PAP/EPA / Christopher Neuendorf / Pictured: Ariel Musor fights for the ball with Youssoufa Moukoko
It’s hard to explain rationally. The Polish youth team played a very good match against Germany in the European Championship qualifiers, creating many chances, but in the end they lost 1:3 and came back empty-handed.
Kosovo, Estonia twice and Israel. The Polish youth team began the qualifying qualifiers for the European Youth Championship with four victories, while Tuesday’s match against Germany was supposed to be the most important and verified test for the team led by Adam Majewski.
And indeed it was so. The Poles played a good match at their rival’s home ground and only due to lack of effectiveness did they return home without a single point. They have nothing to regret, as they created plenty of chances, and were only able to convert one, when Ariel Musur completely escaped the German defenders’ radar after receiving a cross from a corner kick and heading the ball into the net.
The hosts equalized in the 56th minute. This was largely down to chance. Youssoufa Moukoko hit the wall from a free kick, but the ball bounced so happily for the German that it fell perfectly at the feet of Eric Martel, who beat Kasper Tobias from close range, and who had practically not sweated until then.
In the end, the Germans scored two more goals in four minutes and ultimately remained the only unbeaten team in the group after this match. Poles can say they are very dissatisfied.
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It was really good football played by the Polish team. There were many opportunities where she could have easily scored more goals. However, there was a lack of composure inside the box, and the final pass failed several times when they were able to launch a numerically superior counter-attack.
The duo of Kacper Kozłowski and Mateusz Łęgowski looked very good in midfield. The Poles had the advantage for long periods, and in fact did not allow the Germans to gain any advantageous positions.
The Poles had chances after counterattacks and free kicks, which Rakoczy executed brilliantly. Musor was close to that, but this time he shot wide of the goal. Filip Szymczak also made a small mistake (he was one of the weakest players on the field). In the first half, the aforementioned Łęgowski and Kajetan Szmyt were unable to convert good chances, depriving Kozłowski of a brilliant assist.
The problem is that you play for 90 minutes, not in parts. At longer distances the Germans were better. The second goal was a solo goal by Nathaniel Brown, who sent a perfect pass into the box, and substitute Nick Voltimadi scored past Tobias’ leg. After a while, the Legia Warsaw goalkeeper was surprised by a technical shot from Merlin Rolle.
And let us remind you that the winners of nine groups and the three best runners-up will qualify for the European Championship in Slovakia (not taking into account the results of the weakest team in the group). The next six second-placed teams will play in a play-off for three Euro spots. In total, sixteen teams will play in the tournament (fifteen plus the home team, which of course guarantees participation).
Germany – Poland 3:1 (0:1)
0:1 Ariel Musur 24′
1:1 Eric Martel 56′
2:1 Nick Waltmad 79′
3:1 Merlin Rohl 82′
Germany: Noah Atopoulou – Leandro Murgalla (80′ Jan Thielemann), Colin Klein-Pickel, Marton Dardai, Nathaniel Brown – Maximilian Pierre (46′ Nick Woltmad), Eric Martell, Merlin Ruel – Brajan Gruda, Youssoufa Moukoko (68′ Tim Limperle). Ansgar Knauf (65′ Rocco Reitz).
Poland: Kasper Tobiasz – Patrik Beda, Ariel Musur, Lukasz Bigger – Dominik Marczuk (73′ Arkadiusz Berka), Kasper Kozlowski (87′ Filip Marcwinski), Mateusz Lagowski, Jakub Kaminski (87′ Kamil Lukoczek) – Kajetan Smit, Filip Szymczak (87′ ‘). 64′ Simon Wlodarczyk), Michal Rakoczy (64’ Tomas Benko).
Yellow cards: Dardy (Germany) and Łęgowski, Rakoczy, Mosór, Szmyt (Poland).
Judge: Kyriakos Athanasiou (Cyprus).
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