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Lithuania dampen Polish spirits

Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 23.40CET
Lithuania 2-0 Poland
The home team warmed up for the visit of Spain on Tuesday with a victory against the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts.
by Daniel Olkowicz
from Dariaus ir Girėno stadionas
Lithuania dampen Polish spirits
Edgaras Česnauskis scores Lithuania's second goal ©Valdas Knyzelis

International Matches

Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 23.40CET

Lithuania dampen Polish spirits

Lithuania 2-0 Poland
The home team warmed up for the visit of Spain on Tuesday with a victory against the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts.

Lithuania 2-0 Poland
First-half goals from Saulius Mikoliunas and Edgaras Česnauskis condemned Poland to their first defeat in seven games.

Unbeaten since losing to Australia in September, the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts fell behind after 18 minutes to Mikoliunas and Česnauskis then doubled Lithuania's lead with a shot from outside the area as the half-hour mark approached. Poland return to action against Greece on Tuesday, when Lithuania host Spain in qualifying Group I.

A quiet start preceded the opening goal, which emanated from a right-wing cross. Arkadiusz Głowacki failed to clear adequately and the ball fell to Mikoliunas, who found the back of the net clinically. It could all have been different, however, had Robert Lewandowski been more precise with an effort which Žydrūnas Karčemarskas was equal to 60 seconds earlier.

The home team extended their advantage in the 29th minute and again it came from Poland's failure to clear their lines, the ball this time reaching the unmarked Česnauskis, who scored from the edge of the area. Poland poured forward after the break, with Kamil Grosicki twice to the fore for Franciszek Smuda's side.

Having set up Lewandowski, who shot wide, the Sivasspor forward struck an effort which went through the hands of Ernestas Šetkus but was cleared before it crossed the goal line. Proof that it was not going to be Poland's night arrived ten minutes from time, when Grosicki hit the post from close range after Šetkus had parried a free-kick from Roger Guerreiro. Their defeat could have been yet more resounding had Mindaugas Panka not struck a post.

 
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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

Poland

Poland

KarčemarskasŽydrūnas Karčemarskas (GK)
Substitution46
MalkovskiSebastian Malkovski (GK)
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
SkerlaAndrius Skerla
Substitution46
GlikKamil Glik
Yellow Card45
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
Yellow Card88
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution85
ŽaliukasMarius Žaliukas
DudkaDariusz Dudka
Substitution85
PankaMindaugas Panka
Substitution87
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliunas
Goal18
Substitution46
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution69
IvaškevičiusKęstutis Ivaškevičius
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Substitution46
E. ČesnauskisEdgaras Česnauskis
Goal29
Substitution82
SadlokMaciej Sadlok
LabukasTadas Labukas
Yellow Card47
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution47
DanilevičiusTomas Danilevičius (C)
Substitution71
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Substitution76

Substitutes

ŠetkusErnestas Šetkus (GK)
Substitution46
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
Substitution85
ŽvirgždauskasTomas Žvirgždauskas
Substitution46
Yellow Card78
PawłowskiSzymon Pawłowski
Substitution85
RažanauskasTomas Ražanauskas
Substitution87
GuerreiroRoger Guerreiro
Substitution69
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Substitution46
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution46
BorovskijValdemar Borovskij
Substitution82
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Substitution47
GalkevičiusDominykas Galkevičius
Substitution71
KucharczykMichał Kucharczyk
Substitution76

Coach

Raimondas Žutautas (LTU) Franciszek Smuda (POL)

Referee

Andris Treimanis (LVA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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