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Poland lose to Australia in Krakow

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 22.48CET
Poland 1-2 Australia
Poland's winless run was extended to six matches as Holger Osieck's Australia held on with ten men in a committed Krakow friendly.
by Kacper Zieliński
Poland lose to Australia in Krakow
Sebastian Boenisch (left) challenges Australia's Lucas Neill ©Cyfrasport

Match statistics

PolandAustralia

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards0
1

International Matches

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 22.48CET

Poland lose to Australia in Krakow

Poland 1-2 Australia
Poland's winless run was extended to six matches as Holger Osieck's Australia held on with ten men in a committed Krakow friendly.

Poland 1-2 Australia
UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland's wait for a win goes on after defeat in their first ever meeting with Australia.

Poland enjoyed most of the play in Krakow early on but Australia proved more clinical, Brett Holman breaking the deadlock on 14 minutes and although Robert Lewandowski soon equalised, Luke Wilkshire converted a penalty. Lewandowski was to miss a spot kick of his own and the visitors held on despite losing Brett Emerton to a red card – Poland's six-game winless friendly run dating back to March continues.

Australia scored with their first chance of the game, Wilkshire finding Holman and the AZ Alkmaar playmaker beat two defenders before firing inside the far post. Poland swiftly responded, Lewandowski turning in a low cross by Sebastian Boenisch.

However, in the 25th minute Michał Żewłakow brought down Holman in the Poland area, and FC Dynamo Moskva's Wilkshire converted the penalty. Poland were awarded a spot kick ten minutes later, Jonathan McKain fouling Jakub Błaszczykowski, but Lewandowski's effort was tipped round the post by Adam Federici.

The home side stepped up a gear after the break and Błaszczykowski was just unable to turn in a Lewandowski cross before, seconds later, being denied by Federici. Poland were given extra impetus when Emerton – who replaced Holman in the first half – was dismissed with 19 minutes left. But Euzebiusz Smolarek shot wide from six metres while Federici denied Lewandowski to give Australia's new German coach Holger Osieck his first win in charge, having begun with a 0-0 draw in Switzerland on Friday.

Franciszek Smuda, whose side have lost three out of their last four games – save Saturday's draw with Ukraine – said: "We lost a match we should have won because we were the better team. If Lewandowski had scored the penalty we would have gone on. We have to work on our defending, because we still have problems there, but I'm positive we will get better and better with every game." Next month Poland cross the Atlantic to play the United States in Chicago and Ecuador in Toronto.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.33CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Australia

Australia

TytońPrzemysław Tytoń (GK)
FedericiAdam Federici (GK)
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Yellow Card24
NeillLucas Neill
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
McKainJon McKain
Yellow Card33
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
WilkshireLuke Wilkshire
Goal26
PietrasiakDariusz Pietrasiak
Substitution70
ValeriCarl Valeri
Substitution55
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
JedinakMile Jedinak
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution75
HolmanBrett Holman
Goal15
Substitution29
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Yellow Card90
CahillTim Cahill
Substitution75
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
CarneyDavid Carney
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Goal18
Penalty34
McDonaldScott McDonald
Substitution1
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
Substitution83
GarciaRichard Garcia
Yellow Card68

Substitutes

SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Substitution70
CulinaJason Culina
Substitution55
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Substitution75
EmertonBrett Emerton
Substitution29
Yellow Card71
Red Card71
IwanskiMaciej Iwanski
Substitution83
VidošićDario Vidošić
Substitution75
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
BurnsJacob Burns
Substitution1
Yellow Card84
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
GlikKamil Glik
SpiranovicMatthew Spiranovic
RybusMaciej Rybus
NorthJade North
SadlokMaciej Sadlok
OarTomas Oar

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Holger Osieck (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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