A piece of Brazilian magic sent Wales to a 1-0 defeat in Portugal despite an encouraging performance against a side ranked 37 places above of them by FIFA.
Sao Paulo-born Roger Guerreiro, given Polish citizenship in April 2008 to allow him to play in the European Championships, saw a delightful angled chip sail over substitute goalkeeper Boaz Myhill with 10 minutes left.
The Hull stopper was only a couple of yards off his line, but he could not stop the effort finding the top corner.
Poland had three good early chances. Wayne Hennessey only half stopped a 20-yarder from Rafal Murawski, before Mariusz Lewandowski fired just over from the edge of the box.
One high-speed run from Criag Bellamy threatened to open up the Polish defence, before they broke away again for Jacek Krzynowek to drill in a left-wing cross that Lukasz Gargula failed narrowly to reach at the far post.
Wales were improving and, after 33 minutes Wales almost took the lead. Bellamy's free-kick curled into the box and Ledley produced a clever chip to clear Fabianski with the ball bouncing onto the bar.
Zewlakow hacked the ball away, and from Bellamy's corner David Edwards' header was cleared off the line by Rafal Murawski.
Confidence was flowing from Wales, and three minutes from the break a fortunate deflection gave Robert Lewandowski a clear shot from the edge of the box, but Hennessey produced a fine save low to his left.
After the interval Myhill produced a fine save, low to his left, to keep out a drive from Mariusz Lewandowski.
But after 80 minutes Myhill found himself beaten by a flighted chip from Guerreiro, from way out on the right. The ball sailed over the Hull keeper, despite his despairing effort to claw the dropping ball away.
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