Tuesday 24 January 2017

Poles on a roll to set up swiss clash

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski celebrates after scoring the winning goal. Photo: Reuters
Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski celebrates after scoring the winning goal. Photo: Reuters

Poland can prepare for a last-16 meeting with Switzerland after Jakub Blaszczykowski's crisp second-half goal beat already-eliminated Ukraine 1-0 to send them into the knockout stage for the first time.

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However, Robert Lewandowski's goal drought continued but his coach Adam Nawalka insists he is still the team's driving force.

"The fact that Robert Lewandowski hasn't scored a goal is not a problem for the team at all," Nawalka said after yesterday's Group C game, the sixth successive international in which the Bayern Munich forward has failed to find the net.

"He has a lot of influence on the way we play. He is an incredibly important player for us. He is our engine, like a locomotive and he provides us with power."

Irish Independent

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