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Smolarek sends Poland to first EURO

Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.40CET
Poland 2-0 Belgium
Euzebiusz Smolarek scored either side of half-time to earn Poland a safe passage to their first EURO finals.
Smolarek sends Poland to first EURO
Euzebiusz Smolarek beats Stijn Stijnen for the opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PolandBelgium

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners3
 
7
Fouls committed14
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.40CET

Smolarek sends Poland to first EURO

Poland 2-0 Belgium
Euzebiusz Smolarek scored either side of half-time to earn Poland a safe passage to their first EURO finals.

Poland will line up alongside Europe's élite for the first time in Austria and Switzerland next summer after goals from Euzebiusz Smolarek either side of half-time against Belgium secured a 2-0 victory and safe passage to UEFA EURO 2008™ from Group A.

Lucky breaks
Smolarek took advantage of two lucky breaks to score twice in five minutes and send the home side through. The 26-year-old netted his first on 45 minutes, showing real pace to race on to a loose ball, evade goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen and slide the ball into the empty net. The forward was again in the right place at the right time four minutes after the restart, chipping the ball cheekily over Stijnen.

Boruc save
After a cagey opening, the first slice of drama came from a set-piece, Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc tipping Jan Vertonghen's free-kick over the bar. However, the match was effectively over following Smolarek's quick-fire double and Belgium offered little threat of a fightback thereafter. Daniel Van Buyten's audacious volley, which sailed harmlessly wide, was about the best they could manage and Poland nearly added a third ten minutes from time when the inspirational Jacek Krzynówek's cut-back was cleared by some last-ditch defending.

Last updated: 18/11/07 0.22CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Belgium

Belgium

1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
15
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
6
BąkJacek Bąk
Yellow Card33
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten (C)
7
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Goal45
Goal49
Substitution85
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
2
GilletGuillaume Gillet
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski (C)
Substitution82
8
GoorBart Goor
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
7
HarounFaris Haroun
Substitution84
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
17
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
15
ŁobodzińskiWojciech Łobodziński
Substitution46
25
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution61
17
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
21
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
2
JopMariusz Jop
4
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
4
BaszczyńskiMarcin Baszczyński
11
PieroniLuigi Pieroni
Substitution61
5
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution85
14
De ManMark De Man
11
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
16
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
Substitution76
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+1
20
SwertsGill Swerts
23
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Substitution82
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
Substitution84

Coach

Leo Beenhakker (NED) René Vandereycken (BEL)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Emil Laursen (DEN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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