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Poland see off Andorra in emphatic style

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 19.45CET
Poland 4-0 Andorra 
The UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts ended their preparations for next week's finals with a commanding victory in Warsaw.
by Alex O'Henley
from Stadion Wojska Polskiego

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Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 19.45CET

Poland see off Andorra in emphatic style

Poland 4-0 Andorra 
The UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts ended their preparations for next week's finals with a commanding victory in Warsaw.

Co-hosts Poland secured a morale-boosting 4-0 win against Andorra in their final friendly match before UEFA EURO 2012.

Franciszek Smuda's side were three up at half-time through goals from Ludovic Obraniak, Robert Lewandowski and a Jakub Błaszczykowski penalty. A late second-half spot-kick from Marcin Wasilewski rounded off a convincing performance – and a national-record fifth consecutive clean sheet – before their opening Group A fixture against Greece on Friday.

Backed by a capacity 30,000-strong crowd at the home of Legia Warszawa, the hosts dictated the tempo from the first whistle and their patient build-up play was rewarded in the 13th minute. Rafał Murawski fed Maciej Rybus on the left and his cutback was drilled in by Obraniak from close range. Poland then pushed for a second and Lewandowski should have done better six minutes later when he headed over from a Łukasz Piszczek cross.

A defensive error then presented the Borussia Dortmund striker with another opportunity, but, with the goal at his mercy, Lewandowski unselfishly squared the ball to Obraniak and his tame effort was smothered by goalkeeper José Gómes. However, it was a case of third time lucky for Lewandowski in the 37th minute when he chested down another cross from Piszczek before volleying into the roof of the net.

From the restart, Poland went back up the park and added a third when Błaszczykowski was brought down by Ildefons Lima in the box. The captain dusted himself down before calmly stroking the resulting penalty past Gómes.

With one eye on Friday's game, Smuda rang the changes after the interval, and Rafał Wolski and Adrian Mierzejewski proved the liveliest of the newcomers. Another substitute, Artur Sobiech, earned a second spot-kick 14 minutes from time, and Wasilewski stepped up to send the fans home dreaming of UEFA EURO 2012 success.

 
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