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International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Judge
  • Klich
  • Horgan
  • Frankowski
  • WilliamsHourihane
  • KrychowiakSzymanski
  • RecaPietrzak
  • Burke
  • PiatekKlich
  • GlikBednarek
  • ChristieDoherty
  • Meyler
  • O'Brien
  • 1/2 Time
  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Kadzior

Poland - Republic of Ireland
International friendlies - 11 September 2018

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  • End of 2nd Half

There goes the full-time whistle. Klich denies Ireland late on, and there's no denying it would have been a morale-boosting win.

Plenty of positives to take for Ireland, but you can only imagine that attention will (sadly) switch back to Whatsapp-gate, despite a solid defensive display and debut goal for O'Brien.


Poland are pushing for a winner here... Ireland defending deeper and deeper.


Four minutes added on. Time for a winner?

  • OffRepublic of IrelandHere comes the Judge.
  • Alan Judge
    OnAlan JudgeRepublic of Ireland

Here comes the Judge.

  • Mateusz Klich
    GoalMateusz KlichPolandGoal! Poland deny Ireland late on! Or so it seems... Klich levels for the hosts after playing a smart one-two with Milik before he finds the far corner. Just when it looked like Ireland would take home victory...

Goal! Poland deny Ireland late on! Or so it seems...

Klich levels for the hosts after playing a smart one-two with Milik before he finds the far corner. Just when it looked like Ireland would take home victory...


Ireland still sitting back as they welcome Poland pressure, but the hosts are offering little. The Irish are heading towards a morale-boosting win on the continent.

  • OffPolandAnd Lewandowski will definitely not be making an appearance as Poland make their sixth and final sub. No 100th cap tonight.
  • Przemyslaw Frankowski
    OnPrzemyslaw FrankowskiPoland

And Lewandowski will definitely not be making an appearance as Poland make their sixth and final sub. No 100th cap tonight.


That is O'Brien's evening over. Job done as far as the Millwall forward is concerned! A night to remember for the debutant. On comes Horgan.

Subs, if you can't tell, have killed the flow of this game in the second half.


Sub Szymanski heads wide for the hosts from Kadzior's cross. Tough chance to take, that.

  • Conor Hourihane
    OffShaun WilliamsRepublic of IrelandChanges... Well. Three.
  • Conor Hourihane
    OnConor HourihaneRepublic of Ireland

Changes... Well. Three.

  • Damian Szymanski
    OffGrzegorz KrychowiakPolandOf...
  • Damian Szymanski
    OnDamian SzymanskiPoland


  • Rafal Pietrzak
    OffArkadiusz RecaPolandLots...
  • Rafal Pietrzak
    OnRafal PietrzakPoland



Save! The tamest of attempts from Kadzior, but his low effort still forces Randolph to get down and make a simple stop.


Ireland just sitting back a bit now, but look to go on the break with O'Dowda. However, he's tackled by Linetty and Poland start again from the back.


Ireland have not won in Poland since 1976. Only a friendly, yes, but they've got 25 minutes left to hold on.

  • OffRepublic of IrelandNow Burke replaces Preston team-mate Robinson.
  • Graham Burke
    OnGraham BurkeRepublic of Ireland

Now Burke replaces Preston team-mate Robinson.

  • Mateusz Klich
    OffKrzysztof PiatekPolandStill no Lewy.
  • Mateusz Klich
    OnMateusz KlichPoland

Still no Lewy.

  • Jan Bednarek
    OffKamil GlikPolandDouble sub for the hosts.
  • Jan Bednarek
    OnJan BednarekPoland

Double sub for the hosts.


Having assisted O'Brien for the opener, O'Dowda goes for goal himself from 25 yards out, but his effort sails over the bar.


Suddenly it's Ireland who are on the front foot and enjoying more of the ball. That goal has stunned the home fans into silence, while there were more than a few whistles following the goal. Not much for them to shout about, for now.


Got to say, did not see that coming from Ireland. It was a well-worked short corner too, and O'Dowda in particular did brilliantly to set himself for the cross.

O'Brien's header was some eight yards out, with the forward just nipping in ahead of Szczesny.

  • Matt Doherty
    OffCyrus ChristieRepublic of IrelandAnd another.
  • Matt Doherty
    OnMatt DohertyRepublic of Ireland

And another.

  • OffRepublic of IrelandCh-change.
  • David Meyler
    OnDavid MeylerRepublic of Ireland


  • Aiden O'Brien
    GoalAiden O'BrienRepublic of IrelandGoal! Well, well, well! Ireland take the lead through O'Brien! O'Dowda's cross is flicked in by O'Brien on his debut. What a dream come true for the Millwall forward.

Goal! Well, well, well! Ireland take the lead through O'Brien!

O'Dowda's cross is flicked in by O'Brien on his debut. What a dream come true for the Millwall forward.


Save! A first attempt on target from Ireland, and it falls for O'Dowda on the edge of the box, but his curled effort is too close to Szczesny.


Poland enjoy plenty of the ball to start the second half. They've been patient so far, and though it's only a friendly, can only imagine their fans will demand more as the match goes on.


Right then! Back under way in Wroclaw. One change for the hosts as Kurzawa comes off for Kadzior.

  • End of 1st Half

The half-time whistle sounds and even though it hasn't been spectacular, you imagine O'Neill will be happy to see his side go in level at the break. Given the Wales loss and Whatsapp-gate, it's an incident-free 45 minutes for Ireland.


Forgot to mention Evan Dimas Darmono's 90th-minute strike helped Indonesia down Mauritius.

Back to the match, Piatek and Krychowiak spurn no more than half chances for Poland. You get the impression that Lewandowski, if he comes on, will spark this into life after the break. Please.


Elsewhere, Finland are beating Estonia 1-0 if you're interested. Kenya beat Malawi 1-0 earlier too.

And England are playing.


Ireland just living dangerously at the back again but they just about deal with a Reca cross.


A chance! Of sorts. It's a routine save for Randolph, who is grateful to see Milik's shot from 20 yards fired straight at him. A save is a save.


Really, really wish there was more to report. But there ain't. Sorry folks.

Go pop the kettle on.


A better spell for the Irish after Poland were just starting to dominate proceedings. Still, the visitors wait for that big chance.


Wide! Half chance for Ireland as Christie sends in a long throw. The ball bounces kindly for debutant O'Brien, but he snatches at his effort and fires wide.


Ireland playing a dangerous game as they look to bring it out their own half. Christie is dispossessed and Poland eventually win another corner...

It falls to Kaminski on the edge of the area, and his effort fires through a crowd of bodies and in fact flicks off Krychowiak, but it flicks wide.


Another corner for the hosts, but it's Egan who rises highest to head the ball away for Ireland.


Midway through the first half and it's Milik's chance the standout so far. Though you get the feeling most of them out there are already thinking about domestic duties on the weekend.


Just a bit flat out there at the minute. Corners yes, chances no. Needs a spark to bring it to life this one.


Ireland more than holding their own so far. They concede a corner this time but deal with the cross. Not much for the home fans to shout about at the moment.


Wide! A second corner for Ireland, and this time O'Dowda puts some welly behind the cross towards the back post, but Keogh can't find the target with his header.


Ireland win their first corner, but O'Dowda's cross does not beat the first man and Poland earn a free-kick shortly after.


Bad miss! Oh that should really be the opening for Poland. A long throw is flicked on by Krychowiak to Milik, who somehow heads wide when it looked easier to score.


Despite that Poland chance it's still Ireland who are enjoying the majority of the ball. No openings yet though for the visitors.


First half chance of the match, and it falls for Glik, who plays a one-two with Blaszczykowski before firing wide of the mark.


Ireland are enjoying plenty of the ball early on, but nothing to worry about so far for the hosts. Will help settle any Irish nerves out there.


You imagine this match will feel like the calm after the storm for Martin O'Neill. Six changes from the Wales defeat too, so bar another drubbing, it can't get much worse for the Irish - even if they do lose tonight.

  • 1st Half

And away we go. Blazczykowski was honoured just before kick-off after reaching a century of Poland caps. Tonight is his 102nd.


Out come the teams then. No chance of starting on time with anthems still to come!


A sprinkle of stats…

These two teams have met 27 times previously, with Poland winning 11 times to Republic of Ireland's six (D10).

Poland have lost just one of their last eight matches against Republic of Ireland (W2 D5 L1) and are looking to win consecutive games versus the Boys in Green for the first time since May 1981.

Republic of Ireland have won just one of their previous 15 away games against Poland (D4 L10) - winning 2-0 in May 1976 courtesy of a brace from QPR midfielder Don Givens.


Last meeting – these two last met in 2015 for Euro 2016 qualification. Grzegorz Krychowiak and Robert Lewandowski scored either side of a Jon Walters penalty as Poland won 2-1 in Group D. They eventually finished second behind Germany to qualify, while Ireland reached the tournament after finishing third and beating Bosnia in the play-offs.


Ireland will have to get past Szczesny tonight if they want to make amends for their humiliating defeat to Wales on the weekend.


Will the Ireland unrest work in Poland’s favour? “Absolutely not,” according to coach Jerzy Brzeczek.

“We don't deal with the injuries of the Ireland team because we know that Irish people are very proud, very belligerent.

"Even thinking that you can win against Ireland without full engagement could be a huge mistake. We have huge respect and we know that 90 minutes of a very good game will decide who is going to leave the pitch as a winner."


100 up? Not just yet, for Robert Lewandowski, who is on the brink of making it a century of appearances for Poland. The 30-year-old Bayern Munich striker starts for on the bench tonight. Will he come on and add to his impressive tally of 55 goals for his country? Only time will tell.


A young Ireland side, with a couple of debuts to boot!


POLAND XI: Szczesny, Reca, Kedziora, Glik, Kaminski, Linetty, Krychowiak, Blazczykowski, Kuwzawa, Milik, Piatek. Subs: Skorupski, Fabianski, Pietrzak, Bednarek, Dzwigala, Bereszynski, Goralski, Klich, Szymanski, Kadzior, Frankowski, Lewandowski. // IRELAND XI: Randolph, Christie, Keogh, Egan, Long, Stevens, Hendrick, Williams, O'Dowda, Robinson, O'Brien. Subs: Doyle, McDermott, Clark, Duffy, Doherty, Hendrick, Meyler, Hourihane, Horgan, Judge, Burke, Curtis.


Drama aside, it’s time for a friendly. Ireland are in Wroclaw tonight to take on Poland, and I shall be bringing you live updates throughout.

But first, let’s take a look at the teams…


Evening all. Nice and quiet build-up to this match for the Republic of Ireland then…