Lechia Gdansk has remained close to relegation zone after losing to Legia Warszawa at home by 1-3. It was the third loss in six games after the winter break. Before the game, Lechia Gdansk announced that 17-year old Egy Maulana Vikri from Indonesia will join the team.
Indonesian talent joins Lechia Gdansk
On Sunday, before the match with Legia, Lechia Gdansk announced a spectacular signing. The club hired 17-year old Indonesian Egy Maulana Vikri. Egy is already an Indonesian talent who plays for his country at the international level in U23 selection. He is also the first ever Indonesian playing in Poland.
Egy Maulana is a forward who has played for the last five years for Ragunan Athletes Academy. He caught the international media attention after receiving the Revelation Trophy at this year’s U19 Toulon Tournament. By doing this he began to follow the steps of stars such as Zinedine Zidane or Cristiano Ronaldo. The British The Guardian has included him in their list of the world’s 60 best young football talents.
The contract with Lechia Gdansk will take effect from the 8th of July 2018 and it will last for three years. During the press conference in Gdansk, Egy said that he wants to use this time to develop and to reach up to the best European players. Welcome to Tricity Egy!
Lechia Gdansk – Legia Warsaw
On Sunday, Lechia Gdansk extended its non-winning streak after the winter break to six games by losing 1-3. Their opponents – Legia Warsaw benefited greatly from the win. This result kept Gdansk’s team only two points away from the relegation zone.
Not long after the first whistle, Lechia already got in danger in the 12th minute when Cafu shot on goal after an unfortunate action by Nunes. However, Kuciak protected his goal with a very good save. Three minutes later, Lechia’s keeper was again crucial to maintain the null. He faced a very good center by Szymanski in a great style. In the following minute the bar saved Gdansk’s team as Radovic’s shot ended in the woodwork.
Lechia’s resistance lasted until the 24th minute when Vesovic passed Chrzanowski. He advanced without opposition towards Kuciak’s goal before passing to Niezgoda. Legia’s forward beat the offside trap and easily scored the first goal of the game.
Shortly after losing a goal, Lechia Gdansk was able to create some danger near Legia’s goal. Chrzanowski’s header in the 29th minute forced keeper Malarz to a save to a corner kick. Another good header by Flavio Paixao came in the 45th minute. However, the efforts were unsuccessful.
Legia Warsaw came stronger after the break to secure the victory with two quick goals. Totally unmarked Remy scored the first of them in the 48th minute, after an excellent cross by Radovic.
Marco Paixao still tried to score after an action between three Legia’s defenders, but it was the away team that scored again. Kucharczyk scored in the 51st minute with Legia’s players basically free of opposition from the home defense again.
Lechia Gdansk reduced the disadvantage in the 66th minute with an excellent shot by Slavchev. This goal, however, was not enough to avoid the third defeat in the last six games. After that, Kuciak was again crucial to avoid more goals from Legia. He saved a good shot from Pasquato in the 80th minute, and another good shot by Niezgoda, two minutes later.
With only three points since the winter break, Lechia lost all chances of ending the regular phase of Ekstraklasa in the top eight. The group of teams fighting for the championship is far beyond reach of players from Gdansk. On the other hand, Legia Warszawa, has equalized with the leader Jagiellonia Bialystok, which motivated them greatly.
The situation is very complicated for Lechia Gdansk. Next week, the team travels to Poznan to face Lech, which won 5:1 against the leader Jagiellonia this weekend. If they lose, they can fall on the 14th place, just above the relegation zone.