Moldova off the mark after shock win in Poland

Poland 0-1 Moldova Alexandr Curteian's team ended a run of four successive Group 6 defeats with a surprise victory in Wronki, Gheorghe Andronic scoring in the second half.

Filip Kurto looks on forlornly after being beaten by Gheorghe Andronic
Filip Kurto looks on forlornly after being beaten by Gheorghe Andronic ©Cyfrasport

Moldova gained their first points in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6 with a surprise victory against Poland.

Alexandr Curteian's team − who lost their first four matches, including a 5-0 defeat in Portugal on Thursday − triumphed thanks to Gheorghe Andronic's free-kick with 19 minutes remaining.

They were on the back foot for large swathes of the contest in Wronki, however, the hosts' pressure limiting them to sporadic counterattacks whenever the opportunity arose. Indeed, from one such break in the first half Maxim Antoniuc raced clear on the left and hit a post.

Moldova, who defended stoically throughout, were rewarded when substitute Miłosz Przybecki fouled Antoniuc and Andronic despatched the dead ball from 20 metres past Filip Kurto. The teams are not in action again until they meet in the reverse fixture on 1 June.

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