Chronicle of France – Poland: 1-1

Berlin, June 25 (EUROPA PRESS) – The French team finished second in Group D of the Euro Cup that is being played in Germany after failing to beat the eliminated Poland this Tuesday, against whom they tied by one goal in the Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park to be overtaken in the standings by the surprising Austria.

The double world champion, after two discreet matches against the Austrians and the Netherlands, improved significantly, also helped by the return of Kylian Mbappé, who raised his level despite the discomfort of the mask that protects him from his nasal fracture and which marked the his team’s goal from the penalty spot, but he ran into a great Lukasz Skorupski, the best of his team and who crossed his path on several occasions. Didier Deschamps’ men were better, but ended up penalized by a maximum penalty scored by Robert Lewandowski.

France started the match strong, with the return of its star and the substitution of Antoine Griezmann. The first shot on goal was from his rival, but at the beginning the duel only had one direction, that of the goal of Skorupski, starter in place of Szczesny and key for his team.

The ‘Bleus’ came out with energy and determined to go for the game, driven by the energy of Ousmane Dembélé, a headache on the right wing and creator of the first chance that Barcola narrowly missed, the great novelty in the eleven. Theo Hernandez did catch the ball, but his shot was repelled by the well-placed Polish goalkeeper, who was also successful against the winger minutes later.

Despite the good start of Deschamps’ team, Poland slowly started to relax and also threatened Maignan, mainly through Robert Lewandowski, who regained ownership and enjoyed the best of his team with a sharp header just past the half-time mark. time when the post of the French goal went close.

However, the two main protagonists were Mbappé and Skorupski. The ‘masked man’ had two good options against the goalkeeper, but he knew how to hold on and abort them to keep his team with all the options for the second 45 minutes.

Mbappé scores, Lewandowski replies

And after going through the locker room, France maintained its momentum and controlled the match much more against an opponent who had a much harder time getting close to the double world champion’s area. Mbappé once again had two in a row, one with Skorupski again successful and a second that went very close to the post.

Finally, French ambition was rewarded with a penalty from Kiwior on Dembélé that allowed the ‘bleu’ captain to break the ‘wall’ that the Polish goalkeeper had put up and in a EURO where he had not yet seen a goal. The goal did not wake up Poland, holding on to Skorupski once again against Barcola and unable to generate chances or find Lewandowski, while Deschamps moved the bench with a triple substitution, including Griezmann.

Probierz tried to refresh his team who once again clung to their star, who sent a powerful warning to Maignan with which the Central European team woke up until they achieved the tie after a penalty by Upamecano on Swiderski, indicated after the VAR warning after that Mbappé missed a great chance with a poor execution against Skorupski. Lewandowski missed his first attempt, but Maignan ended up ahead of the Blaugrana’s carousel of threats, who did not forgive the second.

The goal left France somewhat ‘touched’ and encouraged Poland who experienced their most dominant minutes, with the FC Barcelona striker issuing another warning. The ‘Bleus’ rallied, but Skorupski and the Polish defense did not concede the long-awaited goal to condemn them to second place in the group.

Data sheet

–RESULT: FRANCE, 1 – POLAND, 1 (0-0, at halftime).

–ALIGNMENTS.

FRANCE: Maignan; Koundé, Saliba, Upamecano, Hernandez; Tchouámeni (Fofana, min.81), Kanté (Camavinga, min.61), Rabiot (Griezmann, min.61); Dembélé (Kolo Muani, min.86), Mbappé and Barcola (Giroud, min.61).

POLAND: Skorupski; Bednarek, Dawidowicz, Kiwior; Frankowski, Moder, Zielinski, Zalewski (Skoras, min.68); Szymanski (Swiderski, min.68), Lewandowski and Urbanski.

–GOALS.

1-0, minute 56. Mbappé, penalty.

1-1, minute 79. Lewandowski, penalty.

–REFEREE: Marco Guida (ITA). He cautioned Rabiot (min.43), for France, Hernandez (min.53), and Zalewski (min.24), coach Probierz (min.53), Dawidowicz (min.89) and Swiderski (min.92), for Poland.

–STADIUM: Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

 
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