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Poland beats Ireland 3-2 in friendly

Poland beats Ireland 3-2 in friendly

Poland handed Giovanni Trapattoni his first loss as Ireland coach, hanging on to win 3-2 Wednesday in a friendly that saw three goals in the final minutes.
Captain Mariusz Lewandowski scored a third-minute header to put Poland ahead, and substitute striker Roger Guerreiro doubled the lead in the 47th with a shot into the low left corner.
Stephen Hunt got one back for the hosts from the penalty spot in the 88th, but Robert Lewandowski made it 3-1 a minute later. Keith Andrews then scored Ireland's second goal in injury time.
"It was sort of a hectic finale, but we gave away disappointing goals," Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given said. "We had the worst possible start to both halves, but we really dug deep."
Waving flares and flags, more than 10,000 Poles had plenty to cheer at Croke Park as the visitors got off to a fast start.
Lewandowski ran into the box for a free kick, jumped between John O'Shea and Caleb Folan, and sent his header past Given into the bottom right corner.
Guerreiro doubled Poland's lead with his first touch of the ball _ pouncing on a defensive error and scoring with a low shot.
Ireland's subdued fans started leaving after 80 minutes _ and missed a thrilling finish.
Shane Long was tripped in the Poland area and Hunt converted the penalty. Ireland had no time to celebrate as Lewandowski spun away from his marker and fired home a powerful left-footed shot barely a minute later.
The next Ireland assault on the Poland goal ended two minutes later with an unmarked Andrews shooting into the top right corner.
Ireland might even have snatched a remarkable draw but Kevin Kilbane's shot was cleared off the line in the final seconds of injury time.
Ireland next plays on Feb. 11, when the team hosts Georgia in Group 8 of World Cup qualifying. Ireland is second behind world champion Italy.
Poland's next match is March 28, at Northern Ireland. The Poles trail Slovakia and are even with Slovenia and the Czech Republic with seven points in Group 3.
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Lineups:
Ireland: Shay Given, Paul McShane (Alex Bruce, 60), Richard Dunne, John O'Shea, Kevin Kilbane, Andy Keogh (Stephen Hunt, 60), Darron Gibson (Keith Andrews, 73), Glenn Whelan, Damien Duff (Shane Long, 67), Kevin Doyle (Noel Hunt, 60), Caleb Folan.
Poland: Lukasz Fabianski, Marcin Wasilewski, Bartosz Bosacki, Dariusz Dudka, Jakub Wawrzyniak, Jakub Blaszczykowski (Robert Lewandowski, 46), Lukasz Gargula, Mariusz Lewandowski, Jacek Krzynowek (Tomasz Jodlowiec, 81), Rafal Boguski (Slawomir Peszko, 70), Pawel Brozek (Roger Guerreiro, 46).


Updated : 2021-10-16 13:36 GMT+08:00