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Sobiech earns Poland victory against Latvia

Published: Tuesday 22 May 2012, 23.00CET
Poland 1-0 Latvia
Artur Sobiech's goal eight minutes from time was enough for the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts to win their latest friendly fixture in Austria.
by Piotr Koźmiński
Sobiech earns Poland victory against Latvia
Artur Sobiech wheels away in celebration after scoring for Poland ©Cyfrasport

Match statistics

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Yellow cards1
 
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Red Cards0
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Published: Tuesday 22 May 2012, 23.00CET

Sobiech earns Poland victory against Latvia

Poland 1-0 Latvia
Artur Sobiech's goal eight minutes from time was enough for the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts to win their latest friendly fixture in Austria.

Co-hosts Poland continued their preparations for UEFA EURO 2012 with a 1-0 friendly victory against Latvia.

With just over two weeks until his team kick off next month's final tournament against Greece, Franciszek Smuda, who still has to cut three players from his squad, fielded a mixture of first-choice and reserve figures against Latvia.

Key men such as Robert Lewandowski and Wojciech Szczęsny, who only arrived at the team's Lienz training camp on Tuesday, were not included, but Poland still prevailed thanks to Artur Sobiech's goal eight minutes from time.

It could have been different for Latvia after just seven minutes, though, when Artjoms Rudņevs, top scorer in last season's Polish First Division at KKS Lech Poznań, was denied by Łukasz Fabiański's splendid stop. Smuda's side attempted to mount a swift response, but Adrian Mierzejewski's shot produced only a corner.

Rafał Wolski went a little closer midway through the first half, but Fabiański, the back-up to Szczęsny at Arsenal FC this term, showed his quality remains intact with a series of solid saves. His hard work was nearly rewarded at the other end but Marcin Wasilewski's header struck a post.

Though Poland increased the tempo after the interval, they were struggling to carve open the Latvian defence, Adam Matuszczyk's 68th-minute shot one of only a handful of noteworthy openings. That all changed on 82 minutes, however, when Sobiech headed in Kamil Grosicki's delivery to secure victory.

Next up for Poland are further friendlies against Slovakia on Saturday and Andorra on 2 June, before they open UEFA EURO 2012 against Greece in Warsaw on 8 June.

 
Last updated: 05/12/12 5.39CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Latvia

Latvia

1
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
1
DoroševsPāvels Doroševs (GK)
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution72
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
3
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
Yellow Card70
4
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
Substitution64
3
KļavaOskars Kļava
5
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
6
PolanskiEugen Polanski
9
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution73
7
MurawskiRafał Murawski
5
LaizānsOļegs Laizāns
Red/Yellow Card45
9
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution57
7
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
10
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
10
RuginsRitvars Rugins
8
WolskiRafał Wolski
Substitution46
16
RudņevsArtjoms Rudņevs
Substitution78
11
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution46
11
LukjanovsIvans Lukjanovs
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
MatuszczykAdam Matuszczyk
Substitution46
Yellow Card77
14
PerepļotkinsAndrejs Perepļotkins
Substitution73
13
KucharczykMichał Kucharczyk
Substitution46
18
KamešsVladimirs Kamešs
Substitution73
14
SobiechArtur Sobiech
Substitution57
Goal82
17
GauračsEdgars Gauračs
15
KamińskiMarcin Kamiński
Substitution64
20
SiņeļņikovsAlans Siņeļņikovs
Substitution78
16
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
Substitution72

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Harald Lechner (AUT)

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