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Poland revived in Riga

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.30CET
Latvia 0-2 Poland Two first-half goals in Riga resurrect Poland's hopes of going to Portugal.

Match statistics

LatviaPoland

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.30CET

Poland revived in Riga

Latvia 0-2 Poland Two first-half goals in Riga resurrect Poland's hopes of going to Portugal.

Two first-half goals in Riga may have resurrected Poland's hopes of qualifying for Portugal.

Fighting chance
Miroslaw Szymkowiak and Tomasz Klos struck a goal apiece in the space of three minutes to blunt Latvia's edge at the Skonto stadium, and Pawel Janas's side are now in with a chance of securing top spot in Group 4.

Off the post
A thrilling opening period saw both sides go close, with Imants Bleidelis rattling Jerzy Dudek's left-hand post with a long-range drive after six minutes as Latvia aimed to seize second place in the group.

Relief for Latvia
However, just a minute later Jacek Krzynówek gave Aleksandrs Kolinko a fright in the Latvian goal as his low free-kick from 25 metres beat the goalkeeper only to strike the foot of his left-hand post.

Sensational save
Dudek kept Poland on level terms after 17 minutes as he palmed a magnificent drive from Valentins Lobanovs to safety, and as Andrejs Prohorenkovs squandered a great chance to beat the Polish goalkeeper after 27 minutes, the home side's luck seemed to be against them.

Magnificent free-kick
However, there was nothing lucky about Poland's opening goal on 36 minutes. Szymkowiak lined up a free-kick 25 metres from goal, and dipped an excellent drive over the Latvian defensive wall and past Kolinko to the delight of the Polish travelling support.

Decisive assist
Delight turned to rapture for the visitors three minutes later as Szymkowiak turned provider. He darted a free-kick in from the left-hand touchline which defender Klos forcefully headed into the Latvian goal from six metres.

Safe option
The second half was something of an anti-climax after that exciting opening period as Poland opted to play it safe. They easily contained Latvia, but as tempers flared, their task was made much easier.

Red card
With half an hour remaining, Jurijs Laizans seemed to lunge at Mariusz Lewandowski off the ball, and after consulting his assistant, referee Kyros Vassaras showed the Latvian the red card.

Near miss
A flurry of substitutions could not rescue Latvia and Poland nearly added insult to injury as Jacek Krzynówek tested Kolinko with a shot in the third minute of added time.

In contention
The result leaves Poland and Latvia level on ten points. Poland play host to group leaders Sweden on Wednesday while Latvia take on second-placed Hungary. Both sides remain in contention for top-two finishes in the group if they win those games.

Last updated: 30/03/04 17.35CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Poland

Poland

1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko
1
DudekJerzy Dudek
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
2
KłosTomasz Kłos
Goal39
3
LobaņovsValentīns Lobaņovs
Yellow Card63
3
RatajczykKrzysztof Ratajczyk
4
ZemļinskisMihails Zemļinskis
4
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Red Card60
5
SzymkowiakMirosław Szymkowiak
Goal36
Substitution89
6
BlagonadeždinsOļegs Blagonadeždins
Yellow Card84
6
BąkJacek Bąk
7
IsakovsAleksandrs Isakovs
7
HajtoTomasz Hajto
Yellow Card66
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution82
9
Kryszałowicz	Paweł Kryszałowicz
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
Substitution76
10
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
Substitution68
11
ProhorenkovsAndrejs Prohorenkovs
Substitution79
11
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski
Yellow Card64

Substitutes

12
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels
12
SzamotulskiGrzegorz Szamotulski
14
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Substitution79
13
ZdebelTomasz Zdebel
Substitution89
15
SemjonovsIgors Semjonovs
Substitution76
16
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution68
17
ŠtolcersAndrejs Štolcers
Substitution82
18
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
13
DobrecovsViktors Dobrecovs
14
KukiełkaMariusz Kukiełka
16
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
15
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
18
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
17
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Pawel Janas

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Panos Mavropoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Georgios Borovilos (GRE)

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