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Poland back on track

Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 22.00CET
Poland 5-0 San Marino The Poles regain first place in Group 4 after a comprehensive victory.
Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 22.00CET

Poland back on track

Poland 5-0 San Marino The Poles regain first place in Group 4 after a comprehensive victory.

Poland regained top spot in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4 after a comprehensive victory that will boost confidence in their bid to qualify for Portugal.

Back on track
After a lacklustre goalless draw with Hungary on Saturday, Poland are level on seven points with Latvia but have a superior goal difference. Sweden, who won 2-1 in Hungary tonight, are two points behind but, like Latvia, have a game in hand on Poland.

Quick start
Poland began in perfect fashion tonight with in-form Wisla Kraków midfield player Miroslaw Szymkowiak scoring from 20 metres after only three minutes. His club-mate Kamil Kosowski struck a well-timed volley from 25 metres just before the half-hour mark to put the match beyond an industrious but limited San Marino side.

Selva shot
In the second half, Wisla's Marcin Kuzba scored twice for Poland after neat exchanges with another player from Krakow, Maciej Zurawski. In between, Hertha BSC Berlin's Bartosz Karwan also found the net as Poland repeatedly broke through San Marino's defence. The visitors never gave up despite having to wait until the 53rd minute for their first effort on goal through Andy Selva.

Injury concern
But the victory may have come at a price as Panathinaikos FC striker Emmanuel Olisadebe, who appeared to suffer a groin strain, and RC Lens defender Jacek Bak were both substituted early in the first half due to injury. However, Poland coach Pawel Janas was accentuating the positive after the game.

Janas happy
He said: "This is a good result. We had a new team and I am satisfied with the performance of the players." He paid particular praise to the efforts of youngsters like Marcin Burkhardt, claiming "these are the players that should be the basis for our future".

Mazza content
San Marino coach Giampaolo Mazza paid tribute to his opponents. He said: "We played against a great team tonight and they scored beautiful goals. I am satisfied with my team's performance. A five-goal difference is normal between our teams if you look at the level of football in the two countries."

Last updated: 03/04/03 0.24CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

San Marino

San Marino

1
DudekJerzy Dudek
1
F GasperoniFederico Gasperoni
2
M. BurkhardtMarcin Burkhardt
2
ZonziniErmanno Zonzini
Substitution67
3
ZielinskiJacek Zielinski
3
Mic. MaraniMichele Marani
4
SznaucnerMiroslaw Sznaucner
4
S. BacciocchiSimone Bacciocchi
5
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Goal26
5
MatteoniIvan Matteoni
6
BąkJacek Bąk
Substitution63
6
Albani N.Nicola Albani
7
SzymkowiakMirosław Szymkowiak
Goal3
7
MorettiLorenzo Moretti
8
ZającMarcin Zając
Substitution46
8
MuccioliRiccardo Muccioli
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski
9
MontagnaPaolo Montagna
Substitution75
10
KuźbaMarcin Kuźba
Goal54
Goal90+3
10
SelvaAndy Selva
Substitution90+1
11
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution39
11
VannucciDamiano Vannucci

Substitutes

12
LiberdaMariusz Liberda
12
ZanottiAlex Zanotti
13
KarwanBartosz Karwan
Substitution46
Goal81
13
De LuigiMarco De Luigi
Substitution75
17
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Substitution63
15
UgoliniAndrea Ugolini
Substitution90+1
18
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Substitution39
18
B. GasperoniBrian Gasperoni
Substitution67
14
BieniukJaroslaw Bieniuk
14
NanniLuca Nanni
15
DawidowskiTomasz Dawidowski
16
R SelvaRoberto Selva
16
StolarczykMaciej Stolarczyk
17
G. BolliniGianluca Bollini

Coach

Pawel JanasGiampaolo Mazza (SMR)

Referee

Loizos Loizou (CYP)

Assistant referees

Vassos Argyrou (CYP), Michalis Papamichael (CYP)

Fourth official

Socratis Socratous (CYP)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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