Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek continued his prolific season by scoring 10 minutes after coming back from the bench to secure a 1-0 win away from Austria in their qualification for the first Euro 2020 match.
Piatek’s goal was second for his country and gave Poland coach Jerzy Brzeczek his first win at the seventh effort since taking over last year’s World Cup. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Poland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Piatek, the second-best scorer in Serie A this season with 19 goals for Genoa and then for AC Milan, took the lead after 69 minutes as the hosts paid their poor finish in the Group G match.
Poland had a big loss of time late in the game by allowing Marc Janko, Austria’s substitute, to revive the center of Maximilian Woeber but the veteran of the striker sent his efforts incredibly to three meters.
The hosts had a radiant start. Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny beat off Marcel Sabitzer after eight minutes and Marco Arnautovic cleared his shot when Stefan Lainer’s center found him free in the box.
Austrian goalkeeper Heinz Lindner made a stop in the first half, putting Kamil Grosicki’s pass low. Valentino Lazaro of the home team made a wide pass to Arnautovic was a few inches from the goal, but Austria continues to press, but it is Poland that takes the lead.
Austria failed to clear a corner and the ball fell on Tomasz Kedziora, who Lindner responded to the attack but fell on Piatek who returned home.
A few minutes later, Piatek should have scored another goal when Robert Lewandowski cleared him, but he pulled wide. After the extraordinary defeat of Janko, Szczesny also came to the rescue thanks to an excellent rescue by David Alaba.
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