Poland will not get a chance to defend their UEFA Regions' Cup title after Wielkopolski AMA's chances of qualifying for next summer's finals were ended by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Savez Gradiška AMA in Group 7.
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Poland will not get a chance to defend their UEFA Regions' Cup title after Wielkopolski AMA's chances of qualifying for next summer's final tournament were ended by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Savez Gradiška AMA in the Group 7 intermediary round tournament in Serbia.
Milutin Sekimić scored the only goal after nine minutes as Savez Gradiška earned a 1-0 win against Wielkopolski on the final day of Group 7 games, as the Bosnia-Herzegovnian side ended the mini-tournament top of their section with seven points. Having kicked off with a 0-0 draw against hosts Eastern Serbia AMA, goals from Srdan Barović and Zlatko Matić gave them a 2-0 win against Finland's Uusimaa AMA in their second fixture.
'We have the willpower'
Coach Slobodan Crnadak was delighted with his side's achievement, telling uefa.com: "We are very satisfied to have won this group. We were the clear outsiders before the mini-tournament kicked off as the team from Poland and Eastern Serbia were favorates. It has been a great experience for us and I am certain that we will improve ahead of the next phase. I am not sure of the quality of the other teams we might face but we have the willpower to win it."
Wielkopolski kicked off the tournament with a 3-0 win against Uusimaa and drew 0-0 with Eastern Serbia in their second game to set up a winner-takes-all encounter with Savez Gradiška. However, they were to finish third in the section as an Ivan Krstić hat-trick helped Eastern Serbia take their total to five points with a 4-1 last-day win against Uusimaa. Dolnosłaski AMA had won the 2007 edition of the tournament for Poland in Bulgaria.