Polish effectiveness imposes first defeat to Denmark in U21 qualifying

In Gdynia, Sport

Poland U21 got its third win in five matches by beating Denmark in Gdynia. The Danish side had most of ball possession but it was Poland that got the win. This happened thanks to a very efficient performance of Polish players. Additionally, the team profited from some mistakes of the away team.

Better start of a Danish team

In Gdynia, the Danish side, with four wins in four games in this qualification, started better. They created a very good chance in the second minute of the game. Ten minutes later, Ingvartsen’s shot went wide after a very good pass from Duelund.

The home team, which couldn’t do better than drawing 2-2 in Faroe Islands on Friday, took not much time to answer. Polish team threatened Danish goal at the 14th minute. Sebastian Szymanski who shot on the goal. The striker came in the place of Bartosz Kapustka, who felt some problems just before the start of the game.

Right after Szymanski attempt, Konrad Michalak received a long pass from the midfield. Almost without any opposition, he shot the ball under keeper Iversen’s legs. As a result Poland came forward at the stroke of 15th minute.

Seven minutes later, Poland got the second goal after a huge misunderstanding between Nelsson and Iversen. Danish central defender tried to cut a pass from Szymanski but ended up sending the ball towards his own goal. As a result Danish keeper was unable to cut and Tomczyk only had to touch the ball to make the second for Poland.

Denmark tried to react facing the disadvantage. However they came across an extremely well organised Polish defence that closed all ways to Grabara goal. The best that the Danish side could do were two wide shots. One attempt was by Dueland at the 26th minute and another by Jensen three minutes from brake.

Second half

In the second half, Poland started well with a good chance missed by Szymanski at the 50th minute. After that everything came to the same: Danish attacks that would clash unsuccessfully Polish defence every once in a while.

Duelund saw his intents blocked at the 60th minute by Polish defenders. Jensen shot over the bar five minutes later. Additionally, at the 68th minute, Duelund managed to shoot on goal but keeper Grabara was there to maintain the result in 2-0.

At the 74th minute, Poland reacted to all this with another goal. Two Danish defenders could not put the ball away from the box. As a result Zurkowski found himself in a good position after a pass from Michalak. With a long distance shot that Iversen could not save, Polish midfielder made the goal.

Losing already by three goals, Denmark did not quit trying to get the goal. This only came in the added time with the attempt of two replacements. Robert Skov crossed from the right and Nikolai Laursen, at the far post, made the final 3-1.

Poland chases up

After this game, Denmark remained first in Group 3 with 12 points. However they are now only one point ahead of Poland, that managed to get its third win in this qualifying phase. Both teams enjoy already a considerable advantage from the rest as Faroe Islands in third place only have five points.