Szymon Jaskulowski headed the goal that gave Poland's Dolnoslaski AMA the UEFA Regions' Cup last night and finished the finals as joint top scorer.
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Szymon Jaskulowski had plenty to celebrate last night. The 22-year-old student headed the goal that gave Poland's Dolnoslaski AMA the UEFA Regions' Cup and it meant he finished the finals as joint top scorer.
The forward was brought off the bench early in the second half of the final with the score still at 0-0 against Bulgarian hosts South-East Region AMA, who soon went ahead. But Dolnoslaski equalised and, late in extra time, Jaskulowski struck, just as he had as a substitute in similarly dramatic fashion in the pivotal 2-1 comeback Group B win against Ticino AMA on Matchday 2. "We feel great, everyone worked very hard to win this tournament and we are European champions," Jaskulowski told uefa.com.
Jaskulowski did not start once in the finals, coming off the bench three times, but his two goals put him level with Tuzla Canton AMA's Admir Hanić and Javier Santos of Aveiro AMA at the top of the scorers' table in Bulgaria. Not that the striker minds his substitute status. "This is my role as a reserve player, I didn't play in qualifying and only joined the team recently," he said. "There are better players than me, so this is my role and I accept it. I am very happy I made an impact on this tournament, I have a bit of an easier task when I come on in the second half when I am fresh and everyone else is tired."
In the second year of his course at the Wroclaw Technical University, Jaskulowski - who plays his amateur club football for Kąty Wrocławskie - is keeping his feet on the ground despite his new status as European champion and UEFA finals top scorer. "I will definitely continue my studies," he said. "But if a club wants to sign me I would be very happy to sign."