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Lewandowski's latest takes Poland to France

Published: Sunday 11 October 2015, 22.40CET
Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Robert Lewandowski's record-equalling 13th goal in Group D ensured qualification for Poland and left Ireland facing the play-offs.
by Piotr Koźmiński
from Stadion Narodowy

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Match statistics

PolandRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts16
 
6
on target5
 
3
off target8
 
2
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed23
 
21
Fouls suffered21
 
22

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Sunday 11 October 2015, 22.40CET

Lewandowski's latest takes Poland to France

Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Robert Lewandowski's record-equalling 13th goal in Group D ensured qualification for Poland and left Ireland facing the play-offs.

  • Poland qualify for third consecutive UEFA EURO finals
  • Robert Lewandowski equals competition record of 13 goals in a qualifying group
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak's opener had been cancelled out by Jon Walters's penalty
  • Poland's latest success on lucky 11 October date
  • Republic of Ireland in next month's play-offs

Robert Lewandowski scored the goal that booked Poland's place at UEFA EURO 2016 and equalled a qualifying record into the bargain.

It was a superb header late in the first half that put Poland 2-1 up and took Lewandowski's tally in the group to 13, level with the benchmark set by David Healy ahead of UEFA EURO 2008. Poland thus finished second in Group D behind Germany and ahead of Ireland, who will take part in next month's play-offs, aiming to repeat their success against Estonia four years ago.

After a cautious first 13 minutes, Poland seized the lead. Kamil Grosicki took a clever corner passed back to Grzegorz Krychowiak on the edge of the box and the latter's shot caught Darren Randolph and the Ireland defence by surprise, in the same stadium where the Sevilla midfielder scored in last season's UEFA Europa League final.

Ireland responded immediately. Michał Pazdan's high kick caught the head of Shane Long on the edge of the box and Jon Walters converted the penalty.

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Lewandowski heads the winner

Still, a 1-1 draw was sufficient for Poland, and just as well because Lewandowski seemed to be missing his usual foil Arkadiusz Milik, who had assisted six of his 12 qualifying goals before tonight. However, just before half-time, Lewandowski met Krzysztof Mączyński's cross with a stunning header from the edge of the box to match Healy's record and put Poland in front.

A 2-2 draw favoured Ireland in the head-to-head reckoning, but Poland looked the most likely scorers in the second half. Pazdan missed with a header and Randolph denied Grosicki in a one-on-one. Still, when John O'Shea received a second yellow card and was dismissed just before the end, Poland could celebrate their latest 11 October success after beating Portugal in 2006, the Czech Republic in 2008 and Germany a year ago.

Last updated: 13/10/15 17.23CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014050/postmatch/report/index.html#poland+earn+france+place

Lineups

Poland

Poland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

22
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
23
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
5
MączyńskiKrzysztof Mączyński
Substitution78
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
7
OlkowskiPaweł Olkowski
Substitution63
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea (C)
Yellow Card19
Red Card90+2
8
KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
Goal13
5
KeoghRichard Keogh
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski (C)
Goal42
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution58
10
LinettyKarol Linetty
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
11
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Substitution85
9
LongShane Long
Substitution55
14
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
11
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution73
15
GlikKamil Glik
Yellow Card74
14
WaltersJon Walters
Goal16
Yellow Card90+5
20
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
19
BradyRobbie Brady
21
PazdanMichał Pazdan
21
HendrickJeff Hendrick

Substitutes

1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
1
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
12
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
16
ElliotRob Elliot (GK)
2
CionekThiago Cionek
3
WilsonMarc Wilson
3
JędrzejczykArtur Jędrzejczyk
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution58
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
Substitution78
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution55
6
ZielińskiPiotr Zieliński
12
MeylerDavid Meyler
13
KapustkaBartosz Kapustka
13
MurphyDaryl Murphy
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution63
15
ChristieCyrus Christie
17
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution85
Yellow Card87
17
McShanePaul McShane
18
MilaSebastian Mila
18
GibsonDarron Gibson
19
SobiechArtur Sobiech
20
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
Substitution73
23
BorysiukAriel Borysiuk
22
McGoldrickDavid McGoldrick

Coach

Adam Nawalka (POL) Martin O'Neill (IRL)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Çem Satman (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution