because "we always play for victory," as he put it, "but we have drawn conclusions and are now waiting to take on Kazakhstan.”
He said that “every match is a great experience and we try to take advantage of it.”
“There is no time to meditate; we now have to get back on track. The league table still looks good for us, and the Denmark game was just a slip-up,” Nawałka said at a press conference in Warsaw on Sunday.
Despite the wipeout on Friday, Poland are still top of their qualifying Group E after seven matches and well on track to advance to next year's tournament in Russia. They are on 16 points, with five wins, one loss and a draw, three points ahead of Montenegro and Denmark, with three games remaining.
As expected by experts, Friday's match against Denmark proved to be the toughest challenge for Poland in their 2018 World Cup campaign so far and the worst defeat for Poland in a non-friendly game since 2002 when a squad managed by Jerzy Engel lost 0-4 to Portugal during the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Poland finish their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with games against Armenia away on 5 October and Montenegro at home on 8 October. (gs/pk)
Source: TVP Info, Przegląd Sportowy