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  Wednesday, 8 September 2021
2022 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group I qualification match

Poland 1 England 1 [0-0]
Stadion PGE Narodowy, Aleja Księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego, Kamionek, Praga, Warszawa, Mazowieckie
Kick-off (CEST): 8.45pm 7.45pm BST
Attendance: 56,212
Poland kicked off
after England 'took the knee'
96½ minutes 47:32 & 49:14

[1-1] Damian Szymański header 90+2 91:04 
Robert Lewandowski puts in a cross from the left for Szymański to climb higher than Shaw to head in from 4 yards
[0-1] Harry Kane 72 71:26
receives the ball from Kyle Walker in centre of field and unleashes the ball from 30 yards with his right-foot to score in the bottom corner
Kamil Glik after ht whistle Kalvin Phillips 7 6:58
Harry Maguire after ht whistle
Grzegorz Krychowiak 60 59:42 
Tymoteusz Puchacz 77 76:54
Karol Linetty
79 78:33
Damian Szymański 90+3 92:33
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon
"WAR SORE" Daily Star
Officials from Germany Poland Squad Type England Squad
Referee (yellow)
Daniel Siebert
37 (4 May 1984)
, Berlin, FIFA listed 2015.
11  Goal Attempts 13
Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees Hit Bar/Post 0
Jan Seidel
36 (10 October 1984), Oberkrämer
Rafael Foltyn
36 (21 June 1985), Mainz-Kastel
Corner Kicks Won 3
Fourth official
Daniel Schlager
31 (8 December 1989), Rastatt
FIFA Referee Assessor - Darko Čeferin, Slovenia
FIFA Match Commissioner - João Morais, Portugal
2 Offside Calls Against 3
16  Fouls Conceded 8
36.7%  Possession 63.3%

Video Assistant Officials from Germany  
Bastian Dankert
41 (9 June 1980), Schwerin, FIFA-listed 2014
Assistant VAR official - Markus Sinn, 42
Poland Team
Rank: FIFA (12th August 2021) 27th
EFO ranking
Group Seven
ELO rating 29th
Colours: Made by Nike - White collared jerseys with red/white collars/cuffs, red shorts with white sidetrim, white socks with red hoop.
Capt: Robert Lewandowski Manager: Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa, 51 (30 August 1970 in Viseu, Portugal), appointed 21 January 2021.
eleventh match, W 3 - D 5 - L 3 - F 26 - A 17
Poland Lineup
1 Szczęsny, Wojciech T. 31
143 days
18 April 1990 G Juventus FC, Italy 59 0
3 Dawidowicz, Paweł M. 26
172 days
20 March 1995 RB Hellas Verona FC, Italy 6 0
15 Glik, Kamil J., off 80th min. 33
217 days
3 February 1988 CD
Benevento Calcio, Italy
after ht whistle following a melee as the teams were walking off the pitch
5 Bednarek, Jan K. 25
149 days
12 April 1996 LB Southampton FC, England 35 1
10 Krychowiak, Grzegorz, off 68th min. 31
222 days
29 January 1990 DM
FC Krasnodar, Russia
  60th min. for a lunge and an elbow barging into Jack Grealish again
7 Jóźwiak, Kamil J., off 80th min. 23
139 days
22 April 1998 RM Derby County FC, England 19 2
8 Linetty, Karol 26
218 days
2 February 1995 RCM
Torino FC, Italy
  79th min. for hacking at Harry Kane near the touchline
16 Moder, Jakub P. 22
154 days
7 April 1999 LCM Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England 15 2
23 Puchacz, Tymoteusz, off 80th min. 22
228 days
23 January 1999 LM
1.FC Union Berlin, Germany
  77th min. for sliding tackle from behind bringing down Raheem Sterling
14 Buksa, Adam, off 63rd min. 25
58 days
12 July 1996 RF New England Revolution, United States 3 4
9 Lewandowski, Robert 33
18 days
21 August 1988 LF FC Bayern München, Germany 125 72
mst apps mst gls
Poland Substitutes
11  Świderski, Karol, on 63rd min. (62:31) for Buksa 24
228 days
23 January 1997 RF Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitón FC, Greece  10 3
Szymański, Damian, on 68th min. (67:30) for Krychowiak 26
84 days
16 June 1995 CD Athlitikí Énosis Konstadinoupóleos, Greece 6 1
  90th+3rd min. for removing his shirt when celebrating his goal 
scoreline: Poland 0 England 1
6 Helik, Michał S., on 80th min. (79:26) for Glik 25 
364 days
9 September 1995 CD Barnsley FC, England 5 0
21 Frankowski, Przemysław, on 80th min. (79:27) for Jóźwiak 26
149 days
12 April 1995 RM Le Racing Club de Lens, France  18 1
13 Rybus, Maciej, on 80th min. (79:36) for Puchacz 32
21 days
18 August 1989 RB FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia 65 2
result: Poland 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 2-Kamil Piątowski, 4-Tomasz Kędziora, 12-Łukasz Skorupski, 18-Nicola Zalewski, 19-Jakub Kamiński, 20-Bartosz Slisz, 22-Bartłomiej Drągowski.
records: Poland have not been beaten at home in WC or EC qualification since March 2013. 
Manager Paulo Sousa played for Portugal in friendly matches against England in December 1995 and April 1998.
4(1-3)-4-2 Szczęsny -
Dawidowicz, Glik
(Helik), Bednarek -
(Szymański) -
(Frankowski), Linetty, Moder, Puchacz (Rybus) -
(Świderski), Lewandowski
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 158 days Appearances/Goals 43.5 8.8
England Team
Rank: FIFA (12th August 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The Nike 2020 away uniform - Mega blue and royal blue collared jersey and shorts. Abstract three-lions pattern throughout with challenge red sidestripes. Mega blue socks with a thin challenge red/sport royal blue hoop.
Capt: Harry Kane ³³
41st, W 26 - D 8 - L 7 - F 89 - A 31
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 51 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
64th match, W 41 - D 13 - L 10 - F 131 - A 41
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 27
185 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 40 30ᵍᵃ
the 89th player to reach the 40-app milestone
2 Walker, Kyle A. 31
103 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 63 0
3 Shaw, Luke P.H. 26
58 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 18 1
4 Rice, Declan 22
237 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 26 2
5 Stones, John 27
103 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC 51 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 28
187 days
5 March 1993 LCD Manchester United FC 39 5
after ht whistle following a melee as the teams were walking off the pitch 
7 Grealish, Jack P. 25
363 days
10 September 1995 LAM Manchester City FC 15 0
8 Phillips, Kalvin M. 25
280 days
2 December 1995 RDM Leeds United AFC 17 0
7th min. after turning in the challenge and standing on Tymoteusz Puchacz
9 Kane, Harry E. 28
42 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 64 41
=record 36th comp. goal (WC16 EC19 NL1)
10 Sterling, Raheem S. 26
274 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RAM Manchester City FC 70 18
the 27th player to reach the 70-app milestone
11 Mount, Mason T. 22
241 days
10 January 1999 AM Chelsea FC 24 4
unused substitutes: 12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Sam Johnstone, 14-Jordan Henderson, 16-Conor Coady, 17-Bukayo Saka, 18-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19-Jesse Lingard, 20-Reece James, 21-Jude Bellingham, 22-Nick Pope, 23-Patrick Bamford.
team notes: This is the second time England have made eleven changes to their previous match, and the first time its happened in consecutive matches.
The first time England ended the match with the same team they started with since Euro 96, against Germany.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
records: Harry Kane has now scored in his fifteenth consecutive WC/EC qualifying match.
His goal is the 2100th goal England have scored in Europe (Continent).
He is also the fifth player to have scored twice against the Poles.
Unbeaten in 27 World Cup qualification matches, having not lost since October 2009 (W20 D6).
Poland's injury time goal is the fortieth World Cup qualification away goal conceded by England.
England have played Poland in World Cup matches far more than any other country. This is the fifteenth occasion, which is also a World Cup record.
This is England's 150th draw whilst the country was under a Conservative government.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Poland in both matches of the 1996-97 World Cup qualifying campaign, but an unused substitute in the 1998-99 European Championship qualifying campaign.
4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw -
Phillips, Rice -
Sterling, Mount, Grealish
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 223 days Appearances/Goals 38.8 6.5
    Match Report by Mike Payne

Right from the start of this latest World Cup Qualifier in Warsaw, it was obvious that Poland were going to try and muscle England out of their normal dominant stride.  Some of the tackling was ferocious, but England gave as good as they got, although it seemed to me that they were penalised far more often than the Poles were.  Indeed, Kalvin Phillips was booked in the first ten minutes when he inadvertently stood on Tymoteous Puchacz's toe.  You would have thought the Pole had been shot from his reaction, but that is modern football for you, especially in these vital matches.

The hostile atmosphere on the pitch and in the stadium, not helped by the booing by some, of our National Anthem, and even louder booing of the "Taking the Knee", meant that it took a little while for England to settle.  In the first ten minutes England were physically battered, but the referee was a little more lenient towards the home side.  A nasty foul by Kamil Jozwiak on Jack Grealish was far worse than the Phillips misdemeanour.

It was all very stop start throughout the first 30 minutes, although Harry Kane was to the fore in one attack as in the 21st minute a great ball in was met by Kane's head, although he couldn't direct it at goal, and a defender easily cleared.  There were a lot of niggly fouls going on with no-one daring to make the first mistake.  Poland were making it hard for England by pressing them well, and slight defensive hesitancy just before the half-hour mark, allowed dangerman Robert Lewandowski to get a toe in, and he almost succeeded in lobbing over Jordan Pickford, but the goalkeeper managed to save the shot.  There was so much pushing and shoving so far, and to be honest the referee looked a little out of his depth as the fouls persisted against the England players, mostly unpunished.  Raheem Sterling, Kane and Grealish, particularly, took some fearful stick, and when John Stones went down injured it gave both teams the chance to have a blow from the fierce pace of the game.

England won a rare free-kick in the 39th minute, and that produced a corner, which was cleared.  As the half came to a close though, England were pushing forward better, and attacking the Poland side with more determination.  The half ended goalless but as the players left the field all hell broke loose as the tempers, already frayed, boiled over at something said or done.  Harry Maguire was particularly incensed by something, and both he and Kamil Glik were booked at the end of the fracas.  At the end of the half, I wrote in my notes, "I'll be surprised if this match ends with 11-a-side on the pitch!"

England made a good start to the second-half as a fine move down the left in the 47th minute, ended with Grealish shooting across goal and just missing the far post.  Grealish was adamant that the ball had been deflected for a corner but the referee, again, was not interested.  Sterling also made a good break, down the right, but not for the first time he was crowded out.  But the signs were more positive from England, and after another run by Sterling fizzled out, a marauding run by Maguire set up Phillips, who fired in a shot from range.  Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved comfortably. 

The midfield of England, Declan Rice, Mason Mount and Phillips, were certainly getting through a lot of good work, and these three do so much that goes unnoticed.  On 58 minutes a fine move down the left involving Luke Shaw, Mount and Grealish ended with Glik blocking the ball for a corner.  That was cleared but as England came again, Grzegorz Krychowiak was booked for yet another foul on Grealish.  It was about time!  Three minutes later a Shaw free-kick was met by Maguire's head, and the ball rebounded off the foot of the far post, before being hacked away.  A Linesman's flag went up though, so it probably wouldn't have counted.  England were definitely stretching the Poles more this half, as the foul count grew, and it just needed an end product.  The Poles started to make a series of substitutions as there were visible signs they were rattled.  Yet another blatant shirt pull on Grealish went unpunished, but when Puchacz went down screaming at the linesman after a shoulder barge from Kyle Walker, the ref gave a free-kick!  So frustrating to watch.  It is all very well referees now deciding to let more contact go, surely they should still retain an element of protection when a foul is committed?

After 71 minutes, Lewandowski, fired in a shot at goal, which Pickford saved comfortably, and from his clearance, England took a deserved lead, and what a good goal it was.  The move was developed in midfield and eventually the ball found Kane, thirty yards from goal.  He looked up and hit a screamer that bent in the air and beat the goalkeeper all ends up.  What would we do without 'our Arry'?

Grealish was then wrestled to the ground by Pawel Dawidowicz, how many times Grealish was fouled would be worth seeing!  These roughhouse tactics continued but England were handling it well, and you couldn't help thinking that if they could just get one more goal then it would be all over.  You tended to give up on the German referee after Karol Linetty scythed down Kane without punishment again.  Then, suddenly, a lapse of concentration from Pickford, so nearly cost a goal, and had every England fan almost having a seizure!  His clearance was charged down, and as the ball crept slowly towards the goal, one's heart was in one's mouth.  Thankfully, Pickford raced back and managed to gather the ball off the line.  Phew!

Poland were trying their hardest to get back into the match, but England's defence, excellent all through, were holding on.  One brilliant piece of control by Lewandowski, ended with a shot curled just wide, and just as you thought England had weathered the storm, and we were into four minutes added on, the hosts found an equaliser.

A great turn by a Polish forward saw him completely deceive Walker and cross to the middle.  Mount should have cleared further, but the ball came back and a shot was blocked by Phillips before the ball then found Lewandowski on the left of goal.  As the class act he is, he produced the most exquisite of crosses to the far post where substitute Damian Szymanski rose above Shaw to power a header home.  It was a fine goal, but cruel on England, who had battled so hard.

It was a surprise that Gareth Southgate did not use any substitutions, but as he said afterwards, England seemed in complete command until that last couple of minutes.  And none of the players should be downhearted as  we didn't lose, and this result hurts Poland far more than it does England.  Southgate's team is still in pole position (if you will pardon the pun) to qualify at the top of the group.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor