Poland 2-0 Germany: Match report

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Some would say it would never happen, and yet the final score at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland was 2-0 for the hosts. Despite the onslaught of shots from the visitors, the White Eagles of Poland stood resolute.

This will come as the third major upset in this year's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, after Albania beat Portugal and Slovakia beat Spain, but this one will be forever remembered in the hearts of Polish fans as their first victory over their mortal rivals.

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Poland: 4-4-2: GK Szczesny, DEF:Piszczek, Glik, Szukala, Wawrzyniak, MID: Grosicki, Krychowiak, Jodlowiec, Rybus, FW: Milik, Lewandowski (Captain)

Germany:4-2-3-1: GK: Neuer (Captain), DEF: Rüdiger, Hummels, Boateng, Durm, MID: Kroos, Kramer, Schürrle, Götze, Bellarabi FW: Müller

Subs: (Poland) Sobota, Mila, Jedzejczyk (Germany) Draxler, Kruse, Podolski

What happened?

The Germans started off strong and dominated through the whole first half, as would be expected of them, however their finishing would let them down time and time again.

Bellarabi would be the most dangerous player for the Germans all day, with six shots and a plethora of missed chances. The possession was mostly concentrated in the Polish half, with all aims directed toward scoring a goal, but Szczesny backed by his solid centre back pairing of Glik and Szukala kept the game scoreless for the first half. 

It didn't take too long into the second half for the Poles to get in front. A lovely cross from Lukasz Piszczek was met by a glancing header from  Ajax's Arkadiusz Milik, who put the ball into the left corner past the stranded Neuer.

It was a rare mistake from the German 'keeper, had he stayed on his line, he probably could have saved the goal. The Germans immediately tried to respond through Mario Götze, who spun around a multitude of defenders to unleash a weak shot, which Szczesny easily claimed.

The game continued in a similar fashion for the next 30 minutes or with the German's dictating the tempo, and constantly probing for their first goal. Substitute Lukas Podolski nearly scored an incredible volley inside the box, but rattled the cross bar. However, it was Polish substitute Sebastian Mila in the 88th minute, who would take an unselfish pass from captain Robert Lewandowski and put it beyond Manuel Neuer's reach.

Szczesny shines for Poland

The main standout performer in this game was Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny, saving all nine shots put against him to earn his country their first win over Germany in history. Poland will play Scotland on Tuesday again in Warsaw, while the Germans will face the Irish.

Currently Poland lead group D because of a one goal difference over the second place Irish. Germany are in third, followed by by Scotland, Georgia and Gibralter.

Wojciech Szczesny
Lukas Podolski
Robert Lewandowski
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