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Draw confirms Polish position

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET
Poland 1-1 Sweden The home side secure top place in Group 4 with a hard-earned draw in Wodzislaw.
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET

Draw confirms Polish position

Poland 1-1 Sweden The home side secure top place in Group 4 with a hard-earned draw in Wodzislaw.

Poland secured top position in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4 with a 1-1 draw against Sweden.

Play-off place assured
The result, coupled with second-placed Hungary's 2-0 defeat in Latvia, gave the home side an unassailable four-point lead at the top of the section. Poland will therefore go into their final qualifier, away to Hungary on 10 October, knowing that a place in the play-offs is confirmed.

Early setback
Without goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and defender Michal Stasiak, the home side began uncertainly in Wodzislaw, and a misunderstanding between Krzysztof Kazimierczak and Kuszczak's replacement Pawel Kapsa enabled Swedish substitute Pablo Piñones-Arce, who had replaced the injured Johan Andersson after only five minutes, to give the away side a seventh-minute lead with his first touch.

Nowacki on target
It was another substitute, Marcin Nowacki, who equalised three minutes into the second half, as Lukasz Madej's long-range shot was parried by goalkeeper John Alvbåge and Nowacki was on hand to convert the rebound.

Chances at both ends
Seconds later, Nowacki's pass found Madej, but this time his effort struck the post. Both sides had chances to win, with Sweden’s Samuel Holmén shooting into the sidenetting from an angle while, at the other end, Michal Golinski's effort from distance flew just over the crossbar and Pawel Abbot failed to score in added time when well-placed.

Hopes still alive
The draw means Sweden, who finish their campaign at home to Latvia on 10 October, are just a point behind the Hungarians and keeps alive their hopes of reaching the play-offs as one of the six best runners-up.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Sweden

Sweden

1
KapsaPawel Kapsa (GK)
1
AlvbågeJohn Alvbåge (GK)
2
KazimierczakKrzysztof Kazimierczak
2
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
3
NawotczynskiLukasz Nawotczynski
3
StenmanFredrik Stenman
4
MilaSebastian Mila
4
UcarGabriel Ucar
Substitution79
5
KowalczykJacek Kowalczyk
5
Per NilssonPer Nilsson (C)
6
RachwałPatryk Rachwał (C)
7
HysénTobias Hysén
7
MadejLukasz Madej
8
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
Substitution60
8
StrakPawel Strak
9
ElmanderJohan Elmander
9
OlszarSebastian Olszar
Substitution63
10
JönssonJon Jönsson
10
MazurkiewiczTomasz Mazurkiewicz
Substitution46
13
A JohanssonAndreas Johansson
11
ŚlusarskiBartosz Ślusarski
Substitution85
15
AnderssonJohan Andersson
Substitution5

Substitutes

12
PrzyrowskiSebastian Przyrowski (GK)
12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
14
NowackiMarcin Nowacki
Substitution46
Goal48
6
ÅlanderStefan Ålander
15
GargułaŁukasz Garguła
11
Piñones-ArcePablo Piñones-Arce
Substitution5
Goal7
16
GrzelakRafał Grzelak
16
DahlinMarcus Dahlin
17
AbbotPawel Abbot
Substitution85
17
MouradGeorge Mourad
Substitution79
18
RadlerBlazej Radler
18
HolménSamuel Holmén
Substitution60
19
GolińskiMichał Goliński
Substitution63

Coach

Edward Klejndinst (POL) Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Alexey Monahov (RUS), Igor Kotkovski (RUS)

Fourth official

Sergey Frantsuzov (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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