In the 26th round of Lotto Ekstraklasa, the highest Polish football league Lechia Gdansk played at home against Legia Warsaw. The other team from Tricity – Arka Gdynia played an away match against Piast Gliwice.
The meeting on top of the table
On Sunday, Lechia hosted a home game against Legia Warsaw in front of a record number of 37,220 spectators and fans at the Energa Stadium. The first half was goalless, but definitely eventful because both sides had chances to score. Lechia took the lead early in the second half, thanks to a home goal by Adam Hlousek’s corner shot assisted by Rafał Wolski.
In the 56th minute Kasper Hämäläinen made way for Legia’s substitute Michal Kucharczyk who made an instant impact by scoring 2 minutes later and making it 1:1.
Lechia had many chances to score in the final minutes of the game, but it was Legia who took the advantage. After a quick counter attack in the 87th minute, Michal Kucharczyk scored his second shot of the night and the win was taken by Legia.
Final score 1:2.
Lechia is currently in 4th position in the Lotto Ekstraklasa but only 3 points behind league leaders Jagiellonia Bialystok. With the international break Lechia has time to rest before the next league match. This will be a home game against 5th place Zaglebie Lubin (Sunday, April 2nd 17:00)
Painful game away from home
Saturday afternoon Arka was away at Piast Gliwice who are currently below Arka in the League (14th).
This was a hard fought match for both teams, but unfortunately Arka ended up with 0 points, losing the game 2:3.
Martin Bukata Opened the scoring for Piast in the 30th minute. Midfielder Mateusz Szwoch evened the score in the 54th minute after Arka got a penalty. Arka took the lead in the 66th with Rafal Siemaszko scoring his 7th league goal of the season. As a result, he joined as the top scorer with Marcus Vinicius. Piast didn’t give up easily and was right back in the game just 3 minutes later with a goal from Maciej Jankowski. In the 83rd minute Marcin Warcholak was sent off after a 2nd yellow card. With the game at 2:2 and Arka down to 10 men Piast took full advantage and got the win through their leading scorer Gerard Badia in the 84th minute, game over for Arka.
Arka has now dropped to 12th place in the table with 30 points. The next match is at home against Gornik Leczna (Saturday, April 1st 14:30). Let’s hope the international break gives the team the time it needs to re focus and get back to its winning ways.