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925 vs. Poland
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
postponed from 16 October
2014 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group H qualification match

Poland 1 England 1 [0-1]

Stadion Narodowy, Kazimierza Górskiego, Warszawa
Kick-off delayed by waterlogged pitch, due to kick-off (CEST): 16th October, 9.00pm 8.00pm BST, then 10.00pm 9.00pm BST under an open roof.
Rescheduled kick-off (CEST): 4.59pm 3.59pm BST under a closed roof.


93 minutes 45:01 & 48:01 Jermain Defoe kicked-off
  [0-1] Wayne Rooney header 31 30:07
6-yard unopposed header into the far post from a Gerrard corner
[1-1] Kamil Glik header 70 69:47
 beat Lescott to a 7-yard header into the far post from an Obrianiak corner
Eugen Polański 11 10:44
Ashley Cole
Kamil Glik 64 63:46  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary


Officials from Italy



England Squad
Poland Squad
Referee (sky blue) - Gianluca Rocchi
39 (25 August 1973), Firenze, FIFA listed 2008.

Assistant Referees - Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, 39 (17 January 1973), Teramo, and Gianluca Cariolato, 40 (24 April 1972), Legnago.
Fourth official -
Mauro Bergonzi, 40 (30 December 1971), Genova, FIFA-listed 2009.

20 Goal Attempts 12
7 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 4
  Offside Calls Against  
9 Fouls Conceded 6
46% Possession 54%

Poland Team



FIFA (3 October 2012) 54th
EFO ranking Group 7
ELO rating 39th
Colours: Made by Nike - White crew neck jerseys with red chest panel, red shorts, white socks.
Capt: Marcin Wasilewski Manager: Waldemar Fornalik, 49 (11 April 1963), appointed 10 July 2012,
5th match, W 2 - D 2 - L 1 - F 6 - A 4
Poland Lineup
22 Tytoń, Przemysław 25
287 days
4 January 1987 G Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 12 0
26 Piszczek, Łukasz 27
136 days
3 June 1985 RB BV Borussia 1909 Dortmund, Germany 31 0
27 Wasilewski, Marcin 32
142 days
9 June 1980 CD RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 56 2
Glik, Kamil J. 24
257 days
3 February 1988 CD Torino FC, Italy 14 2
Glik cautioned in the 64th minute for handball, after he got in the way of a Defoe cross on the right goal-line.
14 Wawrzyniak, Jakub 29
102 days
7 July 1983 LB Legia Warszawa SA 31 1
8 Krychowiak, Grzegorz 22
262 days
29 January 1990 RDM Stade de Reims, France 5 0
7 Polański, B. Eugeniusz 26
214 days
17 March 1986 LDM FSV Mainz 05, Germany 15 0
Polański cautioned in the 11th minute for unsporting behaviour for a foul, after he clipped the heels of Jermain Defoe running into the centre-circle.
13 Wszołek, Paweł M., off 63rd min 20
79 days
30 July 1992 RM KS Polonia Warszawa 2 0
10 Obraniak, Ludović J., off 90th min. 27
342 days
10 November 1984 AM FC Girondins de Bordeaux, France 29 5
21 Grosicki, Kamil, off 83rd min 24
143 days
8 June 1988 LM Sivasspo, Turkey 18 0
9 Lewandowski, Robert  24
57 days
21 August 1988 CF BV Borussia 1909 Dortmund, Germany 49 15
Poland Substitutes
scoreline: Poland 0 England 1
18 Mierzejewski, Adrian, on 63rd min. (62:38) for Wszołek 25
346 days
6 November 1986 RM Trabzonspor AŞ, Turkey 30 2
scoreline: Poland 1 England 1
17 Milik, Arkadiusz, on 83rd min. (82:05) for Grosicki 18
232 days
28 February 1994 LM KS Górnik Zabrze 2 0
6 Borysiuk, Ariel, on 90th min. (89:40) for Obraniak 21
80 days
29 July 1991 AM 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Germany 8 0
result: Poland 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 1-Tomasz Kuszczak, 3-Gregorz Wojtkowiak, 4-Marchin Komorowski, 11-Rafal Murawski, 12-Łukasz Skorupski, 19-Waldemar Sobota, 20-Arkadiusz Piech, 24-Damien Perquis, 25-Artur Sobiech.
4-2-3-1 Tytoń -
Piszczek, Wasilewski, Glik, Wawrzyniak -
Krychowiak, Polanski - 
(Mierzejewski), Obraniak (Borysiuk), Grosicki (Milik) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 349 days Appearances/Goals 23.8 2.2


England Team



FIFA (3 October 2012) 5th
EFO ranking Group 2
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 2011 away uniform - Galaxy blue collared jerseys with regatta blue collar, regatta blue shorts, galaxy blue socks with regatta blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard
(24th (38) captaincy (3))
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 65 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
11th match, W 7 - D 4 - L 0 - F 21 - A 6.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 25
181 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 26 16ᵍᵃ
2 Johnson, Glen M. 28
55 days
23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 43 1
3 Cole, Ashley 31
302 days
20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 99 0
Cole cautioned in the 38th minute for ungentlemanly conduct for apparently time-wasting, he picked up the ball to take a throw-in, but failed to find a teammate to throw it at.
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 32
140 days
30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 99 19
5 Jagielka, Philip N. 30
61 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 16 1
6 Lescott, Joleon P. 30
62 days
16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 24 1
7 Milner, James P. 26
287 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 34 1
8 Carrick, Michael 31
81 days
28 July 1981 CM Manchester United FC 26 0
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 67th min. 30
10 days
7 October 1982 LF Tottenham Hotspur FC 52 17
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 73rd min 26
359 days
24 October 1985 RF Manchester United FC 78 31
11 Cleverley, Thomas W. 23
66 days
12 August 1989 LM Manchester United FC 5 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Poland 0 England 1
22 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 67th min. (66:43) for Defoe 21
326 days
26 November 1990 LF Manchester United FC 13 7 4
scoreline: Poland 1 England 1
17 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 73rd min. (72:43) for Rooney 19
63 days
15 August 1993 RF Arsenal FC 9 5 1
result: Poland 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 12-Kyle Walker, 13-John Ruddy, 14-Leighton Baines, 15-Gary Cahill, 16-Ryan Shawcross, 18-Jonjo Shelvey, 19-Aaron Lennon, 20-Adam Johnson, 21-Andy Carroll, 23-Fraser Forster.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
records: England have now gone thirteen qualification matches unbeaten (W8 D5).
Manager Roy Hodgson was in charge of Finland against Poland for the European Championships qualifying match in September 2006 (3-1).
4-4-2 Hart -
Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Cole -
 Milner, Gerrard, Carrick, Cleverley -
(Oxlade-Chamberlain), Defoe (Welbeck).
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 281 days Appearances/Goals 45.6 6.5
oldest starting XI in 2012-13
Hodgson's oldest starting XI
most experienced starting XI in 2012-13


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After the debacle of the previous evening's heavy rain and postponement of the match, England had to regroup and prepare themselves for this vital game in Poland.  In the end they came away with a deserved point, and it could have been even better for them.

The pitch was obviously very heavy but perfectly playable this time and the first action saw James Milner cross to the far post, where Jermaine Defoe's shot was blocked.  Early on England held possession well, mostly along the back four line, but the passes forward were not of the best quality and there were few chances created.  On eight minutes the first clear chance of the game fell to Kamil Grosicki of Poland.  Jakub Rawrzyniak sent in a dangerous cross from the left and the unmarked Grosicki had a great chance.  Luckily for England though he scuffed his shot and the ball was cleared.  Apart from some good chasing back from Wayne Rooney and a booking for Eugeniusz Polanski after a foul on Defoe, there was very little incident of note over the next ten minute spell.  Joe Hart had to move swiftly to dive at the feet of one home attacker and then Milner put in a good cross from the right again.  It was noticeable how many times Poland were in behind Ashley Cole, as the Chelsea man struggled in his 99th international.  But in the main England defended comfortably and Hart was rarely troubled.

Rooney tried an unsuccessful chip and then combined with Steven Gerrard but the ball wouldn't run for England.  The match was a poor one and both sides looked sluggish at times, and frequently gave the ball away.  In the 26th minute Milner again fired in a good cross to the near post, well defended by Poland.  And then two minutes later Robert Lewandowski shot wide after again getting in behind Cole.  The next attack of the game brought England a goal.

Gerrard won a corner and the skipper, also playing his 99th game for England, took the kick and there was Rooney to glance a header into the far corner.  It was a goal England just about deserved on the balance of play but replays suggested that it had gone in off Rooney's shoulder and a Polish arm.  But at that moment no-one from England cared!

Poland hit back strongly for the next few minutes and Wawryzniak shot over from a good position.  But England weathered the mini storm and after 36 minutes they had a free-kick which was cleared as far as Tom Cleverley on the edge of the box, but his follow-up shot squirmed wide.  If England's attacking threat was weak then to be honest Poland's was not much better and all their star man Lewandowski wanted to do was foul his markers.  Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka both looked solid enough in the centre of defence, and you certainly couldn't fault their effort.  Meanwhile, Cole's miserable night was compounded when he was booked and then with just four minutes left of the half a long ball sent Grosicki clear only for the forward to shoot wide when he really should have done better.  Just before the break Glen Johnson's pace rescued England after a slip by Lescott and England preserved their half-time lead without further alarm.

The second half began as the first had ended with Johnson saving England with a crucial interception, this time after a miskick by Jagielka.  On 50 minutes Ludovic Obraniak fired in a good shot which Hart had to tip over the bar.  Ten minutes later Lukasz Piszczek shot wide from a good opening.  As you can see goal chances were well spaced out, although a minute after that miss Johnson broke into the box before being bundled over, no penalty said the ref.  Two good attacks on 65 minutes almost sealed the result for England.  Gerrard's free-kick to the far post set up Defoe but the Spurs striker messed his shot up and the chance was lost, and then straight after a low cross from the right was only just cut out.  They were golden chances, especially Defoe's, and England were to rue those misses.

Two minutes later Danny Welbeck came on for Defoe, who to be fair, had had to plough a lone farrow for much of the game, feeding off scraps.  Welbeck's first contribution almost brought that elusive second goal.  Milner's pass found the striker and eventually he was able to tee up Rooney, but the scorer of 32 [ed: 31] England goals could not add to his tally as he shot over meekly.  That was the miss that broke the camel's back because in the next minute Poland found an equaliser.

A corner from the right by Obraniak was met by a powerful header from Kamil Glik and the ball flashed into England's net.  Hart had come off his line and failed to reach the ball as he tried to cut out the corner, and Lescott was slow to react as Glik came storming in.  Did Poland deserve their goal, probably, but up to that point England were comfortable in defence and Hart had not really had a serious save to make, so in many ways it was very disappointing. 

Surprisingly Roy Hodgson then took off Rooney and sent on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which was strange because Rooney still looked like England's best bet for a goal.

Apart from another Glik header from a corner England easily saw out the remaining 20 minutes, which was creditable as the atmosphere after Poland's equaliser stepped up a notch and became quite intimidating.  It was all good experience for the England players, especially the younger ones in the team, and although there was an air of disappointment after the match, a point in Poland is not to be sniffed at.  The Poles will have plenty to say in the future of this group that is for sure.

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