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European Qualifiers: Poland win against Austria

  Photo: Vlad Indrei

Poland won 1:0 against Austria on Thursday in an opening game of Group G’s EURO 2020 qualifiers in Vienna.

AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek continued his prolific season by scoring 10 minutes after coming off the bench to secure a 1-0 win away to Austria in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

The hosts had made a bright start as Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny parried Marcel Sabitzer’s shot after eight minute and Marco Arnautovic scuffed his shot when Stefan Lainer’s low cross found him free in the penalty area.

Austria goalkeeper Heinz Lindner made one first-half save, turning Kamil Grosicki’s low drive past the post. The home side’s Valentino Lazaro shot wide and Arnautovic was centimetres away with a free kick as Austria continue to press forward but it was Poland who went ahead. 

Austria failed to properly clear a corner and the ball fell to Tomasz Kedziora whose strike was parried by Lindner but fell to Piatek who headed home.

Piatek should have added another goal minutes later when he was sent clear by Robert Lewandowski but he fired wide. After Janko’s extraordinary miss, Szczesny also came to the rescue with an excellent save from David Alaba.

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