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Poland round-up: Poor start for Champions Legia

Published: Sunday 4 August 2002, 21.54CET
Legia Warszawa made a shaky start to the defence of their Polish Ekstraklasa crown. features

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Published: Sunday 4 August 2002, 21.54CET

Poland round-up: Poor start for Champions Legia

Legia Warszawa made a shaky start to the defence of their Polish Ekstraklasa crown.

Legia Warszawa made a shaky start to the defence of their Polish Ekstraklasa crown at the weekend with a 3-3 draw against KS Groclin-Dyskobolia Grodzisk.

See-saw clash
Legia went ahead on 19 minutes thanks to a close-range effort from midfield player Adam Majewski but Groclin levelled when Grzegorz Rasiak struck from 25 metres. Tomasz Moskala put the hosts ahead again on 37 minutes but Wojciech Szala was sent off mid-way through the second half, paving the way for Cezary Kucharski to equalize with a fine strike.

Late leveller
Groclin were convinced they had done enough to take three points after Rasiak converted a penalty spot with ten minutes to go but Belarussian defender Sergei Amelianchuk slammed in from distance to grab a point.

Early pacesetters
Zaglebie Lubin set the early pace by going top of the table thanks to a 5-0 demolition of Pogon Szczecin. The hosts opened the scoring on 22 minutes through Grzegorz Nicinski and Olgierd Moskalewicz doubled the lead 12 minutes later.

Pogon were reduced to ten men four minutes before the interval following Dariusz Dzwigala's dismissal for a second yellow card. From there on it was a procession for the home side, who took advantage of some poor defending to score three times in the second half through Zbigniew Grzybowski (50), Jacek Manuszewski (57) and Grzegorz Bartczak (90).

UEFA rivals
UEFA Cup entrants KP Polonia Warszawa, meanwhile, kicked off with a 2-0 defeat of rivals, KS Amica Wronki. Arkadiusz Bak was first on the scoresheet on nine minutes and Emmanuel Ekwueme netted for the 2000/01 champions after an impressive counterattack on 14 minutes later.

Garbania make history
In their first ever match in the Ekstraklasa, Garbarnia Szczakowianka Jaworzno shared the points with Wisla Kraków. Dariusz Kozubek hit the target on 43 minutes, although Maciej Zurawski equalized seconds later.

Two draws and a win
Elsewhere, Wisla Plock drew 1-1 with GKS Katowice, while encounters between Widzew Lódz and Odra Wodzislaw, and KS Ruch Chorzów’s derby with KS Górnik Zabrze, ended goalless. Finally, KKS Lech Poznan beat KSZO Ostrowiec 2-0 on Friday courtesy of a first-half double from Waldemar Przysiuda.

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