After one of the closest-fought Ekstraklasa battles in recent history, Lech Poznań have been crowned as Polish champions for the eighth time. Raków Częstochowa’s 1-0 defeat to Zagłębie Lubin on Saturday means that the Kolejorz can no longer be caught at the top of the table.
Lech entered the penultimate match day two points ahead of their closest rivals, and with a tough trip to face cross-city rivals Warta Poznań in their temporary Grodzisk Wielkopolski home. They fell behind early on, too, to a tenth-minute Michał Kopczyński penalty; although by half time led, thabks to goals from Joao Amaral and Mikael Ishak.
That was how the score remained until full-time, leaving Raków knowing that anything other than victory in their late afternoon clash in Lubin would gift the title to Lech.
In that latter game, the score remained goalless well into stoppage time, when Raków’s Zoran Arsenić was adjudged to have blocked a shot with his arm. He was dismissed, and with 94 minutes on the clock, Kacper Chodyna sent Vladan Kovacević the wrong way to gift Zagłębie an important victory to keep them safe in the Ekstraklasa for another season, and to ensure that Cup winners Raków cannot better their second place finish from last year they remain 2 points ahead of 3rd placed Pogoń Szczecin going into next week’s final game.
Congratulations to all at Lech Poznań for their Polish championship victory.