Żyro inspires Legia to Polish Cup triumph

Michał Żyro starred, scoring once and setting up two others, as Legia Warszawa claimed their 15th Polish Cup after a 3-0 victory over Ekstraklasa title rivals Ruch Chorzów in the final.

Miroslav Radović (left) and Danijel Ljuboja parade the silverware
Miroslav Radović (left) and Danijel Ljuboja parade the silverware ©Cyfrasport

Danijel Ljuboja, Miroslav Radović and Michał Żyro were on target as holders Legia Warszawa cruised to a 3-0 victory over Ruch Chorzów in the Polish Cup final.

A point separates these sides in the Ekstraklasa with three rounds to go but there was a significant gulf between them in Kielce. They were ahead inside eight minutes through Ljuboja and goals either side of half-time from Radović and Żyro sealed Legia's 15th Polish Cup – no other club has won more than six.

Żyro was at the heart of the triumph, an effervescent attacking presence whose strong run down the left helped create the opener. He fed Radović, whose ball to Serbian compatriot Ljuboja was turned in at close range. Żyro almost scored himself before the half-hour, denied by Michal Pesković after collecting a stunning Ljuboja pass.

Legia did not have to wait long for their second of the evening, though. Żyro again instigated it, sending a good ball for Radović to turn in four minutes before half-time. The 19-year-old got on the scoresheet 11 minutes after the restart, beating Pesković in a one-on-one situation to spoil a bright start to the second period from Ruch, who badly missed the suspended Arkadiusz Piech.

"We won the first battle against Ruch, but we still have another in the league – I hope we win that one, too," said Legia defender Jakub Wawrzyniak. "We had more quality than they did today." Ruch coach Waldemar Fornalik conceded as much, but he pointed out there is still plenty for his team to play for this season. "We must forget this as soon as possible," he added.