Poland Go Down Fighting to Holland

 

Poland lost their opening Nations League match to the Dutch by a solitary goal. Playing in front of an empty stadium due to COVID-19 related restrictions, the Poles showed grit before losing to their more fancied opponents. This was an away match for them. It was the first time the national team of Poland took to the turf following the Coronavirus outbreak.


Played in a biosecure bubble in front of empty stands, the only goal of the match came from the boot of Steven Bergwijn. Poland’s best opportunity to hit the back of the net came in the first half of the game when a low cross from Kedziora saw Piatek connect it straight to the Dutch goalkeeper. In the last edition of the Nations League, they had finished at the bottom of their group which comprised Italy and Portugal. Their performance in the Euro qualifiers this year was good as they finished on top of the pool. Poland is currently 19th in the FIFA rankings.

Poland came into this match with a lot of confidence, having won the last 4 of their outings on a trot. However, they found the Dutch tactically more superior. This was the 7th defeat for Poland against Holland.

Poland went into this game with an overall record of 3 wins and 6 defeats against the Dutch. 6 matches between the 2 sides have so far ended in draws. Poland takes on Bosnia next week in their second match in the league. This will be another away game for them. The Poles have their task cut out since Bosnia will come in with a lot of confidence having held Italy to a 1-1 draw last week. Glick, the Polish captain, admitted that he had watched the Italy game very closely and the team had drawn plans accordingly.

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