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Błaszczykowski edges Poland past Georgia

Published: Wednesday 10 August 2011, 22.30CET
Poland 1-0 Georgia
Jakub Błaszczykowski scored the only goal to ensure a successful latest friendly outing for the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts.
by Piotr Kozminski
Błaszczykowski edges Poland past Georgia
Jakub Błaszczykowski celebrates his winner against Georgia ©Cyfrasport

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Published: Wednesday 10 August 2011, 22.30CET

Błaszczykowski edges Poland past Georgia

Poland 1-0 Georgia
Jakub Błaszczykowski scored the only goal to ensure a successful latest friendly outing for the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts.

Jakub Błaszczykowski's 36th-minute strike and a succession of saves by Wojciech Szczęsny earned Poland a narrow friendly success against Georgia.

The Poland captain's goal was the 600th scored by the national team on home soil and settled an even contest in Lubin. It also got the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts back to winning ways after a 1-0 loss to France in June.

In a tight contest chances were at a premium in the first half, but Kakha Kaladze came close with a long-range effort that was well saved by Szczęsny, while at the other end Adrian Mierzejewski just cleared the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the area.

Poland enjoyed much the better of the possession, but Georgia were a constant threat on the counterattack and almost broke the deadlock when Shota Grigalashvili's effort whistled past the post. Szczęsny then won a one-on-one duel with David Targamadze.

Moments later Franciszek Smuda's men took the lead after a wonderful exchange between striker Robert Lewandowski and his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Błaszczykowski. Lewandowski might have scored himself after the break, only to fire wide and then see a second attempt thwarted by goalkeeper Giorgi Loria.

Otar Martsvaladze came close to an equaliser for the visitors but his effort from close range was brilliantly saved by Szczęsny. The Arsenal FC goalkeeper was in impressive form three days ahead of the start of the Premier League season, a fact he underlined moments before the final whistle when he parried a fierce strike by substitute Dato Kvirkvelia.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.35CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Georgia

Georgia

SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
LoriaGiorgi Loria (GK)
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
KaladzeKakha Kaladze (C)
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
AmisulashviliAleksandr Amisulashvili
Substitution46
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
KhubutiaAkaki Khubutia
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
LobzhanidzeUcha Lobzhanidze
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Substitution76
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Substitution81
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution79
KankavaJaba Kankava
Substitution73
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Substitution85
TargamadzeDavid Targamadze
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Goal36
Substitution90
GrigalashviliShota Grigalashvili
Substitution63
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Substitution90
DvalishviliVladimir Dvalishvili
Substitution46
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution60
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
Substitution63

Substitutes

PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution60
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
Substitution46
DudkaDariusz Dudka
Substitution76
GuruliAlexander Guruli
Substitution46
PawłowskiSzymon Pawłowski
Substitution79
KashiaGuram Kashia
Substitution63
MatuszczykAdam Matuszczyk
Substitution85
VatsadzeMate Vatsadze
Substitution63
RybusMaciej Rybus
Substitution90
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
Substitution73
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution90
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
Substitution81

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO)

Referee

Andriy Shandor (UKR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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