Poland defeated Andorra 4-1 to finish second in Group I of the European FIFA World Cup qualification 2022.
The game was particularly memorable for Aston Villa defender Matty Cash, who made his Poland debut under Paulo Sousa’s tutelage. This month, the 24-year-old, whose mother was born in Poland, was awarded Polish citizenship.
He came on the pitch in the 62nd minute to replace Przemyslaw Frankowski on Friday night. Ricard Fernandez was sent off for headbutting Kamil Glik in the opening minute, and the hosts had to game with 10 men from the beginning.
Poland had little trouble proving its prowess. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, and Kamil Jozwiak and Arkadiusz Milik also found the back of the net. Marc Vales, who shocked Wojciech Szczesny, gave Andorra a consolation goal soon before the break.
Poland has won the playoffs of the qualification tournament. With one game left, they have 20 points, five more than third-placed Albania.
Poland will host Hungary on November 15, while Andorra will take on Albania. According to Xinhua, Italy could have won but settled for a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in a FIFA World Cup European qualification in Rome when Jorginho missed a late penalty.
It was a head-to-head battle for 1st place in Group C, as the two teams were level in the rankings with 14 points ahead of the final matchday, with the Azzurri taking the lead on goal difference.
The first-place finisher will qualify for Qatar 2022, while the second-place finisher will compete in the playoffs. However, the visitors made a better start and took the lead in the 11th minute when Noah Okafor ran down the left side and squared for Silvan Widmer to score the first-time screamer from the box.
Italy overcame the early siege, and the game changed dramatically once the opponents’ tempo and intensity were reduced.
In the 22nd minute, Emerson broke into the box and pulled back for Jorginho, whose attempt was blocked, and Nicolo Barella’s follow-up from close range was stopped by Yann Sommer. After that, the position remains identical, with only two goals separating the two teams in the group.
Three days later, when Italy beats Northern Ireland, and Switzerland hosts Bulgaria, their fates will be decided in the final group games.
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