Polish team gets relegated in the most devastating way possible


The agony of relegation is something that many football fans will never experience. 

In terms of the highs and lows of following a team, it doesn't get much worse than failing to beat the drop. 

There was relatively little drama in the Premier League's battle for survival this season, with none of Huddersfield, Fulham, or Cardiff managing to take things down to the wire. 

Yet one place where there was no shortage of tension was in the Fortuna 1 Liga, the second tier of Polish football. 

Two games were taking place simultaneously: Wigry Suwalki were playing away at the champions Rakow Czestochowa, while Bytovia Bytow were facing GKS Katowice. 

Suwalki, Bytovia, and Katowice were all fighting for their lives, with two relegation spots left.  

As the clock ticked down, it looked as though all hope was lost for Bytovia as they desperately needed a goal and three points. 

The score was poised at 1-1 against Katowice, before goalkeeper Andrzej Witan appeared at the back post to head home in the 97th minute. 

Cue some absolutely remarkable scenes. However, just moments later, news started to filter through to the stadium that Suwalki had scored an injury-time winner of their own in the 92nd-minute against the champions. 

Have you ever seen anything quite like it? 

Daniel Smuga was the hero for Suwalki, the substitute coming on to score his first goal for the club just months after joining. What a way to write himself into folklore. 

To make matters worse, the Polish league system operates in a similar way to La Liga, putting head-to-head results ahead of goal difference.

And all three teams finished on exactly 37 points, Suwalki staying up because they beat Bytovia 4-2 in April, as reported by The Sun.  

At least Bytovia and Katowice were united in sorrow as it meant they were both doomed to the third division.

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