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Can Robert Lewandowski overcome his summer stage fright and keep Poland's Euros dream alive?

Aidan Fitzmaurice


Bayern striker is a national obsession and tonight all of Poland look to their talisman

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Poland's Robert Lewandowski reacts after missing a chance to score during the Euro 2020 Group E match between Poland and Slovakia. Photo: Evgenya Novozhenina/AP

Poland's Robert Lewandowski reacts after missing a chance to score during the Euro 2020 Group E match between Poland and Slovakia. Photo: Evgenya Novozhenina/AP

Poland's Robert Lewandowski reacts after missing a chance to score during the Euro 2020 Group E match between Poland and Slovakia. Photo: Evgenya Novozhenina/AP

The history books of Irish football could file it away as a great tragedy, a missed opportunity, lost souls.

The fact that three of the greatest athletes to lace up a pair of football boots on this island never got to play at a major finals for the national team: John Giles, George Best and Liam Brady would have cast-iron places in any all-time all-Ireland XI but were all denied the chance to play at a finals tournament.

Ahead of a pretty daunting test against Spain on their home patch of Seville this evening, Poland have a different kind of problem. They have an all-time great, a legend of the modern game, someone whose goals gets the national team to a major finals ... but who then rarely plays well.


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