Lechia Gdansk and Arka Gdynia survived “the woodwork” week

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Lechia Gdansk - Zaglebie Sosnowiec, photo: Luca Aliano/Tricity NewsLechia Gdansk - Zaglebie Sosnowiec, photo: Luca Aliano/Tricity News

After a week with six balls on the post and on the bar in the two Tricity teams’ games, Lechia Gdansk won in Sosnowiec and maintains the leadership after 26 rounds. Arka went to Lubin to get a null and is still at risk near relegation places.

Zaglebie Sosnowiec – Lechia Gdansk

Lechia Gdansk secured one more week as a leader of Ekstraklasa after a difficult 0:1 away win on Saturday against Zaglebie Sosnowiec. The hosts are the last in the championship. Lechia won thanks to an early goal after Lukasik’s free-kick in the eighth minute that keeper Hrosso couldn’t save.

On the 23rd minute, the “woodwork” show in Sosnowiec started. Polczak headed into the bar after a free kick. Right after that, Lechia conducted a counter-attack that could have ended with a goal especially after Mygas lost the ball near Zaglebie’s box. Arak served Lukasik but the final shot was weak and easily saved by Hrosso.

Near the end of the first half came another scare for Lechia when Polczak headed towards Pawlowski. Only facing keeper Kuciak, Zaglebie’s forward could only shoot over the bar losing a great chance for the draw.

Second half

While Zaglebie had already seen a ball deflected by the bar in the first half, it was Lechia that saw this happening again in the 47th minute. Arak jumped higher than Zaglebie’s defender but he was only able to head straight into the bar.

In the 70th minute, another ball hit the bar. Mozdzen from outside of the box got a superb shot that only the woodwork could deflect. Kuciak would be completely unable to save this superb shot.

Five minutes later, a bad service from Zaglebie’s defense gave way for the fourth ball on the bar of the game. Flavio Paixao served Michalak with a back-heel pass to another shot to the woodwork.

In the 82nd minute, the ball got into Hrosso’s goal but scorer Sobiech was slightly offside after being served by Kubicki. The goal was only canceled after a VAR verification made by the referee.

For the final minutes of the match, two more good chances for Lechia to Sosnowiec with a bigger score. Substitute Michal Mak shot a little wide in the 84th minute and, in the 90th minute, Sobiech only with keeper Hrosso on his front failed the goal.

Zaglebie Lubin – Arka Gdynia

In Lubin, Arka Gdynia was trying its first win in ten games of the championship but the best they got was a null. As a result, Yellow and Blues are just two points ahead of relegation zone.

After 40 minutes without big chances, Gdynia’s team had some good opportunities in the final minutes of the first half. Janota forced keeper Forenc to a good save after a free kick in the 42nd minute and, right after that, it was Zaglebie’s keeper that anticipated himself to Jankowski to avoid the 0:1.

The last minute of the first half meant another scare for Lubin’s team when Poreba almost made an own goal by heading the ball against his own bar. The woodwork would be again in action on the 59th minute to stop a superb free kick by Starzynski.

Starzynski tried the free-kick again in the 64th minute. This time though, the shot was too wide. The great chance for Lubin’s team appeared on the dying seconds of the match when Steinbors successfully opposed a shot by substitute Szysz that had everything to dictate Arka’s defeat.

Next games

After the pause for the national teams’ games, Lechia entertains Piast Gliwice at home on Friday trying to get their second win in a row in the championship. On Saturday, Arka receives Slask Wroclaw in an attempt to distance themselves from the relegation places.

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