Poland Beats Germany

Talisman Lewandowski

Talisman Lewandowski

Poland had been on an embarrassing losing streak against Germany since 1933 not having won a single match since that time. However, Saturday’s Euro Qualifier against the old enemy Germany brought an end to the losing streak and gave Poland a historical and sensational triumph. The match was a thriller in every sense of the word and Poland’s faithful and long-suffering fans experienced what some claimed to be the best night of their sporting lives. Nigh on 60,000 fans packed the relatively new National Stadium in Warsaw roaring on their team to victory. Journalists from around the world were in agreement that the atmosphere and noise levels at the stadium were electrifying and perfect for the match. The Polish team beat the current world champions and sent Warsaw (and probably every other city in Poland) into a state of ecstasy. The first half belonged to the Germans who dominated throughout although did not manage a goal to show for it. Poland’s attack was non-existent, the midfielders could not keep the ball, but wave after wave of German attack crashed against the strong Polish defence. Only once did Poland have a shot on target. The Germans had had 15. The beginning of the second half did not augur well for Poland and looked like being the longest 45 minutes in years. The Germans kept on the offensive at least until Jodłowiec found himself with the ball in a clear position without any cover and Milik moved into the penalty area. It was the first goal in a competitive game against Germany since 1971. It was like a wake-up call to the Germans who once again pressed forward but the Polish and Arsenal goalkeeper Szczęsny did not disappoint. The Polish team upped their defensive play, and focused on maintaining the advantage. And when the opportunity came, Sebastian Mila did not disappoint and scored with minutes to spare determining the final result: 2-0 to the home side. Even though Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s star player did not score, both fans and journalists agreed that his work rate made him an inspired choice as captain. When the referee brought an end to the proceedings everyone was dancing and screaming. The 1933 German curse had been lifted. Miracles are possible.

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