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Last-gasp Germany deny Poland historic win

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.32CET
Poland 2-2 Germany
Cacau struck in added time to cancel out Jakub Błaszczykowski's late penalty and deny Poland a first ever win against their visitors.
Last-gasp Germany deny Poland historic win
Robert Lewandowski (right) opened the scoring for Poland against Germany ©Cyfrasport

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Goals scored2
 
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Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards1
 
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Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.32CET

Last-gasp Germany deny Poland historic win

Poland 2-2 Germany
Cacau struck in added time to cancel out Jakub Błaszczykowski's late penalty and deny Poland a first ever win against their visitors.

On the brink of their first ever win against Germany, Poland had to settle for a 2-2 draw following Cacau's added-time goal in the maiden international to be played at Gdansk's newly opened stadium for UEFA EURO 2012.

Beaten 12 times in their previous 16 encounters against Germany, Poland knew they faced a tough task against the first team to join themselves and Ukraine at next summer's finals. Twice they took the lead, however, first through Robert Lewandowski, whose goal was cancelled out by a Toni Kroos penalty, and then via Jakub Błaszczykowski, whose spot kick looked set to be decisive until Cacau's intervention.

Up against prolific Polish-born strike duo Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Arsenal FC goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny was in inspired form. His first key stop came when he denied André Schürrle on nine minutes, with German counterpart Tim Wiese subsequently keeping out Sławomir Peszko after a slick counterattack from the hosts.

Szczęsny thwarted Klose and Podolski a number of times before the half was out and his work was rewarded ten minutes after the interval, Lewandowski firing in after good build-up play from Błaszczykowski and Dariusz Dudka.

Kroos restored parity from the spot midway through the second period only for Poland to come back at them once again, despite the 81st-minute dismissal of Arkadiusz Głowacki. Błaszczykowski sparked joy among the home fans from the spot on 90 minutes, but there was still time for Cacau to find a way past Szczęsny after being fed by Thomas Müller.

"We're angry because it was a big opportunity to beat the Germans," said Lewandowski. "We were five seconds from winning the game, but they scored from our mistake. It's better that it happened in a friendly game. If we fail to win in such circumstances at EURO 2012, it would be much more painful."

 
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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Germany

Germany

SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
Yellow Card89
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
Yellow Card67
Red Card81
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
Substitution46
PerquisDamien Perquis
Substitution72
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
BoatengJérôme Boateng
DudkaDariusz Dudka
TräschChristian Träsch
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
RolfesSimon Rolfes
Substitution77
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski (C)
Goal90
Substitution90+1
KroosToni Kroos
Goal68
Yellow Card84
MurawskiRafał Murawski
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution84
GötzeMario Götze
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Goal55
Substitution79
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution46
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution65
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution61

Substitutes

MatuszczykAdam Matuszczyk
Substitution65
CacauCacau
Substitution46
Goal90+4
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution79
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
Substitution46
RybusMaciej Rybus
Substitution84
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution61
PawłowskiSzymon Pawłowski
Substitution90+1
BenderLars Bender
Substitution77
GlikKamil Glik
Substitution72

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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