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Poland shatter Albania comeback bid

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 17.45CET
Poland 4-3 Albania
Both sides finished with ten men as the hosts edged a seven-goal thriller through Arkadiusz Wozniak to stay well-placed to qualify from Group 6.
Poland shatter Albania comeback bid
Artur Sobiech put Poland 3-1 up against Albania ©Cyfrasport
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 17.45CET

Poland shatter Albania comeback bid

Poland 4-3 Albania
Both sides finished with ten men as the hosts edged a seven-goal thriller through Arkadiusz Wozniak to stay well-placed to qualify from Group 6.

Poland kept their qualification campaign on course with their second Group 6 victory thanks to a dramatic added-time winner by Arkadiusz Wozniak.

The visitors thought they had earned a point when Armando Sadiku struck in the last minute to level the match at 3-3 – moments after Kamil Drygas had been sent off for the hosts – but Wozniak then went and stole all three points with an even later goal. In the final throes of the match Albania captain Arsen Sykaj was also given his marching orders.

The result was hard on Artan Bushati's side who battled back gamely after falling behind to Grzegorz Krychowiak's penalty (34) and even further adrift when Mateusz Klich scored (54). Sadiku pulled one back within a minute of that goal but on 64 minutes Poland looked to have made the match safe through Hannover 96 striker Artur Sobiech (64).

However, Albania, who had won their last Group 6 match 4-3 against Moldova with the help of two Sadiku goals, then staged a stirring comeback with strikes by Bekim Bala (81) and Sadiku's fourth goal of the campaign (90). Yet it proved in vain when Wozniak delivered the sucker punch by converting Miłosz Przybecki's cross at the death.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.14CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Albania

Albania

1
SkorupskiŁukasz Skorupski (GK)
1
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK)
2
WozniakArkadiusz Wozniak
Yellow Card87
Goal90+2
2
BaciAlis Baci
3
KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak (C)
Goal34
5
PeqiniRoland Peqini
5
AłdaśDamian Ałdaś
Yellow Card90+3
6
BunjakuImran Bunjaku
6
TyminskiŁukasz Tyminski
Yellow Card17
Substitution46
8
BrahimiMergim Brahimi
Substitution85
7
OlkowskiPaweł Olkowski
Substitution67
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Yellow Card27
Goal81
8
BorysiukAriel Borysiuk
Yellow Card14
10
VucajErjon Vucaj
Substitution74
9
SobiechArtur Sobiech
Goal64
11
SadikuArmando Sadiku
Goal55
Goal90
10
KlichMateusz Klich
Goal54
Yellow Card61
Substitution84
14
VajushiArmando Vajushi
11
KupiszTomasz Kupisz
15
SykajArsen Sykaj (C)
Yellow Card71
Red Card90+2
14
MalarczykPiotr Malarczyk
18
GavaOrgest Gava

Substitutes

12
WitanAndrzej Witan (GK)
12
NacoEni Naco (GK)
4
WichtowskiMaciej Wichtowski
3
MarkuAntonio Marku
13
DrygasKamil Drygas
Substitution46
Yellow Card85
Red Card89
4
KuleAndrea Kule
15
RatajczakJarosław Ratajczak
7
DostiAlbi Dosti
Substitution85
16
WszołekPaweł Wszołek
Substitution84
13
ImamiEni Imami
17
PrzybeckiMiłosz Przybecki
Substitution67
16
HysenbelliuFatmir Hysenbelliu
18
MatrasMateusz Matras
17
TelushiBruno Telushi
Substitution74

Coach

Stefan Majewski (POL) Artan Bushati (ALB)

Referee

Padraig Sutton (IRL)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Hennessy (IRL), Allen Lynch (IRL)

Fourth official

Graham Kelly (IRL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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