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Poland take the points in Almaty

Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 18.01CET
Kazakhstan 0-1 Poland Poland recorded their first UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A qualifying victory with a dogged display in Kazakhstan.
Poland take the points in Almaty
Euzebiusz Smolarek was the visitors' match-winner ©UEFA.com

Match statistics

KazakhstanPoland

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
5
Corners0
6
Fouls committed9
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 18.01CET

Poland take the points in Almaty

Kazakhstan 0-1 Poland Poland recorded their first UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A qualifying victory with a dogged display in Kazakhstan.

Poland recorded their first UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying victory with a dogged display in Kazakhstan.

Smolarek winner
Leo Beenhakker's men had begun their Group A campaign with a 3-1 home defeat by Finland but they have since bounced back to draw 1-1 against Serbia before today's success in Almaty. The crucial goal came early in the second half via Euzebiusz Smolarek's fine finish to move the visitors on to four points and leave Kazakhstan on two points from their three fixtures. Both teams are in action again on Wednesday, when Poland receive Portugal and Kazakhstan welcome Finland.

Rasiak denied
Despite dominating from the outset, the Poles failed to capitalise and were restricted to shots from distance throughout the opening half. After a quiet start, Poland created the first chance in the tenth minute. A free-kick by Maciej Żurawski found striker Grzegorz Rasiak whose drilled effort from the edge of the area was well held by David Loria in the Kazakhstan goal.

Early change
Five minutes later, the two were in action again. This time, Rasiak shot from the right and the ball was again caught by the keeper. In the 20th minute, Smolarek failed to hit the target as his long-range attempt flew over the bar. Beenhakker looked unhappy with his side's lack of penetration and made his first change after just 30 minutes, bringing on forward Przemysław Kaźmierczak for defender Mariusz Lewandowski. Despite the switch, Poland were unable to conjure another opening before the break as the home team finished stronger, with Dmitriy Byakov's right-footed drive going narrowly wide.

Late chances
After looking the stronger side for much of the first period, the visitors eventually made their superiority tell after 52 minutes, Smolarek firing a powerful shot into the bottom left corner of goal to leave Loria helpless. Further opportunities fell to Poland with Rasiak, the main culprit, missing several chances and Radosław Sobolewski also going close for the away team. The home side's brightest moment came in the 72nd minute when striker Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev saw a long-distance effort saved.

Last updated: 30/01/12 9.21CET

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Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Poland

Poland

1
LoriaDavid Loria (GK)
1
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK)
2
Y. AzovskiyYegor Azovskiy
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
3
KuchmaAleksandr Kuchma
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
4
ZhalmagambetovMaksim Zhalmagambetov
5
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution87
5
SmakovSamat Smakov
6
BąkJacek Bąk
6
KarpovichAndrei Karpovich
Substitution59
7
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Goal52
7
SergienkoEduard Sergienko
Substitution81
8
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
8
KhokhlovNikita Khokhlov
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski (C)
Substitution71
9
ByakovDmitriy Byakov
11
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
10
ZhumaskaliyevNurbol Zhumaskaliyev (C)
16
RadomskiArkadiusz Radomski
11
UtabayevKairat Utabayev
Yellow Card32
Substitution68
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
Substitution30

Substitutes

22
NovikovYuriy Novikov (GK)
12
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
15
AshirbekovKairat Ashirbekov
Substitution68
Yellow Card87
13
GrzelakRafał Grzelak
Substitution87
16
TravinAndrei Travin
Substitution59
17
KaźmierczakPrzemysław Kaźmierczak
Substitution30
17
LarinSergey Larin
Substitution81
19
MatusiakRadosław Matusiak
Substitution71
13
MuhanovDaniyar Muhanov
2
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
14
M. AzovskiyMaksim Azovskiy
10
GizaPiotr Giza
19
AliyevPeraly Aliyev
20
FrankowskiTomasz Frankowski

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Leo Beenhakker (NED)

Referee

Edo Trivkovic (CRO)

Assistant referees

Željko Grgec (CRO), Tomislav Setka (CRO)

Fourth official

Alojzije Supraha (CRO)

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