Robert Lewandowski was kept very quiet at The Allianz Riviera on Sunday, but that didn’t stop Poland from taking all three points in a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland.
The win is Poland’s first ever victory in a European Championship, coming in their seventh match at the tournament.
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The first half played out as expected, with Northern Ireland packing numbers behind the ball and withstanding waves of Polish pressure. With most of the focus on Lewandowski, Poland’s other attackers were forced to create chances. Arek Milik had the best opportunity of the half, dribbling past his defender with clear look on goal only to sky his shot high and wide.
Poland picked up right where they left off in the second half, finally breaking the deadlock in the 51st minute. This time Milik converted his chance, hitting a low left-footed shot through two defenders and past the goalkeeper.
Northern Ireland struggled to create any sort of offense at all, never threatening Wojciech Szczesny in goal. Unfortunately for Michael O’Neill’s men, it looks like their first-ever appearance at a European Championship will be a short one.Follow @KyleLynchFC