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Żurawski maintains Poland run

Published: Wednesday 28 March 2007, 23.15CET
Poland 1-0 Armenia Leo Beenhakker's side secured a fifth straight UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying win thanks to Maciej Żurawski's first-half strike.

Match statistics

PolandArmenia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners5
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
16
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 March 2007, 23.15CET

Żurawski maintains Poland run

Poland 1-0 Armenia Leo Beenhakker's side secured a fifth straight UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying win thanks to Maciej Żurawski's first-half strike.

Poland secured their fifth consecutive UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying win as they defeated Group A rivals Armenia 1-0.

Lead stretched
Maciej Żurawski's first-half strike proved enough for the home side who were never really threatened by Armenia and had numerous opportunities to extend their advantage. With Finland's surprise 1-0 loss to Azerbaijan earlier in the day and Portugal's 1-1 draw with Serbia, Poland's lead in the group now stands at five points.

Early domination
Poland dominated the early stages with Lukasz Gargula pulling the strings in midfield and Jacek Krzynówek displaying his array of sublime ball skills. It was Krzynówek who had the first attempt on goal, spinning from 12 metres to fire a low right-footed shot which Roman Berezovsky did well to save to his left.

Żurawski curler
Leo Beenhakker's team went ahead on 26 minutes when Michał Żewłakow threaded a low pass to Żurawski. With his back to goal, the Celtic FC forward turned away from two defenders before curling a right-footed effort inside the far post from 14 metres. A minute later it was almost 2-0 as Berezovsky punched away Krzynówek's ferocious free-kick.

Shahgeldyan chance
Armenia's only attack of the half came eight minutes before the interval when Artavazd Karamyan found Levon Pachajyan on the left and his inviting cross was centimetres shy of Armen Shahgeldyan's outstretched boot as the striker slid in at the back post. The ubiquitous Krzynówek could have doubled the Polish advantage on 50 minutes but blazed wildly over, five minutes before Przemysław Kaźmierczak followed suit.

Berezovsky brilliance
Gargula appeared certain to put the tie beyond doubt on 71 minutes but his powerful strike was kept out by Berezovsky and a minute later Żurawski teed up Jakub Błaszczykowski, only for the midfielder to miscue. Poland were queueing up to score by now and Gargula wasted their last opportunity, heading over at the far post late on after more good work by the goalscorer.

Last updated: 29/03/07 1.22CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Armenia

Armenia

1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
10
ShahgeldyanArmen Shahgeldyan
Substitution75
2
DudkaDariusz Dudka
8
NazaryanRafael Nazaryan
6
BąkJacek Bąk
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
Yellow Card82
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Substitution83
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
Yellow Card80
17
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
Yellow Card28
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
13
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
Substitution68
19
GargułaŁukasz Garguła
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Yellow Card60
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski (C)
Goal26
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
16
KaźmierczakPrzemysław Kaźmierczak
Substitution61
18
ZebelyanRobert Zebelyan

Substitutes

12
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK)
9
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Substitution75
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
4
BaszczyńskiMarcin Baszczyński
7
Ara HakobyanAra Hakobyan
7
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
Substitution83
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
11
MatusiakRadosław Matusiak
17
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan
15
ŁobodzińskiWojciech Łobodziński
14
MelkonyanSamvel Melkonyan
Substitution68
20
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
Substitution61
15
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution45

Coach

Leo Beenhakker (NED) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Antonio Artero Gallardo (ESP)

Fourth official

Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

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