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.
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