Fired few minutes before the derby, coach Smolka completed a row of 12 games without a win for Arka Gdynia with 0-0 draw at home with leader Lechia Gdansk. White and Greens have now only a three-point lead over Legia Warszawa with two games left in regular season.
Arka Gdynia – Lechia Gdansk
Fighting not to fall on relegation zone, Arka Gdynia almost got the advantage on the 17th minute when Aankour, served by Nalepa, crossed to see Kubicki removing the ball from the box near goal line.
Leader Lechia responded three minutes later after a quick move by Haraslin. Slovak player shot to goal but keeper Steinbors opposed with an effective save. One minute from halftime, Jankowski received an excellent cross from Janota but he just managed to head the ball to the upper side of the bar.
The danger continued near Kuciak’s goal on the start of the second half and still within the first minute after the break the ball was in Lechia’s net. However, after a VAR consultation, the referee decided to cancel Aankour’s goal after spotting that Marciniak brought down Kuciak just before the goal.
After the cancelled goal, opportunities were seen again in Gdynia only on the 76th minute when substitute Sobiech, served by Haraslin, shot a little over the bar. Four minutes later, Haraslin himself circled Arka’s defense and was more effective than Sobiech forcing Steinbors to a great save to corner.
The biggest chance for a goal in this period appeared in added time and for Arka. Kolev, with fantastic ball control, shot for a great save from Kuciak to the post.
With this result, Arka (plays in Szczecin on Sunday), now with a row of 12 games without a win, is now three points away from relegation as Wisla Plock lost in Gliwice.
With only two games left in regular season, Lechia Gdansk (receives Lech on Saturday) continues to have the leadership, but now only with a three-point advantage as Legia Warszawa won at home over Jagiellonia Bialystok.