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EURO friendly report card: Poland

Poland proved in their 5-0 win against Finland that they remain an attacking threat even without Robert Lewandowski, while Jakub Błaszczykowski cemented his place at the finals.

EURO friendly report card: Poland
EURO friendly report card: Poland ©Getty Images

Results
Wednesday: Poland 1-0 Serbia (Błaszczykowski 28)
Fabiański (Szczęsny 46); Piszczek, Glik, Salamon (Pazdan 87), Rybus; Błaszczykowski, Krychowiak (Jodłowiec 75), Zieliński (Borysiuk 83), Grosicki (Kapustka 75); Milik, Lewandowski (Teodorczyk 73).

Jakub Błaszczykowski's first-half volley in Poznan in front of more than 38,000 fans was enough to keep up Poland's winning run after the November friendly defeats of Iceland and the Czech Republic and their qualifying-capping 2-1 win against the Republic of Ireland the previous month. Arkadiusz Milik almost doubled the lead in the second half, striking the post.

Saturday: Poland 5-0 Finland (Grosicki 18 85, Wszołek 20 66, Starzyński 32)
Poland: Boruc (Tytoń 46); Jędrzejczyk, Glik, Pazdan, Wawrzyniak; Krychowiak (Jodłowiec 46), Starzyński (Zieliński 68); Wszołek (Błaszczykowski 86), Kapustka (Salamon 79), Grosicki; Milik (Lewandowski 63).

Poland stretched their winning run to five games in front of a capacity crowd of 42,000 supporters in Wroclaw. Adam Nawałka's team enjoyed a more comfortable triumph than their Serbia win despite leaving Robert Lewandowski on the bench until the 63rd minute. Kamil Grosicki stole the headlines with two goals – his first the 50th for Poland under Nawałka – and an assist for Paweł Wszołek, who also scored twice.

Top five qualifying goals

What we learned
1) Adam Nawałka has a wealth of options for the No1 spot. Both Łukasz Fabiański and Wojciech Szczęsny shone against Serbia, while Artur Boruc and Przemysław Tytoń did well against Finland. Fabiański is set to remain first choice for the finals, but Szczęsny is pushing hard.

2) With Robert Lewandowski only making the bench, Kamil Grosicki and Paweł Wszołek showed on Saturday that Poland can score without their talisman. Good news for a side which finished top scorers during qualifying.

3) Former captain Jakub Błaszczykowski proved that he still has a lot to offer. A bit-part player for Fiorentina, the winger's performance against Serbia won over the local press, who unanimously stated that 'Kuba' has secured his place in the finals.

Questions remain
▪ Who will be paired with Kamil Glik at the heart of defence? Bartosz Salamon, who returned to the side after a two-year absence, remains one of the candidates; Michał Pazdan and Łukasz Szukała are other options.

▪ Grzegorz Krychowiak is a key man for club and country, but who will play alongside the Sevilla midfielder? Tomasz Jodłowiec, Karol Linetty and Krzysztof Mączyński are all competing for the role.

▪ Can Lewandowski avoid burn-out? If Bayern go all the way in the UEFA Champions League, the Polish captain could arrive in France tired after a long club campaign.

Piotr Zieliński in action for Empoli
Piotr Zieliński in action for Empoli©Getty Images

Room for improvement
With a solid backline and prolific strikers, Adam Nawałka's in-form team have few weaknesses at the moment. Perhaps Poland can improve if they can find someone for the No10 role, with Piotr Zieliński of Empoli a strong candidate to fill the gap, though the 21-year-old needs time to mature.

EURO certainties (if fit)
Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański (Swansea), Wojciech Szczęsny (Roma), Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)

Defenders: Łukasz Piszczek (Dortmund), Kamil Glik (Torino), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Lechia), Michał Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Łukasz Szukała (Osmanlıspor)

Midfielders: Kamil Grosicki (Rennes), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Fiorentina), Tomasz Jodłowiec (Legia Warszawa), Piotr Zieliński (Empoli), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznań), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia Kraków)

Strikers: Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München)

Media view
Przemysław Ofiara, Super Express writer
"Poland did a great job during EURO qualifying, losing just once, against Germany. They have maintained their fine form since securing their finals berth against Ireland, winning all four of their friendlies. That is why Polish fans believe this team can do well in France. Jakub Błaszczykowski, from the old guard, produced a great performance against Serbia and youngsters such as Paweł Wszołek showed against Finland that Poland have a strong supporting cast."