The Polish national team under 19, led by the former coach of Grnik Zabrze, Marcin Brosz, defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 in the first match of the qualifying tournament in Gdynia and Rumia. The victory on Saturday with Estonia, which sensationally defeated the Italians 2-0, meant that only a cataclysm could take away the promotion of the Polish team to the next round.
Poland U-19 close to promotion to the next round. Zagłębie’s helper a hero
Young Poles dominated this match from the first to the last minute and created many goal situations for themselves, which, however, they could not use for a long time.
Biało-Czerwonym was able to break it only in the second half thanks to Zagłębie Lubin midfielder Tomasz Pieńka, who came on the pitch in the break in place of Szczepan Mucha. It was Pieńko who was fouled in the penalty area in the 65th minute, and then he administered justice himself with a certain shot from the penalty spot.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 for Poland, and the hero was Pieńko again, who used a great perpendicular pass from another substitute, George Chmiel, and gave the opponents’ goalkeeper a chance in a one-on-one situation. The Poles could have won this meeting higher, but that day effectiveness was not their strongest point. Hattrick could have been completed by Pieńko, who in added time showed a beautiful individual action, but in the end lost the duel with the goalkeeper of the Estonian national team.
The Polish national team finally defeated Estonia 2-0 and almost secured the promotion to the next round of qualifying for the European championship. In the second match of the Polish group, Italy turned out to be better than Bosnia and Herzegovina, winning 3-2.
In the last match of the qualifying tournament, the Poles will face Italy, and this match will be played on Tuesday at 14:00. In order to be in the next round, Marcin Brosz’s team cannot lose more than the difference of two goals.