There was to be no joyful World Cup send-off for Wales as Karol Swiderski’s second-half aim meant Rob Page’s team joined England in struggling relegation from Europe’s top tier.
Wales might be alongside Gareth Southgate’s men in Nations League B for the tournament’s subsequent edition. Needing a win to stay in League A, Wales have been denied by Karol Swiderski’s wonderful aim early within the second half – a uncommon moment of sophistication in a poor recreation. The closest the home aspect got here was when Gareth Bale’s header hit the bar in stoppage time.
Wales’ campaign was sophisticated by their World Cup play-off against Ukraine, which fell during their Nations League fixtures. Page was understandably keen to preserve his greatest gamers for that sport, and his choice was justified by the 1-0 win.
Poland’s Karol Swiderski celebrates after scoring his side’s opening aim against Wales
Swiderski lastly broke the deadlock midway via the first half as his side claimed victory
Wales captain Gareth Bale looks dejected after his aspect fell behind in the Nations League clash
But the second string sides could not get the outcomes required and two defeats to the Poles have proved decisive. Wales have now gone 5 matches and not utilizing a victory – hardly the build-up they have been looking for as they prepare for his or her first World Cup since 1958 and only the second of their historical past.
Bale completed 90 minutes for the primary time in additional than a year but the skipper had a quiet game and nonetheless looks a way short of his sharpest. Wales should hope he positive aspects it in the next two months playing for Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer.
Whatever had occurred right here, Wales followers know that the really thrilling football remains to be to come. In two months’ time, they’ll open their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to the United States, before their second fixture towards Iran and a ‘Battle of Britain’ against England on November 29.
Their qualification for Qatar is testament to the excellent work from Page, their current run however. They were lacking key men right here, with Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Harry Wilson injured and Chris Mepham and Ethan Ampadu suspended. And to place their achievement into context, how about this for a statistic: the final objective Wales conceded at the World Cup Finals was scored by a 17-year-old Pele, with his first international aim.
Swiderski applied a cool finish after being teed up beautifully by Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski gestures to the Poland followers after serving to his team take the lead on the night
Bale was included from the off and in the Poland team was Robert Lewandowski, considered one of Europe’s best strikers of the final decade.
Despite their presence, it was shapeless first half notable for moments of farce somewhat than high quality.
The first was when Bale’s hairband got here loose and he spent the subsequent minute attempting to tie it again while attempting to shut down the Poland defenders on the same time. How the house crowd chuckled at that, although they were not laughing when Wayne Hennessey practically scored a ridiculous own-goal 5 minutes before half-time.
The goalkeeper moved to regulate Joe Rodon’s backpass however took his eye off the ball, which flicked his studs and rolled back in direction of the goalline. Hennessey managed to retrieve the situation just in time, and was clearly still shaken moments later when he nearly made a hash of Piotr Zielinski’s rising effort.
Earlier, Connor Roberts and Nicola Zalewski had been engaged in a running battle down the Wales right, with Poland upset at Roberts’ bodily method, and Roberts satisfied the Roma participant was seeking to get him despatched off.
Fans had to wait 25 minutes for the first clear probability. Jakub Kiwior ought to have carried out higher from Zielinski’s free-kick, but guided a free header straight at Hennessey. Then, shortly after the half-hour, Dan James ran on to Ben Cabango’s hopeful ball ahead and was twice denied by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
The recreation was opening up slightly and Szczesny again rescued his team after Poland fell asleep at a throw-in and Roberts found Bale unmarked. Just after Hennessey’s blunder, Brennan Johnson minimize in from the proper and fired goalwards, just for his shot to clip James and go behind.
Wales manager Rob Page makes his means throughout the pitch following the full-time whistle
Lewandowski had endured a irritating evening yet he confirmed his class in one of many game’s few moments of excessive quality. Szymon Zurkowski, who had failed to benefit from a great likelihood in the first half, fizzed a ball into his path and with his back to aim, Lewandowski guided the ball delicately to his left.
It was completely placed to fulfill the run of Swiderski, who steered it confidently underneath Hennessey. The noisy away fans greeted the goal by lighting flares and letting off a firework, which is more likely to bring punishment from UEFA.
Wales tried to reply immediately and almost did in order Johnson labored a shooting position on the angle, forcing Szczesny into another important stop. After the goal, Wales sent on Kieffer Moore to add presence to their attack and switched to a again 4, however the move did not save them.
Szczesny was having a wonderful game in objective and produced another nice stop with 13 minutes remaining from James’ misdirected cross, which deceived the Poland again line and almost crept into the far corner. Wales pushed as the sport wore on and almost equalised within the closing seconds when substitute Sorba Thomas crossed for Bale to plant a header against the woodwork.
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