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As Poland complete their UEFA Nations League calendar in the next seven days, against Netherlands in Warsaw and Wales in Cardiff, Piłka.uk takes a brief look at how the 29 men selected by Czesław Michniewicz got on for their respective clubs this past weekend.
Wojciech Szczęsny (Monza 1-0 JUVENTUS – 0 minutes)
Having missed the previous two games with an ankle injury, Wojtek returned to the Juventus squad for Sunday’s surprise defeat to lowly Monza. He was an unused substitute for the game, with Mattia Perin holding his place.
Łukasz Skorupski (BOLOGNA 0-1 Empoli – 90 minutes)
Skorupski played the entirety of the 90 minutes against his former side, but could not prevent Bologna from falling to a third defeat of the campaign. He perhaps could have done slightly better in the build-up to Bandinelli’s 75th-minute winner.
Bartłomiej Drągowski (SPEZIA 2-1 Sampdoria – 90 minutes)
The 25-year-old was one of three Poles in the Spezia XI for only their second victory of the season. There was very little he could do to stop Abdelhamid Sabiri’s speculative strike from distance, which gave Sampdoria an early lead.
Radosław Majecki (CERCLE BRUGGE 2-2 KV Oostende – 90 minutes)
22-year-old Majecki conceded twice in the last fifteen minutes, as Cercle surrendered a 2-goal lead to draw two-all at home to Oostende. Majecki initially saved Thierry Ambrose’s 76th-minute penalty, but was helpless to prevent the former Manchester City attacker scoring in the follow-up. Ambrose then earned another penalty, six minutes later, which he converted at the first time of asking. Cercle not sit second-from-bottom in the Jupiler Pro League.
Kamil Glik (Brescia 1-0 BENEVENTO – 90 minutes)
The Poland vice-captain played the entirety of the match as Benevento fell to defeat against second-placed Brescia on Friday evening. Took the armband after Gaetano Letizia was replaced by Polish midfielder Krzysztof Kubica, and was booked shortly after for a strong, late challenge on Florian Ayé. Couldn’t get a block on Flavio Bianchi’s injury-time winner.
Bartosz Bereszyński (Spezia 2-1 SAMPDORIA – 90 minutes)
Bereś captained the Sampdoria side from right-back, as Marco Giampaolo’s side winless side fell to a third straight defeat in Serie A and drop to the foot of the table. Very little he could do to prevent either Murillo’s own goal or Nzola’s winner, but found himself caught out on a couple of occasions.
Jan Bednarek (ASTON VILLA 1-0 Southampton – 0 minutes)
Yet to make an appearance for the Birmingham side, Bednarek spent the entirety of the match sat alongside injured Poland teammate Matty Cash, unable to play against his parent club. Was later seen in the crowd at the Poznań derby, where his former club Lech beat Warta.
Tomasz Kędziora (DYNAMO KYIV 0-1 AEK Larnaca – 68 minutes)
No game domestically for Dynamo this weekend, which means that the Europa League defeat to Cypriot side Larnaca in Kraków on Thursday was Kędziora’s last club outing before the break. A second-half tactical sub for right-sided midfielder Olek Karavaev, as the Ukrainians chased the game after former Pogoń Szczecin man Adam Gyurcso gave the visitors the lead with a fantastic free-kick.
Arkadiusz Reca (SPEZIA 2-1 Sampdoria – 71 minutes)
Started, and played 71 minutes with a decent performance as a left-sided wing-back. Was a tactical withdrawal for defender Petko Hristov moments before his side’s winner.
Paweł Dawidowicz (Fiorentina 2-0 HELLAS VERONA – 45 minutes)
A half-time introduction for Hellas, as they chased down a 1-0 deficit. Unable to make the saving challenge as Argentinian striker Nico Gonzalez sealed Fiorentina’s victory in the 90th minute, and the Veronese side’s fourth defeat of the season.
Robert Gumny (FC AUGSBURG 1-0 Bayern Munich – 90 minutes)
A fourth start of the Bundesliga campaign for Gumny, as he helped his Augsburg side to a shock win over the reigning champions. Kept the talented Bayern attack at bay for large spells, but was forced to rely on a number of fine stops from fellow Pole (and, perhaps surprise omission from the squad) Rafał Gikiewicz to secure the three points.
Jakub Kiwior (SPEZIA 2-1 Sampdoria – 90 minutes)
A strong defensive performance for the ever-present 22-year-old. Unlucky not to earn a second-half assist via a header, as the Sampdoria keeper saved well from Ampadu’s close range effort.
Mateusz Wieteska (CLERMONT FOOT 1-3 Troyes – 90 minutes)
Ever-present since his arrival in France, the centre-back made his eighth Ligue 1 appearance for Les Lanciers – but it was one to forget. He was caught napping by Wilson Odobert in the 23rd minute, who in turn supplied Mama Baldé with an equaliser to Johan Gastien’s opener.
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Adalah 0-1 AL-SHABAB – 90 minutes)
An early start to Matchday 4 in Saudi Arabia, as Krychowiak’s Al-Shabab picked up a fourth straight win on Wednesday to keep them top of the table on goal difference.
Kamil Grosicki (Cracovia 1-1 POGOŃ SZCZECIN – 90 minutes, 1 goal)
A third of the season for Grosik, gave Pogoń a 70th-minute lead over Cracovia on Saturday evening. After a scramble in the hosts’ box, the 34-year-old winger snatched his right-footed shot into the bottom corner of Karol Niemczycki’s net.
Piotr Zieliński (AC Milan 1-2 NAPOLI – 87 minutes)
A strong performance from Zieliński helped his side to victory in the battle Serie A’s two unbeaten sides on Sunday evening, propelling them to the top of the table at their opponents’ expense. Replaced by Tanguy Ndombélé in the final minutes.
Karol Linetty (TORINO 0-1 Sassuolo – 90 minutes)
A full game in the centre of midfield, as Torino slumped to a second successive 1-0 defeat in Serie A. Agustin Alvarez snatched it at the death for the visitors, while Linetty picked up a second booking of the season minutes before.
Mateusz Klich (LEEDS UNITED – 0 minutes)
No game, two weeks in a row for midfielder Klich, as Leeds’ trip to face Manchester United on Sunday was called off due to the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. His season so far has been limited to six substitute appearances under American coach Jesse Marsch.
Przemysław Frankowski (FC Nantes 0-0 RC LENS – 81 minutes)
Still yet to play a full 90 minutes this season, Frankowski was replaced by Ismael Boura towards the end of Lens’ goalless draw on the Loire coast. His best chance came from distance, blazing well over the bar in the first half. Meanwhile, having not been selected for the squad, Adam Buksa was a late replacement for Lois Openda, while Łukasz Poręba was an unused substitute.
Sebastian Szymański (PSV Eindhoven 4-3 FEYENOORD – 19 minutes)
A short, 19-minute appearance on Sunday afternoon for Szymański, after missing the previous week’s derby win over Sparta and the 6-0 Europa League hammering of Sturm Graz with a hamstring injury. Replaced Javairo Dilrosun at 3-2 down, and was immediately involved in his side’s equaliser.
Nicola Zalewski (AS ROMA 0-1 Atalanta – 3 minutes)
Replaced Gianluca Mancini very late on, with Roma chasing the game, but was unable to make an impact. Has not started for Roma since August’s win over Monza.
Szymon Żurkowski (FIORENTINA 2-0 Hellas Verona – 0 minutes)
An unused substitute in the Viola’s victory, which moved them up to 11th in Serie A. Yet to play more than half-an-hour this season, with appearances limited to just 19 minutes in the season opener against Cremonese (in which he recorded an assist), and 11 minutes against Juventus at the start of September. He has, however, struggled with minor injuries.
Jakub Kamiński (1.FC Union Berlin 2-0 VFL WOLFSBURG – 11 minutes)
A fifth appearance of the season, and still the former Lech Poznań midfielder is yet to play for a full 90. His eleven minutes in Berlin on Sunday were his shortest stint of the campaign, too. Replaced Croatian winger Josip Brekalo shortly after Union’s second.
Mateusz Łęgowski (Cracovia 1-1 POGOŃ SZCZECIN – 72 minutes)
An energetic, yet fruitless performance from the youngster, as Pogoń dropped two points and fell to third position in the Ekstraklasa. With the eyes of the nation on him after his first international call-up, he lost the ball several times and was dragged for Kamil Drygas with twenty minutes to go.
Jakub Piotrowski (LUDOGORETS RAZGRAD 1-1 Arda Kardzhali – 90 minutes)
After missing last week’s win over Botev Vratsa, former Pogoń Szczecin and Stomil Olsztyn midfielder Piotrowski returned to the Ludogorets XI and complete his first 90 minutes of the season. Despite dropping two points, Ludogorets leapfrogged CSKA Sofia at the top of the table.
Michał Skóraś (Warta Poznań 0-1 LECH POZNAŃ – 73 minutes)
A quiet derby for the 22-year-old, having netted in his three previous outings (Villarreal, Pogoń Szczecin, Austria Vienna). Still, a couple of efforts on goal which sailed over the crossbar, and a handful of terrorising attacks down the left-hand side, before his withdrawal for Alan Czerwiński as Lech looked to hold on to their slim lead.
Robert Lewandowski (BARCELONA 3-0 Elche – 72 minutes, 2 goals)
Another Camp Nou brace for Lewy, which puts him up to ELEVEN goals in eight games for his new club. Opened the scoring with a poacher’s goal after 34 minutes, tapping in Alex Balde’s low cross. Then completed the scoring just after the break, after 10-man Elche failed to clear their lines. Replaced by Ferran Torres with the three points sewn up, and Barca keeping on the heels of Real Madrid.
Arkadiusz Milik (Monza 1-0 JUVENTUS – 0 minutes)
Milik sat out the trip to Monza, after his bizarre sending off last week at home to Salernitana. Ten-man Juve lacked the striker’s instincts in front of goal, as they succumbed to former Lech Poznań striker Christian Gytkjaer’s second half winner.
Krzysztof Piątek (SALERNITANA 1-2 Lecce – 66 minutes)
One snatched, half-chance in the second half was as close as Piątek came to netting his second goal back in Serie A. Lasted slightly longer than in his first start for Salernitana, last week at Juventus, but was still switched for Federico Bonazzoli midway through the second half.
Karol Świderski (Chicago Fire 2-3 CHARLOTTE FC – 90 minutes, 2 goals)
Still not prolific, but continues to show he knows where the goal is. Captained the Charlotte side for the first time in the absence of suspended Christian Fuchs, and netted twoice in the final 22 minutes to swing the game in The Crown‘s favour. His first was from close range, firing into the roof of Gabriel Slonina’s net after a knock-down from a corner. The winner came in the SIXTH minute of added time: Orrin McKinze Gaines II first hitting the bar, then Świderski having his initial effort blocked. After some close control, he then tucked away at the second time of asking.