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Lech lay their hands on Polish title

Published: Saturday 15 May 2010, 19.33CET
Lech Poznań have been crowned champions of Poland for the sixth time − and the first in 17 years − thanks to a 2-0 home victory over Zagłębie Lubin on the last day of the league season.
by Piotr Koźmiński
from Warsaw
Lech lay their hands on Polish title
Lech Poznań's players celebrate beating Zagłębie Lubin ©UEFA.com
Published: Saturday 15 May 2010, 19.33CET

Lech lay their hands on Polish title

Lech Poznań have been crowned champions of Poland for the sixth time − and the first in 17 years − thanks to a 2-0 home victory over Zagłębie Lubin on the last day of the league season.

Lech Poznań are celebrating their sixth Polish title, and first since 1992/93, after finishing three points ahead of Wisła Kraków thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Zagłębie Lubin on the final day of the season.

One point clear going into the last fixture, Lech were awarded new suits by one of their sponsors on Wednesday in anticipation of their title win, but there was no question of the players taking anything for granted. They took the lead courtesy of Wojciech Kędziora's own goal on 22 minutes and made sure of the result when Robert Lewandowski fired in his 18th of the campaign two minutes shy of the hour mark. Undoubtedly Lech's finest player this term, the 21-year-old striker topped the scoring charts in what may well prove to be his last season with the club.

"We knew we would have to be focused until the end," defender Manuel Arboleda told UEFA.com. "We were aware that Lubin could be dangerous until the last second as they played very well in the second half of the season. We stayed focused and finished the job. I feel so happy. This reminds me of 2004, when I won the Recopa Sudamericana with my Peruvian team, Club Cienciano. I was the happiest man on the planet then and today I feel the same way.

"I'm proud to be a member of this unique Lech Poznań team," he added. "It's the beginning of a new era; the club has a sensible transfer policy and the team has been carefully put together. We made history today and we can do it again if we qualify for the Champions League."

Lech will enter next season's UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round, with Wisła − who could only draw 1-1 with lowly MKS Odra Wodzisław Śląski − due for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Third-placed KS Ruch Chorzów will enter that same competition a round earlier, while at the bottom Odra Wodzisław and GKS Piast Gliwice have both been relegated. The Polish Cup final between MKS Pogoń Szczecin and Jagiellonia Białystok will draw the season to a close next Saturday.

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