Match Report

Poland 1-0 Latvia

Late goal gives co-hosts win in friendly

ESPN staff

Artur Sobiech's goal sealed the win© Getty Images

A late header from 21-year-old Hannover striker Artur Sobiech gave Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland a 1-0 friendly win over Latvia in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda experimented with his lineup for the game as Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski were left out and debutant Rafal Wolski was given a chance to shine.

Arsenal reserve keeper Lukasz Fabianski was also in the starting XI and he was the busier of the two goalkeepers as Latvia had the better of the opening exchanges. He did well to block Ivans Lukjanovs’ strike and also saved well from Artjoms Rudnevs before Poland almost opened the scoring late in the first-half through defender Marcin Wasilewski, whose header hit the post.

Ending 0-0 at half-time, the second period saw only one chance of note as Sebastian Boesnich headed into the side netting from a free-kick.

The match then turned a little nasty as several players were booked among a host of second-half substitutions that broke up the play, but the deadlock was broken eight minutes from time as Sobiech headed in Kamil Grosicki's delivery to secure the win.

Poland play Slovakia in their next Euro 2012 warm-up on Saturday, and they are expected to field a first-choice line-up for that clash.


Poland: Lukasz Fabianski, Marcin Wasilewski, Tomasz Jodlowiec (Marcin Kaminski, 64), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak, Sebastian Boenisch (Jakub Wawrzyniak, 72), Rafal Murawski, Adrian Mierzejewski (Michal Kucharczyk, 46), Kamil Grosicki, Eugen Polanski, Rafal Wolski (Adam Matuszczyk, 46), Pawel Brozek (Artur Sobiech, 57).

Latvia: Pavels Dorosevs, Oskars Klava, Deniss Ivanovs, Kaspars Gorkss, Ritvars Rugins, Aleksandrs Fertovs, Olegs Laizans, Aleksandrs Cauna, Aleksejs Visnakovs (Andrejs Pereplotkins, 73), Ivans Lukjanovs, Artjoms Rudnevs (Edgars Gauracs, 78).


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