Poland 1-2 Netherlands
Buts: Jóźwiak (6e) for Poland // Depay (77e, sp) et CSC Friday (85e) for the Netherlands
We call it Dutch cynicism.
Long led to the score on the lawn of Poland, the Dutch, dominant in the game, waited until the last quarter of an hour to score two goals, and thus regain the symbolic second place in the pool. Robert Lewandowski’s pals barely had time to figure out what had just happened to them.
Everything had started well, for them: they cooled the Netherlands from the start with a goal from Jóźwiak, author of a small personal feat. And despite several clear opportunities coupled with a certain domination, Holland believed never to equalize. While Płacheta found Krul’s post, the opportunities were in favor of the visitors.
Wijnaldum, Klaassen and Stengs have in turn tried their luck in the first period. Without success … until a penalty conceded by Bednarek in contact with Depay and transformed by the Lyonnais, a quarter of an hour from the end. Immediately after, Piątek offered success to the Rhone side by scoring against his camp on a header from Wijnaldum. Rather deserved, both Orange appeared superior (possession of the ball in their favor, many more strikes and dangerous situations as well as successful passes or corners).
Virtually second in the group for most of the game, Poland finally leaves this second place to their evening opponents. Who at the same time maintain their invincibility against the same enemy (no defeat since May 1979).
It’s all well and good, but in the meantime, Italy will go to the Final Four.
Poland (4-2-3-1): Fabiański – Kędziora, Glik, Bednarek, Reca – Klich, Krychowiak – Płacheta, Zieliński, Jóźwiak – Lewandowski. Coach: Brzęczek.
Netherlands (4-3-3): Krul – Hateboer, De Vrij, Blind, Van Aanholt – Klaassen, De Jong, Wijnaldum – Stengs, Depay, Malen. Coach: The farmer.