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Poland is losing one striker after another! We will have to start the Eurocup without Lewandowski

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 14:47:11

The Polish team has problems before the start of the Euro Cup. The Poles lost their main star, Robert Lewandowski, to injury. Consider half the team. The Barcelona player will miss at least the 1st matchday of Euro 2024. But the worst thing for the fans of the Polish team and for coach Michal Probez is that the attackers are being eliminated one after another. Who will score against Holland, Austria and France?

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Lewandowski suffered a knee injury in the last match between Poland and Turkey before Euro 2024 (2-1). In the 12th minute, he assisted Karol Swiderski’s first goal and 20 minutes later he left the field. The next day, the Barcelona forward went for a test, after which it became clear that he would not play on June 16 against the Netherlands.

“Lewandowski suffered a torn hamstring, which leaves him out of the first match of the Euro Cup. “We are doing everything possible so that Robert can play the second game, against Austria,” the Poles said on the team’s official account on social media.

In the qualifying phase for Euro 2024, the Polish team had difficulties scoring goals. In eight group stage matches, the team scored only 10 goals. The Poles escaped only in the first play-off match against Estonia (5:1). But in the final they drew 0-0 with Wales and qualified for the European Championship thanks to a penalty shootout victory. Lewandowski is the only one in the qualifying phase to hit the opponent’s goal more than twice.


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In the same match against Türkiye, the scorer of the first goal, Swiderski, left the field even earlier. In fact, he was substituted immediately after scoring the goal, as he celebrated badly. When I landed I felt pain in my ankle. The tests showed that the Verona forward suffered a sprain. His participation in the game against Holland is questionable. Sviderskiy has two goals in the qualifying phase for Euro 2024. By the way, the same amount as in half a season in Italy. Verona rented him in February from MLS club Charlotte.

Three days before it became known that Arkadiusz Milik would miss the European Championship. The Juventus striker was injured in the friendly match against Ukraine (3-1). He was injured in the fight already in the second minute of the game by Ruslan Malinovsky. Milik, of course, is not a figure of Lewandowski’s caliber, but he is an elegant and experienced striker. He scored eight goals during the season in Italy, although he played just over 1,000 minutes.

In addition, Parma forward Adrian Benedychak, who can play both as a winger and as a pure forward, is also on the injured list. He is not yet such an important figure in the Polish national team: in the qualifying cycle for Euro 2024 he was only in the squad for the match once. But the young striker had a good season at Parma: he scored 10 + 3 in 31 matches and helped the team return to Serie A. Perhaps, in the current situation, Benedychak would have had a chance at Probezh. However, Adrián has not played since April.

In general, now the coach of the Polish national team has the option of choosing, which in reality comes down to two forwards. The first of them is Krzysztof Piątek. A few years ago he shone in Milan, but then he abruptly gave up and since 2023 he has been playing for Istanbul Basaksehir. In Türkiye, Piątek had a fairly successful season, scoring 17 goals in 34 games. He entered the top 5 scorers in the Super League.

His competitor for a place on the national team also plays in Türkiye. Adam Buksa is Antalyaspor’s top scorer. He scored 16 goals in 33 games and finished sixth in the Super League sniper race. Right after Piątek. But before that, Buksa, largely due to injury, did not play for Lens, and Antalyaspor rented him to the French club with the right to purchase.

In qualifying for Euro 2024, both scored only once. Piątek scored against Moldova and Bux against the Faroe Islands. The high performance of Turkish forwards does not guarantee that they will be good against the defenders of the Dutch, Austrian and French national teams.

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I can only hope that Lewandowski really heals from his injury in the second round and is in good shape. After all, Austria is obviously Poland’s main competitor in the group. If the chances of reaching the top 2 are minimal, then it is possible to get to the playoffs from 3rd place in the group.

Other Polish players suffered various injuries in recent games: Pavel Davidovich, Nikola Zalewski, Taras Romanchuk and Matty Cash, who missed the last innings. But the Polish team does not have as many problems in any line as in the attack. A disappointed Probezh said at one of the press conferences: “I must admit that now, after each match, the first thing I do is check with the players to see if they are injured.”

The mood of the Poles was clearly expressed by the head of the Sport.pl website, which prepared material about the injury of the national team star. The text was published under the title “Catastrophe. “Without Levandovsky, Probezh’s plan fell apart.” The coach, apparently, will be forced to change the scheme. And this makes the team’s situation “very difficult, if not desperate.” The Poles feel that Euro 2024 could be a resounding failure for them.

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